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Birmingham on a Budget

Birmingham on a Budget

A misconception surrounding large cities such as Birmingham is that they’re expensive, which can be the case. However, part of being a student is learning how to budget and save money wherever possible! Whether it’s getting into clubs early to avoid paying an entrance fee, or using your new student discount at any opportunity – when there’s a way to save money, you’ll want to take advantage of it!

Things to do

Credit - Star City Centre
Credit – Star City Centre

One thing I enjoy about Birmingham is the endless things to do and days out to enjoy, even on a student budget. Places like Star City and Broadway Plaza offer a number of student discount deals on activities such as bowling, rock climbing, lazer quest, cinema and more! And they’re only a short drive away. Don’t drive? Jump in an uber and it won’t cost much more than a few pounds each to get there.

All of the above activities will cost you money, even with a student discount card. When times are tough, Birmingham still offers a lot of free activities. The beauty of the city is that it’s surrounded by countless parks where you can play sports, chill out or even visit a zoo!

Credit - Trip Advisor
Credit – Trip Advisor

Yes, that’s right, Cannon Hill Park isn’t too far away from the city centre and it’s a personal favourite of mine – with a small zoo on site! With student discount and a little under a fiver you can visit Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park – can’t say fairer than that.

There’s also exploring the city, joining societies and museums which cost little or nothing to enjoy.

Places to eat


Save The Student is a website I use often to help me save money with a student card. They list a number of restaurants for which you can use your student card and save money when dining out. Restaurants located in Birmingham include:

  • Pizza Express
  • Gourmet Burger Kitchen
  • Frankie & Benny’s
  • Bella Italia

Fast food restaurants such as McDonalds and KFC also offer discounts for when the craving becomes too much!


Again, as a student, shopping becomes more tempting. With the Bullring being one of the biggest shopping centres in the UK, you’re forgiven for wanting to spend money. Student discounts are available in most shops nowadays so it’s wise to take your student card out with you every time you go shopping, and if you’re unsure of whether a shop offers student discount, just ask! The worst they can say is no.

To Summarise

Birmingham is a big city, but that’s not to say it’s overpriced. Use your student discount wisely and you’ll end up enjoying the luxuries of someone who’s working but on your student loan! Just remember to pay your rent first….


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