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Living in Birmingham

Birmingham, a great place to call home

The University of Alabama at Birmingham's campus sits 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.

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 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. Visit our City Guide to learn more.

The city at your footstep

Take a trip to the city's plentiful antique shops, many of which have been featured in upscale lifestyle magazines around the country. Trendy malls bring high-end shops to the state’s retail scene, while chain stores can offer you anything a college student could need. Dozens of new art galleries show off a variety of local paintings, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics and modern art.

Attractions abound in Birmingham

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.

If you like the outdoors, then we have lots of greenspace for you to explore. In the heart of our city sits Railroad Park—only a short walk from UAB—where joggers and picnickers alike enjoy the lush landscape, city skyline, and passing trains. Stroll a couple of blocks, and connect with our beautiful Rotary Trail that winds through downtown. Don’t forget to hike Ruffner Mountain and a visit to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Food options for every taste

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. We’ve got a lot of good food.

Shopping at every turn

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.

Getting around Birmingham

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.

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