With close to 40% of residents aged under 25, Birmingham is one of the UK’s most popular student cities. Thankfully, there are plenty of student rooms, studios and apartments to go around too.
The UK’s second city is a vibrant metropolis that’s packed with personality. Alongside its picturesque canals, craft beer scene and blockbuster shopping malls, there are five universities in the city, including one leading global top 100 universities. Little wonder, then, why so many students choose to live here. Birmingham boasts student accommodation to suit every budget and taste, from cheap and cheerful student digs with shared kitchens and bathrooms to swish skyscrapers with cinemas and wellness centres. We’ve scoured the internet for five of the best student accommodation options in Birmingham, based on student reviews, value for money, amenities and features, and location.
When it comes to location, it’s hard to beat Lakeside. Situated slap-bang between the University of Birmingham, Aston University and Birmingham City University, students are within walking distance of lectures, libraries and nightlife. It’s also a short and easy stroll to the Bullring and Grand Central shopping mall. The Classic En-suite Room features a private bedroom and shared kitchen, with access to a game room with pool table, spacious comfy lounge and dedicated study rooms. Rent includes everything from laundry facilities to high-speed WiFi.
Coleshill Street, B4 7UP. Rooms from £152 per person, per week.
Onyx is one of Birmingham’s most interesting new student accommodation offerings. Set high in a 24-storey building, Onyx promises students everything they need to “work, live and thrive”. This includes a sky-high roof terrace, cinema room, gardens, gaming rooms, and plenty of study space. It’s located on the fringes of the city centre too, with excellent access to trams, busses and trains. Students can choose from a spacious “Cluster Room” or studio, both of which feature large comfy beds, en-suite bathrooms and a study desk with a comfy chair.
60 Lancaster Street, B4 7BZ. From £155 per room.
The Toybox, Uni Lodgers
The Toybox offers a wide range of private rooms and studio flats with state-of-the-art amenities in stylish surroundings. Think seamless, ultrafast WiFi, a fully equipped onsite gym and wellness room, and a dedicated concierge team so you never miss a delivery. Studios feature a double bed, dining and lounge area and kitchen. The dedicated workspaces are particularly impressive too. Cancellation is also free, which makes it a good option for those who have considered the university and anticipate getting a spot through Clearing at the end of the month.
Bishopsgate Street. Rooms from £162 per person, per week.
Battery Park, AmberStudent
Students looking for a sociable living environment close to the University of Birmingham will love Battery Park. Located in the heart of popular Selly Oak, it’s just a 15-minute stroll to the main campus. There are currently 417 rooms in the building, so the odds are with you for making friends for life here too. Each room has its own private bathroom and – more unusually – its own kitchenette complete with fridge freezer, oven, cooker and microwave. There’s onsite laundry, bike storage and maintenance support too.
Bristol Road. Rooms from £180 per person, per week.
88 Bromsgrove House, Prestige Student Living
For those looking for premium student digs, Prestige Student Living is an excellent option. There’s a range of bedrooms and apartments to choose from, but we think the one-bedroom apartments offer the best value for money. Stretching across around 42.4 sq. meters, each apartment features a double bed, open plan kitchen and lounge area, and a large ensuite bathroom. Students can enjoy access to dedicated study rooms and a snug too. There’s also an onsite gym, cinema and games room.
88 Bromsgrove Street. Apartments from £252 per person, per week.