September is almost upon us and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be receiving a helpful hand from your family/friends/partners… anyone who can haul a big mirror and suitcase up some stairs! But once you’re all moved in, what do you do?
I’ve put together a little list of things to do to prolong those goodbyes and make a day out of moving in!
1. Presuming you’re in halls you’ll be located quite close to the canal. Here you’ll find plenty of bars and restaurants but instead of opting for the Slug & Lettuce or Carluccio’s, give The Canal House a try. Catch it on a sunny day to enjoy the outdoor seating area or on any day to enjoy the live music. What’s best about this place is that it is dog friendly, so when my pooch from home is also among my visitors we have somewhere that’ll let him in. The food is affordable, they do amazing cocktails and you’ll want to spend all day here!
2. Ghetto Golf and Digbeth Dining Club. Digbeth is a quirky little area of Birmingham that I wish I’d discovered sooner. The best combination (in my opinion) that Digbeth has to offer is a spot of mini golf with a side of street food! Ghetto Golf is unbearably cool with music and cocktails floating around and when you get hungry pop down the road to Digbeth Dining Club, serving street food into the night!
3. Shopping! Do I even really need to mention the Bullring, Selfridges or the vibrant high street? Probably not. It’s always busy but why not pop over and start building up the wardrobe for Freshers’ and the start of the new academic year. If the Bullring doesn’t take your fancy, Grand Central Station seems to be getting bigger with more shops and of course a lot to eat and drink.
4. Opheem. Fancy something fancy? Just down the road from campus is a beautiful restaurant called Opheem specialising in Indian cuisine which Birmingham has built up a mighty reputation for. I took my family here for Father’s Day and not one person was disappointed. It was very much worth every penny. You may even be lucky enough to catch Aktar Islam, chef director, serving up on the pass!
This short list is very much driven by food but will get you around seeing different sides of the city. When I first moved to Birmingham I felt like the city centre was my only go to and it took me such a long time to branch out a little and discover the independent businesses (mainly cafes and restaurants obviously) which really is a great way to discover the city.