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Accommodation for Students – Birmingham

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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 Birmingham Purple Frog team

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.

07817 793 828
Hugo
Office Dog

He's a good boy, yes he is. Yes he is. Yes. He. Is. Suchagoodboy. Except when he's stealing your sandwiches.

Aaron Kurtis
Director of Lettings & Property Management

Aaron has more than 12 years' valuable experience working in student accommodation. He looks after clients who have large portfolios. He also makes sure that each branch is keeping their tenants happy.

0753 509 1905
Sabrina Courts
Head of Operations

Looking after clients with large portfolios means that Sabrina's extensive expertise in the student accommodation market is always put to good use. She also heads up the Ops team. Sabrina is a proud Birmingham City Football Club supporter and hasn't missed a home or away match in over 5 years!

0121 227 4188
Sharon Frost
Head of Finance

Sharon looks after all the finances at Purple Frog, including making sure tenants pay their rent and landlords get paid on time. She's lovely, happy and caring, at the same time no one here dares submit our expense forms late.

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Stephen Haigh
Head of Property Sales

Stephen has a wealth of experience selling investment property. His breadth of knowledge will help everyone from first timers to seasoned portfolio investors achieve their goals. In his youth, Stephen was a rock star in the 'West Coast psychedelic' band Soup which regularly gigged at the University of Birmingham Guild of Students bar.

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James Mason
Head of Marketing

James has a wealth of marketing experience, which he uses to ensure the properties we advertise are seen by as many people as possible. James' proudest moment is when he won £1,000 in a radio competition in which he had to perform comedy stand-up routines on live radio!

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Ben Holdnall
Development Manager

Ben is the longest serving member of the purple frog team 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!

0121 270 2722 option 2 OR 07854 410 518
Shaun Knight
Branch Manager - Birmingham

Shaun is a stalwart of the company. His knowledge of the student letting market is extensive. Shaun studied sport studies at the University of Worcester so he knows what it's like to be in the shoes of our tenants. He's an affable character who loves helping our tenants find the right home and keeping our landlords up to date.

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Sophie Preece
Accommodation Manager – Bristol Street

Sophie looks after Bristol Street Student Accommodation. She knows the building and city inside and out, so as a student living there, you're in safe hands. Outside of work, Sophie enjoys enjoys a cheeky Mojito, spending time with her family and walking her two Springer Spaniels. She also has 5 cats.

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Nadine Bevis
Talent Manager

Nadine is here to make sure that tenants can complete their paperwork quickly and easily. If she won a million pounds she would buy a house for a homeless person. Which is lovely.

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Reece Jones
Operations Team Leader

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) 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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Claire Pace
Compliance Support Administrator & PA to Managing Director

Claire makes sure that the private hall we manage are running smoothly, in line with best practice. 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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Bilal Khan
Senior Account Assistant

Bilal is a wiz with numbers. He 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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Emma-Leigh
Credit Control and Dispute Resolution Coordinator

Emma-Leigh, commonly known as the (DRC), is the lovely person who makes sure that the deposits team get your deposits 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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Robina Burke
Business Development Coordinator

Robina helps the company reach new landlords and property investors, where her bubbly personality and bright smile makes her a perfect first contact for new clients. Her claim to fame is that she was a backing singer at a concert for South African jazz legend, Hugh Masekela. Correction: apparently there was a whole choir, not just her.

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Beckie Roe
Senior Tenancy Administrator

Beckie is here to make sure that signing your contract is simple. She's part-time, between 9.00 am- 4.30 pm, Monday & Thursday and 9:30 am - 2:30 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. If she could eat only one food for the rest of her life, it would be pasta. With all the different shapes, it's pretty much a different meal each time.

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Hayley Roe
Senior Tenancy Administrator

Hayley recently join our operation team as one of the Senior Administration staff, and she is ready to spice things up, just like her love for spicy Caribbean food. She is on hand weekdays during office hours to help you with your tenancy enquires. With her beaming smile and shinning personality, it is no surprise she loves to spend her spare time raving and travelling.

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Maisie Gould
Property Manager

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.

0121 270 2722
Thomas Giles-Traynor
Maintenance / Assistant Manager

Tom is 'Mr Fix-it' at Bristol Street office in Birmingham, combining maintenance and being Assistant Manager. An avid gamer, Tom previously played esports competitively. His current favourite games are FIFA and Gears of War 5. We're surprised Tom has time for games with three children, all under five. We thought he'd spend his free time sleeping.

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Akash Nabi
Property Manager

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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Michael Boyce
Lettings Coordinator

You will meet Michael when you come to our Selly Oak office to book viewings (and hear him on the phone). He's also, rather aptly, a purple belt in Aikedo. That's the modern martial art of kicking ass but very gently.

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Bethan Evans
Student Blogger

Bethan is a 22 year old fourth year psychology student from the University of Birmingham. She's just returned from a year abroad in Amsterdam where she spent her time studying. She's had every kind of job from a waitress to a lifeguard but has always had a strong passion for writing.

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