The benefits of living in the West Midlands
If you’ve lived here your whole life or have recently moved up to The West Midlands for university, then you’ll know that there are a lot of benefits of living in the middle of the country.
The Midlands is a geographic area roughly spanning central England that encompasses seven metropolitan boroughs: Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and the cities of Coventry, Wolverhampton and Birmingham. Once known for being one of Britain’s major industrial centres, today The Midlands comprises of towns and cities filled with history, culture, sport and some picturesque views.
You're always within easy reach of some of the UK’s top destinations
Living in the middle of the country is amazing when you think about how easily you can travel to pretty much anywhere in the country. If you want to travel down to London, the south coast, south-west to the countryside, west across the border to Wales or north to cities like Manchester and Liverpool, anywhere is accessible to you in only a few hours. With The Midlands including large cities like Birmingham (which has the busiest train station outside London) you will be able to get around the UK without any stress.
Trains aren’t too expensive
When you are deciding to travel somewhere new in the UK from The Midlands, you might notice that the price of a train ticket isn’t as bad as you thought, or nothing on what it might have been back home. Train tickets to some of the UK’s main cities range from £15 to London, £20 to Wales, £18 to Manchester and £25 to Liverpool, when you travel off-peak. If you’re lucky and have a railcard, you’ll be able to get around even cheaper than that.
There are trains to London every 10 mins
If you're like me and you love London and want to go there as much as possible, you’ll be happy to hear that there are trains to London roughly every ten minutes from the main train stations in The Midlands like Birmingham New Street and Coventry Station. If you didn’t get to study your degree at a London university and chose to go somewhere in The Midlands, you still have plenty of opportunities to visit this amazing city and get there in only two hours.
There are great music venues such as the O2 institute
Known as one of the best music venues in The Midlands, this music venue offers visitors an electric atmosphere as well as a great selection of live music to choose from. You will find a range of talented musicians performing here from Bryson Tiller, Dua Lipa, Nelly and Jehst- just to name a few. O2 has venues located all around the UK and brings visitors and locals together for a night of entertainment and world-class music.
You can't beat the shopping scene in Birmingham
If you love shopping, The Midlands' biggest city of Birmingham offers you an exciting shopping experience. The Bullring is the glamorous heart of Birmingham with over 160 stores to explore. As one of the most desirable places for some retail therapy in England, The Bullring offers an exciting shopping experience for all ages. If you’re looking for a more refined and upmarket shopping experience, then either walk down the road to The Mailbox or go through Link Street to find yourself in Grand Central’s shopping centre.
There is affordable, stylish housing
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If you’re a city professional and want to escape the extortionate prices in London, The Midlands has plenty of stylish and affordable housing on offer. With striking new housing developments, converted warehouses, family houses and period properties dotted around The Midlands, Coventry, Dudley, Birmingham and Wolverhampton are being crowned as some of the best and most affordable places to live in England.
Finding jobs in The Midlands
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The Midlands has been known for having one of the most highly qualified and diverse workforces in the UK, with its leading cities offering jobs in a range of areas. Birmingham is best known for its service sector and conference and event centres, whilst also being a city of innovation. As well as having five universities and one of the highest levels of entrepreneurial levels outside London, The Midlands is full of great places to find a job. Coventry is known for its financial, research and business services- with popular employers including KM&T and Coventry University. Also, there are a lot of businesses moving to The Midlands, so start your job search now; you never know what you might find.