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London Area Guides Area Guides   |   Mar 3, 2014,

Best places to live in Birmingham

Three universities; Birmingham City University (BCU), Aston University and the University of Birmingham, along with a beautiful canal system, city jobs, affordable property, plenty of sports teams and a thriving nightlife are just some of the positives about Birmingham. We're going to run through 5 of the best places to live in Birmingham.

Selly Oak

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We start with an area for the types looking to study or to get somewhere very affordable as they start up life in “Brum.” Selly Oak neighbours a few of the nice areas we are recommending here and has become a student stronghold since the early nineties. The Selly Oak Colleges are part of the University of Birmingham and there's also a number of schools and parks in the area.

Despite being populated by many uni-types there's also a lot of affordable property in the area, with flats in converted terraced-houses beginning at around £500 pcm, with terraced Victorian style houses available at around £600pcm.

Bournville

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Bournville neighbours Selly Oak, has a dark chocolate bar named after it and is home to every chocolate lovers dream - Cadbury World; where you can learn about the origins of chocolate and cocoa but more importantly, you can sample lots of free chocolate!

There are a number of high quality schools in the area as well as Bournville Centre For Visual Arts. The area is pricier than the last and boasts beautiful semi-detached houses and modern flats for around £650 pcm.

Edgbaston

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Edgbaston holds memories of England cricket test matches and Warwickshire CCC. The area, and many of Edgbaston’s neighbouring areas are some of the more picturesque parts of the city and you’ll also find Edgbaston Reservoir here; an important inner city leisure facility and a feeder for the canal system. One bed flats can be found for as little as £450pcm while Victorian, two-up two-down properties are available at just £500 pcm, a snip for an area so close to the city centre.

Moseley

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Moseley is a more modern, cosmopolitan area perfect for young professionals, with trendy restaurants, cafes and bars along its well presented high street. J.R.R. Tolkien was a former resident of the area, and it’s said that the (older version of!) area inspired Middle Earth in the Lord of the Rings books.

Small bedroom flats ideal for students or single professionals begin at £400pcm, Victorian houses converted into spacious flats and modern terraced property can be found at around £650pcm.

Solihull
Manor House in Solihull

Finally, not strictly In Birmingham but within a commutable distance is the affluent Solihull. Property prices are a little higher than the previous areas, with small flats beginning at £500pcm and larger flats around £600pcm. Semi-detached houses can be found for £650 pcm if you’re fast!

So if you’re thinking of relocating to a city to try and find a job with a better salary, try Birmingham, you’ll enjoy city life and be able to start saving the pounds for your future.

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