2017 was a busy year for the rental market as it surpassed the house buying sector for the very first time since the early 1930s. The increased demand for rooms to rent in Birmingham is partly to blame. As a result, the monthly rent for most rooms to rent in Birmingham has soared a bit, but you can still snag a deal in the following four places in and around the City of Thousand Trades.
#1. Castle Vale
Right from the outset, Castle Vale is hands down the cheapest place to find rooms to rent in Birmingham. Geographically, it is a housing estate neighbourhood nestled strategically between Minworth, Erdington, and Castle Bromwich. As part and parcel of Tyburn Ward, you can expect to shell out an average of £441 per month for rent in this area.
Interestingly, Castle Vale became the postcard example in the 1970s of how estates to ease overcrowding in Birmingham after the war failed. As such, the area saw mushrooming of new and regenerated housing estates throughout the 1990s and 2000s. Despite these efforts, however, the Castle Vale region still features some of the cheapest rooms to rent in Birmingham.
Chiming at the second position for the most affordable places to score rooms to rent in Birmingham is Handsworth, a housing estate/neighbourhood that lies on the northwest outskirt of the city centre. The area encapsulated the East Handsworth and Lozells wards. As one of the oldest regions in the city, Handsworth features a blend of architectural styles, including some of the best Victorian-style buildings in Birmingham.
Even so, you can find rooms to rent in this part of Birmingham for an average of £539 per month. Perhaps because the area is highly populated, with about 31,000 people in it.
#3. Winson Green
Located to the west of the city, Winson Green is an inner-city area in the ward of Soho. It has featured prominently in Channel 4’ Benefits Street. True to that, most job-seekers on allowance call Winson Green home.
Besides, City Hospital and HMS Prison Birmingham are found in this area. Intriguingly, the house prices in the neighbourhood have soared from £22,000 in 1995 to about £95,000 today, but the cost of renting a room has remained relatively inexpensive at £541 pcm for a two-bedroom terraced house.
A ward with a population of about 34,000, Nechells is yet another place you can expect to find cheap rooms to rent Birmingham. Perhaps it’s because the area is notorious for high crime rate, poverty, and rampant unemployment. However, despite a slew of urban regeneration efforts, you can still get a 3-bedroom end terraced house for an average of £590 per calendar month.