The Local Area

Birmingham is an exciting and culturally diverse city known as the second city with Europe’s youngest population, and more canals than Venice – that’s a great pub quiz fact!

Surrounding Newman there are a number of supermarkets and smaller convenience stores either a short walk or drive away.

One Stop is just round the corner from University if you wanted to pop out for a few essentials whilst ASDA is just a short 5-minute drive for the larger shops.


There are a number of areas in and around Birmingham to enjoy a meal out for a range of different budgets.

In Birmingham City Centre you have the usual restaurants you see on a busy high street as well as plenty of independent restaurants.

From canal side Brindley Place to street food at Digbeth Dining Club, there is an amazing selection of restaurants, markets and events to go to, no matter what your preferred cuisine.

Don’t miss the Balti triangle, home of and justifiably renowned for the best tasting authentic Balti curries in the world.


The vibrant city centre is home to numerous shopping centres, including the Bullring with the iconic Selfridges building, the Mailbox with designer shops aplenty and the new Grand Central which is home to one of the biggest John Lewis stores in the UK, not forgetting the brand new Primark – which is the world’s biggest Primark store!

Alongside the shopping centres there are fantastic independent shops and boutiques, catering for a range of tastes and styles.

When it comes to entertainment, Birmingham will leave you spoilt for choice. Whatever hobby or interest you have, there is sure to be something for you to do and a host of new things to try out.

There’s plenty of art, theatre and music to enjoy as the city is home to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the MAC and the IKON Gallery, where there are a number of great exhibitions and boundary pushing art, throughout the year. Many of these are either free or offer student discounts.

The theatre and dance scene in Birmingham is world-renowned and bursting with talent. The Hippodrome, New Alexandra Theatre, Symphony Hall and Birmingham Royal Ballet have packed calendars including West End musicals and comedy shows.

If you are a music fan, the music scenes in Birmingham will not disappoint. The world’s biggest artists headline here at a whole host of amazing venues, such as the Resorts World Arena, Arena Birmingham, Symphony Hall and the O2 Academy. There are also smaller venues, such as The Institute, around the city where you can watch established and new musical and comedy

As a student city, Birmingham has an array of clubs and bars to suit all tastes. Broad Street sees many well recognised pubs, clubs and bars on offer including Walkabout, Revolution and Reflex whilst bars in areas such as Digbeth, Harborne and Moseley offer a more relaxed vibe.

If you are a sophisticated cocktail drinker you can head to the Mailbox, Jewellery Quarter or Colmore Row and Temple Row. For the beer connoisseurs, real and craft ale establishments are also plentiful. It is safe to say there is something in Birmingham for everyone.

Newman Students’ Union often organise trips to different clubs and bars throughout the year.

If sport is more your thing, Birmingham is the home of Warwickshire Cricket Club and hosts international test and one day fixtures.

Aston Villa and Birmingham City are the two local football rivals with West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers close by.

National indoor sporting events feature at Arena Birmingham and international athletic meets are held at the Alexander Stadium.

Just over the road from Newman’s campus you’ll be able to see the Bartley Green reservoir which is an RYA-approved water sports centre and the home of Bartley Sailing Club.

Located at the centre of the UK motorway network with the
M6, M5 and M42 motorways all nearby, Birmingham has excellent links to the rest
of Britain.

For rail travellers Birmingham New Street station has regular services to destinations throughout the country, and Birmingham International Airport has flights to destinations across the globe. Birmingham also has use of a tram system and even has 35 miles of canals within the city if you fancy a very different mode of transport!