A guide to help you in your search for a place to live, or invest, in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie or Maitland
Neighbouring the University of Newcastle is the suburb of Birmingham Gardens.
With a large population of university students, Birmingham Gardens is a heavily residential area about 11 kilometres from the Newcastle CBD. To the north of the suburb is Shortland while the University of Newcastle’s Callaghan Campus makes up the eastern border. Jesmond sits at the southern end of the suburb.
The area is named after the English town of Birmingham and has existed as a standalone suburb since the 1930s. It has a small park called Harold Myers Park, which features a large grassy field with children’s play equipment. Across from the southern entrance to the park is a short bike path that leads to University Drive.
Why rent in Birmingham Gardens?
In the early days of the suburb a community hall was built by volunteers on Moore Street. It was used to host dances and film screenings and also used by servicemen stationed in the area during World War II. In 1950 the building was transformed into a full-time cinema that is still in existence today. The Regal Cinema still screens films every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Despite the retro outlook, the equipment is state-of-the-art.
While there are no schools located in the Birmingham Gardens area, primary school-aged children are zoned for Heaton Public School, which is located in the nearby suburb of Jesmond.
Housing in Birmingham Gardens comprises family-sized homes and townhouses. Its proximity to the Jesmond shops and Warabrook train station makes it popular for young people and established families.