Explore UAB

Birmingham is a vibrant cityscape filled with all kinds of things to do with family and friends. It's a thriving community ready to welcome you to live, work, and play. Sit back, relax, and we'll introduce you to our favorite things about Birmingham, Alabama.

Savor the flavor of Birmingham's food scene

From fine dining to local dives, Birmingham has a restaurant for every craving. Grab a mouthwatering barbacoa quesadilla at El Barrio. Transport yourself to Paris at Chez Fon Fon for authentic French cuisine. Feast on a James Beard Award-winning meal from Highlands Bar & Grill. Try a tasty twist on pulled pork and collard greens at Saw’s BBQ. In the mood for casual dining with friends, head on over to Slice for beer and pizza. Your palate is sure to be pleased!

A picture-worthy entree from Chez Fon FonThis picture-worthy entree from Chez Fon Fon is just one of many local Birmingham delicacies.

Unwind with plenty of recreational activities

If you love the outdoors, there's plenty to see and do here. Enjoy a Birmingham Barons game at Regions Field. Hoist a pint at Birmingham’s local breweries. Take a stroll through Railroad Park and along the Rotary Trail. And for inside attractions, witness the story of the South's struggle for equality at the Civil Rights Institute. Breathe in creative exhibits at the Birmingham Museum of Art. Or get in touch with your inner child at McWane Science Center.

Group of six fellows at Railroad Park with their dogs and frisbeesDowntown's Railroad Park offers a beautiful outdoor escape for families, friends, and fur babies.

Make yourself at home in our beautiful neighborhoods

Whether you prefer a downtown condo within walking distance of UAB or a house in one of Birmingham's beautiful neighborhoods, there are numerous affordable housing options available. Downtown and Highlands, offer stylish lofts and urban amenities with a short commute to campus. Just a ten-minute drive from downtown, you can find plenty of walkable neighborhoods and classic architecture in Homewood and Crestwood. And the communities of Mountain Brook and Vestavia have plenty of charm and beauty to offer in close proximity to UAB.

The Old Mill in Mountain Brook, AlabamaThe Old Mill House is a replica of a former gristmill for local corn. It is a symbol of the Mountain Brook community.


Add your unique chapter to Birmingham's story

When you choose to train at UAB, you'll find yourself enthralled with the Magic City. From an early steel-producing boomtown to today's thriving medical metropolis, you join a community that’s building its future through life-changing patient care today, with discovery and education that transforms tomorrow. 

Check out this list of 26 things to do in Birmingham for even more exciting information about our city scene, and start planning your application to fellowship here in Birmingham, Alabama.