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Birmingham truly is a place for everyone

The Magic City. That’s what Birmingham has been called for nearly 150 years, and it’s true. There’s magic here—in our diverse communities, our historic streets, and our beautiful landscapes—and we’re holding a place for you. Watch our video to get a taste of what our city offers!

  • Attractions

    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. Or enjoying the great outdoors at a park or golf course. The possibilities are endless!

  • Dining

    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 celebrating a special occasion. Highlands Bar & Grill for a James Beard Award winning meal. Saw’s BBQ for a little South in your mouth. Or Slice for meeting up with friends for beer and pizza. Your palate will be delighted!

    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.

  • Housing

    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.

  • "Magic" City

    See why Birmingham is known as the “Magic” City: