Buzzing Birmingham

Take a look at what this vibrant city has to offer

Photo: canal in Birmingham

Living in Birmingham

Birmingham is the second largest in the UK yet, despite its size, “Brum” has a very down-to-Earth, friendly, local feel.

More than three million people have made Birmingham their home, and it’s easy to see why. Forget Spaghetti Junction; Birmingham actually has more green spaces than any other city in Europe – 571 parks to be exact – so there’s lots of outdoor space to enjoy with friends and family.

Birmingham’s also home to some of Britain’s iconic names, like Jaguar Land Rover, Cadburys, Led Zeppelin and Duran Duran – it even inspired scenes in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.

Birmingham benefits from the influence of a variety of different cultures. Its annual festivals in the Chinese Quarter, Irish Quarter and Gay Village attract people from all over the world, so living here you’ll have the chance to experience all this vibrant city has to offer.

Photo: houses in Birmingham

Where to live

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham is in a mostly residential area between the districts of Harborne and Edgbaston.

Although many staff live outside Birmingham, the majority of staff choose to live in the southern districts of Harborne, Bournville, Kings Norton, Moseley or Kings Heath, or the northern suburbs around Sutton Coldfield.

These areas are popular because they offer a mix of accommodation, from modern apartment blocks to period family homes, and have great transport direct links to QEHB and plenty of amenities such as local high streets with shops, pubs and restaurants.

Most Birmingham districts have distinct characters – many have their own parks or village greens and host their own events.

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Loads to see and do

Living in and around Birmingham means you‘ll never be bored.

Home to the O2 Academy, Jools Holland's Jam House, Symphony Hall, Hippodrome Theatre and a huge range of clubs and bars, the city hosts a huge range of entertainment.

One of Birmingham’s best assets is its range of international cuisine. The world-renowned Balti Triangle is a must, and the city boasts three Michelin-starred restaurants.

Birmingham is a shopper’s paradise, with high street names, designer boutiques and chic malls. The Bullring, The Mailbox and Grand Central are stunning retail outlets right in the city centre.

Birmingham has the largest free public art gallery and the largest public library in the UK. Within half an hour of Birmingham, there’s vast open countryside, historic houses and waterways.

There’s also plenty to keep the kids entertained – they’ll love Cadbury World, the National Sea Life Centre, West Midlands Safari Park and Birmingham Nature Centre, and the Central Library has scores of free kids’ activities.

Photo: bus at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham

Getting to work

QEHB is in a prime location and we’re lucky to have not only a bus interchange on site, but also our own train station.

We have 16 bus routes within a five-minute walk of the hospital, local train services every 10 minutes and regional train services to Cheltenham and Nottingham. We’ve negotiated discounted travel cards for bus, train and Metro routes across the city. Most of our staff choose to use public transport to get to work.

Cycling is hugely popular, thanks to the network of cycle routes leading to the campus. Staff can take advantage of cycle storage, shower facilities and cycling discount schemes.

For staff who need to drive, we have on-site parking, via our corporate parking pass scheme, and a free, convenient park and ride service.

Travelling further afield? Birmingham is linked by the M5, M6, M40 and M42. Birmingham is at the hub of the national rail network, with fast, frequent services to London, Liverpool, Manchester and Cardiff. Birmingham International Airport has regular flights to more than 100 worldwide destinations.

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