Despite the University of Birmingham having a campus in Edgbaston, it borders Selly Oak where a lot of second and third years choose to live. The area has been inhabited since at least Neolithic times but grew to the suburb you see today during the Victorian era. The main residential area for students is really called Bournbrook after the brook that acted as a boundary years ago. However the name Selly Oak has come to encompass much of surrounding area. The original ‘oak’ was up near the corner of Oak Tree Lane and the Bristol Road but was cut down decades ago.
It is a great place to live with everything you need on your doorstep. There are shops, bars, cafes and takeaways a plenty! These reflect the diverse population which includes local families and students from around the world. The majority of the local shop, bars and takeaways are to be found on the main road, called the Bristol Road. This is not quite so busy now the Selly by pass is in use. Here you’ll find small supermarkets and food and drink places. There are more local shops if you venture onto Raddlebarn Road. These include hairdressers, charity shops, off licenses and general groceries. Larger shops can be accessed nearby at the two shopping parks. Here you can find Next, Halfords, Food Warehouse, Poundland, Sports Direct, TK Maxx, Sainsbury’s, Wilkinson, Superdrug, The works, and several others shops. Check out our blog on shopping and eateries for more information.