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where is nice, where isn't?
what is there to do?
give me a Time Out travel guide
get 'em while they're hot!
is the oft trumpeted line about Brum. A lot of the inner city has been redeveloped over the past 20-30 years and there are some pleasantly surprising spots near the City centre that are worth a visit. I like it around the NIA/Sea Life Centre: lots of bars and quite picturesque.
Art galleries: Ikon, Eastside Project, mac, Bmag, Barber Institute
Jewellery Quarter and canal areas are nice for a wander
Go to a concert, or at least take a look in at Symphony Hall
Lots of shopping areas and a few markets too...
I've never actually been, only drove through it once, hence the question mark
a bit underwhealming unless you're in primary school. I get the impression that someone had a great idea about building a museum, built it, and then realised there isn't actually much scope with chocolate. Although the freebies that get thrust in your direction at every turn compensate for much of the tedium.
if you live near there, you can go to the shop (without paying to go to the museum) and buy big bags of broken chocolate really cheaply. That's good.
Get cake and real ale bought to you whilst watching a film.
you moving to Birmingham?
well, i'm considering it for university
I went to University of Birmingham, it's great, and really pretty. If you do end up doing that though, live in Selly Park rather than Selly Oak: bigger houses.
at the moment it's my 3rd/4th choice, but this thread is helping!
when I was looking at universities, I got persuaded by my parents to visit Birmingham and I was really reluctant. Then I spent a day in the city and campus and loved it.
will do in september or whatever i suppose. google maps hasn't sold Selly Park to me!
just a big massive road really with a couple of pubs. BUT if you live in Selly Oak you'll have a bedroom that's actually two bedrooms divided in half (like in Fresh Meat) as dodgy landlords really exploit students who don't fancy walking for 20 minutes to get to lectures. Selly Oak has the huge party houses!
you can pick up really big bags of pork scratchings for not too many pennies
It's pretty big, so naturally there are a mix of good and bad areas. Fortunately due to its size there's always something going on. Transport-wise, it's well connected to most places - even as a Londoner, I still think they should have put the football stadium there rather than Wembley.
I lived there for 5 years, moved to London 7 years ago, and I still miss it.
People are hugely friendly
Very green around the edges, especially the lovely Cannon Hill Park
The tourist things that number guy recommended are all great. Also you can do a lot of walking round nice places: I like walking round the Jewellery Quarter and Digbeth.
Are you going to move there? Best place to live is Kings Heath, or around that area: Moseley, Hall Green (which is a bit further out). Cheaper (and a bit less nice but perfectly pleasant) is Balsall Heath and Sparkbrook. Plus it's one of the cheaper places in the country to live, public transport is pretty good but it's designed for cars.
My only downside is there's not much independent stuff in the city centre, especially places to go for lunch. But I am a big fan of the Bullring so I don't mind too much.
Been looking at some of those areas, plus Edbgaston and Harborne. But hadn't considered Sparkbrook at all, in fact I've been told by multiple people to avoid it as it's not great?
I like it. Nice and quiet, lots of good Victorian terraces, lots of families, AMAZING food in the 'Balti Triangle' especially Ladypool Road. It's slightly run down, and it's a mostly Asian area, so I guess the people who said to avoid it might find it a bit intimidating? But it's good if you can't afford Kings Heath/Moseley.
Edgbaston is OK but there's not many shops around there (I'm guessing you mean Hagley Road rather than the super-posh mansions). I never liked Harborne because it's full of medical students going to wine bars (apologies if you're a medical student). In London terms it's Clapham, if that means anything to you.
just seemed to be a universal agreement of 'no definitely don't live there' sort of thing whenever I asked! Might look into it more though.
I'm not a student, so maybe Harborne would be a bit too student-y? Clapham reference means nothing to me! It seemed nice though. Kings Heath looks good too, although isn't it a bit far from the city centre? Would quite like to be within easy cycling distance of work.
Along with the likes of Handsworth and Lozells, etc.
Rough endz bruv.
I wouldn't have said Harborne was particularly studenty though and is indeed quite nice as well as being quite close to the city.
Kings Heath is about 4 miles from the city I guess.
Had an absolutely brilliant day. Went to a pub that did 2 jager bombs for £5.
All in all, 10/10 would go again
it's an endless hidden world of faintly terrifying Irish pubs.
Loads to do for students, plenty of bars and nights out, 2 football teams, a good number of venues and a decent local scene with all the touring bands stopping by.
City centre has been massively regenerated over the past 2-3 decades as has been mentioned, meaning the city centre and surrounding area are really nice.
If you're looking at Brum uni specifically as well, beautiful campus with a top notch student union. Selly Oak's a fun place to live too.