At a population of over 1 million, Birmingham, Alabama, has all of the amenities of a big city while still maintaining the warmth and hospitality of a Southern town. In recent years, our city has undergone its own cultural renaissance, with new restaurants, breweries, music venues, and theatres popping up on every corner. In 2015, Zagat named Birmingham the #1 Next Hot Food City and Forbes named Birmingham the Most Affordable City in which to live in 2015. 

Take a quick tour of the sights and sounds that make Birmingham a fantastic place to live, work, and play.

  • Great ways to spend your time in the 'Ham:

    Watching a Birmingham Baron’s game at the new Regions ballpark 
    Hoisting a pint at Birmingham’s local breweries
    Riding through Railroad Park and along the Rotary Trail
    Remembering the struggle for equality at the Civil Rights Institute
    Contemplating the exhibits at the Birmingham Museum of Art
    Enjoying the great outdoors at a park or golf course
  • Birmingham chefs Frank Stitt, Chris Hastings and Chris Dupont have helped put Birmingham on the culinary map. From fine dining to local dives, Birmingham has a restaurant for every craving. Some of our favorites include:

    El Barrio for mouthwatering enchiladas, verde or rojas
    Chez Fon Fon for a celebrating a special occaision
    Highlands Bar & Grill for a James Beard Award winning meal
    Saw’s BBQ for a little South in your mouth
    Slice for meeting up with friends for beer and pizza

    Check out what the pros think about good eats in Birmingham, too:

    Zagat's 8 Must-Try Restaurants
    Garden and Gun's list of Birmingham’s New Hot Spots

  • Whether it is a condo downtown within walking distance to UAB or home in one of many beautiful neighborhoods, Birmingham has numerous affordable housing options that are all a short drive away from UAB.  Here are a few of examples of where UAB employees live:


    Vestavia 
    Drive to work: 15-20 minutes
    Housing options: Home for rent or purchase, apartments for rent

    Mountain Brook
    Drive to work: 5 minutes but can be up to 20 minutes or so depending on where you live within the suburb
    Housing options: Home for rent or purchase

    Homewood  
    Drive to work: about 10 mins without traffic, 15-20 minutes with traffic
    Housing options: All options!  Several affordable apartment complexes and a couple new or remodeled complexes, a few new pricey condos, and homes for rent or sale

    Downtown
    Drive to work: 2-5 minutes
    Housing options: Apartments, lofts, condos

    Crestwood
    Drive to work: 7 minutes if before 7 AM; 10 - 15 minutes if after 7 AM.
    Housing options: Crestwood is all houses. Crestwood North is mostly 1930s bungalows mostly updated, and Crestwood South is mostly 1950s-1960s ranch-style homes, most of which have also been updated. More of them are for sale than for rent, but there are some for rent. 

    Highlands
    Drive to work: 5-7 minutes
    Housing options: Mostly historic apartments/condos many quite nicely updated and large, historic homes. Fewer young-family-type homes available for sale, though but lots of rental options.
  • See why Birmingham is known as the “Magic” City: