As the hope and warmth of Summer approaches, now is as good a time as any to reflect on the best things about Selly Oak. Whether you live or work here, Selly is a diamond in the rough…and here’s why we love it.
There’s always somebody around to have a chat with. The Selly Oak community is a vibrant one, with families, young professionals, retirees, students, business owners, and more calling this place home. When the sun and the BBQs come out, this is even more apparent – lazy afternoon parties across multiple back gardens and people walking down to Aldi to get more ice or extra burger buns!
There’s everything you could need. Your weekly shop is covered with a whole choice of stores including Aldi, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, and a handful of independent supermarkets. There’s a few pharmacies, a vintage shop, a hardware store plus a Homebase if you really need to grab something in a hurry. There are countless takeaways and restaurants, including the beloved Nandos on the new shopping park. Don’t even get us started on the TK Maxx, the great (and cheap) pubs, and of course the convenience stores (Campus Wines for the win!). Oh, and there’s our very own train station.
It’s easy to get into town or out to the countryside. Between the train station and numerous bus routes, getting into Birmingham city centre is really easy. You can also go in the other direction towards Longbridge and Reddich, with the Lickey Hills not far away by train. Birmingham is one of the greenest cities, but it’s also one of the youngest, and getting to events on Broad Street, Digbeth, and the Jewellery Quarter costs £2.80 on a railcard and takes about 15 minutes tops. We prefer a picnic in Lickey Hills Country Park to dancing the night away at Lab11 but there’s nothing in your way…even if you want to do both!
We could keep writing for weeks, but we want to hear what’s your favourite thing about Selly Oak. Comment below or on social media!
We are super excited to be writing our first blog post – creating content for communityliving.org.uk is something we’ve wanted to do since the Community Living hub launched in April 2018 – so quite a long time! It’s taken us some time to find our feet but we’re better than ever and looking forward to what the future holds.
Before we look to the future, it’s probably a good idea to look at the past and the present. If you haven’t heard of Community Living before, allow us to introduce ourselves!
We are committed to making Selly Oak a better place to live and work. It’s no small task but we’re committed and determined to serve the residents of this area. Community cohesion is our passion – helping students and local residents alike be happy in their neighbourhood is what gets us up in the morning. Not only are we helping to support local business and residents who have lived in Selly Oak all their lives, but we are also here to support students in their new homes (many of whom are renting for the first time).
Community Living is working closely with the Guild of Students to organise year-round events and campaigns to prepare University of Birmingham students for renting in their second, third, and fourth years. We host networking and mingling events for local business owners. We are holding creative meet-ups across Selly Oak for students and local residents alike to unwind. We hold drop ins Monday to Friday at our Community Living hub for free contract reviewing and community advice, and we’ll always make time to help with any housing or community issue, big or small. And if we can’t directly help, we have a wide network across the University and the city so can put you in touch with someone who can.
We want Community Living to be at the heart of the local community for all residents of Selly Oak. We’re excited to have this wonderful space, and we’re looking forward to joining with the local community in serving the area, figuring out how we can live, work and thrive together.
Claire Bent, Community Engagement Manager, Accommodation Services
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Claire!
If you want to find out more about Community Living and how we might be able to help each other, please get in touch – we would love to hear from you!