Local areas surrounding the University

These are the main areas that students choose to live when moving to the private sector as they are close to the University of Birmingham and offer a wide range of attractive facilities for students.  

The Local Area


Selly Oak

Just a couple of miles from the City Centre, Selly Oak is located around the A38 (Bristol Road). The area combines national retail chains, pubs, bars and takeaways.

There are several major supermarket chains on the Bristol Road for stocking up with essentials, while the Battery Retail Park is home to national DIY chains, electrical and fashion outlets. There’s independent shops nearby including grocers, home stores, hairdressers and even your very own Selly Sausage serving up a scrumptious breakfast.

With the University of Birmingham on the doorstep, Selly Oak has a bustling, cosmopolitan atmosphere where you can sample cusines from all over the world. Or perhaps enjoy a traditional pub quiz, or live music from unsigned local artists.

Selly Oak is  easy to find by car and very well served by public transport links. 

A number of bus routes run along Bristol Road including: 61, X62, 63, X 64, 143 and 144.  Additionally, a number of services cut across the area at Battery Retail Park.  These include 11 Outer Circle, 20, 76 and 84Selly Oak train station, which also benefits from free parking, is well signposted and offers regular trains into the city center and other local stations. 


Edgbaston contains a variety of properties, green areas and commercial spaces. It remains the premier residential district close to the City Centre. An area of great diversity, it contains some of the most desirable housing in the City. 

There are several sites of nature conservation in Edgbaston, including the Edgbaston Reservoir, the Winterbourne House and Garden and the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The area also hosts the stunning Cannon Hill Park, as well as the Edgbaston Cricket Ground, home to several international games and competitions. 

The commercial area along Hagley Road and around Five Ways is packed with a variety of retail chains (most known supermarkets have a presence there), as well as independent retailers and service providers (such as hairdressers or dry cleaners). Five ways and the adjacent Broad Street also form one of the city's biggest social scenes, with plenty of cafes, restaurants, bars, bowling or cinemas.

Edgbaston is also well connected to the University campus and the city centre. It is served by the Five Ways train station as well as several bus services. The X64 will take you to the city centre and  Selly Oak, while the 22 and 24 buses will connect Edgbaston with Harborne.          


Harborne is packed full of independent stores, boutique shops and a cosmopolitan array of bars and eateries.

Harborne-high-streetJust a stone’s throw from Birmingham City Centre, Harborne offers a surprising blend of high-end retailers.  Wonderfully eclectic charity shops sit comfortably alongside with top-class jewellers and gift shops, whilst cafes and eateries provide welcome relief for the exhausted shopper.

There is a well-established sporting presence in Harborne, with thriving local cricket, rugby, hockey, tennis and golf clubs to name but a few. There is £12m Harborne Swimming Pool and Complex providing state of the art pool and leisure facilities. The village center is also the perfect place to pamper yourself; with well-established and successful salons offering a range of services from a new hairstyle to extensive beauty and body therapies.

Harborne has a thriving restaurant scene, making it the perfect place for an evening out and a real alternative to the city center.

ArcoLoungeCentral Harborne is situated on the B4124 High Street just 3 miles from the center of Birmingham. By car With over 700 car park spaces in Harborne center, the village is easily accessible by car. If using Sat Nav, B17 9NP will guide you to the center.

Harborne is very well served by bus services, with the 10h, 11 Outer Circle, 22, 23, 24, 29, 448, 448a & 636 services providing regular and reliable access to the village. The nearest train station to Harborne center is the University station situated 15 minutes’ walk away on the edge of the University of Birmingham campus.


Moseley is situated conveniently for public transport and by car, the area boasts over 100 retailers. The area has a mix of shops, from art galleries to patisseries, a high-end ethical clothing ‘recycler’ and specialist whole food shops.

Moseley also hosts one of the best known farmers markets in the city, every fourth Saturday of the month. The Market has won numerous awards, including the best national market in 2012.

Moseley has a number of community groups that deliver a range of activities including yoga, live music and horticulture. Activities take place in a variety of venues, from the Moseley Exchange, Moseley Dance Workshop, Church halls, pubs and bars.

You will be spoilt for choice as to where to dine! Be it a brief stop for a quick coffee refill, a late lunch, or a long leisurely meal, you can take your pick of the many restaurants, cafés, patisseries and pubs. You will find a varied menu of high class British, Italian, Indian, Thai or Spanish tapas dishes.

Moseley is located on the A435 approximately 4 miles South from Birmingham City Centre. It is well served by public transport, with 35, 1 and 50 as the main bus services. Many Moseley residents choose cycling as a means of getting around the local area. The Village also is one of many designated cycle routes within Birmingham, with one connecting to the University of Birmingham.  Pay and Display parking can be found just off the Alcester Road within the village. There is also on street parking in and around the village. 

To learn more about independents in Birmingham and what make us so unique check out the Independent Birmingham website for new places to eat, drink, shop and explore!