Superb shopping is just five minutes’ walk from the University campus. The Bullring, Europe’s largest city centre shopping development, is an incredible place. It has the equivalent of over 26 football pitches worth of shops, boutiques and restaurants including the new Selfridges store, housed in one of the most striking and unique buildings anywhere in the world.
All over the city centre the shopping choice is bewildering with high-fashion boutiques nestling alongside major High Street names in a compact pedestrian centre with many undercover malls. New and exciting developments include the Birmingham Mailbox, a massive leisure and designer shopping emporium (including Armani, DKNY and Harvey Nichols stores) and home to the BBC Television Studios, right in the city centre.
The historic Birmingham Jewellery Quarter, home to manufacturing jewellers, silver and goldsmiths since 1460, is an amazing place full of high quality bargains often direct from their skilled manufacturers. Located just north west of the city centre the Quarter has a signposted walking historic shopping trail.
Handy for students are the numerous markets (recently totally rebuilt), which offer over 1,000 stalls with an enormous variety of goods including fresh fish, meat, fruit and vegetables all at low prices. There is a splendid range of bookshops, including a palatial branch of Waterstones, which accommodates some four miles of bookshelves on four floors, including an academic section with links to the University.