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Things to do in Birmingham
A rough guide to some of the many
things a postgraduate student can do
in Birmingham
Introduction
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It is important to maintain a healthy work-play
balance, and hopefully, this will give you some
ideas of fun things to do, and great ways to meet
new people.
 Check out the PGMSA www.pgmsa.org and
http://www.facebook.com/groups/pgmsabrum/ and
Birmingham Postgraduate Socials and Events
group on Facebook,
http://www.facebook.com/groups/BRPSE/
Contents
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Out and about
 Eating, Drinking, and Dancing
 Entertainment
 Shopping
 Save money!
On campus
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Winterbourne gardens – free entry with uni ID
card
Barber museum – check out lunchtime concerts
Guild of students – shops, bar, Fab ‘n’ Fresh
Staff House – Bratby Bar, Cafe Aroma
Munrow sports centre – gym, swimming pool,
fitness classes, squash
New concert hall opened this year
Out and about
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Take a walk around the centre of
Birmingham, landmarks include the town hall,
Victoria square and the new library
 Check out the canals, these can be used as
walking and bike paths to get to places such
as Stratford-upon-Avon
 Explore, other areas such as Harborne, Kings
Heath and Moseley
Eating
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Birmingham has a huge variety of restaurants
 One highlight is the famous Balti triangle, an
area of Balti houses clustered along Ladypool
Road, Stoney Lane and Stratford Road
 Personal favourite is Grameen Khana,
although Duet Cuisine is the current holder of
the best Balti award
Eating
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Big Chinese presence as well, with a number
of Chinese restaurants clustered near the
Arcadian
 Also, has 3 Michelin-starred restaurants.
Turners, Simpsons, and Purnells
 A bit expensive though, so probably best for
when someone else is paying!
Drinking and Socialising
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Lots of bars and pubs
‘Trendy’ bars around Brindley Place and Mailbox,
good place for people watching and sitting
outside when the weather permits...
Great real ale pubs such as The Wellington in the
city centre, Brown Lion and Lord Clifden in the
Jewellery Quarter, Prince of Wales in Moseley,
and White Horse and Plough in Harborne
Drinking and Socialising
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Also, Bratby in Staff House on campus good
place to go to meet fellow postgrads
 Wednesday evenings, after 7pm, and
Fridays, after 4pm, tend to be the best times
 Also, check out BPSE and PGMSA
http://www.facebook.com/groups/BRPSE/,
who arrange weekly socials for postgrads
Dancing
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Large variety of late night bars and clubs
 The Victoria near New St station a popular
place, varied music choice although can get
very busy
 Other places to note are Rainbow, Snobs,
Actress and Bishop, and the Bulls Head
Sport
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Birmingham is home to a number of top class
sporting teams
Aston Villa and West Brom both play in the
Premier League
Both clubs offer £15 tickets for students to a
number of matches, check out
https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/as/studentservi
ces/enquiries/vouchers/index.aspx for Villa
tickets, and www.wba.co.uk for West Brom
tickets
Sport
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There is also the recently re-developed
Edgbaston cricket ground, home to
Warwickshire.
 England play a lot of matches here, so keep
an eye out for this
 This is weather dependent though, so
something for the summer!
Sport
If you’re feeling active, there is also a lot of
opportunities to play sport
 Large number of sports clubs at the
University, ranging from highly competitive, to
social participation
 Check out www.sport.bham.ac.uk for
information about these
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Sport
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Lots of gyms in Birmingham, Pure Gym and
the Gym Group offer low priced memberships
 Also, a great deal of public golf courses, ideal
for someone who wants to have a go at golf
when the sun is out, but without the cost and
dress code at members’ clubs
 Warley Woods £5.35 for 9 holes for students
during the week, Harborne Church Farm
£6.40
Cinema, Theatre and Museums
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Good selection of cinemas in Birmingham
 These include typical cinemas such as AMC
and Odeon, and also more novel places such
as the electric cinema and the giant screen
 Lots of ways to save on tickets, student
beans for 2 for 1 tickets
http://www.studentbeans.com/ ,also Orange
Wednesdays for 2 for 1 tickets
Cinema, Theatre and Museums
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Theatres range from well-known places such as
the Hippodrome and the Rep, to smaller theatres
such as the Crescent in Brindley Place
In addition, there are a number Guild theatre
groups, http://www.guildofstudents.com/groups
Also worth checking the Guild societies for other
hobbies
Museums
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Barber museum on campus, already mentioned
but worth repeating, a great collection of art right
on campus
BMAG in the centre, free entry and often hosts
themed displays, Staffordshire Hoard was
displayed here in the past
Other places worth visiting are IKON (good
paella) and the MAC (also screens international
films)
Live Music
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There are a number of different venues, with
something for everyone
Symphony Hall for classical music is a great
venue, next to Brindley Place. The NEC, NIA and
O2 academy regularly host well-known artists
The Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath is a good
place to see lesser-known bands perform, some
famous names over the years have performed
here before becoming big
Shopping
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Famous for Bullring shopping centre
 Lots of big name stores in there, and also a
selection of restaurants
 Can get very busy on Saturdays and near
Christmas time though, best time to shop
tends to be during weekdays and the
evenings
Shopping
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Great markets in Birmingham, these are found
just next to the Bullring
Good place to buy fruit and vegetables, cheaper
than the supermarkets, and also stalls selling
yoghurts, eggs, cheese, etc at lower prices than
the supermarkets
Indoor market has some good butchers and
fishmongers, this is where I buy tuna from to
make sushi
Shopping
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Other places to check out are the vintage and
charity shops
 Possible to find designer labels and unique
items of clothing for cheap, no need to spend
lots of money
 Harborne High Street and Cow Vintage in
Digbeth are two good places to check out
Saving Money
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Lots of ways to save money as a student
 Check out student beans, mydealpage, and
the Graduate School vouchers page for
money saving offers
 Always carry your University ID card with you,
as it can be used in some shops for a
discount, if in doubt, ask
Finally...
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I hope you enjoyed an insight into some of
the many things you can do
 There are lots of things not included due to
lack of time and space, so go out and explore
and find some of these
 Today is Friday, so see you in Staff House
later...

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