Living in Birmingham

Live and learn

The University of Alabama at Birmingham's campus is in a prime location in the heart of the Southside neighborhood of Birmingham.

You'll never be at a loss for things to do, with a vibrant cultural, learning and historical scene. Take advantage of one of the most iconic cities in the southeastern US.

Birmingham, a great place to call home

You'll love Birmingham. It’s more than just our neighborhood — it’s home. The city builds on a rich history with a number of cultural locales. The Alabama Theater is a cultural mecca for music, theater, dance and other arts shows. Check out the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum for a look at the history of auto racing in the area. The McWane Science Center fuels your inner knowledge seeker while the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum gives a look at the city's place in American history.

To find the best view for miles, Vulcan Park and Museum are a must. Make sure you pay your respects to the Vulcan statue that watches over the city.


Anything you need

Shoppers from all over the state flock to Birmingham because of the wide selection of stores. UAB students don’t need to stray too far from campus to satisfy their shopping needs, as The Summit outdoor mall is just a few miles down the road with stores like Saks, Lucky Brand, Gus Mayer, Chico’s, bebe, and Pottery Barn among other local selections. Crestwood Shopping Center, just east of campus, offers a number of options. When you need college essentials, you can take a quick shuttle ride over to Walmart and Target.

Eating Out

A variety of food options

You don’t need to go far from campus to get just about any type of food. Al’s Deli offers up authentic Mediterranean items, while places like Bettola and Botega Cafe serve quality Italian. Head to Chez Lulu for fine French fare and Great Wall for Chinese food. And if you want some good old barbecue, hit up Carlisle’s.


It all starts at the top

Just look up to find Birmingham's most visible cultural icon. The Vulcan statue, at the Vulcan Park and Museum, is a century-old symbol of the city's contribution to the iron and steel industry. The museum at Vulcan has interactive exhibits and displays that portray the region's history and progress. Other cultural highlights include the Motorsports Museum, Civil Rights Institute and Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.

Weather and dress

What should I wear?

The Birmingham climate has four distinct seasons. Average temperature ranges from around 12° C January to about 32° in July. Most students at UAB dress casually. There is no official dress code. Due to weather changes, you will need clothing for both warm and cold seasons. All of these items are available for purchase in Birmingham upon arrival, so only pack what you need for the first few months after you arrive.