University of Birmingham

Night life

How would you rate your university towns night life?
Night life
8.0 / 10

(based on ratings in 2016)


"There are six pubs/clubs right next to campus in Selly Oak that are open until pretty late. There are three separate Guild-organised weekly student nights (Fab N Fresh, sports night and societies night) on campus. There are also many other student-focused nights out in the city."
"There are plenty of pubs in the immediate area that are all relatively cheap and have lots of deals on most days. The students' union hosts sports nights for sports teams and also Fab N Fresh, which is a student night out. The nightlife options are great, with lots of pubs and cocktail bars a short taxi or train ride into the centre of Birmingham. There's a lot of variety in clubs as well so there's something for everyone (whatever type of music you like) and really cheap on student nights too. Other night time activities available include pub quizzes and open mic nights in Selly Oak or in the bar on the Vale. There's also Ghetto Golf (a crazy golf venue that sells food, drinks and cocktails) and lots of cinemas. We're also close to the NEC, theatres and O2 Academy where there are regular shows and concerts."
"Pubs around Selly Oak are tailored to students and offer everything from large spaces and loud music to live sports. Fab N Fresh in the guild offers a cheap night out close by while Digbeth offers a huge variety of different events and parties every week that you can explore."
"There are numerous clubs in the city centre and the students' union hosts 'sports night' every other Wednesday where everyone that's part of a sports team can go and socialise and have a bit of a boogie. There are loads of Spoons and pubs in town that are reasonably priced. If you're not into clubbing, you'll find like-minded people and there are loads of restaurants in town that usually offer student vouchers and discounts if you go mid-week or on a Sunday."
"The university has its own nightclub and the student area is filled with pubs where students can watch sports, participate in quiz nights and just have a generally good night out."
"There's a wide range of pubs and clubs both in the city centre and surrounding student suburbs. However, the quality of clubs in the centre is not outstanding as many local clubs have been taken over by larger chain organisations. Accessing the centre and student suburb are tricky from my accommodation if you rely on taxis. This can make some nights very expensive."
"There are at least five clubs in close proximity to the university and there are additional pubs in the centre, which is not far from either the university or the accommodations. The nightlife in Selly Oak seems to be prominent, but I have also heard it can be dangerous. The guild of students focuses a lot of attention on nightlife."
"You are spoiled for choice in Birmingham. Not only is there the SU (which is somewhat overpriced but very popular), but it's easy to get a cheap Uber into town to go to one of the many clubs. Digbeth is more alternative while Broad Street offers the strip of mainstream clubs. There are also loads of cocktail bars and quirky experimental bars in the city. Bristol Road in Selly Oak also offers many cheapish pubs, bars and eateries."
"There is a student night (Fab) at the Guild of Students every Saturday, which is a very popular night. Wednesday sports nights are also held at Fab every other week. There is a wide range of nightlife every night of the week on Broad Street, which has a variety of clubs including Players, Rosie's, Popworld and Przym. There is a multitude of bars, pubs and restaurants in Brindley Place, the Mailbox and near the canal as well as in the Digbeth area."


"Plenty of bars and clubs, from the mainstream to something a 'little different'. Also: many restaurants (High End and Faith Street) to enjoy. There is also the NIA, Symphony Hall and the NEC for various shows, conventions etc."
"There are a lot of things. The Bullring shopping centre is only 10 minutes by train for example."
"Lots of places to go out in the evening for food/drinks. It's a cultural city with many art galleries, museums, shops and places to explore."
"There is a lot. There are several pubs and clubs in the city centre and more pubs can be found closer to the university. There are also sightseeing places, museums, restaurants, shops and a mall."
"There is always a good night out to be had in Birmingham. But just like any other city, it can be a little dangerous at times."
"Giant trampoline centre, laser tag, clubs, bars, restaurants, concert venues, exhibition centres, Sea Life Centre, Cadbury World, football including Birmingham City, Aston Villa, and West Brom."
"Everything! So many nightclubs, bars, restaurants, canals, shopping, cinemas, sea life centre, museums, NIA, Christmas markets etc."
"So much choice for a night out in Birmingham, there's Broad St, the Arcadian, and Hurst St which has Snobs nightclub. There's also the Digbeth and Rainbow venues. A lot of variety, definitely caters for all types of people. Birmingham is also fantastic for food, with some incredible independent restaurants. I use the blog 'Independent Birmingham' to find the best foodie spots. Birmingham has everything you would expect the second biggest city to have."
"It is the second biggest city in the UK so of course it has some of the best nightlife. There is practically a night out every day of the week if you think you can hack it! So much choice in terms of music scenes from house to pop and grime chucked in there for good measure."
"Events for everyone. Rainbow for more EDC – nights at Popworld for those who like it cheesy. Standard clubbing night found on Broad Street."

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