i'm relocating from melbourne to birmingham quite soon. can any brits give me some advice/info about birmingham? i've never been there before, only visited london for a few days as a backpacker in 2003. the first thing i'll need is cheap temporary accommodation that's has easy access to public transport. is there a reliable site to look for short term (1-2 weeks) rentals? next thing will be to look for permanent accommodation. my workplace will be in wythall just off A435 hollywood bypass so i'm looking for somewhere either in the city centre or on the south side that will be convenient to get to work. what are the nice suburbs on the south side? and more importantly, which suburbs should i try to avoid (crime, lack of public transport, etc)? my family's preference would be to stay in an area with a strong chinese community. public transport - how are the buses and trains in terms of reliability, speed, places that they go to, price, etc? road cycling/commuting - is it common for people to ride to work or ride on the roads for fun/fitness? how are driver attitudes towards cyclists? is birmingham a flat or hilly city? is bike theft a major problem? most importantly, what's the badminton scene like in birmingham? should i bother to bring my racquets and shoes?