The place of Birmingham, is very nice. I am from London myself and does not seem very different which is good. The nightlife is great, so even if the student union of Aston University is not having a good event, Broad Street or Arcadian never fails to please! Shopping is also awesome, they have a Bullring (within walking distance) which is very convinent. They have all shops here, and their food places have recently started to be good with Las Igunas! Although, shopping for food for home is not the best, because the cheapest place would be Tesco Metro, and there is no big grocery shoppig place closeby - furthest is like 45 mins walk. So the value for money for weekly shopping is not great and can get pretty expensive. On the weekends, there is not much you can do within short distance. On the weekdays, theres always something happening, whether thats a Gosta night out or a cinema night with friends.