Birmingham is the second largest city in England. While not as glamorous as London, or as tourist-focused as some of the smaller English places such as Oxford, or Stratford, it has a lot to offer to the traveler.
When staying in a Birmingham hostel, make sure to visit the historical area to see the interesting buildings and free museum. The city has quite a few buildings from the glorious industrial period when Birmingham was booming. It is also the capital of Asian immigration in England and as a result, the most popular curry in England has been created here. You will have plenty opportunities on the mile long curry street to try several curries, from the very spicy, to the very mild, from the very meaty mutton on the bone to the many vegetarian ones with paneer (cheese), lentils, or spinach.
Sport is very big in Birmingham. There are several premier league football teams, the best one being Aston Villa, which regularly plays in the European cups. Birmingham also has a solid student population, so during the school year, night life is very active. The favorite clubs among the locals change all the time, so ask your hostel in Birmingham for the club du jour. There is a good selection of hostels in Birmingham, so pick one near your main center of interest, historical centre or university quarter...The bus system is good in Birmingham and cabs are relatively cheap in the UK, so choosing a hostel in Birmingham hostel can lead to a fairly inexpensive adventure, make sure to check the feedback on the hostel you're considering before making your final choice.