University of Salford Manchester

Out and about

With two cities on your doorstep, you’ll never be short of things to do or places to go whilst you’re studying at Salford. We’re located just minutes from the cosmopolitan Manchester city centre and part of one of Europe’s largest student populations – and all the nightlife  and culture that comes with it.

A Year in the Life of a Salford Student

Manchester Beer and Cider Festival - January
What better way to welcome in the New Year than warming yourself up in the chilly months with a beer or two?

Chinese New Year - January/February
Manchester has one of the largest Chinese communities in the UK - so come down and watch China Town take over the City with their Manchester-style Chinese New Year displays and celebrations.

St Patrick’s Parade - March
The St. Paddy’s Day Parade is an annual tradition in Manchester – there will be floats, parties and a whole lot of Guinness!

Manchester Day - June
A celebration of all things Manc through visual and performance arts. Manchester Day hosts parades, fills squares and promises tasty food and drink!

Parklife - June
Every man and his dog ends up going to Parklife at least once while studying here.

Manchester International Festival - June
Based at venues all over the city - Manchester International Festival is a presentation of multiple art forms - anything from visual arts to pop culture.

Sounds of the City - July
A fairly new addition to the city’s events calendar, Sounds of the City does what it says on the tin – local bands only!

Spanish Festival - August
Try to tango, sink some sangria or just soak up some Spanish culture at this three-day festival. Hopefully they bring some Spanish sunshine with them too!

Manchester Pride - August
A celebration of the LGBT community– the parade is the centre piece of Manchester Pride as vibrant floats weave their way around town.

Manchester Food and Drink Festival - September/October
All you foodies need to get yourself down to Albert Square for this scrumdiddlyumptious array of food and drink.

Manchester Literature Festival - October
Everyone loves a good story, authors, poets and broadcasters converge on the city to tell their tales.

Manchester Christmas Markets - December
These markets have fashioned somewhat of a cult status in recent years, and for good reason. From German sausages to Hungarian goulash, the markets really get you all festive.

Top 5 things to do in Manchester & Salford

  • National Football Museum

    Football is a key part of England’s heritage and way of life, and with Manchester bursting with football history, there’s no better place to soak up interesting facts and topics about the sport. Any football fan should take advantage of having this amazing museum within easy reach, and, if you feel like immersing yourself in the football experience even further, you can even visit Old Trafford for a game or two!

  • intu Trafford Centre

    The Trafford Centre is a must for any avid shopping fan. With over 200 stores located within beautiful granite and marble structures, there’s no better place to spend a rainy afternoon. Within the Trafford centre, you’ll also find a range of restaurants and entertainment facilities including a cinema, arcade, mini golf course and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre.

  • Chill Factore

    This incredible indoor snow sports centre is located right next to the Trafford Centre, and allows you to try your hand at skiing, snowboarding and more! Whether you’re after some beginner lessons or just fancy a fun day out, Chill Factore has something for everyone.

    "Photo" by Daniel Nesbit is licensed under CC BY 2.0
  • The Lowry

    This unique venue and theatre space sits on regenerated docklands at Salford Quays, just next to MediaCityUK. Shows and exhibitions feature regularly at The Lowry, with all kinds of dance, comedy, music and children’s shows available for the public to watch and enjoy. There’s also a restaurant, café and bars so you really can make it a fun day out!

  • Parklife Festival

    In the Summer months, Manchester’s outdoor music scene is booming – and you can get yourself involved in the action! Parklife Festival is an annual independent music festival, held over one weekend at Heaton Park. Some of the artists who have performed at the festival include Disclosure, Fatboy Slim and Mark Ronson, to name a few. It’s the perfect way to listen to your favourite tunes whilst soaking up the incredible atmosphere (and maybe even a bit of sun, too!)

    "A Parklife afternoon" by Catrin Austin is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Manchester has an internationally renowned music scene and some of the best bars and clubs in the country. There are venues to suit all tastes, styles and trends – and it's all happening 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Mingle with celebrities at Deansgate Locks and Spinningfields, see live gigs in the Northern Quarter, chill out by the canal at Castlefield, go cheap and cheerful on Oxford Road and party hard in Manchester’s gay village, the Warehouse Project and the annual Parklife Festival.
Manchester's range of great venues means that you can catch shows from some of the biggest names in the business. Catch live music in every genre at Manchester Arena, Europe’s biggest indoor concert venue, the HMV Ritz, the O2 Apollo and Manchester Academy.

The Lowry Theatre, Opera House,  Palace Theatre and Bridgewater Hall are busy all year round and there is a range of cinemas including the Cornerhouse, an international centre for contemporary visual arts and film and comedy clubs to keep you entertained any night of the week.

For fashionistas you can find stores from high street chains, to Selfridges and Harvey Nichols, to the eclectic Afflecks Palace emporium and a multitude of vintage boutiques in the Northern Quarter. Or hop on a bus from the University and spend some time in the famous Trafford Shopping Centre.

If you enjoy dining out, restaurants in Salford and Manchester serve cuisines from all over the world. Chinatown boasts delicious restaurants and markets that will make you forget you’re in an English city and Rusholme’s ‘curry mile’ is home to hundreds of award-winning Asian and Middle-eastern restaurants and takeaways. Mexican, Greek, Spanish and French are more tastes that can be satisfied, not forgetting traditional British Fayre which is served up in hundreds of pubs and bars.

For a range of snow activities all through the year checkout the Chill Factore, Manchester's indoor real snow centre.

If you're looking for a unique and exhilarating activity to enjoy in your leisure time, the Manchester Velodrome - home of the National Cycling Centre, Britain's first indoor Olympic cycling track - is the place for you.

If you're a sports fan there are a some great sporting venues to watch some exciting games - Manchester United Football ClubManchester City Football Club, Lancashire County Cricket Club and Salford City Reds rugby league club.

If you’re a fan of the great outdoors or you just want to relax and get some fresh air away from the city, there are countless parks, lakes and gardens to visit nearby, as well as the Cheshire countryside, beautiful beaches and the peak and lake districts a short journey away.

The biannual Manchester International Festival presents new works from across the spectrum in performing arts, music, visual arts and popular culture.

From fine art to contemporary exhibits one of the most popular cultural destinations is the Manchester Art Gallery and The Lowry in Salford houses L.S.Lowry's works plus a lively programme of special exhibitions to name a few.

Manchester unsurprisingly houses the National Football Museum at the Urbis, as well as the museum of Science and Industry which is housed in a former railway station. Salford Quays is home to the iconic Imperial War Museum North and there’s a range of other smaller museums and arts venues in Manchester hosting cultural events and exhibitions for your diary, throughout the year.

Manchester also has one of the largest Chinese communities in the UK, so Chinese New Year is a great spectacle with a colourful parade of traditional dragon dances.

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