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Top 5 reasons to study in Birmingham

The University of Law Birmingham campus is set in the heart of the UK’s second largest city. Birmingham boasts one of the largest concentrations of leading law firms and lawyers outside of London, making it a great place to study.

By Elena Carruthers. Published 28 June 2019. Last updated 11 January 2023.

Priding themselves on being a hotbed of culture and diversity, there are numerous reasons to visit the thriving city. Today we’re looking at the top 5 reasons to study in Birmingham.

Shop ‘til you drop

Birmingham is a shopping lover's dream. Bullring, Grand Central and LinkStreet have now combined to become THE go-to shopping area. You’ll be spoilt for choice with over 200 shops, including John Lewis and Selfridges. Don’t forget to check out the Bullring Indoor Market for an excellent selection of fresh fish, meat and poultry, exotic fruit and vegetables, and so much more.

If you have a soft spot for jewellery then head to Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter where you’ll find over 100 independent specialist retailers and craftspeople. This historic area is also home to 200 listed buildings and the Quarter’s iconic Chamberlain clock.

If you’re looking for something more unusual then head to Great Western Arcade, Piccadilly Arcade, or Burlington Arcade to peruse what Birmingham’s independent shopping scene has to offer.

Live music

There are plenty of live music venues around Birmingham to keep any taste entertained. For the biggest names in the entertainment industry head to Utilita Arena Birmingham where you can join up to 15,800 people at one concert.

For more intimate venues, check out The Glee ClubSymphony HallO2 AcademyThe Night OwlThe Jam HouseThe Sunflower LoungeThe Flapper, Tower of SongThe Asylum, and many more.

Opera fans will also be spoilt for choice with the Birmingham Opera Company. The award-winning company has performed in warehouses, shopping centres, train stations and even in a burned out ice rink.

Cadbury World

We’re not sure we need to explain this choice but if you need more convincing than the name alone, how about chocolate-themed afternoon tea, a 4D chocolate adventure, chocolate making, and the largest Cadbury’s shop in the world? They also do some incredible deals for students, so make sure you check their website for the latest discount codes and student ticket offers.

The Custard Factory

The Custard Factory is a creative workspace located on the same site that the historic Bird’s Custard Factory used to be. The 15 acres of Victorian factory buildings have been redeveloped into creative & digital businesses, music studios, independent shops, cafes, and bars.

The Custard Factory is the heart of alternative Birmingham, so if you’re looking for something a little different then this is the place for you.

All the escape rooms

This might not be one you expected to see on this list, but Birmingham is home to some of the best escape room experiences in the UK. Escape Hunt, Escape Live, Clue HQ and Escape Reality are only a few of the top-rated experiences. Grab a team of friends, or make some new ones, and team up to solve puzzles and clues and make your escape.


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