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Moving to Birmingham: The Ultimate Guide

Written by Reviewed by Dave Sayce

1st Nov 2017 (Last updated on 19th Feb 2020) 5 minute read

Often referred to as the UK’s Second City, Birmingham is a very popular place to live. If you are Moving to Birmingham then Compare My Move needs to be your first stop. We have helped hundreds of Birmingham house movers with the help of our Birmingham removal companies.

With the very reasonable prices of property, a vast array of culture, lush green, open spaces and more canal waterways than Venice, it’s easy to see why so many people are loving living in Birmingham… It has a current population of over 1.1 million and is the most ethnically diverse city in the UK.

Things you might not know about Birmingham

  • Almost a third of Birmingham residents are of an ethnic minority
  • The Bullring Shopping Centre is one of the largest shopping centres in Europe
  • You can travel to 90% of the UK from Birmingham within 4 hours
  • Birmingham is second only to London for the amount of Michelin star restaurants
  • Birmingham is famous for its jewellery design
  • The Birmingham Hippodrome is the biggest Theatre in the UK
  • Birmingham attracts around 1 million international visitors a year
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This article will cover the following:
  1. Birmingham's Property Market
  2. Where to Live in Birmingham
  3. Jobs and Career Opportunities in Birmingham
  4. Getting Around in Birmingham
  5. Schools and Universities
  6. Birmingham Lifestyle

Birmingham's Property Market

Property Prices in Birmingham are not too shabby. As with most places, homes are more affordable outside the city centre but relatively reasonable all over the City.

If you are moving to Birmingham and will be renting a property then you can expect to pay something in the region of:

PropertyRent PCM

2-bed property

£800 - £900

3-bed property

£950 - £1050


Differences between properties in the City Centre and Outside the City Centre:

PropertyAverage Monthly Rent in Birmingham City CentreAverage Monthly Rent Outside Birmingham City Centre

1-bed flat

£560 - £580

£340 - £480

3-bed flat

£900 - £1020

£650 - £670


If you are moving to Birmingham and will be buying a property then you can expect to pay something in the region of:

  • Average cost for a 3-bedroom House in Birmingham - £190,000
  • Average Property Price per square metre in Birmingham City Centre - £2,800
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Where to Live in Birmingham

There are plenty of thriving areas in Birmingham and if you are deciding where to live then below we have listed some of the most popular areas in Birmingham to live:

If you are moving to Birmingham with a family and particularly if you have school age children then some of the recommended spots in Brum for you and your kin are Harborne, Halesowen and Bourneville. Another area going through a popularity surge particularly with young families and couples is the Jewellery Quarter.

Why Harborne?

  • Lovely green open spaces
  • Close to inner-city areas
  • Easy access to city centre

Why Halesowen?

  • Just outside Birmingham but quick commute to the City Centre
  • Fantastic schools
  • Lots of parks and green spaces

Why Bourneville?

  • Fantastic Schools
  • Green open spaces and lots for families to do
  • Home to the Cadbury Chocolate Factory

Why the Jewellery Quarter?

  • Attractive Neighbourhoods
  • Perfect for City Living
  • Hipster Hotspot

Other popular areas to live in Birmingham include:

  • Sutton Coldfield
  • Kings Heath
  • Bearwood
  • Edgbaston
  • Solihill
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Jobs and Career Opportunities in Birmingham

Birmingham is bustling with business so if you are going in search of work or career development, you’re in luck. Birmingham is big in several industries with the most popular industry sectors being, according to Monster:

  1. Construction
  2. Manufacturing
  3. Education
  4. Software Development
  5. Automotive Manufacturing
  6. IT Services
  7. Financial Services

Getting Around in Birmingham

It is easy enough to get around in Birmingham so if you will soon be moving there and find yourself worrying about the transport systems, you can rest assured, it is perfectly simple and convenient. You will have busses, trains and the Midland Metro to choose from. The cost of transport in Birmingham is reasonable:

TicketMode of Transportprice

Adult Single Ticket

Midland Metro


1-day Ticket

Bus, Tram and Train


Monthly Season Ticket

Bus, Tram and Train


1st Class Monthly Season Ticket

Bus, Tram and Train


Yearly Season Ticket

Bus, Tram, Train

£1,020 - £1,510

Birmingham also has perfect and easy access to the UK’s road and rail networks.

Schools and Universities

If you are considering moving to Birmingham with children of school age then you might want to consider areas like Bourneville, Harborne and Halesowen.

If you are moving to study or have teens that will be looking to study in Birmingham then you can rest assured that you will find what you are looking for. Birmingham has 5 universities to choose from and the University of Birmingham has been dubbed one of the best value universities in the UK due to its fairly low rent prices.

Birmingham Lifestyle

Birmingham is a melting pot of fun, culture and entertainment. There is something for everyone.

Family Fun and Outdoor Activities

There are plenty of outdoor fun activities in Birmingham for families and for bigger kids and adventurers. You can choose from zip lining, paddle boating, tube floating and much more.

Also, don’t forget that Birmingham is the home of Cadbury Chocolate and you can visit an actual Chocolate factory!

Entertainment and Events

There are events galore that take place throughout the year in Birmingham, from theatre to live music to comedy nights. The Birmingham NEC has played host to worldwide music acts and is the main music venue in Birmingham.

Nightlife and Food

With approximately 73,000 students residing in Birmingham, the nightlife is vibrant with hundreds of stylish pubs. Bars and nightclubs. There are plenty of restaurants and many of which have a Michelin star!


Did you know that Birmingham is home to the biggest festive market in the UK? The Frankfurt Christmas Market is something to truly behold and if you are Moving to Bristol, you’re going to love it.

Birmingham also thrown an impressive pride parade annually that’s not to be missed.


The Bullring Shopping Centre in Birmingham is huge. One of the biggest shopping complexes in Europe. One of the attractions is the much-loved bull outside the shopping centre that is often dressed up in silly, but wildly entertaining, costumes.

So, there you have it. That’s Birmingham for you. A fun, vibrant City full of opportunity and great places to live. If you are moving to or within Birmingham, be sure to compare the cost of verified removal companies with Compare My Move. 

Zenyx Griffiths

Before Compare My Move, Zenyx once wrote lifestyle and entertainment articles for the online magazine, Society19 as well as news articles for Ffotogallery.

Dave Sayce

Reviewed by Dave Sayce

Co-Founder and Director, Compare My Move

Dave Sayce is the co-founder and director of Compare My Move and has over 10 years of experience in the house removals industry.