Birmingham is one of the most popular UK cities for Airbnb rentals

October 16, 2018

Birmingham has been transformed over the years and is now on the most popular UK cities for Airbnb rentals. Birmingham is the UK’s second largest city and the regional capital of West Midlands.

For corporate travellers, the city is home to approximately 1,900 international companies and has the largest Professional Services sector outside of the capital. HSBC is due to relocate it’s UK Head Office to Birmingham in 2018 and HMRC (UK Government Revenue and Customs) have announced a new West Midlands regional hub with more than 3,500 tax workers in Arena Central, Birmingham.

For leisure travellers, it is a centre of culture, sports, leisure and shopping with 33.5 million people a year visiting Birmingham for business and pleasure. It has a strong student population with 5 universities and 4 major colleges. It is at the heart of the UK’s road network and boasts its own international airport with direct flights to over 100 destinations including Europe, North America and Asia.

Where to Stay in an Property 

City Centre (Birmingham, UK):

The area is the centre of the region’s retailing, banking and financial services and the civic and cultural heart of the city. It consists of the revitalised £600 million New Street Station, over 100 independent shops, Town Hall, Art Gallery and Museum, Council House and St Philips’s Cathedral, to name a few. To the north-west of the square lies the Colmore Business District, the heart of the city’s business and financial sector which supports over 24,000 jobs. Also, as the HS2 rail link will terminate in the city centre, it significantly raises the likelihood of major head-quarter relocations and expansion of existing business needs. Developments are in progress to strengthen it as a 24-hour city centre – a thriving shopping, leisure, and business destination which supports the civic and cultural role of Birmingham within a high quality, distinctive and vibrant environment.

As part of mixed-use developments or building conversions, more residential apartments are being encouraged in the city centre on upper floors to create a larger resident population that will support shops and services, and enliven the heart of the city.

Westside (Birmingham, UK):

Westside has been transformed in recent decades and is now the city’s primary business and leisure destination. Westside includes Broad Street, Brindleyplace, Five Ways, Centenary Square, Broadway Plaza and all the surrounding areas. It consists of many new and planned buildings and offices such as The Cube, Library of Birmingham, the V Building and Regal Tower. Broad Street and Brindleyplace are home to 300 businesses, providing 12,000 jobs. Westside hosts Birmingham’s biggest concentration of hotels. The southern part of Westside has a large residential population, with Ladywood home to 3,000 residents and the award-winning Park Central area incorporating 1,600 homes.

Work is in progress to enhance connections into and through the area, bringing in new life and activity by extending the network of linked public spaces within the area. Improvements to the Broad Street corridor and the eastern boundary of the quarter is key to achieving this. In addition, the Big City Plan will build on the success of Westside’s existing residential areas. In the longer term the aspiration is to transform Ladywood into a much improved family neighbourhood.

Jewellery Quarter (Birmingham, UK):

The area includes St Paul’s, the main Jewellery Quarter shopping and manufacturing areas, and all the strategically important areas that connect the Quarter to the city centre. It boasts the award-winning Museum of the Jewellery Quarter and the Pen Museum, together with art galleries including the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. It is a growing residential population and high quality bars and restaurants are making the quarter a working and living part of the city centre.

Specific emphasis is being placed on providing family housing and delivering town houses. Golden Square will become a new high quality public space drawing visitors into the heart of the quarter. Connectivity within the area and to the city centre is also being improved for residents and visitors to the Jewellery Quarter. 

If you are looking for an  property there are plenty of places available in this wonderful city.  “We are passionate about Birmingham and passionate about short-term accommodation”, said Shah Karim who run a Airbnb management service in the UK. He added “We feel we are on an exciting journey by focusing on Birmingham city centre”. 

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