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Welcome to Brum!
First and foremost, welcome to Birmingham – the UK’s second city! From all of us here at Naughty Horse we congratulate you on surviving your A-Levels and welcome you to our amazing city! Right now everything may seem big and scary, but don’t worry! You’ll become accustomed to these streets in no time, and hopefully, by following our handy guide, you’ll see places and things in Birmingham that no fresher has seen before :)
Naughty Horse? What is This?
You may be wondering why you’re on a website called Naughty Horse, why you’re currently reading a blog post on said website and what we’re all about. Well basically, we’re the biggest student events company in Birmingham and we run weekly events at various clubs and bars alongside some of the biggest unique events the UK has seen, including our annual Nightmare Halloween Experience which is officially the biggest student halloween event in the UK!
We’ve written this handy guide to keep you lot in the loop with everything that is Birmingham and to welcome you all to this amazing city, no matter the university you study at (there are 5 by the way!) or where you’ve come from. We want you all to enjoy your time while here and make the most of your university experience!
On a more personal note, my name is Jake! I’m a third year Business Information Technology student at Birmingham City University. I came to Birmingham from Northern Ireland not knowing anybody or anything so I reckon I know how most of you are feeling at this early stage in the semester. I hope the guide below makes you feel at ease and helps you settle in to your new surroundings and helps you understand that even if it seems scary now, it will get better. If you need any help or information about your time in Birmingham, don’t hesitate to add me on Facebook and I’ll be happy to help with whatever I can!
If you are in first year, you’ve more than likely moved in to student accommodation. Depending on the university you study at, the location of your accommodation can vary wildly.
Coming from Northern Ireland, I left everything quite late and didn’t sort accommodation as soon as I should have, so I was left with whatever was left and where the university could fit me! This happened to be the worst (according to online reviews) accommodation Birmingham City University had to offer and was located in their old city north campus in Perry Barr.
Upon my arrival I wasn’t delighted, but looking back I couldn’t have wished for anything better. Perry Barr isn’t known to be one of the best areas in Birmingham, and the accommodation represented that, but honestly I would give anything to go back to that dingey little flat in the dull student village. I made some of my best friends in that place, people who I still talk to and even still live with! Everything was so much easier back then but I didn’t see it at the time. No worries, no commitments, just an awful lot of drinking and and awful lot of partying! (To be fair thinking about it now I can see my lifestyle hasn’t changed all that much)
Take it from me, don’t take your first year and student accommodation for granted, Selly Oak isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. (More on that later)
Obviously we all know we’re here for one reason, and that’s to partaaa…. I mean, study and get our degree. However, first year doesn’t really count and provided you turn up to a few lectures in the first few weeks and complete your work on time, you’ll be perfectly okay going out every night, drinking yourself into oblivion and missing a couple too many 9AMs.
Everybody does it.
It’s entirely expected.
Don’t beat yourself up about it.
All I can recommend is make the most of those £1 jägerbombs at Amnesia on a Tuesday night while you can!
Places to Go
Birmingham is loaded with hidden gems in and around the city. On the outside, it just looks like another bustling and busy UK city. You just need to know where to look.
Take Digbeth, for example. Once a thriving industrial area of the city, it now appears mostly derelict and run down with various graffiti and artists’ tags over every wall in sight. You wouldn’t so much as take a second glance on your way through. However, if you do, you may find what Digbeth really has to offer. Bustling night life, underground raves, hidden restaurants and independent retailers litter the alcoves and side alleys of the area – you just need to know where to look!
That’s it for now! We will post the remaining parts of this guide within the coming days, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook page for those and for more indepth articles about topics discussed throughout this guide!
If you have any feedback or issues with the post, or you would like to make some additions and have other topics included, please get in touch on Facebook or via my social media below :)
Post by Jake Griffin