Selly Oak Student Adventure Ideas

Selly Oak is a vibrant place in Birmingham that is commonly referred to as the student hub due to its large population of students. This is because plenty of universities are nearby, with the most prominent being the University of Birmingham.

As a student, living in Selly Oak gives you plenty of choices for activities to do and places to explore, which will occupy your days and nights. Here are some of our favourites:

Restaurants and Cafés

If you’re a foodie, Selly Oak provides you with the perfect blend of food and beverages. Take time to explore and try out new foods from the variety of local restaurants and cafés that offer a diverse range of cuisines. This can be an exciting experience and something you can do as an individual or even as a group.


Campus Events

The majority of universities close to Selly Oak will always have some activities going, whether that is a party, game night, or other student social events. Be on the lookout for events and activities organized by your university's student union. These are usually planned with a student in mind and will guarantee fun and new experiences.

Pubs and Bars

Looking for a great way to unwind after a long day of studying? Selly Oak has a variety of pubs and bars where you can socialize with friends or meet new people. This is a great way to catch up with friends and enjoy a fun night out.

Raise a Glass

Selly Oak Park

Are you someone who enjoys exercising with a view, or meeting friends for picnics or other outdoor hangouts? Selly Oak Park is a great place for you to benefit from some fresh air and nature and it’s an excellent spot for jogging or simply relaxing outdoors.

Jogging in the park

Birmingham City Centre

The Birmingham city centre is easily accessible from Selly Oak. There are plenty of things to do and see in the city centre, from exploring the Bullring shopping centre, visiting museums like the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, or catching a show at one of the theatres.


Living in Selly Oak gives you quick access to the lively Birmingham nightlife, where you’ll find plenty of clubs, live music venues, and a variety of entertainment options. Side Note: Make sure to adhere to safety guidelines and drink responsibly.

Nightclub with friends

Sports and Fitness

If you're into sports or fitness, consider joining a local gym or sports club, or participating in university sports teams. Not only will you be able to work out and do the activities that you enjoy, but you will also be able to meet new people who are interested in similar things.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

During your spare time, consider taking a trip to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and exploring the beautiful plant collections and greenhouses. Check out their website regularly for the exciting events and light shows they put on throughout the year too!

Botanical Gardens

Music and Arts Events

Birmingham is filled with Music and Arts events that range in price. Keep an eye out for any concerts, art exhibitions, and other cultural events happening in and around Birmingham that you would enjoy.

Volunteering Opportunities

Consider getting involved in community service or volunteering activities. It's a great way to give back to the community and make a positive impact.

Cleaning the community

Day Trips

Interested in exploring beyond Birmingham? There are plenty of gorgeous and historical towns located just outside of the city that you could visit during your free time, including Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare's birthplace), Warwick Castle, or the Black Country Living Museum. If you have a car or know someone who does, you could also visit the Malverns and enjoy a day walking in the hills with stunning views and exploring the quaint little village.

Overlooking a lake

It is important to balance your studies with leisure activities and take advantage of the diverse opportunities available to you as a student in Selly Oak. We hope you have a memorable experience during your stay!

Looking for Student Accommodation? Unihousing Can Help!

Unihousing is a student accommodation provider near the University of Birmingham, operating since 1984. All of our accommodation in Selly Oak is owned by us, so we can respond quickly to any requests using our qualified team of tradesmen. Our property office is located on Bristol Road, only a short walk away from all of our accommodation. This means we can deal directly with our tenants.

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Contact Unihousing today to find out more!