Posted on December 21, 2017
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Living day to day life in a foreign city can be challenging when you do not know where to go and how to get work done, find below a gist of everything you need to have knowledge about to lead a comfortable and eventful life! Now that you are all settled in your new apartment, here's something to make your life easier:

Entertainment

Need to unwind after a long week?

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Museums

Treat yourself to some art and history every once in a while!

  • Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BM&AG) opened in 1885 is a museum and art gallery in Birmingham. It has a collection of international importance covering fine art, ceramics, metalwork, jewellery, natural history, archaeology, ethnography, local history and industrial history.
  • Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum is a science museum in Birmingham, England. Opened in 2001, it is part of Birmingham Museums Trust and is located within the Millennium Point complex on Curzon Street, Digbeth.
  • Soho House is an 18th-century house in Handsworth , England. It was the home of entrepreneur Matthew Boulton from 1766 until his death in 1809. It is now a museum, run by Birmingham Museums Trust, celebrating Boulton's life.
  • Sarehole Mill is a water mill on the River Cole in Hall Green, Birmingham. It is now run as a museum by the Birmingham Museums Trust. It is known for being one of only two working water mills in Birmingham. Built in 1542 on the site of a previous pool.
  • Pen Museum is a museum in Birmingham, dedicated to educating visitors about the history of Birmingham's steel pen trade. The only museum in the United Kingdom devoted to the history of the pen making industry, the Pen Museum explains how Birmingham became the center of the world pen trade.

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Theatres

Attend a concert or alternate between old movies and live events, there's a plethora of choices.

  • Birmingham Hippodrome is a theatre situated on Hurst Street in the Chinese Quarter of Birmingham. Although best known as the home stage of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, it also hosts a wide variety of other performances including visiting opera and ballet companies, touring West End shows, pantomime and drama.
  • Birmingham Repertory Theatre, commonly called Birmingham Rep, is a producing theatre based on Centenary Square in Birmingham, England. It is the longest-established of Britain's building-based theatre companies and one of its most consistently innovative.
  • Piccadilly Cinema building is located in Sparkhill, Birmingham, England, and is situated on the Stratford Road. It first opened in May 1930 under the name the Piccadilly Super Cinema and was designed by Harold Seymour Scott.
  • New Alexandra Theatre, commonly known as the Alex, is a theatre on Station Street in Birmingham. Construction of the theatre commenced in 1900 and was completed in 1901. The theatre continued to provide and attract a range of entertainment, including musicals, comedy, plays, opera and concerts.
  • Crescent Theatre is a small, amateur theatre run mostly by volunteers, in Sheepcote Street, Brindleyplace, in Birmingham. It houses one of the oldest theatre companies in the city: The Crescent Theatre Company. The Crescent also plays host to numerous visiting companies every year, both amateur and professional. It opened in 1932.
  • The Electric is a cinema and sound recording facility in Birmingham, England. It opened in Station Street in 1909, showing its first silent film on 27 December of that year, and is now the oldest working cinema in the country.

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Sports

Catch a game and vibe with the spirit of Birmingham.

  • Arena Birmingham is an indoor sporting and entertainment venue in Birmingham. The Arena, is situated in central Birmingham. When it was opened in 1991, it was the largest indoor arena in the UK.
  • Alexander Stadium opened in 1976 is an international athletics stadium located within Perry Park , Birmingham. It has staged the Amateur Athletics Association Championships, and was the venue of the 1998 Disability World Athletics Championships.
  • St Andrew's is an association football stadium in the Bordesley district of Birmingham. It has been the home ground of Birmingham City Football Club for more than a century. It opened in 1906. It also hosts music concerts, performers and events.
  • Edgbaston Cricket Ground, established in 1882 is a cricket ground in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham. It is home to Warwickshire County Cricket Club, and is also used for Test matches, One Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals. Edgbaston also has a variety of conference and banqueting halls available for a variety of events. Edgbaston hosts an annual fireworks display during bonfire night week.

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Festivals

Lights, Street Performers and Art.. Birmingham has it all!

  • BE FESTIVAL, Birmingham's festival celebrating the best of European theatre returns each year. Featuring performances from eleven European countries, live music, exhibitions, workshops, discussions and delicious food, this vibrant festival puts Birmingham on the map as the theatre capital of Europe.
  • Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul Festival is an annual festival that takes place each July in the idyllic setting of Moseley Park.Mostly Jazz Funk & soul is well known for bringing some of the best artists from the Jazz, Funk & Soul world to Birmingham.
  • Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market & Craft Fair held every year for 20 days in November and December at Victoria Square, New Street & Centenary Square. It largest authentic German market outside Germany and Austria and the centrepiece of the city's festive event calendar. Explore over 180 stalls selling gifts, jewellery, decorations, handmade toys, delicious German fare and of course the ever popular Glühwein!
  • Birmingham's Fierce Festival returns each October with its distinctive programme of live art, performance and projects across Birmingham. Fierce works with local, national and international artists to challenge expectations and presumptions.
  • Birmingham Literature Festival, formerly the Birmingham Book Festival, returns each autumn. The festival's home, The Library of Birmingham brings an exciting programme to the masses.

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Places to Visit

For the tourist in you!

  • Cadbury World is a visitor attraction, featuring a self-guided exhibition tour, created and run by the Cadbury chocolate company. Cadbury World was opened on 14 August 1990 by Morgan Anderson on Cadbury's Bournville manufacturing site. Chocolate samples --- including fresh liquid chocolate --- are given along the way.
  • The National SEA LIFE Centre is an aquarium with over 60 displays of freshwater and marine life in Brindleyplace, Birmingham. Its one-million-litre ocean tank houses giant green sea turtles, black tip reef sharks and tropical reef fish, with the UK's only fully transparent 360 degree underwater tunnel.
  • The Bull Ring is a major commercial area of central Birmingham. It has been an important feature of Birmingham since the Middle Ages. Two shopping centres have been built in the area; in the 1960s, and then in 2003; the latter is styled as one word, Bullring. The current shopping centre was the busiest in the United Kingdom in 2004 with 36.5 million visitors.

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Everyday Eating

All restaurants mentioned under this category offer take out, and are affordable for consistent eating!

  • Digbeth Dining Club at Unit 2 Lower Trinity Street is open only on Fridays from 5:30 pm --- 10:30 pm. It comes in the under £10 category which makes it a great weekend getaway.
  • Forty Twenty Three is an inexpensive Mediterranean restaurant at Stephenson Street open on all days from 12:00 pm --- 8:00 pm.
  • Hen and Chickens is an Indian and Asian fusion restaurant at Stephenson Street that is open on all days from 11:00 am --- 11:00 pm and serves one person in under £10.
  • Yakinori is a sushi bar at Stephenson Place open on all days from 11:00 am --- 10:00 pm. Its an inexpensive option.
  • The Sunflower Lounge is an American style pub open from 12:00 pm --- 11:00 pm at Smallbrook Queensway. It serves on all days at under £10 per person.

Coffeehouses

These coffee houses will make you forget Starbucks.

  • Faculty at City Core
  • Quarter Horse Coffee at Historical Quarter
  • Urban Coffee Company at City Core
  • Six Eight Kafé at City Core
  • The Old Crown Coffee Club at Digbeth

Shopping

Fresh and trending!

Drugstores

These drugstores have several branches in and around Birmingham, visit their websites to know which one you're closest to.

  • CVS
  • Walgreens

Convenience Stores (Grocery/Supermarket)

Popular amongst students and locals alike, there are a lot of branches around Birmingham for these stores.

  • Publix Super Markets
  • Western Market
  • Whole Foods
  • Walmart Supercenter

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Clothing (women & men)

  • TK Maxx at City Core
  • Primark at City Core
  • Dazzle at Warwick Road
  • Fallout at City Core
  • Subculture Clothing at Colehill

Convenience

We're sure you miss the comfort of home.

Laundromats

Most of the time, you'll find this basic amenity at home or in your apartment building, incase you don't ..

  • Washworld Laundry Services at Horton Square
  • Pablos Laundry at King Edward Road
  • Selly Soak at Bristol Road
  • Park Avenue Laundry Services at College Road
  • Sheldon Laundries at Barrows Ln

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