Introduction

Birmingham is home to over 65,000 students across five universities, so the city is armed with plenty of fun places to see and things to do. With Collegiate, most of them are just a short walk away from your Birmingham student accommodation too.

When it comes to staying home, the social spaces at our Bagot Street accommodation offer a relaxing, safe space to unwind with friends. The cinema and games room are hot spots in the property and can be accessed 24 hours a day. It’s perfectly placed for Aston University and Birmingham City University, but when you’re ready to explore what else this great city has to offer you’ll benefit from a truly prime location, surrounded by a number of attractions, bars and restaurants.

If you fancy trying something a little bit different, perhaps when your friends and family come and visit you while you’re at university, then check out our round up of unusual places to visit in Birmingham.

Axe Throwing at Whistle Punks, Holloway Head

Ever fancied learning how to properly throw an axe? Maybe not, but, here’s your chance! Teams of up to 6 people have two targets and take turns to throw axes down a secure lane. It’s one of the more unusual places to visit in Birmingham but it makes a great spot for an afternoon out with friends. As it’s only a half hour walk through the city from your accommodation, it’s also great if you want to stop for food or explore other activities while you’re out and about.

££ – From £20pp / 5 Stars

 

The Floodgate, Floodgate Street

The ultimate place in Birmingham for drinks, food and unusual sports. Where else could you have an amazing cocktail, delicious food and take part in your choice of curling, tabletop golf or spend some time in an American-style batting cage? This incredible space offers free entry to sit for drinks and food while participating in the sports vary in price. But whatever you decide to do, you and your friends will be in for a good atmosphere, great staff and a good time if the reviews are anything to go by.

£-£££ – From £8pp / 4.5 Stars

The Big Birmingham Bake, Floodgate Street

Whether you’re the best baker or a total baking beginner, this place is all about recreating that famed Great British Bake Off experience. In a fully kitted out tent, you’ll find 12 baking stations, all the tools, instructions and tips you need and you’ve got 90 minutes to whip up a masterpiece. Another great spot for a day out in Birmingham with friends, especially those who like a bit of friendly competition.

£££ – From £33.50pp / 5 Stars

Luna Springs, Digbeth Arena 

Luna Springs is definitely worth a visit while you’re in Birmingham, whether it’s for the bottomless brunch or live shows. But one of our favourite offerings from this unique venue is the Moonlight Cinema. Pick a movie, pick a drink and food package that suits you and enjoy everything in a unique atmosphere. Movies range from Mamma Mia to Kill Bill, so there’s bound to be one that suits everyone.

£-£££ – From £5pp / 4.5 Stars

The Jekyll & Hyde, Steelhouse Lane

For a truly unique bar experience, you have to see the dark Dickensian decor of the Jekyll & Hyde in Birmingham. However much you may or may not enjoy gin, with over 80 types to choose from and wonderful cocktails (including one out of a bath!) you’ll find it hard not to get swept up in the gin craze.

£££ – Prices vary / 4.5 Stars

Perrott’s Folly, Waterworks Road

If you fancy venturing a little further afield for a day out in Birmingham, and like attractions with a fantasy vibe then Perrott’s Folly is worth a trip. This grade II listed building in Edgbaston is thought to have been an inspiration for J.R.R Tolkien who references it in the second book in the Lord of the Rings series, The Two Towers. Climb up the winding staircase and take in some lovely views of the city, and take a wander at the nearby lake after a laidback day out in Birmingham.

Free entry / 3.5 Stars

 

The Pen Museum, The Argent Centre

Birmingham is famous for many things, but you might not know that the city also dominated the world’s production of steel pens in the 19th century which is thought to have had a huge impact on global literacy – curious? Well, take a trip to the Pen Museum to find out more. Definitely one of the more unusual places to visit in Birmingham but this little trove is home to over 5000 objects (not just pens!) that explore the city’s pen trade.

£ – From £4.50pp / 4.5 Stars

Cadbury World, Linden Road

We’ve explored the glorious Cadbury World in our round up of ten things to do in Birmingham, but it’s always worth another mention. Cadbury World is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Birmingham. You can enjoy the chocolate empire’s rich history, and be rewarded with the world’s biggest Cadbury store, boasting concoctions unavailable anywhere else. Take the train from Birmingham New Street and you’ll also enjoy some amazing views of the city’s treasured factory.

££ – From £16pp / 3.5 Stars

Student Accommodation in Birmingham

If you’re looking to study in Birmingham, then we hope this guide has helped you uncover a more quirky side to this great city. It’s all part of our commitment to helping students have the best time at university. It’s not just about exceptional student accommodation, but the support we offer too.

With on-site teams ready to give you a warm welcome, as well as top tips on exploring your new home, our blog pages offer practical guidance and advice on everything from taking care of your mental health to finding the best things to do in Birmingham.