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Applicant visit day

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Applicant Visit Day attendee

With a schedule you can tailor to suit your interests, our Applicant Visit Days – taking place on Wednesdays and Saturdays – offer you the best opportunity to explore the campus and learn more about your course. You will have the opportunity to attend taster course sessions and speak with staff and students about studying here at Salford. You will also be able to find out more about our accommodation, student finance, the Students' Union, student support services and more.

These events are only for applicants who have been made an offer to study here at Salford, so they’re also a great opportunity to meet other students in the same application stages as you… many of whom could end up being your future classmates!

Travel Bursary

We know that the best way for you to decide whether Salford is the place for you is for you is to visit us and find out more about what it's really like to study your chosen course. Our Applicant Visit Days (AVDs) aim to do just that, and to make it easier for you to get here we're offering travel bursaries – up to £40 – to offset some of the cost of travelling to your AVD to encourage you to come along and find out what it's all about. (See below FAQs for more details.)

Dates for your course

Once you have received an offer to study with us, you’ll be sent an email inviting you to book your place on one of our Applicant Visit Days. The dates of our Applicant Visit Days for your chosen course will be included in the email you receive, so make sure you read this thoroughly before you book.

Choose a course to view available dates:

Why should I come to one?

Our Applicant Visit Days are the next step on from our Open Days but are exclusive to applicants who have been made an offer to study with us.

Choosing the right university for you is one of the most important decisions you will make for your future. Even if you have attended an Open Day, we would strongly advise you to attend one of these events as they provide valuable insight into what it will be like to study and socialise at the University of Salford.

As an offer-holder for one of our courses, you have already narrowed down your choices and we’re thrilled to have made it onto your shortlist. We tailor these days to help you gather as much information as possible and hope that it makes it easier for you to make that important final decision.

Things you can do at an Applicant Visit Day

  1. Attend our 'life at Salford' talk and course-specific activities, which will give you a taster of what you can expect once you start your studies with us.
  2. Take a tour of our campus with one of our friendly student ambassadors and have a look around where you will be studying, as well as the Library, Sports Centre and student accommodation buildings.
  3. You’ll have the chance to visit both of our accommodation sites: Peel Park Quarter (based on campus), and John Lester/Eddie Colman (a 10-minute walk from campus, but we’ll take you by bus).
  4. Students’ Union and Team Salford talk and tour: Your time at Salford won’t all be about study: meeting new people, joining clubs and societies and getting involved in student representation are all important parts of your university experience.
  5. Financing your studies can feel like a minefield, but our askUS team are here to help. In this talk, we’ll take you through all the relevant information about applying for student finance, as well as talk to you about all the support services available.
  6. One-to-one disability support: Our dedicated Disability and Learner Support team is here to help any applicants with a disability or learning difficulty, to make sure appropriate support is in place before you start your studies.

Before you book

You will have the opportunity to build your own Applicant Visit Day by selecting what you’d like to do during the day.

The Wednesday events will include optional talks and tours in the morning, followed by a Life at Salford talk and then course-related activities in the afternoon. When you fill in the booking form, you’ll be asked to select the morning sessions you’d like to participate in and you can find short explanations of each of them below.

Once you have booked your place, your confirmation email will contain your personalised schedule for the day. Depending on the activities you select, the day could start as early as 9am and may run as late as 5pm.


Take a tour of our campus with one of our friendly student ambassadors. All tours in the morning will take place on our Peel Park campus which includes the library, sports centre and student accommodation buildings.

If your course is based at a different campus, we’ll include a tour of that campus later on in the day as part of your course session.

You’ll have the chance to visit both our accommodation sites, Peel Park Quarter (based on campus) or John Lester/Eddie Colman (based a 10 minute walk from campus, but we’ll take you by bus).

If you’re not sure which accommodation site you want to see, have a look at the further information on our accommodation partner Campus Living Village’s website.

Don’t worry, we’ll let you know when accommodation bookings open for new 1st year students.

Your time at Salford won’t all be about study – meeting new people; joining clubs, societies and sports teams and getting involved in student representation are all important parts of your university experience.

Hear from our Students’ Union team about the Union at Salford and your opportunities to get involved with extra-curricular activities.

Financing your studies can feel like a minefield, but our askUS team are here to help.

This talk will take you through all the relevant information about applying for student finance and we’ll also talk you through all the support services available at the university.

Our askUS team are on hand to help with queries throughout the morning too, on topics such as careers, wellbeing and counselling, diversity, academic support and more.

Please note that if you have specific enquiries about your eligibility for student finance, these questions are better directed to Student Finance England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland as appropriate.

If you are a student with a disability or learning difficulty, we’d encourage you to book a 1 to 1 appointment with one of our disability advisers and chat through your specific circumstances.

They can provide confidential, tailored guidance about how to ready yourself for starting at university and ensure support plans are in place before you arrive.

Returning to study after a break? Come along to our mature learners drop-in to chat with the recruitment team and some of our current students who’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have and share their experience of returning to study.


The Saturday events will have the same talks, tours and course-specific activities but, unlike the Wednesday events, there is no need to confirm in advance which additional sessions you will be attending. Once you’ve booked onto the event, we’ll confirm the schedule  a little nearer the time to give you a chance to consider in advance how you would like to spend your day.

Generally, the specific content of your course session will vary by course, but will typically include:

  • A more detailed look into your course, the way you will be taught and how you will be assessed  
  • An opportunity to speak with current or past students about their experiences, both on your course and as a student at the University of Salford  
  • A tour of the specialist facilities (if applicable) and a chance to get hands-on  

The course session is your chance to find out what it’s really like to study your chosen course and we’d encourage you to come along armed with questions, talk to the staff and any students and hoover up as much info as possible about what it will be like when you get here.

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FAQs

Need further information?

We're here to help support you and answer and queries you may have. Get in touch with our friendly team by emailing enquiries@salford.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)161 295 4545.

Also take a look at our FAQs below for more information about our Applicant Visit Days.

The majority of your Applicant Visit Day will take place on the campus on which your chosen course is predominantly based. We have three campuses: Peel Park, Frederick Road and MediaCityUK. To allow you to see the accommodation and student support services, each Applicant Visit Day will include some activity on Peel Park campus and we’ll have coaches on hand to transport you to our other campuses if your course activities are taking place there.

Once you have booked your place, we’ll send you an email closer to the day with specific instructions of how to find us and where you’ll need to be.

If you have been offered a place to study with us, you'll be notified when you can book onto an Applicant Visit Day. Applicant Visit Days take place on either a Wednesday or a Saturday.

You can find out your dates by selecting your course above.

Applicant Visit Days are more focused than an Open Day, so they are for offer-holders only. Within a week of being made an offer to study with us, you should receive an invitation to book your place. It doesn’t matter whether or not you have been to an Open Day before, you will receive more of a subject focus at the Applicant Visit Day and it will give you a chance to have another look round.

For most courses, parents and supporters can attend the subject sessions if they would prefer, but for some subject sessions it may not be possible due to either space constraints or the type of activity that is happening (e.g. dance or performance courses).

We want you to be able to make an informed decision when you’re choosing where to study and know that the best way to do that is to get out and visit. The financial cost of doing that can add up quickly, though, so to help offset your visit to us, we’d like to reimburse you for some of your travel expenses.

If you live in Greater Manchester, we'll contribute £15 to the cost of your visit; for anyone coming from further afield, we'll contribute £40. We’ll give you more details about how this will work on the day of your AVD but you’ll need to provide us details of a UK bank account by filling out a short form which will be emailed to you after your visit.

If you have any queries, drop us a line on enquiries@salford.ac.uk.