The Best University of Birmingham Accommodation
10 October, 2023
5 mins read
If you have been admitted or offered a place at the University of Birmingham and are looking for University of Birmingham accommodation, Casita offers a wide range of student accommodation near the university’s campus. Our options generally include PBSAs, which are purposely built with student needs in mind, as well as private accommodation options.
All private and PBSA student accommodation options feature either rooms in shared flats, which are either en-suite or non-en-suite, or self-contained options such as studios and apartments. Keep reading to get more details regarding the city, along with some of our top picks for the nearest Birmingham student accommodation options to the University of Birmingham.
Birmingham is the UK’s second-largest city, located right in England’s centre in what is known as the “West Midlands Conturbation” which is one of England’s main industrial zones. Historically, the city was a market town, with its market charter being granted in 1166. It was not until the 14th century that the city rose to prominence.
The city’s major break, however, came during the Industrial Revolution, when its population rose from 15,000 to 70,000 a century later. At the time, the city was heavily involved in the gun and steel trade, fine jewellery, brass buttons, and brass trinkets.
The city also had a scientific role during the Industrial Revolution. Birmingham hosted steam engine inventor James Watt, as well as steam engine developers Matthew Boulton and William Murdock. Today, the city is known for its diverse light and medium industries, dubbing it “the city of 1,001 different trades.”
The city is also known for heavy metal bands like Judas Priest and Black Sabbath. It is also home to Cadbury World, a vibrant food scene at the Balti Triangle, and a great nightlife for students.
Things to see in Birmingham include its parks, which total 591 and include famous parks such as Cannon Hill Park, covering 250 acres, and the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. There are also various fascinating museums and galleries, including the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.
Most students living in Birmingham prefer to live near their campus or in neighbourhoods such as Aston Street, Selly Oak, the Birmingham city centre, Edgbaston, and Digbeth, all mentioned in our guide, Best Areas to Live in Birmingham. For more information about Birmingham, you can check out the Cost of Living in Birmingham: A Guide for Students and Birmingham’s Best Universities: A Comprehensive Guide.
About the University of Birmingham
The University of Birmingham is a Russell Group university and was the UK’s first civic university, having been founded in 1900. It is known for its high-ranking courses, which rank among the top 50 based on subjects.
They include sports-related subjects (sixth worldwide), dentistry (22nd worldwide), English language and literature (27th worldwide), as well as theology, divinity, and religious studies (32nd worldwide), all according to 2023’s QS World Subject rankings.
The University of Birmingham is also among the UK’s top-ranking universities, ranking 84th worldwide according to the QS World University Rankings of 2024. The university is also reported to have more than 10,000 international students from over 150 countries.
There are five colleges at the University of Birmingham: the College of Arts and Law, the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, the College of Engineering and Physical Science, the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences.
The next section will discuss our best options regarding your student housing options if you’re looking for University of Birmingham accommodation.
Best University of Birmingham Accommodation
When looking for University of Birmingham accommodation, there are various things to look out for. These are proximity to your campus, budget, room types available, and the building’s facilities.
800 Bristol Road (Nearest)
800 Bristol Road is located in the desirable Selly Oak neighbourhood and is only a short walk to both the University of Birmingham and the University of Birmingham Selly Oak Campus, both within 20 minutes of walking distance.
This University of Birmingham accommodation offers five different types of studios, each offering students maximum privacy. It has a starting cost of £267 per week, subject to change.
Some of this University of Birmingham accommodation’s main features include vending machines for a quick snack or beverage, a gym, common rooms, outdoor areas, a cinema room, laundry facilities, and all bills included, among various other benefits.
Queen's Hospital Close (Most Affordable)
Queen’s Hospital Close is currently our cheapest University of Birmingham student accommodation, with a starting price of around £140 per week, subject to change. It is a 23-minute commute by public transportation.
This student accommodation in Birmingham offers en-suite rooms as well as two-bedroom flats. Some of its facilities include common rooms with flatscreen TVs, game areas, study spaces, laundry facilities, and security through CCTV and personnel. All bills for this student housing in Birmingham are included in your rent.
Chamberlain Place (Most Room Options)
Chamberlain Place has the most room options available, which include studios, en-suite rooms, and entire apartments. It is also at a ten to 15-minute distance from various campuses, such as Birmingham City University, City South Campus, Aston University, and University College Birmingham.
It is a 23-minute commute from the University of Birmingham. Another benefit of staying in this student hall in Birmingham is its proximity to the city centre, which is only a six-minute walk.
The starting price at this Birmingham student accommodation is around £189 per week, subject to change. This flexibility in room options is also great for meeting the students’ different needs and budgets.
Some of the facilities included in this University of Birmingham student accommodation include a cinema room, communal lounge, study areas, bike storage, laundry facilities, bills included, and much more.
Student Housing in Birmingham
To put the previous University of Birmingham student housing options in perspective, the estimated cost of housing in Birmingham is anywhere between 400-800 as per our cost of living in Birmingham guide.
The most expensive options are private accommodation in the city centre; this also applies to PBSAs (purposely built student accommodation) inside the city centre. The most affordable options tend to be on-campus residences; however, these tend to be low in availability and not as diverse in options as other PBSAs.
If you wish to book the perfect University of Birmingham accommodation, we highly recommend you start searching for your accommodation three to six months before your intended arrival date. This will ensure that you find the best accommodation options according to your needs as well as the best prices according to your budget. You can also start your booking process as soon as you receive an offer, even if it is conditional, as many of our properties apply a “no visa, no pay policy”.
To find your most convenient option, simply input your city or university of choice in the search bar, and once you get the options, you can filter based on your intended length of stay, budget, and proximity to the city centre. If any of the options suit you, you can press the “enquire button” and fill out your application form so that one of our accommodation experts can assist you in the best way possible.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the best accommodation at the University of Birmingham?
Our top picks for University of Birmingham student accommodation include 800 Bristol Road, as it is among our nearest options; Queen’s Hospital Close is our most affordable, and Chamberlain Place has the most room options.
Does Birmingham have the most parks in Europe?
Birmingham has more than 591 parks, making it among the greenest cities in Europe and placing it higher than major cities such as Paris in terms of the number of parks.
Where do most students live in Birmingham?
Most students live in the areas of Selly Oaks, Hockley and Hamstead, Birmingham city centre, Edgbaston, Digbeth, Moseley, and Harborne.