7 things you’ll only know if you’ve been a student at Birmingham University


The UK’s second city is a hugely popular student hub. Far from the concrete jungle it’s known as, Birmingham has long had University of Birmingham students captivated. From the shopping utopia of the Bullring to the oldest Students’ Union in the country, Birmingham has lots to offer. Here are some of the things you’ll only know as a Birmingham student.

1. We have the tallest free-standing clock tower in the world

(Picture: Charlotte Wilson) (Picture: Charlotte Wilson)

Stop going to London to see Big Ben – we have his big brother. Named after the famous Birmingham politician and first Chancellor of the university, Joseph Chamberlain, Old Joe stands unaided at 100 metres. Every Birmingham student holds this building close to their hearts: it’s an iconic focal point of campus, and makes the university a great addition to the Birmingham skyline.

Of course, every Birmingham student knows the darker side of Old Joe. You are…

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