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Birmingham is a great place to live and study; although you probably already know that if you’re looking for a house here. It’s the UK’s second biggest city which means it’s big enough to have all the amenities of a large city but small enough so you can get around it easily.

It’s got some great places to study as well and we’ve got student accommodation in Birmingham which covers the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University; Aston University; Birmingham Metropolitan College and The College of Law.

The best bits of Birmingham are the shopping (the Bullring is one of the biggest shopping centre’s in Europe); and the nightlife, you’ll never get bored in the evening as Birmingham has loads of places to go out from Broad Street to the Arcadian, to the Jewellery Quarter to the Custard Factory, comedy clubs and even the
Mailbox for  something a bit special? What’s more; you’ve got all the culture of a major city with the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, NEC, Symphony Hall and many others. For
adventure lovers the many parks and nearby Lickey Hills provide great open spaces for running, walking, cycling or other outdoor pursuits. We’ve put together below a few of the good bits and bad bits of the areas we cover in the surrounding areas:

Good Times

Right in the heart of the student community for the University of Birmingham.

Good selection of bars, pubs, restaurants and cafe’s. Make sure you check out the Selly Sausage cafe for their legendary pancakes.

Getting to the University of Birmingham only takes a matter of minutes walking and the train to the city centre from Selly Oak Station only takes about 7 minutes. Plus the University is the only one in the country to have its own railway station.

Bad Times

The Bristol Road which runs through the area is known to be really bad for traffic but the new bypass is helping this already.

Because it is a student area it can be a little noisy!

Parking can be a pain sometimes; if you don’t need your car it’s probably easier to leave it at home.

Selly Oak properties

Good Times

Still really close to the University of Birmingham and University Train Station; 5-15 mins walk.

Close to Harborne High St where you’ve find some great Bars like the Junction and Plough.

Nice and quiet so good for getting some serious work done! Also means parking is a lot easier.

Because the area is not as popular as Selly Oak you will often find you get more for you money when renting.

Great access to transport as on a main bus route to the city centre.

Good access to shops on the Pershore Road.

It’s a bit quieter than other areas.

Again, you’ll get more for your money in this area.

Bad Times

Although close to the University of Birmingham, it’s not in the heart of the action.

Bit further away from UoB; can take about 15-20 mins to walk.

Parking can be tricky for those properties on Pershore Road but many have off road parking.

Harborne properties

Good Times

Great access to the City Centre; just 5 mins to 5 Ways and Broad Street.

Parking is pretty easy.

You normally get great value for money.

Good access to local shops and food places on the Hagley Road.

Bad Times

The Hagley Road can get really busy at times!

Edgbaston properties

Good Times

There are lots of shops close by.

The properties on the Pershore Road tend to be quite large.

Bad Times

If you live close to the Pershore Road the traffic can be quite noisy at times.

Parking isn't easy on the Pershore Road but there are some side streets to park on.

Selly Park properties

The Accommodation for Students – Birmingham Purple Frog team

Greg White
Co-Founder

Greg is one of the founders of Purple Frog, he graduated in 2007 with a 2:2 in Computer and Electrical Engineering with Business from the University of Birmingham. Greg oversees business development across our businesses with particular focus on the development and investment side of properties in which our tenants live. Greg loves sharing our company journey, regularly speaking or being involved in university events. Often found on the ski slopes, he enjoys being active and trying to keep fit.

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Patrick Garratt
Co-Founder and Managing Director

Patrick is one of the founders of purple frog, he graduated in 2007 alongside Greg with a 2:1 in Business from the University of Birmingham. As part of his degree he was required to write and submit a business plan and decided he may as well see it through! Patrick spends time in each of our 4 offices and is often accompanied by his black lab Hugo.

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Ben Holdnall
Senior Property Manager

Ben has been with purple frog for over 5 years and has been running our property management team for most of that time. Before joining purple frog Ben used to work as a contractor in student properties so he's got hands on knowledge too and has experience of most maintenance issues we may come across. Outside of work Ben enjoys expanding his horizons and travelling the world, he's recently been to Russia and is also a keen linguist... ask him to show off some of his Mandarin!

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Nadine Bevis
Senior Adminstrator

Nadine started off with Purple Frog on an apprenticeship programme in customer services. After a brief hiatus, she's returned as one of our senior administrators. She's here to make sure that tenants can complete their paperwork quickly and easily.

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Sharon Frost
Accounts

Sharon looks after the finances at Purple Frog making sure tenants pay their rent and landlords get paid on time. Although very friendly, we wouldn't ever want Sharon chasing us for our rent!

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Claire Pace
Senior Tenancy Administrator

Claire helps our tenants to complete all their paperwork to secure their new homes. She works part time Monday-Friday 9:30-2.30. Although weighing no more than the idea of a feather herself, she has expanded the collective Purple Frog waistline with her exceedingly good cakes.

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Sara-Anne Bricknell
Senior Lettings Adviser - Birmingham

Sara is a 3rd year student at BCU studying Public Relations and has lived in a purple frog house for three years now so she is perfect to help our students find their next home! Sara is also learning Mandarin and loves practicing with our international students.

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Kerry Grayburn
Business Development Manager

Kerry has a passion for all things property and loves spending her time developing strong relationships with landlords and investors. She possesses a wealth of knowledge about property and is ready to help you make the most of your investment.

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Jack Heath
Assistant Property Manager - Birmingham

Jack is our resident fixer, he's out and about most of the day helping our tenants with all kinds of problems. If Jack is on the case you know a solution will soon be found. In his spare time Jack can be found treading the boards in local theater productions.

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Kamila Dabrowska
Operations Team - Operations Centre

Kamila started with us as an apprentice in 2014 and has since successfully completed her course and knows everything admin in the Purple Frog office, her specialities so far are council tax, utilities and keeping on top of paperwork. We are confident that one day she'll be running the place!

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Sabrina Courts
Operations Manager - Operations Centre

Sabrina looks after the nitty gritty stuff which goes on behind the scenes, making sure everything from council tax to welcome packs and contracts are all prepared and organised correctly. Sabrina is unfortunately a Birmingham City Football Club supporter and hasn't missed a home or away match in over 5 years!

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Sam Hubbard
Junior Property Manager

Sam is local to Selly Oak so knows the area well, she loves looking after our tenants and landlords. Sam's a big dog lover so Hugo (our office dog) is always following her around. At home Sam has a very cute Border Terrier called Rossi. Sam also had hiccups every day for three years whilst at school.

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Paul Somerfield
Senior Lettings Negotiator - Birmingham

Paul attended Cheltenham University, so he understands what its like being a student trying to find the right property. He has also recently invested in a property, giving him a good knowledge and understanding of the property market. In his spare time he enjoys playing table tennis and he has a very weird fear of messy wires.

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Bilal Khan
Ledger Clerk/Credit Control

Bilal is a wiz with numbers has been with the company since May 2015. He started as an accounts apprentice - completing his accounting qualifications at the same time as working at Purple Frog. He now ensures that the accounts are in tip top order.

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Stephen Haigh
Business Development Manager - Property Sales

Stephen heads up Purple Frog’s Property Sales division across Birmingham, Bristol and Nottingham and has a wealth of experience in the industry. He has a breadth of knowledge about helping first time to portfolio investors achieve their goals. In his youth Stephen was a Rock Star in the band Soup which was known for its West Coast psychedelic music and regularly played in the University of Birmingham Guild of Students bar.

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Chris Whiley
Branch Manager - Birmingham

Chris joined Purple Frog after a 12 month sabbatical travelling the world. Before he went away he spent several years working in Residential Lettings, Management and Sales for a company in Birmingham City Centre. Outside of work Chris is an avid sports fan and fitness fanatic who plays hockey for a local team.

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Emma-Leigh
Deposit Return Manager

Emma-Leigh is the lovely person who makes sure that the deposits team get your deposits are returned as quickly and smoothly as possible. In her spare time, she is busy painting lovely paintings of 'nudes with colourful hair'.

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Haroon Marshall
Accounts Administrator

Haroon is learning a lot about accounts. He's already mastered credit control, invoicing and adding new Go Cardless accounts. And he's eager to learn more! Outside the office, you can see him perform as hip hop legend H Dott. He's also pretty nifty on the Asian drums, too.

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Theresa Meally
Operations Administrator

As part of the operations team, Theresa is your first contact for all things paperworky. She’s here to help with contracts, guarantors, tenancy questions…everything! Theresa is Irish and there’s nothing she likes more than returning to the old country, stoking up the peat fire, pouring a glass of poteen and talking about the old days – she can trace her family history back to the 17th Century. If she’s not doing that, she’s watching the Kilkenny Cats thrashing their deadly rivals the Cork Rebels in the Hurling.

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Katie Doak
Lettings Advisor

If you call the office, it will probably be Katie’s friendly voice you hear first. Chatty, happy and bubblier than a bottle of warm Prosecco, she’s always happy to help! When asked about her accomplishments, she mentioned the fact she makes a cracking cuppa. Which is just another reason she's such an important member of the team.

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Bina Choudury
Letting Assistant

Looking for your prefect student place in Birmingham? Speak to Bina. She's part of the team in Selly Oak who will show you round properties, answer any questions and book in any viewings you want to make. She wins the prize for shortest person in the whole company - she has a standing height of 5'1".

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Sophie Hack
Student blogger

Sophie is a journalist and blogger currently in her final year of a Media and Communications course at Birmingham City University. She loves writing stories about Birmingham, as well as interviewing bands and writing about the things that interest students the most. In her free time, Sophie is an avid video game addict. If she’s not glued to her games console, she's teaching herself Japanese with hopes to travel to Japan one day.

Akash Nabi
Letting Negotiator

If you're looking for your new student place in Birmingham, Akash is your man. He's also training to be a gym instructor, so he can also tell you the difference between quads and glutes. Other than their relative word scores in Scrabble, of course.

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Reece Jones
Adminstrator

Reece is here to help get your tenancy sorted. He's right on it, sorting contracts, making sure your right to rent documents are OK and answering any questions you might have. He's a massive Blues fan (though not as big a fan as Sabrina) and is a semi-pro footballer, playing left midfield for Alvechurch Church FC. When he was a little boy, he dreamed of winning the world cup, but has been hindered in this dream because he's not from Brazil.

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Hannah Fox
Letting Assistant

Hannah has worked for Purple Frog since 2014, so she knows the Selly Oak area really well and can offer help and advice to anyone who's looking for a great place to live. She has a Law Degree from BCU and is currently studying her Legal Practice Course. Outside of her academic achievements, she describes herself as having ginger-coloured eyes and is renowned for her ability to walk reeeeaaaaally slowly.

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Maisie Gould
Maintenance Assistant

Happy, smiley and friendly are three words that describe Maisie perfectly. That means she fits brilliantly into Purple Frog Selly Oak team, where she's busy putting these attributes to use, finding students their new homes from home. She also runs her own cake-making business and used to be an editor at a magazine, so you'll be sure there's no typos when she pipes on the 'Happy Birthday Grandma' frosting.

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Ellie Jackson
Adminstrator

Ellie is here to help make the contracts and paperwork process smooth and easy. She may look little, but she's one of the toughest of the froglets. She survived a stormy weekend in Snowdonia (so a normal weekend in Snowdonia), living in a tent, as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award.

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