A student’s honest opinion
“There are 3 unis here, so a lot of students are spread out. For the UoB most people live in Selly Oak which is right next to the uni. It’s full of take-aways (Rooster house is amazing), pubs (loads of deals and quiz nights) and an Aldi and Sainsburys. They have a German Christmas market and a food festival every year. They’re pretty good.
China town is pretty central and has some nice places which are pretty cheap. Lots of student pubs with deals and entertainment in Selly Oak. In town it’s the same as any city with nice bars, especially down by the canals in Brindley Place. There is something for everyone. Digbeth has a very big drum and bass and that sort of scene going on. There is the HMV Institute, O2 academy as well as the NIA and NEC for gigs. There are loads of other venues as well for live music. The Hare and Hounds out in Kings Heath has a lot of smaller bands playing before they get famous.
There are a load of standard clubs running up Broad Street (Gatecrasher, Sports Café which always changes name, Lloyds). There is also an Oceana and a Reflex nearer to the centre. The gay area is near to the city centre as well and has a load of bars and one main club called Nightingales, and it has a big night on a Thursday. Eddie’s is a rock club in town, it’s a bit grotty but is quite popular with guys who have long hair and like to wear a lot of black. There are a few theatres in Birmingham, there is the Old Rep Theatre and the Hippodrome. There is also symphony hall for other gigs, with more classical and relaxed music there.” Faye, 22