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Student accommodation in Selly Oak, Birmingham

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Universities close to Selly Oak


Selly Oak Station


The Bristol Pear


Selly Oak Shopping Centre


Selly Oak Park


University of Birmingham


Selly Oak Station


The Bristol Pear


Selly Oak Shopping Centre


Selly Oak Park


University of Birmingham


About student living in Selly Oak


Student accommodation in Selly Oak is ideal for students at the University of Birmingham, located just a fifteen-minute walk away from the campus. Selly Oak also has its own train station and many bus routes serve the area, making it extremely easy and efficient to get around the wider city.


Student houses in Selly Oak are within walking distance of Selly Oak Park. A large, open space, Selly Oak Park is the perfect place to enjoy a scenic stroll, a picnic with friends, or play a game of sport. The River Rea also runs through Selly Oak so you can take a calming walk by the water.

Food and Drink

An extensive selection of pubs, bars, and restaurants surround Selly Oak student housing. The Bristol Pear is a popular student craft pub, where you can watch local spoken word performances, comedy, music and theatre over delicious food and drink. The Goose is the place to go to enjoy live sport over a beer, while Bear & Staff is a traditional pub with a friendly atmosphere. Selly Oak also has several independent takeaway restaurants where you can grab some grub after a night out.


Selly Oak offers loads of things to keep you entertained. Head to The Indie Lounge to watch live music or to Circo Student Bar to enjoy the best DJs and deals. If you’re looking to get active, stroll over to Bournbook Recreation Ground to shoot some hoops at the basketball court or try out some tricks at the skatepark.


Selly Oak Shopping Park is a great place to pick up all your essentials and browse for deals, with many shops including a Sainsbury’s, Wilko, and TK Maxx. Located practically on the doorstep of Selly Oak student housing, you’ll never have to venture far to get what you need. Selly Oak also has an ALDI where you can get your weekly food shop on a budget. Be sure to check out Seoul Plaza too, a brilliant Korean food shop.

Student Housing

The wide range of student accommodation Selly Oak has to offer means there is something for everyone. There are Selly Oak student properties to suit every taste and budget, from shared student houses to purpose-built apartments. Have a browse of our student housing in Selly Oak and find your next home, today.

FAQs about student accommodation in Selly Oak

Is Selly Oak a student area?

Conveniently located close to the University of Birmingham, Selly Oak is an extremely popular student area. As a result, Selly Oak student houses are highly sought after every year.

How far is Selly Oak from Birmingham city centre?

Selly Oak is a twenty-minute drive away from Birmingham city centre. You can get from Selly Oak student housing to the city centre in less than half an hour on public transport.

Is Selly Oak a nice place to live?

Selly Oak is a great place to live, with plenty of bars, pubs, restaurants, and shops. As there are so much student housing in Selly Oak and so many student-friendly venues, students really enjoy living in the area.

Is Selly Oak safe?

Current and former residents report generally feeling safe living in Selly Oak student houses.

Does the University of Birmingham provide accommodation?

The University of Birmingham has three accommodation villages. Generally, students will live in halls of residence in their first year and will then move into independent student houses in Selly Oak and the surrounding areas for their second and third years.

Where is Selly Oak in Birmingham?

Selly Oak is in southwest Birmingham. It is close to Harborne, Stirchley, Bournville, and Moor Green.

Are bills included in the cost?

Many student houses in Selly Oak are now advertised with bills included in the price. Where this is the case, your rental price could include electricity, gas, internet, TV licence and water bills and this is clearly stated on the listing. Properties without bills included are also available, giving you the flexibility to choose your own energy and water suppliers and internet service provider.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

It is normal for property managers to require you to pay a security deposit at the time of booking or before you move in. Where a deposit is required and you are signing a tenancy agreement, your property manager must protect your deposit in a legally recognised tenancy deposit scheme. As long as you look after the property and have no deductions for damage or unpaid rent, your deposit will be returned to you after your tenancy agreement ends. Whilst tenancy deposits are legally capped at five weeks' rent per person, it is more common for student deposits to be in the lower £100-250 range.

How long does a tenancy agreement last for?

The majority of student accommodation in Selly Oak can be rented for fixed contract lengths. For purpose built student accommodation, 43 and 51-week fixed-term contracts are the most common. For shared houses, 52-week contracts are the most common and generally start in July to September.

Do you offer student accommodation for short-term stays?

Short-term student rentals in Selly Oak are becoming more popular every year. As a result, property managers are increasingly offering shorter tenancy lengths, whether for the summer period or for individual semesters and terms. This is more common in the purpose-built student accommodation sector than in shared student rental houses across Birmingham.

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