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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
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.

07891 990 148
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
Accountant

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!

0121 227 4188
Aaron Kurtis
Head of Lettings & Property Management

Aaron has more than 10 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. But more importantly, he's met Duncan from Blue!

0753 509 1905
Ben Holdnall
Senior Property 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 has been a stalwart of the company for several years. 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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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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James Mason
Marketing Manager

James has a wealth of experience in marketing 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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Nadine Bevis
Operations Team Leader

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) 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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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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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.

0121 227 4188
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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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.

0121 227 4191
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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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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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
Operations Administrator

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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Olivia Vaughan
Credit Control and Deposit Return Administrator

Olivia helps manage the money coming into the business, as well as ensuring students receive their deposits in good time. She is the office diva. Her unique interpretation of Happy Birthday is a heady mix of Streisand, Monroe and Minnelli. In fact it has been known to reduce the lucky recipient to tears. Of joy, obviously.

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Leah Wyre
Administrator

Leah is here to help tenants with their paperwork and to answer questions about their tenancies. Her biggest achievement is going to be hard to beat. She represented the country as part of a dance team, competing against dancers from all over the world. Not only that, but the team won, making them world champions!

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Chloe Yelland
Lettings Negotiator

If you're a student asking 'where will I find a great place to live off campus?' Chloe is here to help you answer that question. She studied archaeology at university, so we're all digging up every Indiana Jones reference we can unearth. All in the hope she'll tell us 'This belongs in a museum'.

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Abbie Costa
Accounts Adminstrator

Abbie helps tenants with questions about their rent, making sure they can stay on top of payments and don't slip into arrears. She lived in sunny Torquay for 19 years, before deciding to tear herself away from all the amazing beaches to move to the equally lovely Midlands.

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Courtney Facey
Accounts Administrator

Courtney is one of our Sage sages, making sure our accounts records are up to date. Her bravest moment was going to army camp at age 14. As well as having to do the whole being screamed as and 'getting down and giving them 20', her wow moment was completing the military assault course, including the huge wall.

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Josh Brighton
Property Manager

Something gone wrong in your student house? Josh is here to make sure it's sorted. He brings a smile along with a solution. Josh grew up in Spain between the ages of 10 and 14. That means when you see him say 'Hola' and he'll know what you're saying.

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Marni Cosby
Property Manager

Marni's here to make anything broken in your student house whole again. She's come a long way to do this for you. She moved to Birmingham from Milton Keynes. Well, to be exact, from Leighton Buzzard, but apparently no one's ever heard of that town.

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Michael Boyce
Lettings Assistant

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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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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Charlotte Booth
Student Blogger

Charlotte is 21 and is in her 3rd year, studying Drama and English at University of Birmingham. As an actor she’s performed some really weird roles in her time, including male characters and an old woman who sang the Cell Block Tango.

Rosie Dickinson
Student Blogger

Rosie is 20 years old and currently in her final year at the University of Bristol studying Geography. A not-so-fun fact about her is that she is incredibly scared of feet. Her housemates are required to always wear socks around the house – bare feet are the worst!

Charlie Griffin
Student Blogger

Charlie is a 4th year psychology student at the University of Birmingham. She's recently returned from a year abroad. She can often be found listening to musicals through headphones when she thinks nobody will notice.

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