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A Student’s Guide to Birmingham

Bentley House is close to the city centre and its many vibrant shops, galleries, restaurants and nightlife, with most places within walking distance.


Aston University

10 minute walk from Bentley House

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established research-led University.


Birmingham City University North Campus

17 minute walk from Bentley House

Birmingham City University is a post-1992 British university in the city of Birmingham, England. It is the second largest of three universities in the city.

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University College Birmingham

23 Minute Walk from Bentley House

One of Birmingham's many higher education centres this is the closest to the city centre and is only a short walk from Bentley House.


Bullring Shopping Centre

20 Minute Walk from Bentley House

The Bullring is one of Birmingham's most iconic buildings with it's bubbly exterior and has loads of student brands under one roof.

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Redpoint Climbing Centre

7 Minute Walk from Bentley House

An indoor climbing centre designed for those of all abilities. A great way to keep fit and have fun.


Electric Cinema

25 Minute Walk from Bentley House

Electric Cinema is a unique cinema experience as it has large sofas and even beds for you to get comfy in while watching a film.

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Q Club

12 Minute Walk from Bentley House

Located in an old church building this is a historic venue that has hosted many acts across it's 20+ years.

Tesco Express

Tesco University Express

6 Minute Walk from Bentley House

Located on Aston University's campus it is the closest chain supermarket store. Great for picking up the essentials like bread or milk.

Sea Life Centre

National Sea Life Centre

30 Minute Walk from Bentley House

With Otters, Sharks, Penguins and Turtles there is something for everyone here.


Odeon Cinema

14 minute via public transport from Bentley House

Situated in the city centre on New Street showing all the latest films, this cinema has eight screens including IMAX, 2D & 3D.

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7 Minute Walk from Bentley House

Cheap, cheerful and a great place to grab a bargain to decorate your new room!

O2 Institute

O2 Institute

25 Minute Walk from Bentley House

Held in a historic building and able to have 1500 people inside this is a great place to visit if live music is your thing.

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Hippodrome Theatre

26 Minute Walk from Bentley House

All kinds of live shows are here to enjoy including Opera, Pantomime and Musicals. Great for soaking up the atmosphere and losing yourself in the shows.


Grand Central

24 minute walk from Bentley House

This large shopping centre complex newly opened in September 2015, whether your shopping or lunching - this place has it!


University of Birmingham

30 minute via public transport from Bentley House

The University of Birmingham is a public research university, it's just 30 minutes via public transport.


Turtle Bay

25 minute walk from Bentley House

This lively restaurant is inspired by Caribbean beach shacks & street hawkers and also offers daily Happy Hour deals 2-4-1 on cocktails!


Brew Dog

24 minute walk from Bentley House

Brewdog craft beer revolution has recently hit Birmingham, great atmosphere & great drinks - what more could you want?


02 Academy

20 minute via public transport from Bentley House

This venue holds gigs regularly, along with hosting student nights - I'm sure you'll soon to be familiarised with the infamous Propaganda!

Famous for its exuberant nightlife, vast shopping centres, cultural hotspots and historic landmarks, we’ve listed the best places for students to hang out in the amazing city of Birmingham!

Brum Nightlife


If you love live music, Birmingham is the place to be. The Barclaycard Arena and the Genting Arena showcase some of the biggest bands and artists in the world; then there’s the O2 Institute, where the indie bands and up-and-comers play, so keep track of when your favourite music acts are coming to town.

If you’re looking for cheap drinks, great tunes and huge dancefloors, Snobs will be right up your street. This nightclub always has a relaxed, student-friendly vibe – and what’s more, it plays some of the best alternative music emerging in Birmingham today.

We get that not everyone likes indie music though, so if you’re looking for a fun night out, try the Rainbow. This lively nightclub plays electronic, dance and pop anthems into the early hours!

If you just want to chill out with a pint after your lectures, Sacks of Potatoes is a great pub with a laid-back atmosphere. Serving up tasty pub food, real ales and fantastic wines, it’s popular with students all year round.

The Best Places to Study in the City


Being such a huge city, Birmingham is also famous for having some of the best coffee shops, picturesque spots and cosy places to study in the UK.

York’s, for example, is a bakery-come-cafe that has a friendly atmosphere and some of the best coffee in the city. The prices here are student-friendly and it makes for a great alternative to studying in the uni library.

The Urban Coffee Emporium is also popular amongst students. A coffee shop and a kitchen with free WiFi and large tables, it’s an ideal place to concentrate and begin some serious studying.

The Yumm Cafe has a casual, relaxed vibe that makes it an ideal place to study with friends. There’s always plenty of seating available, and the low prices are very popular for obvious reasons!

The Library of Birmingham, aside from being one of the most visually impressive buildings in the city, has great WiFi, computers and large study spaces. The roof gardens are also an enjoyable place to study during the summer.

Fun Days Out in the Local Area


If your parents are coming for a visit or you want to go somewhere a little different with your friends, you’ll be pleased to discover that Birmingham is full of places where you can enjoy a fun day out.

There is so much to discover at Cadbury World. It has 14 amazing ‘zones’, each one offering something completely different. From discovering how your favourite chocolate is made to playing in chocolate rain, there is something for everyone here.

The National Sea Life Centre is also a great place to visit with your family. Tickets start at just £12.75 and there are plenty of animals to see. Glass tunnels run through the aquariums that showcase sharks, penguins, otters, turtles, octopus, stingrays and more.

At Cannock Chase, just outside of Birmingham, you’ll find Go Ape. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Cannock Chase is always a popular spot, but Go Ape makes it even more exciting by offering everything from zip wires and Tarzan swings to high rope obstacles and forest segways. As exciting as city life is, it’s nice to get out and visit scenic areas like this every now and then.

Retail Therapy


Birmingham is a great place to shop until you drop! The famous Bullring is home to over 160 fantastic shops – and if you get a little tired after your spree, you can refuel in one of the Bullring’s 25 restaurants.

Birmingham’s city-centre streets are also packed with great designer, high-street and independent shops. New Street, situated just by the town hall, boasts Jack Wills, The Body Shop, Primark, and countless more.

If you’re hoping to buy something unique and special, the city has a wide range of independent retailers. The Great Western Arcade was built in 1879 and is full of boutiques, specialist shops and delicious places to eat.

Get Your Dose of Culture


If you’re a culture vulture, this is the place to be! The city has no shortage of fascinating art galleries and museums.

The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is completely free and it has over 40 galleries displaying some of the very best in world art, social history, ethnography and archaeology.

The Ikon Gallery also has free entry and is considered one of the finest contemporary art venues in the country. The exhibitions include sound, film, mixed media, photography, painting, sculpture and installation to name but a few.

Birmingham’s Chinese Quarter is home to the fantastic Hippodrome theatre, which plays host to hundreds of popular musicals, pantomimes, comedy shows, dramas, operas, ballets, plays and dance performances every year. Built in 1899, it’s a lavish building with a traditional, intricate interior, and it boasts an impressive history.

The city also has a wide range of cinemas, including Broadway Plaza’s Odeon, which boasts an amazing iSense screen offering floor-to-ceiling screens, making for a truly eye-popping cinema experience. Birmingham is also home to the fantastic Electric Cinema, the oldest working picturehouse in the UK. Built in 1909, it has now been refurbished and is full of great little quirks, like sofas, waited service, and a full bar!

Student Accommodation in Birmingham


Looking forward to starting uni in Birmingham? We’re not surprised, because it’s one of the liveliest and most exciting cities in the UK! To find out more about our safe and comfy student accommodation in Birmingham, call us on 0121 201 3870 or email us at bentleyhouse@thestudenthousingcompany.com.