The campus area (UoB) is green and beautiful, but to be honest the city itself is not particularly pretty or interesting. Not much to do, city center is quite grey and always crowded, though there is a huge, fancy shopping centre. Decent amount of restaurants and pubs and cinemas too. Many clubs but always full of undergrads, so if you are a postgrad who's bothered by that it is quite hard to find a place, not like you'll have much time for going out anyway :D Trains are fine, buses are often terrible with keeping the schedule. Of course this is all personal so don't be discouraged, all in all a fine place for uni years!