Connecting you to the Midlands
Connecting to the rest of the country
Transport links into and out of Birmingham are amazing, with motorways, railways, airports and even canals to take you here, there, and anywhere. London is 1hr 25 mins away by train or a two hour drive down the M40. And the Midlands, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Derby, Nottingham and the Black Country are all less than an hour away. From New Street Station you can get trains that span the length and breadth of the UK. While the international airport is only a 10-minute train ride from the city centre and flies to hundreds of destinations including New York, Dubai, Paris and Madrid.
Connecting with a lower cost of living
With a 22% lower cost of living than London, you can get much more bang for your buck in Birmingham. The average house price is £180,000 – much lower than the average across England and Wales of £271,000. While the average rent is £684/month, which is a little lower than the national average of £700/month. You can expect to pay £3.50 for a pint of beer and £2.70 for a regular cappuccino too.
Connecting to the area
Birmingham might be the capital of the region, but there are many more places to explore and live in besides the city centre. Brindley Place and Digbeth are both central and desirable areas. They’re trendy, with refined eateries and vibrant bars. Erdington is a seven-minute drive from the centre, cheaper to live in, and up and coming. Edgebaston at just 10 minutes from the centre boasts charming green streets, Georgian architecture, and peaceful gardens. Harbourne is a commuter village and ideal for young families with five primary schools and four secondary schools including an academy and a grammar. The areas of Bearwood, Holloway Head, Moseley and Coleshill are also nearby and very desirable.
Connecting to education
Birmingham has a great education system. So, if you’ve a family to consider you’ll have no problem finding an education provider to suit everyone’s needs. There’s an excellent mix of primary and secondary state schools. Plus, some private schools, sixth form colleges and academies for children aged five-16.
There are also several Further Education colleges and no less than six universities.
Connecting to culture and fun
From contemporary art at the Ikon Gallery to Fine Art at the independent Reuben Colley gallery. From the gorgeous Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to the glorious Symphony Hall, Birmingham Opera Company, Royal Ballet, or the 110-year-old Electric Cinema. There’s no shortage of culture to experience in Birmingham. And if fast-paced fun is more your thing, then dive headfirst into retro arcade gaming at Kongs and NQ64, or the bleeding-edge gaming experience at Matrix Virtual Reality. You can also enjoy a comedy show at The Glee Club, some cheesy music at Pop World or the various delights of the O2 Academy. Because one thing’s for sure in Birmingham, there’s no time to be bored.
Connecting to food, drink, and retail
Birmingham is the only English city outside London to have five Michelin-starred restaurants. Most famous is the Balti Triangle, where the Balti curry was actually invented, while a fantastic selection of street food can be found at the Digbeth Dining Club, a weekly market with specialist treats.
And if a spot of retail therapy is up your street, there’s plenty of choice here too, because Birmingham is home to the famous Bullring and Grand Central, the luxurious Mailbox Birmingham and the Jewellery Quarter. From Harvey Nichols to Selfridges, beautiful arcades to historic markets – Birmingham offers everything you could ever want in an attractive and compact space.
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