If you’re applying to university in Birmingham then you’ve probably already given some thought to where you might live. Good student accommodation can make or break your uni experience. It’s important to find somewhere you love- that doesn’t cost the earth. So, whether you are going to the University of Birmingham, Aston, or Birmingham City, here’s where to live in Birmingham as a student.

University of Birmingham

Where to live in Birmingham as a student
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Selly Oak/Edgbaston

This area is by far the most popular with students and is nicknamed a ‘student hub’. The triangle is a student village, lined with terraced Victorian and Edwardian properties which have now become flats and bedsits. The area is popular for being close to Bristol Road, which has amenities perfect for student life, including pubs and coffee shops. The rent price is also very affordable for those students on a budget. The area is conveniently served by the CrossCity line. It’s perfect for those who want to travel out into the city and discover more, including University and Five Ways stops.


This affluent suburb is popular with students on longer courses such as medicine and law, as well as international students and those on their year abroad. Similar to Selly Oak, there are amenities perfect for student life. You can visit the fresh vegetable markets and independent pubs and shops. The Plough offers student discounts for those studying in Birmingham and is a popular pub for its stone-baked pizzas and evening drinks.


This is another popular area with students. Moseley is trendy and unique with many independent shops and pubs scattered around the area. Its independent scene is popular with creatives and students likewise, with its monthly farmers and art markets. The benefits are that it’s close to campus and has a more relaxed vibe than the city centre. In fact there are many places to go for an evening out in Moseley. If you fancy a coffee, why not pop to Damascena? It’s a popular Syrian café.

Aston University/Birmingham City University 

Where to live in Birmingham as a student
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This is the location for choice for those studying at either Aston University or Birmingham City University, which have their campuses central to Birmingham. The area is truly a student haven, with many things to do on your doorstep, including live music venues and delicious eateries. It has been named as ‘the coolest neighbourhood in Britain’ by the Sunday Times. There are many creative and digital businesses in Digbeth, including Digbeth’s newest indie cinema; the Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen.

City Centre

There are many office books now being bought by companies, such as Unite Students, and being converted into halls of residence. This has made prices come down and made them affordable for students looking for places to live in the city.

Londonderry House

The accommodation provides 175 beds and charges £148 a week for an en-suite room with shared facilities. It is located in the heart of Birmingham City Centre, so you will never miss out on the culture, entertainment and nightlife the city provides for you. There are also plenty of travel stops for those who want to travel into the city, including the Old Square bus stop and the Birmingham Snow Hill train station.

Cost of living as a student in Birmingham

The average rent for a student in Birmingham can range between £95 to over £150 a week, depending on the location and quality of the house. This is lower than the national student average. The average cost of a pint is £2.94.

Last Updated on June 3, 2024