Moving to Birmingham

Are you considering moving to Birmingham?

What are the factors influencing the price?

The cost of moving goods depends on several factors: the nature, volume and the weight of course, the distance between pickup and delivery, the level of service you require and sometimes your flexibility with the timing of the operation.

How do I choose my contractor?

When you post your transport request on App A Van, it will display to all the man and van traders, local to Birmingham or not but who said they operated within your chosen area and were qualified to transport your type of goods. You can choose between the quotes you receive, based on price and on the reputation they gained from previous customers like you.

Can I receive additional services?

Yes. Some of our operators will only load and drive, but others can offer additional services like storage or packing/unpacking. Make sure your transport request is precise as to what you expect exactly from your chosen trader. If you receive no answer, you can always split your request so 2 independent contractors fulfil your demand.

Moving to Birmingham made easy

We have built up a network of experienced and carefully selected Man and Van contractors across the United Kingdom that can help you move to Birmingham. The only thing you need to do is to register on our platform, fill in the details of your request in our online form, and all interested man and van in Birmingham or in your current city will quote you for your custom. Whether you are organising a removal to Birmingham or a delivery within the city itself, or you have any transport need in the area, App A Van wants to be your one-stop solution.

Furthermore, by getting in touch with small Man and Van operations, it gives you a chance to use local tradesmen rather than big corporate companies. We strive to be environmentally friendly within your area – creating more jobs for the local people.

Essential links
when you’re preparing to move to Birmingham

City council

Birmingham City Council website is an essential source of information. It is especially useful if you have school-age children with its complete school directory. It will also be your go-to site for all matters regarding the council, from planning and building to bins and recycling and roads and parking. The website also includes an extensive cycling page. The city even has a free bike hire scheme if you have a Birmingham Leisure Card.

Public transport

Trains and trams run throughout the city and services are provided by Network West Midlands. Their useful website includes a journey planner and ticket information. Be sure to check out transport before you travel as Birmingham is famous for its traffic during rush hour. Trains and trams offer a more sustainable method of commuting and are championed throughout the city by local councils.

Universities

Birmingham is the second largest student area in the UK. With 5 universities (Aston University, University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, Newman University, and University College Birmingham) the region produces over 110,000 graduates every year.

Discovering Birmingham at a glance

  • The original settlement of Birmingham can be dated to the early 12th century as a burgeoning market town. Upon development of its extensive canal network, the area grew to become a global player in exports. It is famously attested to that Birmingham has more canals than Venice.
  • Birmingham’s nickname, Brum, originates from the city’s old name, Brummagen. Consequently, people from Birmingham are referred to as Brummies.
  • J.R.R Tolkien spent much of his early life in Birmingham, and it is thought that areas such as King’s Heath and Sarehole inspired the home of the hobbits in his epic fantasy, ‘Lord of the Rings’
  • Birmingham is the youngest city in Europe with more than 40% of its population under the age of 25.
  • Move over Wimbledon, the real home of tennis is Birmingham, where the first official games of the racquet sport were played in the 1850s
  • Many of the UK’s favourite food brands had their origins on the streets of Birmingham: Cadbury, Bourneville Chocolate, HP Sauce, Bird’s Custard and Typhoo Tea all began in Birmingham.
  • Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath can all trace their roots back to Brum’s dingy clubs and music halls. Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi famously lost the tips of his fingers working in a local factory.
  • But it’s not just Heavy Metal that thrived on the Midland’s music scene: UB40, the Spencer Davies Group, the Moody Blues, Fine Young Cannibals and Duran Duran are Brummies, too.
  • Birmingham was home to the great scientists and inventors Matthew Boulton, James Watt and William Murdoch, leading Birmingham to be the first manufacturing town in the world; Birmingham chemist Joseph Priestley discovered oxygen in 1774.
  • Birmingham’s public library, the Library of Birmingham, is the largest in the nation and was the 10th most visited public attraction in the country back in 2014.
  • Spaghetti Junction appears in the Guinness Book of World Records, as “the most complex interchange on the British road system”.
  • The Junction’s official name is ‘Gravelly Hill Interchange’, and it is split across 5 different levels and serves 18 routes.

Birmingham shopping

The Bullring is the largest shopping centre in the UK and features more than 160 stores, selling fashion and lingerie, homeware and electricals plus lots of places to stop for lunch, cocktails, afternoon tea and meals out. The iconic Selfridges takes pride of place here and provides a luxury shopping experience that rivals any major city in the UK.

The Mailbox is the former Royal Mail sorting office. It is now designer central, and the proximity of the canal makes it a lovely place to eat and drink at the water’s edge too. You will also find an Everyman cinema. Brands such as Hugo Boss, Paul Smith and others can be found here as well as the only Harvey Nichols outside London.

The Arcades: Burlington, Great Western and Piccadilly offer a different, more traditional approach to shopping. The décor is tastefully restored and retained, and the charm of those “Victorian malls” operates effortlessly. The Custard Factory is located in the creative quarter of the city centre and offers shoppers far more in the way of independent stores including vintage clothing, collectables and antiques.

But Birmingham also offers an even more ancient type of shopping with its Bull Ring Indoor Market (with, among other things, one of the largest fish market in the UK), the Bull Ring Open Market (whose fruit and veg stalls accept NHS Healthy Start Vouchers) and the famous Bull Ring Rag Market with its mix of the latest fashions, fabrics, haberdashery, gifts, household goods and more. Over six million shoppers head to the Bull Ring Indoor Market each year making it one of the most popular traditional markets in the UK. Between the indoor and the and the rag market, a total of 490+ stallholders and 17 shops are available providing an extensive shopping experience.

Birmingham Culture

It’s a little known fact that over 36,000 people watch the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra each year, making them the most watched orchestra nationally. The Birmingham Hippodrome also leads the UK in terms of the busiest theatre, beating any one theatre in London’s West End.

With a diverse mix of artistic talent across many sectors, Birmingham hosts many museums, galleries and festivals for the local community and tourist alike. Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum is an award-winning facility perfect for family days out and educational trips and is located very centrally at Millennium Point.

The city also hosts a number of festivals throughout the year including live music, dance, literature and street art. The Birmingham International Jazz and Blues Festival, International Dance Festival and Fierce Festival are increasingly popular local events that attract crowds to the city centre in their droves.

For food lovers, the Digbeth Dining Club is a prevalent event and has even been voted the Best Street Food event in the UK.

Several art galleries across the city provide access to both internationally renowned artist as well as lesser acclaimed and home-grown local talent. The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery hosts one of the largest pre-Raphaelite collections of artworks in the world whilst the Barber Institute of Fine Arts shows a mix of classic pieces with more modern additions. The Ikon Gallery is the city’s answer to contemporary art, located in Brindleyplace and the Custard Factory in the creative quarter supplements this with an array of local artists and accessible exhibitions.

On the outskirts of Birmingham, Stratford Upon Avon is known worldwide as the home of William Shakespeare and as such, hosts the annual literary festival where visitors from across the globe come to celebrate the works of one of the most famous playwrights of all time. Tours run across the city and further afield where history is laid bare and stories told and retold for generations.

If modern storytelling is more your thing, then head to the Electric Cinema, the oldest working cinema in the UK. Providing waiter service and fully stocked bar alongside luxury sofa seating this is a cinematic experience to behold. Enjoy a cult classic, modern blockbuster or a new and independent showcase film here.

Birmingham is a bustling, lively city which boasts some of the best nightlife in the UK. This may be because all the bars, restaurants and pubs are near each other.

  • As in most major cities, Birmingham welcomes international music artists to its main arenas; Arena Birmingham, the Resorts World Arena (ex Genting Arena) and the NEC have hosted some of the worlds most famous artists over the years. However, if you’re looking for something a little more alternative, then head to the Hare and Hounds or The Rainbow Venues for a quirkier setting and more intimate live music.
  • The Arcadian offers a more relaxed alternative, set in Chinatown behind the Bullring shopping centre. The Individual bar is cheesy with RnB, Sobar offers “a melting pot of cutting edge and vibrant beats, electric, fused funky house and sexy R’n’B are regular features, fused together by top DJ’s and live percussionists” … The bars are set in a circle, around a small fountain and colourful steps leading up to the Festival Balti restaurant, more bars and the exit leading to much of Birmingham’s Gay Scene.
  • A special mention to the Night Owl for your Motown fix, the Jam House (brought to the city by Jools Holland) for its big-name jazz, blues and rock acts, and Snobs, for its combination of great tunes, cheap drinks, full dance floors, friendly clubbers and great atmosphere.
  • For comedy nights look no further than the Glee Club or Just the tonic, city centre comedy clubs that are packed to the rafters with some of the UKs leading comedians. Or head to the Hippodrome for a stand-up show – just be careful if you sit in the front row!

Useful information for
Moving to Birmingham

The central location of ‘Brum’ cannot be overstated. You are 2 hours away by train from London, Cardiff, Leeds or Liverpool. In fact, Birmingham is within 4-hours of 90% of the rest of the United Kingdom. This central location, the diverse workforce and a dynamic Enterprise Zone are some of the reasons that make the West Midlands an attractive destination for companies. 

We usually advise that the 2 main considerations when choosing a place to live are your budget and your school requirements.

If you are moving to Birmingham with children do your research and avoid a postcode lottery for your chosen schools. Due to the diverse cultural backgrounds in Birmingham, there are a great number of voluntary aided schools with various religious bases. There are also a variety of private schools such as King Edward’s School which has national prestige. There are several colleges and a lot of funding has been directed into apprenticeship schemes and vocational training courses to help reignite Birmingham’s manufacturing industry.

Like all cities Birmingham provides housing of all affordability levels. Solihull is one of the most expensive areas, as is Sutton Coldfield.

At the other end of the spectrum, Kings Heath, Bournville and Selly Oak are more affordable, and the proximity to Birmingham University make them a favourite for the Student population.

In between, Moseley village, with its leafy streets and Victorian houses was voted best place to live in the UK for city living in 2015 by the Sunday Times.