Canvas Birmingham

Two Canvases Sitting Pretty, in the Centre of England’s Second City

Birmingham. The heart of the Midlands. The city of bold ideas. The great innovator. Birthplace of iconic brands, food, sports and bands. And at the heart of the heart, Canvas and you.

Our student accommodation is a stone’s throw from everything that makes this multicultural metropolis great. Both locations are within walking distance of Birmingham's top universities. Both are on the doorstep of inspiration, motivation and relaxation. Both are designed and positioned to help you follow the city’s lead and make your mark on the world.  

Our Birmingham Properties

To feel the magic of Birmingham, you have to immerse yourself in it. Birmingham City University, Aston University and University College Birmingham are all in the centre of this great city. They’re all close to each other. Close to great food, shopping, art, culture and green spaces. And close to Canvas student accommodation. Because where they are, we are. We chose The Old Fire Station on Aston Street and The Heights on Staniforth Street to keep you in the thick of the action, but always within walking distance of home. It’s our way of helping you live like a true Brummie.

The Old Fire Station

The Old Fire Station Birmingham is a special place. A Grade II listed former working fire station, it’s a building steeped in history. The pride of Aston Street. It’s an inspiring space once populated by heroic men and women. A hub of camaraderie at the heart of a community, where the walls are filled with stories. Now, as a Canvas on the edge of Aston University, it’s creating a new history. Your history.

In our modern study and social spaces; at the on-site gym and events we host is where you’ll make your mark. And give this Old Fire Station many more stories to tell and friendships to create.

What's nearby

  • Aston University 2 mins walk
  • Birmingham City University 5 mins walk
  • University College Birmingham 20 mins walk

The Heights

The Heights Birmingham is student accommodation that’s grand in stature and bold in ambition. Located on the upper tip of Aston University in the historic Gun Quarter, it’s a space designed to bring out the best in you, in the heart of a city built on innovation.

Within these Canvas walls, every detail is curated to help you thrive, with social spaces, study areas, events and a gym to make you feel alive. Here is where friendships are forged, ideas evolve, and problems are solved. The Heights is what you’ll call “home” in a place that makes you feel like one of their own. 

What's nearby

  • Aston University 5 mins walk
  • Birmingham City University 10 mins walk
  • University College Birmingham 20 mins walk



Utility bills included
Free WiFi from 100 MB/S
24Hr Team
Social Spaces
Study Spaces
On-Site & Virtual Events
Wellbeing Support
On-site laundry

The Heights

Canvas The Heights, 30 Staniforth St, Birmingham, B4 7DR

The Old Fire Station

Canvas The Old Fire Station, Aston St, Birmingham, B4 7DA


When in Birmingham: Student Life in the Second City

Birmingham is the youngest city in Europe, with 40% of the population under 25. What’s even better is that, as a student, so much of what’s great and good about this city is within easy reach. Living at Canvas Birmingham means having Birmingham City University, Aston University and University College Birmingham within walking distance. And the city centre on your doorstep. So let’s take a walk around and introduce you to some of the places that top our list of favourite spots to explore and hang out.

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10 easy ways to lower your student carbon footprint

World Earth Day is a yearly event that honours the planet and highlights the problems we need to fix to protect it. To slow and start reversing climate change, we all need to cut our CO2e contributions by more than half, to around 5 tonnes. That might seem like a big ask, but it’s doable with some simple changes in how you go about your days as a student. Better still, these changes can save (or make) you money. And what student doesn’t love that?

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