Birmingham Student Housing?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Richard A Thackeray, 14 Mar 2019.

  1. Does anyone know what the districts of Bournville, & Stirchley, are like, in terms of houses?

    Daughter is starting at the University Of Birmingham, & is looking at those areas
    Partially due to the trainsport links (we don't think she's taking her car down with her)

  2. midlife

    midlife Guru

    Normally for the first year most students stay in uni halls of residence?
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  3. Brains

    Brains Guru

    1st year - stay in halls if you possibly can
  4. Katherine

    Katherine Guru Moderator

    Halls first year. They make friendship groups and by January are starting to arrange where they are moving out to in the second year. Usually to the Selly Oak area. Need to put deposits down for the accommodation even though they won't be moving until the end of the summer term.
    Miss K is in her 5th year there.
  5. Hugh Manatee

    Hugh Manatee Veteran

    There seem to be new halls being built all the time. Important for a student, historically there were no pubs in Bournville.
  6. BrumJim

    BrumJim Poster

    Oh, my area. Worth a longer chat, this one. Selly Oak / Bournbrook are the traditional student areas with lots of Edwardian terraces. Bournville is way too aspirational and no pubs. Since the growth of student accommodation, areas such as Selly Park/Ten Acres and Stirchley, whilst having the appropriate housing, are getting less studenty.
  7. tom73

    tom73 Über Member

    Halls for the 1st year is best way to go. Uni's have spent big bucks on them in the last few years they are now we'll worth a look. Many areas also have private build student flats which again are miles away from the student digs of old. Both will come with every thing inc in the renting privately mostly don't.

    The other things is you make friends and the quickly learn who you can live with and who are total slobs who have never seen the need to clean up.
    Much better to find out that way than have to do it in a home you are renting with no one but the you to clean up the mess of everyone else.
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  8. BrumJim

    BrumJim Poster

    Birmingham Uni Halls around the Vale are great. Very close to the Uni and a very pleasant lakeside setting. This is where I spent my first year.
  9. nickyboy

    nickyboy Norven Mankey

    Son is a fresher there. He's on the Vale (Tennis Courts) in his first year. For second year virtually everybody goes to Selly Oak. V convenient for university, loads of shared house accomodation. Never heard of anyone staying in Bournville
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  10. sheddy

    sheddy Guru

    Beware unscrupulous landlords ramming extra bedrooms into already cramped houses.
  11. Electric_Andy

    Electric_Andy Heavy Metal Fan

    I don't know Birmingham but I would second living in halls if you can. I stayed in Halls in Luton for 2 years, they were the best years.
  12. Chris S

    Chris S Veteran

    Stirchley has lots of small/medium terraced houses. It's about a mile south east of the University and there aren't any direct busses. There are a lot of students there so presumably they walk, cycle or drive to the university.

    Stirchley, Selly Oak and Bournbrook have really high burglary rates. Burglars target the area because they know students will have expensive electronic gadgets and the houses (being rented) will have poor security.

    I don't have any experience of Bournville but it's a bit more upmarket and a bit further away.
  13. Thanks all

    She's already stated that she doesn't want Selly Ok

    As for 'Halls' & such, she's slightly introverted, not a partier (when schoolfriends had 'parties', I'd often have to go collect her, when the drunkenness started, as she wanted no part of it)

    We'll see, as I guess it's not up to me, more of a 'Senior Management & associate' issue:whistle:
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  14. BrumJim

    BrumJim Poster

    The roads around Dogpool Lane, Kitchener, Hobson, Cecil, Manilla, Fashoda are a good bet.

    Is she creative? Stirchley is where a lot of the creatives are hanging out, with a whole hash of super-trendy places opening up. The ones that aren't expensive yet.
    Last edited: 15 Mar 2019
  15. Katherine

    Katherine Guru Moderator

    I'll ask Miss K.
    Does she know anyone else who she'd like to share with?
    Is she looking for a room in a house/flat?
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