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it looks like an average british student town with takeaways, an aldi, tesco and sainsburys on bristol road. I've been out at night on my own before and as a woman I didnt really feel scared at all. selly oak station has trains to new street every 15 minutes. the new retail park is so cool - the sainsburys is absolutely huge and if you're bored on the weekend, literally just go to sainsburys because it kills time and is actually so fun.