Hello from Community Living!

Welcome to Selly Oak. You might have lived here before, or you might be new to the area. In any case, hello!

We are Community Living – a team at the University of Birmingham that is dedicated to maximising your experience of living in Selly Oak.

Settling into a new home always comes with its challenges, and we understand that those challenges are more apparent than ever in the current circumstances. However, we want you to remember that there’s loads of support available to you (via us and other great services from the University and Guild of Students). You can find out more about these by watching the videos dedicated to your Welcome for 2020, which are listed throughout this page.

Your Community Wardens

Your Community Wardens are a team of students based at the Guild, working for a safer, cleaner and greener community for all.

We want all residents of Selly Oak to be an active part and feel proud of their local community! We work to make your community better by providing you with information, advice and other contacts to ensure you feel supported, and are able to resolve any issues you may face in your time in the private sector.

Working in partnership with local organizations such as the police, and the council, we also facilitate and run a number of community initiatives with local groups such as litter picks.

How to get in touch:

Search ‘Community Wardens’ on Facebook,

Search ‘IloveSellyOak’ on Instagram or Twitter

Email – community@guild.bham.ac.uk

Drop in sessions with Pause

The new Pause drop-in service is a comfortable, safe and open space on campus for mental health support, exclusively for University of Birmingham students. Based on Forward Thinking Birmingham’s own Pause service, you can drop in, no appointment needed, to access specialist support from their friendly team of qualified therapists and volunteers.

Find out more

The Fourteen Day Challenge

It’s incredibly important for your mental health to have a sense of routine. That’s why Pause have put together two different ‘Fourteen Day Challenges’ for you to participate in. One scenario where these might be particularly useful is if you need to self-isolate.

Challenge One Challenge Two


Junkbusters is a joint initiative between Environmental Services and The Guild of Students that collects donations of bric-a-brac from students, and more recently residents, living in Bournbrook and Selly Oak.  All items that are donated are then resold by The British Heart Foundation (BHF) in their charity shops. Since Junkbusters launched in the summer of 2012, together, we have raised over £200,000 for BHF.  We will also be working with B30 Foodbank to collect food donations from students in Selly Oak. In 2019, 300kg of food was donated to B30 Foodbank, providing 24 adults with three days of emergency food.

With students moving out of rented accommodation, an increase in the amount of unwanted items will become available, making it the perfect time to rev up the milk float and start collecting those items.

If the thought of packing up all your belongings at the end of the year sounds daunting, why not donate some of your unwanted items to the British Heart Foundation? Clothes, books and household items will be collected by our team of volunteers during the months of June and July. We’re looking for new volunteers too- please check out the webpage for more details.

The Welcome Video Hub

Community Living

Environmental Services

Community Wardens


Disability Services

Mental Health


Equality and Diversity

You Report, We Support

Birmingham Project

Student Sport

Library Services

Funding & Graduations

Graduate School

Careers Network

Security Services