I had the best 4 years of my life studying at Birmingham - if I were to go back and do it all again, I'd not do a single thing differently. I met loads of new friends. I would recommend Birmingham to anyone who is looking for a vibrant place to study.
The University of Birmingham is a Russell Group uni that was founded in 1900 and now has a campus stretching 672 acres. It was the first university to include a medical school, as well as the first to allow women to study medicine.
The uni has a rich history of research successes, including pioneering allergy vaccines and conducting the first clinical trials outside of the US for the contraceptive pill. It remains one of the leading research institutions in medicine and the sciences, especially in areas like nanotechnology, gene therapy, robotics and virtual reality.
In the Complete University Guide’s recent annual rankings, Birmingham scored highly, being placed in 14th position for overall university score, moving up five places from the previous standings.
The city of Birmingham is the second largest in the UK and is often known as the “second city”. As such, there’s plenty going on and it’s a lively and exciting place to be a student. You’ll find restaurants, bars and clubs that produce a good nightlife, as well as plenty of culture and sport.
There are also lots of parks and an impressive canal system for those who enjoy a more natural setting. Additionally, the Bullring centre provides some of the best shopping opportunities in the country.
With a couple of major train stations and an international airport, Birmingham is a well-connected city, allowing you to get to other UK cities, as well as abroad, easily.