Getting here - Selly Oak Campus

Our Selly Oak campus is located approximately two miles from Edgbaston, and is a green and spacious 80-acre site with a village atmosphere.

Travelling by car

The campus is on the Bristol Road (A38), three miles south west of the centre of Birmingham. If approaching from the city centre, pass Sainsbury’s supermarket on the right in Selly Oak, go through a set of traffic lights and campus is about half a mile from here, set back on the left opposite Weoley Park Road. Pay and Display parking is available behind the George Cadbury Hall - charges apply Monday to Friday 08:00 and 18:00 year round (NB: charges are still applicable during non-term time). 

If approaching from the south west, look for Bournville Lane Police Station on the right and a pedestrian footbridge overhead. After these there is a short hill, at the top of which you should see George Cadbury Hall on the right.

Travelling by public transport


By rail

From Birmingham New Street station connect to a local service to Selly Oak station and walk out onto the Bristol Road, turning left and walking about half a mile past Sainsbury's until the OLRC is on your right and the Selly Oak Visual Arts Centre (SOVAC) on your left.

By bus

The Travel West Midlands bus services that lead along the Bristol Road are nos 61, X62 and 63. You can catch these from Stephenson Street in the centre of Birmingham.

Online bus timetables for 61X62 and 63 are available on the National Express West Midlands website.

If you are a registered student of the University, or a member of staff, and you are travelling between the Edgbaston campus and the Selly Oak campus, you can do so via the Selly Oak shuttle bus (Term time only service).  

By coach

There are frequent express coach services to Birmingham from London, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, and many UK cities. The long-distance coach station is in Digbeth in the city centre.

Digbeth coach station is a short walk from New Street train station. Ask at the coach station for directions to New Street and then either catch the local train service to Selly Oak station or catch the bus as described above.

Travelling by bicycle

Surrounded by the suburbs of Selly Oak, Edgbaston and Harborne, the campus is easily accessible by bicycle or on foot from any of these locations and as part of our commitment to sustainable living, we encourage the use of local cycle routes.  

Cyclist facilities

Cycle parking facilities are provided in numerous locations across campus.

Canal towpath

The canal which runs next to the University of Birmingham is known as the Worcester and Birmingham Canal. You can download a map of the canal here

For further details on cycling on the canal towpaths visit  our Bicycle Users Group website.

Selly Oak Campus Address

University of Birmingham
Selly Oak Visual Arts Centre (SOVAC)
The Old Library
998 Bristol Road
Selly Oak
B29 6LG