Sunday 3 June 2012

Opal 1

Opal One, or Opal 1, advertises itself as Birmingham's Premier, award winning student accommodation. The building is certainly impressive and the location reasonably central being situated on Belgrave Middleway, on the corner of the Bristol Road just opposite McDonalds.

The facilities include a pool and fully equipped gym with leisure facilities on site. It is easy to see why this kind of complex would be more appealing to students. Why settle for a damp dingy room in a terraced house in Selly Oak when you could have this.

Well, it probably comes down to money. However, it is worth noting that Opal 1 services are all inclusive which means that you don't need to pay a hefty deposit, your contents insurance is free and so is your internet. Utility bills add up and are worth considering when making comparisons.


The building features 24 hours security access with CCTV and key fob entry. There is a common room with vending machines and Sky TV. There are standard and deluxe bedrooms available and the kitchens have microwave ovens, a fridge freezer, a toaster, a kettle, an ironing board and a vacuum cleaner. There is also a laundrette on site.

Opal 1 provides secure student accommodation in an environment that provides a level of comfort and safety that you won't find by renting a room in someones house. Additionally the building is staffed 24 hours a day.

Opal One, Belgrave Middleway, Bristol Road, Birmingham. B5. Tel: 0121 440 7122

Further information can be found at their website:

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