BIMM Cities

The BIMM Study Exchange

16th November 2017

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There’s something very special about BIMM as a modern music college. Something truly unique that only our students can access. Can you guess what it is? That’s right! It’s what we call the BIMM Study Exchange!

And what it means is that, as a BIMM student, you can potentially complete your music degrees across two BIMM colleges, with the option of studying in two of the following seven musical cities: London, Berlin, Brighton, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham or Hamburg.

The idea is that you can begin your studies at one BIMM college, before transferring to another for your second year, and then deciding whether to remain in your new city for your third year or, instead, return to your original ‘home’ college.

As well as being a great way to experience different cities and musical cultures, you will also have the opportunity to expand your global network of music industry contacts – helping you build your career in music.

Unsure of which two locations to choose? Fear not! Here’s a brief rundown of each musical city, to help you with your tricky decision.


The capital of the global music industry. Home of Abbey Road Studios, Camden, Amy Winehouse, The O2 Arena, punk, Brixton, grime, Adele, Britpop, Wembley, the Rolling Stones, UK garage, David Bowie and Shoreditch. It really doesn’t get much better than this!


The city where modern musicians have flocked since the 1970s. Home of Marlene Dietrich, Berghain, Tangerine Dream, Friedrichshain, Rammstein, Kreuzberg, techno and Atari Teenage Riot. Temporary home of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Depeche Mode, U2 and Peaches. Cheap, cheerful and creative.


The musical city by the sea. Home to Bohemians, Hippies and Hipsters, Fatboy Slim, buskers on the seafront, The Levellers, Concorde 2, Rizzle Kicks, Big Beat (and Beach) Boutique, The Kooks, karaoke on The Pier, and The Green Door Store. A laid back sunshiney vibe.


This mid-sized city packs a rather large musical punch. Home of Trip Hop, Massive Attack, Banksy, Stokes Croft, Portishead, Thekla, Tricky, The Fleece, Kosheen, Drum ‘n’ Bass, Love Saves the Day Festival, and The Old Duke. The city’s street art has a pretty impressive soundtrack indeed.


A legendary city in the history of modern music. Home to Madchester, The Hacienda, New Order, Manchester Arena, Oasis, The Smiths, 24-Hour Party People, The Stone Roses, Parklife Festival, Happy Mondays, Factory Records, Elbow, and Take That. Vibrant, fun and everlasting.


A city with an eclectic musical heritage. Home of Black Sabbath, Digbeth, Bhangra, Led Zeppelin, The Sunflower Lounge, UB40, Grindcore, Goldie, Godskitchen, the Jewellery Quarter, and Dexys Midnight Runners. Currently the best place in the UK to hear new music.


A key centre of music since the 17th century. Home of Mendelssohn, Brahms, The Reeperbahn, Nena, the Hamburgerschule, St. Pauli, The Reeperbahn Festival, Tokio Hotel, Beatlesplatz, Digitalism, Dockville Festival, and photographer Astrid Kirchherr. The city where The Beatles honed their craft.

So, which one will you choose? We don’t envy your decision. Good luck!

For more information on the BIMM Study Exchange head to our website.


James Watts

Social Media Assistant, Professional Bassist and Music Journalist. Career highlights include performing at some of the UK's premier music festivals, recording in Abbey Road and interviewing Debbie Harry.