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Why Salford?

Choosing a university is one of the biggest decisions you'll make - and we want to help you make the right one.

There are countless reasons why the University of Salford could be the place for you: our unbeatable links to industry that will get you work-ready; our location in the heart of Greater Manchester; our state-of-the-art facilities and award-winning academics... But the thing we love most about Salford is the community our staff and students have built together, to make our University a warm and welcoming place to live and study.

Student life in Salford and Manchester

The City of Salford is in the heart of Greater Manchester, with the University of Salford main campus just 2km from Manchester city centre, so you’ll be just a short walk from world-class music, sport, nightlife, food, shopping and culture.

You’ll be joining one of the largest student communities in Europe, with around 100,000 total students across Greater Manchester. It’s one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in the UK, with people from all backgrounds and countries coming here to live and study.

For detailed information on things to do in the cities, go to Visit Salford and Visit Manchester.

We’ve got a lot to boast about, so here’s a quick overview of why we love Salford and Manchester…

Home imageHOME is more than a cinema: it’s Manchester’s centre for international contemporary art, theatre and film, complete with a bar and restaurant. Discover your new favourite director, immerse yourself in foreign film and get involved in exciting events and exhibitions, with generous student discounts. We’re proud to be founding partners of HOME, which opens up opportunities for students such as gaining direct industry involvement in the curriculum on relevant courses.

The Lowry Theatre, named after the Salford artist LS Lowry and located at Salford Quays, hosts plays, comedy shows, dance performances, family activities and gallery exhibitions – right on our doorstep next to MediaCityUK.

Islington Mill, just a ten minute walk from Peel Park campus, is home to radical, subversive music and visual arts, with an eclectic mix of events and exhibitions to inspire and surprise you.

Read about student blogger India's top six places for culture in the city on our student blog.

Want to enjoy your culture even closer to home? Our campus is home to New Adelphi Theatre, a 350-seat theatre which hosts a range of events, from side-splitting comedy to ground breaking dance projects and big band entertainment, involving both our own students and external companies. You can see all upcoming events on the theatre's booking page.

We admit it, we’re a bunch of foodies here – but you can find a lot more than avocado toast at one of Manchester’s many food and drink establishments.

Salford’s Chapel Street, just a few minutes’ walk from main campus, is home to a growing number of independent outlets including veggie favourite Deli Lama, authentic Italian pizza at Vero Moderno and beautiful cakes and artwork at GK Gallery.

Teacup Northern Quarter imageIn the Northern Quarter it’s all about quirky diners, canteens and cafes – huge breakfasts at Koffee Pot, vegan junk food at V Rev, American-style burgers at Almost Famous and homemade cakes at Teacup.

Manchester’s Chinatown is the second biggest in the UK, with a host of Chinese, Korean and Japanese restaurants, as well as a number of speciality supermarkets. Just outside of the city centre you’ll find Rusholme’s famous ‘curry mile’ offering Indian, South East Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine.

Weekly street food fair GRUB offers a rotating bill of the best caterers from around the country, and the indoor market at the Mackie Mayor brings you quality food and drink from local producers and brewers.

Coffee addict? Check out Hollie’s recommendations for the best caffeine fixes in Salford and Manchester. Is a hearty bruch more your thing? Read blogger Rebecca's tips on the best brunch spots in the city.

The Manchester music scene is more than Morrissey and Madchester (although Bez does still make an appearance now and again). Whatever your music taste, you’ll never be stuck for gigs in the city.  

Night and Day Cafe imageCatch the biggest national and international acts at Manchester Arena, the Apollo and Manchester Academy, and see your favourite indie and underground artists at Norther Quarter venues Night and Day and Soup Kitchen. Manchester’s alternative music scene still roars, with gigs at Rebellion, the Star and Garter and DIY venue Partisan.

Check out Hollie’s top five venues on our student blog.

Salford and Manchester have a packed festival calendar, with student favourite Park Life held at Heaton Park; Sounds from the Other City at various venues along Chapel Street and three days of rock at Manchester Punk Festival.

The University itself has been host to a range of great artists over the years as well, from The Who in 1968 and Status Quo in 1972, to The Smiths in the 1986 and Pulp in 1992. We're currently making plans to re-develop Maxwell Hall so it can play host once more to the stars of the future!

“My favourite place to go in Manchester is the Craft and Design Centre, followed by a big slice of cake and a brew at Home Sweet Home in the Northern Quarter. It’s so inspiring – lots of talented local artists in such a beautiful building.”          

Sophie McNeill, BSc Occupational Therapy                  

Ever wonder where Mancuanians get their unique street style? The Northern Quarter is home to the best independent, vintage and boutique shops, as well as Afflecks Palace, with four floors of alternative fashion. If vintage style is your thing, read our blog on the best places to find vintage fashion in Manchester. You can find all your high street favourites in Manchester Arndale centre, and designer labels in the city centre.

If you fancy getting out of the city, you can catch the bus to the Trafford Centre and spend the day shopping, bowling, watching a film, and of course, eating your lunch in the gloriously kitsch Titanic-themed food court.

“Being a Geordie it’s tough to admit it, but the Etihad Stadium is not only spectacular to look at but you can feel the love and joy for sports and athletics from the moment you step into the grounds. I would recommend everyone takes the opportunity to visit the stadium whilst here.”

Eddy Reay, BSc Exercise, Nutrition and Health

It’s never just a game here – sport is in our blood.

We’re home to two of the biggest teams in football, Manchester United and Manchester City (the Students' Union offers discounted tickets to some matches!) as well as Lancashire County Cricket Club at Emirates Old Trafford.

Manchester United image

Sportcity at the Etihad Campus houses the National Cycling Centre and Velodrome, the National Squash Centre and regional Tennis Centre. Along Oxford Road you’ll find Manchester Aquatics Centre, boasting a 50m swimming pool, diving pool, gym and health suite.

If you like your sports a little less theatre of dreams and a little more grassroots, Manchester and Salford are also home to a community of active and enthusiastic non-league football teams, as well as rugby, hockey and roller derby teams. You can even try your hand at outdoor swimming at Salford Quays,next to our MediaCityUK campus - read about student blogger Rhys' experience here. Or if you’re keen runner, check out student blogger Rachel’s favourite running routes.

On campus itself we have the Sports Centre, where facilities include a 25 metre swimming pool with spa and sauna, a fitness studio with strength and conditioning rooms, and multi-use sports hall for badminton, basketball, netball and five-a-side-football. Next to the Sports Centre we have four grass pitches – three football pitches and one rugby pitch. We offer a range of fitness classes in our state-of-the-art Studio Room, including Metafit, Zumba, yoga, pilates and studio cycling, and regularly refresh our timetable to bring you new classes at convenient times. In addition,wehave also introduced new Matrix MX4 group exercise classes, within our newly opened Functional Training Suite, which provides our members with a unique industrial gym setting. Our health hub offers discounted massage treatments to help you recover after training sessions and exam stress. Find out more on the Sports Centre webpage.

Our facilities

At the University of Salford, we have a long history of providing people with the tools they need to succeed.

We’ve invested heavily in our facilities in the last decade, to ensure you’re using industry-standard facilities and equipment during your studies, meaning you’ll graduate with a working knowledge of the practical concepts that you’ll be faced with day to day. We’ve got ambitious plans for the future too and our campus continues to evolve and grow. Here’s just a taster of facilities on campus…

anechoic

One of the most unique spaces within the University, our anechoic chamber, also known as the quietest place on Earth, is used by our acoustics students and for commercial testing.The room, located in our Newton Building, is used for testing items including microphones and musical equipment. Once you enter the chamber and the doors, it’s said you can hear your own blood circulating!

For more information, visit our website.

bodmer

Our £3 million 'megalab' - named after Sir Walter Bodmer, one of the proposers of the Human Genome Project which mapped three billion pairs of human DNA - is our world-class facility for the School of Environment and Life Sciences. The labs feature an AV system that allows lecturers to be linked audibly and visually through the series of interconnected labs, meaning you can see and hear them wherever you are.

Clifford Whitworth Library

Clifford Whitworth library is our main library, which has recently undergone a £6.2 million refurbishment to bring you 'the library in the park', inspired by the historic Peel Park which runs alongside the building. The library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, offering group study spaces, PCs, Macs and laptop loans. Our dedicated library support staff also offer a range study skills sessions.

For more information, visit the library website here.

energyhouse

Salford’s Energy House is the only full-scale, climate controlled building in Europe, designed to allow researchers to find ways of improving energy efficiencies in British homes. Inside the chamber, academics can recreate weather conditions including wind, rain and even snow!

For more information, visit our website.

Human Performance Lab

The Human Performance Lab is a state-of-the art teaching and research facility, used by students on our sport and exercise courses, as well as physiotherapy, podiatry and prosthetics and orthotics. It’s one of the best equipped labs of its kind in the country, containing an extensive range of biomechanical and physiological equipment. Here, you’ll assess your client’s fitness and performance needs, design exercise programmes and more. As it’s a professional, working lab, you’ll have the opportunity to work with clients at all levels, from recreational exercisers to elite athletes.

TV studios

MediaCityUK houses our journalism centre, which includes a TV studio, newsroom, radio studio and editing gallery. Here, our journalism students produce digital content across multiple channels, developing and honing their reporting and content production skills.

There’s also our digital performance lab - an experimental performance and lecture space, perfect for showcasing computer gaming, animation and dance and equipped with one of the largest HD screens in Europe.

In addition to two HD TV studios, one with five cameras and one with three cameras, we have a green screen area equipped with cameras that can turn the studio into a 3D digital environment. This allows us to achieve effects like those seen on weather reports and children’s television. These facilities are industry-standard, and are regularly used by the BBC and other media organisations.

There is a regular bus service that runs between our Peel Park and Frederick Road campuses and MediaCityUK on which students can travel for free, simply by showing their University ID card.

New Adelphi foyer

New Adelphi is the home of arts and culture on campus, designed to inspire your imagination and spark your curiosity. If you study music, performance, art, design or architecture, you’ll hone your skills in state-of-the-art facilities that mirror those used by professionals in the industry. 

The theatre is equipped with the latest lighting, PA equipment and high-powered projection, seating for up to 350 people, and can be adapted to different configurations to suit each individual event.

Our professional-quality screen acting studios allow you to film in front of high definition cameras, while the voice acting studio will give you the chance to master a variety of vocal performances used in radio or video game production.

New Adelphi theatre

Music students have access to six professional recording studios, built using specialist room-within-room construction methods and housing recording booths, Yamaha pianos, drum kits from DW and Gretsch and amplification by Ampeg, Fender and Vox. The adjoining control rooms are extensively equipped with hardware audio processors from Bricasti, Neve and Warm Audio and feature the first six new ‘Heritage Edition’ recording consoles in the country, manufactured by Audient. Primary monitoring is provided by ATC and PMC loudspeakers.

Budding photographers can experiment with new techniques in our professional photography studios, which feature lighting equipment, a dark room and the latest cameras and accessories. You can show off your best work to all those who visit New Adelphi in the foyer gallery.

Artists and designers have their own dedicated workshops, ranging from traditional model making tools to 3D printers and laser cutters. The printing lab contains specialist equipment from screen printers and lithotables to etching presses and felt looms.

For architecture students, our carefully designed open plan studio space provides you with an inspiring environment to develop your ideas, work collaboratively and share best practice.

Visit our website here.

Simulation suite

When you train to become a nurse, midwife or allied health professional at Salford, you’ll face real-life scenarios in the safe and supportive environment of our Simulation Suite, housed in the Mary Seacole Building. We were the first higher education institution to gain accreditation for the suite as a centre of teaching excellence by the North West Simulation Education Network. Set up just like a hospital ward, the suite is equipped with human patient simulators, including two adults, a newborn baby, a child and a birthing mum, all of which can breath, speak and have a heartbeat! The VR space can also recreate a variety of settings, from the back of an ambulance to a snowstorm.

Campus highlights

You won't be spending every waking moment of your university life in lectures, labs and late-night study sessions; there's loads to do on campus during your free time.

Here are just a few highlights...

makerspace

The Maker movement has found its home at the University of Salford, with our new Maker Space open to staff and students. Here you can try out a range of new technologies such as laser cutting, 3D printing and waterjet cutting with the help of our experts.

MediaCityUK at night

We are the only University to have a campus at MediaCityUK, the home of TV, digital and creative businesses in the north, including the BBA and ITV. It’s a lively, professional environment, with a wide range of restaurants, bras, shops and leisure facilities, which is expected to double in size in the coming years as the second phase of planned development is completed.

New Adelphi theatre

The theatre, located in the New Adelphi Building on our Peel Park campus, showcases work from established, internationally touring companies and from emerging artists. The programme aims to reflect the diversity of our performing arts courses, our film and media, creative writing, playwriting and scriptwriting courses and our art and design courses.

At its heart, our vision is committed to nurturing the emerging talents of our graduates, supporting the work of our postgraduates and fostering partnerships with regional, national and international artists.

Peel Park

Our main campus sits right next to Peel Park, which was the first public park in the United Kingdom funded entirely by the people’s subscription to officially open. Created in 1846, it was free to use and brought all Salford residents together. Currently undergoing a £1.6 million transformation, the park provides a beautiful green space to relax outside of lessons.

Salford Museum and Art Gallery was the UK’s ‘first free public library’, which opened in January 1850. The building was a mansion house known as Lark Hill, which had been built in the 1790s and has given its name to our famous Lark Hill Place; a Victorian street within the museum.

Today, Salford Museum and Art Gallery presents an exciting programme of permanent displays and changing contemporary exhibitions from its home adjacent to our Peel Building on Peel Park campus. We’d also recommend a visit to the gift shop, which showcases work from local artists and designers, and don’t forget to sample one of the cafes homemade cakes!

Atmosphere bar image

Once you register at the University of Salford, you’ll automatically become a member of our Student Union (SU). The SU is run by and for students, independently of the University, to help you love your life at Salford.

There are over 50 student-led societies covering all kinds of activities and causes – and if you can’t find one for your particular interest, the SU can support you to start your own!

The SU also runs Atmosphere bar and café, offering a place to relax with your friends after lectures with a great range of food and drink at affordable prices. The bar also hosts DJs, pub quiz and karaoke nights, sports screenings and other events.

Visit the Students' Union website here.

teamsalford

Team Salford unites all sports and physical activity at Salford, with the aim of making exercise accessible and fun for everyone. So whether you’re already playing in a team or have never even set foot in a gym, we can help you find the right sport for you.

Find out more about the SU Sports Clubs and activities here.

Our sports centre offers newly refurbished fitness and strength and condition rooms; a 25 metre swimming pool with spa and sauna; a multi-use sports hall, and a range of classes including yoga, Zumba and Pilates.

Our health club offers discounted massage treatments to help you recover after training sessions and relax after exam stress.

For more information, visit the sports centre website here.

Accommodation

"One of the main reasons for going to university is to experience your first steps in adult life. I had some wonderful encounters with people who I believe will remain lifelong friends."      

Elliott Ames BA Television & Radio

Living in accommodation is a great way for students to get settled into university life, meet new people and immerse themselves in the student experience.

At Salford we work with our accommodation partners Campus Living Villages (CLV), who manage two accommodation villages. Prices include all utilities, wi-fi, use of on-site social areas and free on-site gym. 

You’ll also be supported by your Denizen reps – Salford students who live in your halls, who are on hand to help with any issues you might face.

For more information and bookings, please contact CLV:

T: 0161 669 5750

W: mystudentvillage.com/salfordstudentvillage

E: salford@clvuk.com

This village overlooks the beautiful Peel Park on our main campus, meaning you can be out the door and in lectures in a matter of minutes. You’ll also be a stone’s throw from other campus facilities such as the Students' Union shop, library, sports centre and Atmosphere bar and café.

To find out more and for the latest prices, visit the Salford Student Village website.

These are the closest halls of residence to our MediaCityUK campus and Frederick Road campus, so they’re a great choice if you’re studying nursing, healthcare or media related courses. They’re also a short walk from our Peel Park campus, making them popular with all students.

To find out more and for the latest prices, visit the Salford Student Village website.

If you decide halls aren’t for you and want to look for your own place, we recommend using Manchester Student Homes. They offer free house-hunting advice and can help you keep informed of your rights as a private tenant.

They only work with fully accredited landlords, meaning they have to comply with strict requirements.

If you decide to live at home and commute into Salford, there are plenty of public transport links to take you to campus. Salford Crescent train station is located right next to our main campus, and many buses to and from the city centre run along Chapel Street. Our MediaCityUK campus is connected to the Metrolink tram system, and the number 50 bus is free for students to travel between sites.

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Employability

"A fresh and innovative approach..."

"At first, I expected my course to be more theoretically orientated. However, it turned out to be much more practically-orientated, and the modules were taught by professionals from the industry, with a fresh and innovative approach towards the trends in journalism."

Anna Ilieva BA (Hons) Journalism

Courses informed by industry

A degree from Salford is more than just a certificate – we’ll help you to graduate confident and ready to step into your chosen career.

We form strong partnerships with businesses and organisations from all sectors, working hand-in-hand with them to develop courses that are up-to-date and relevant to the challenges of modern industry.

Our academic staff are professionals in their fields, with many still actively engaging with industry to continuously update their knowledge and inform their teaching.  

"A year in industry can help you realise what you want from your studies, and will make you more determined, focused, and organised. It’s great to get the chance to go into a company and learn, create, and produce things."            

Stefanos Patelis BSc Business & Management

Real world experience

We use our partnerships and staff networks to create opportunities for you to gain real, hands-on experience that will help you to develop the professional and personal skills that employers value. BSc Computer and Video Games students Jessica Lea and Stephanie McLean took part in a summer internship at Big Brand Ideas where they developed a mobile game within a month. Read their blog where they talk about their course, experiences and internship.

The majority of our courses offer work placements, as well as opportunities to take part in live briefs, where you’ll work in teams to deliver solutions for real clients. Recently BEng Acoustical and Audio Engineering student Elle Kalavsky spent 15 months on placement as part of her degree to set her up for the future. From acoustics and thermal testing, to Glastonbury! Read more about her experiences.

Many of our courses offer a year in the industry, giving you the chance to work full-time for an employer. You could be paid for your work and you won’t have to pay any tuition fees for the year.  

"I had always dreamed of becoming self-employed and owning my own business one day. When I won the competition at Salford it presented the opportunity to start this new business with great support and mentors, increasing the chance of its long-term success."          

Lavinia Goddard BSc Marketing        

Employability support for life

You can access our professional, on-campus employability services at any time – even after you graduate. Our dedicated askUS team can help you to craft the perfect CV and LinkedIn page, practice interview techniques and offer career advice. We also have an on-campus recruitment agency - Unitemps - which helps students access part-time and temporary work, working for the University and local employers.  

Our online jobs portal gives you access to the latest vacancies, so you can find part-time and casual work to support your studies, as well as internships and graduate placements. Graduate Claire George, achieved a First Class degree in BSc Physiotherapy in 2017. Following her graduation she got the opportunity to undertake a research placement with the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis. Read more about the opportunities she discovered whilst at Salford.

At Salford, no ambition is too big – if you’ve got a business idea of your own, our Enterprise team can help bring it to life through funding awards and business start-up support.