Get the best of both worlds when you base yourself at Beech Gardens. Pack a Frisbee and spend the day picnicking by the lake in beautiful Cannon Hill Park, or head into the city and hunt for bargains amidst the Rag Market’s bustling stalls, where you’ll find everything from clothes and records to jewellery. Refuel with a bowl of Singapore noodles from MinMin Noodle Bar, or meet your friends for fresh sushi at Ocean Dragon. In the evening, catch a West End musical at the Birmingham Hippodrome, or curl up for an arthouse movie screening on one of the Electric Cinema’s comfy armchairs.
From your fully furnished bedroom at Beech Gardens, it’s a 10-minute ride on the free shuttle to the University of Birmingham, and a 20-minute bus ride to Aston University. Wake up for coffee in your apartment kitchen, then stop to check for post on your way through reception. With your closest bus stop a four-minute walk away, it’s quick and easy to get around the city.
At the end of a busy day, freshen up with a hot shower, then make sure you’ve got clean clothes for the next day by dropping off a wash at the on-site laundry. In the summer, soak up the sun in the courtyard, then cook dinner with friends in the barbecue area. In winter, crank up the heating in your bedroom, knowing that with all utilities included, you don’t need to worry about unexpected electricity bills. Use the high-speed Wi-Fi to research a paper at your bedroom desk, or chat to your friends from home on Facebook.
When you’ve caught up with your college work, find a spot on the lounge’s comfy sofas and chat to your friends about your day. Grab your bike from the safe storage racks, take a ride to the nearby Tesco supermarket, and stock up on supplies to fill your kitchen cupboards.
Cook your favourite food in the fully equipped kitchen and, after you’ve eaten, head out for the night to see your favourite band play the O2 Academy. Come home as late as you like: there’s complimentary contents insurance, CCTV and 24-hour security to keep you and your belongings safe and sound.