Birmingham is a multi-cultural hub of activities and events. After a long week of lectures and studying, it can be nice to go out and experience something new, or different. For those studying at the University of Birmingham, this is very easy to do, as every weekend promises something exciting.
Below, we recommend a number of events that will be happening around Birmingham, that might interest you as a student. But remember; it's important to have your student accommodation sorted before the next academic year. If you don't have anything sorted, make sure you head over to Unihousing and book a viewing as soon as possible, so you don't miss out on your choice of accommodation.
First-up, with tickets priced at £5 at The Dark Horse in Moseley, is Wax
Elephant with Tony Law during February. Tony Law is the surreal comedian who
has appeared on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Russell Howard's Good News, Have I
Got News For You, and more. He brings his unique comedy to Birmingham in what
promises to be a laugh-filled night that won't stretch the your bank balance
too much. At a venue easily accessible from Selly Oak and surrounding areas in
Birmingham, this is a fun way to spend the evening out with friends, and should
give you a great break from all the studying and hours in uni'.
To Your Ears
As music enthusiasts know, seeing a live band can be very costly indeed,
especially if it's a big name act. So how about a tribute act for one of the
all-time biggest names in music, and for a very low cost. If that's sounds
appealing to you then you may be interested to hear that Hells Bells are
performing live at Cotteridge Social Club, Birmingham during February. A
highly regarded ACDC tribute band, Hells Bells will be riffing their way
through some serious classic, and you can see the whole thing for as little as
For a palatable mix of food, beauty and clothing stalls, the Birmingham
Vegan Festival could make for a stimulating visit. Held at Edgbaston Cricket
Ground on 14th April between the hours of 10am and 5pm, this should
have something for everyone. And with all profits from the festival going
towards the care and re-homing of rescued animals, it's all in aid of a very
worthwhile cause, too.
To really indulge your appetite, head over to the Bedight Dining Club, based
in Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth. An event so good it has been recognised with
a number of awards, the Digbeth Dining Club is sure to tantalise taste-buds with its
inviting array of street food traders. Sink your teeth into pizza,waffles,
kebabs and so much more, and soak-in the delights of the music and
entertainment that accompany this mouth-watering event.
Out in Selly Oak
There doesn't have to be an event to keep students entertained, as there is
pretty much always something to see and do in Selly Oak, and elsewhere in
Birmingham. For a relaxed evening out with your friends, one of Selly Oak's
pubs should be ideal. Make your way to the Goose or the Bristol Pear and enjoy
a bite to eat. Watch the latest sporting action on screen and get competitive over a
game of pool.
Selly Oak also has its own diverse collection of superb places to go and
fill your stomach, but if you want a little change of scenery then maybe
journey into Birmingham City Centre. Perfectly positioned, Selly Oak is only a
short train ride, bus trip or taxi drive to the City Centre, so it's not
really any effort to begin seeking out all the range of activities - both day
and night - that the heart of this city has to offer. See the latest
blockbusters or alternative screen gems, browse the shops in the Bullring and
stalls in the markets during the day, and then loosen-up to the tunes at some of the various nightclubs which Birmingham is known so well for. It's safe to say that, regardless of what
your interests are and what appeals to you most, both you and your friends are
sure to find something in Birmingham City Centre to entertain you.
Any academic year has its challenges and rewards, but hopefully as this
guide has pointed out, being a student in Selly Oak and Birmingham in general
can be a lot of fun as well. As you tick-off all the essential things on your
weekly to-do list such as doing assignments and things related to your accommodation, you can also give some thought to those enjoyable activities that let you
socialise and enrich your time as a student away from university. Ensure that
the whole student experience isn't dominated solely by endless amounts of
studying and explore these experiences in Birmingham. Make your time in the
city as rewarding as possible.