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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 51st

Up four places in the QS Best Student Cities ranking this year, Birmingham is the UK’s second-largest city, located in the heart of the country. Though often overshadowed by the likes of LondonManchester or Edinburgh, it is a unique city with plenty of character and charm of its own.

From its industrial roots, Birmingham has become a thriving commercial and financial center. It’s also the UK’s largest center of higher education outside London, home to five universities, two of which rank among the top 400 in the QS World University Rankings® 2018.

Birmingham’s ‘Big City Plan’ includes the development of a new state-of-the-art £189 million library, revitalized public transport, beautifully restored Victorian buildings and more. Away from these developments, Birmingham also boasts more miles of canals than Venice (although the latter is far smaller, and has a higher concentration of canals).

As you’d expect from a city of Birmingham’s size, there is plenty of culture and nightlife to be enjoyed, and its status as one of the UK’s most multicultural cities adds to its diversity and the range of experiences on offer.

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