There are great transport links for Selly Oak with regular buses and trains into the university campus and the city centre. The campus, local shops, restaurants and pubs are all within easy walking distance.
Rail – Selly Oak is on the cross city line which also stops at the University station, Fiveways for easy access to the nightlife on Broad Street, and New Street in the city centre.
Bus – 11A and 11C is a clockwise and ant- clockwise circular route taking in various Birmingham suburbs including Bearwood, Harborne and Kings Heath. There are numerous buses that will take you into the city centre including 45, 47, 63 and 76. There is also a university shuttle bus that operates during term time.
There are several doctors and dentists in the area should you want to register locally. If you’re not registered with a medical centre in Selly Oak then the NHS walk in centre on Katie Road allows to you wait and have an appointment the same day.
On the Bristol road there are two pharmacies (Oaks and JHoots) who can help with minor ailments. If you have a medical issue that is not an emergency but you would like some advice, then you can call the NHS on 111 for help. If you have an emergency then call 999 for an ambulance or use the Accident and Emergency department at the nearby Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
On the Bristol Road you will find a few local shops including smaller supermarkets Aldi, Tesco Express and Sainsbury’s Local, as well as stationery shop. However there many more eateries than shops here.
Raddlebarn Road (this runs parallel with the Bristol Road to the end of Heeley Road) has a more traditional shopping experience with a butcher, vintage clothing, food shops and hair dressers, as well as cafes.
A walk away, there are two shopping parks – Battery Park and Selly Oak Shopping Park which include large supermarkets Sainsburys, the Food Warehouse and M & S Foodhall, sports shops Sports Direct & J D Sport, and clothing stores T K Maxx and Next and a shoe shop called Shoe Zone. Bargain shops Poundland and Wilco can also be located here, along with Halfords for bike and car care , and the Works Bookshop are also located here. There is also chemist Superdrug and Curry’s for electrical items.
Birmingham city centre is a short train or bus ride away and has great opportunities for shopping in various malls and on the High Street and New Street.
Takeaways and Eating out
There are numerous food outlets in the area so we have picked some of Trip Advisor and Google’s higher scorers for you to check out.
Yakinori – In a prime high street location in the bustling student area of Selly Oak this is a bright and vibrant restaurant with an open kitchen and ‘Yakinori Take Away’ counter where you can enjoy fresh and tasty Japanese food at every opportunity.
Dilshad – If you are looking for a curry, the Dilshad has been well loved in Selly oak for many years. They provide creative Indian dishes in a contemporary setting with unclothed tables and stylish furniture.
Felafel Munch – This a healthy vegan option serving falafel wraps, salads and freshly made juices and smoothies.
Mr Yummy – For a local Chinese takeaway and restaurant Mr Yummy is popular for its authentic food. It doesn’t have a website but find it near to Aldi on the Bristol Road.
Pizza Pepper – For a range of pizzas and salads, for delivery or collection, try Pizza Pepper a bit further up on the Bristol Road.
Romeo Pizza – Good value pizzas for collection and delivery from Romeo Pizza.
Suizen’ Noodle Bar – Another popular Chinese restaurant and takeaway offering good value meals.
Woodstock Café – Cafeteria style Asian food with a changing menu. There is no website but find them opposite Tesco Express on the Bristol Road.
Kimchi Korean Restaurant – Just off the Bristol Road up Dawlish Road you’ll find this Korean restaurant. They have many good reviews but no website you’ll have to visit to see the menu.
Café Face – Popular local café serving a variety of cooked breakfasts and café food such as baked potatoes and chilli. Find them on the Bristol Road opposite Harrow Road.
Bars and Pubs
If you fancy a quick pint try one of the local pubs along the Bristol Road, or head into the city centre for ample choice.
Bristol Pear – Starting on the corner of Heeley Road is the Bristol Pear which is a friendly vibrant pub serving a good selection of beers and pub grub. It shows live sport and has pool tables and an outside seating area.
The Indie Lounge – Moving on you will find The Indie Lounge at the corner with Heeley Road. It’s billed as having a friendly party atmosphere with regular live acts and DJ’s.
Circo – Further on you will find Circo which is a pub/club which has a lounge area, main arena, heated garden with outside bar and BBQ.
The S’Oak – Centrally located in Selly Oak, on the corner with North Road, this pub shows live sports, has pool tables, beer garden and has good pub grub if you’re peckish.
Goose, The OVT – A striking former hotel, this pub is spacious and furnished with armchairs and comfy sofas. They show live sports events and have pool tables. They serve real ales and pub grub.
Bills and Budgeting
Bills – Most of your bills are included – gas and electricity, broadband and TV, TV license and water rates. Most students are exempt from council tax but as a household is liable for paying council tax it is best to double check this.
Council Tax – If you are exempt from paying council tax you will need to contact Birmingham City Council to inform them and provide them with proof that all householders are full time students.
Insurance – You may also wish to consider insurance for possessions like phones and laptops as this is not covered by the landlords insurance.
Food – To save money and food waste try to plan your meals ahead. It is worth discussing with your housemates whether you want to have shared house food like coffee, pasta and other basics and if you want to take it in turns to cook for each other, or keep things totally separate. Come up with a shopping list and never shop when you’re hungry or you will be tempted to buy things not on your list.