Birmingham is a big city with plenty to do. The BJCC (Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex) frequently hosts concerts with well-known bands. Skates 280 is a fun and cheap place to roller blade or roller skate, and on the weekends, late night skating starts at 10 p.m. for adults 17 and older. The Birmingham Zoo is popular among the students who want to get away and rediscover their childhood love for animals. Eating out is very easy to do, what with the numerous restaurants all over town. Several churches line the roads, enabling students to try out several before deciding on a regular one.
For those trying to spend less money or no money at all, there are many options, as well. The botanical garden is a beautiful, free, and relaxing escape for stressed-out college students, and infinite photo opportunities are available there. Oak Mountain State Park provides hiking trails for the adventurous and outdoorsy types, and the scenery is breathtaking. The Carmike 10 dollar theater is especially popular for students watching their funds. It shows well-known movies about to go on DVD and sells small popcorns for only $1 on "Stimulus Tuesdays." Krispy Kreme doughnuts is conveniently located close by, so students can sneak in delicious and affordable snacks.