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Living in Birmingham

We might be England’s second city but living here is second-to-none. The bustle of the city is impressive enough, with its theatres, bars and nightlife. But with so many parks and open spaces – including more canals than Venice – you’ll be astonished at how green Birmingham really is.

You may also be surprised by the huge array of shops and restaurants that thrive in the city. With some much-loved major retail names (think Selfridges), Birmingham is a true shopping mecca. Foodies are equally well catered for, with Michelin-starred restaurants, the Balti triangle, the Chinese Quarter and Spiceal Street by the Bullring. And when it comes to sport and concert venues, there’s the NEC, Edgbaston Cricket Ground and the Alexander Stadium.

Birmingham is also home to the world-famous City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the iconic Library of Birmingham and a wealth of museums and historic buildings. Then there’s the excellent transport links, soon to be boosted by the new Curzon Street railway station for HS2 and the continuing extension of our tram system.

Top this off with fantastic schools and not one but three major universities right in the centre. This is a city of entrepreneurs, driving a thriving economy and offering an array of employment opportunities.

Birmingham is a city to easily rival London – at a fraction of the cost of living – and we think you’ll agree: relocating to Birmingham really adds up.