Resident's Look at Birmingham

With a metropolitan population of over one million people, Birmingham is Alabama's largest city. So there's plenty to see, plenty to do, and plenty to experience, from exciting attractions and colorful events to friendly neighborhood hangouts. And because UAB is centrally located, you don't have to go far from campus to hit the highlights. All of Birmingham's best bets are just minutes away.


Quick Guide


Five Points South

A popular student hot spot, Five Points is the eclectic neighborhood next to campus. Explore its one-of-a-kind clubs, coffeehouses, shops, and restaurants.

Opportunities

You're in the right place for jobs and internships. Because Birmingham is an internationally known hub for business, finance, health care, manufacturing, and numerous other fields.

Thrills

Tame the rides at Splash Adventure theme park, enjoy big-name concerts, and experience larger-than-life Imax movies at McWane Center science museum.

Culture

Find inspiration at the Birmingham Museum of Art, one of the largest in the region, or at the renowned Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and galleries across the city.

Shopping

Take your pick of several trendy shopping centers, including the Riverchase Galleria, one of the Southeast's largest malls.

Sports

Cheer on local teams, tee off at nationally known golf courses, or relive great moments at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

Outdoors

Go hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, or horseback riding at Oak Mountain State Park. Or just relax in the city's beautiful botanical gardens.

Transportation

It's easy to get here from anywhere, with Amtrak, Greyhound, and Birmingham International Airport serving the city. The Metro Area Express (MAX) bus system covers UAB and points across Birmingham.