So you’re off to Birmingham to start your uni life. Congratulations! You’ve chosen a fantastic UK city to study in. Second only to London in size, Birmingham is a huge metropolis just waiting to be explored.

If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to settling in, this whistle stop guide should help you to track down the best beats, the tastiest eats and the coolest places to see and be seen with an elegant cocktail in hand.

One of the best bases in Birmingham for making the most of the university lifestyle is 800 Bristol Road. With an on-site cinema, exclusive club room, dinner party room, private gym and on-site management team, this standout student accommodation offers a superior university lifestyle to those looking to make the best of their time in Birmingham.

Head to the vast Bullring shopping centre to start your exploration of Birmingham in retail heaven. One of the best shopping malls in the UK, the Bullring is packed with designer stores and great places to eat. Beyond the Bullring, Birmingham is also home to a fantastic array of independent stores. Check out the Great Western Arcade for some of the best in the city, then head to Piccadilly Arcade and Burlington Arcade for some seriously high end retail therapy.

Birmingham students are spoiled for choice when it comes to fabulous restaurants. Head to Fiesta Del Asado for an Argentinian barbecue feast, Purnells for classy surroundings, Adam’s for outstanding food (opt for the taster menu with flight of wine) and The Wilderness for some superb vegetarian options.

For after-dinner drinks, Be At One Birmingham is one of the most interesting places to sit and sip cocktails. Join in one of their mixing masterclasses to take home some new skills and learn to recreate their delicious drinks. Island Bar is also a great option for big, fruity cocktails inspired by the sun-kissed flavours of the Caribbean and South Pacific.

As night falls, check out Mechu for cocktails and champagne, PRYZM for the city’s most well-known super club and Bar Risa for a great vibe. For a classy, unique night out, check out the Moroccan-inspired Bambu, or if you prefer a lively live music venue it has to be Jam House.

Exploring a city the size of Birmingham and uncovering all its hidden gems will take many months – so best get started soon!

If you haven’t booked your Birmingham student accommodation yet, do so now, while there’s still time – book 800 Bristol Road today!

For further details, email or call 01235 833 642.