In the city

Students taking a selfie at Mackie Mayor market

Did you know the city of Salford is in the heart of Greater Manchester, and just 2km from Manchester city centre? So whether you want to explore the buzzing nightlife of Manchester's Northern Quarter, enjoy a cosy afternoon with friends on campus, or explore Manchester's amazing shopping scene: you can experience it all whilst studying with us.

You’ll be joining one of the largest student communities in Europe, with around 100,000 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.

Students taking a selfie in the Museum of Science and Industry

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Shopping: The Northern Quarter is home to some of the best independent vintage and boutique shops, while Manchester Arndale is the place to find all of your high street favourites: perfect for spending an afternoon in the city with friends.


Culture: Looking for culture? You’ll find it on our doorstep; Salford Museum and Art Gallery is situated on campus, and opened in 1850 as the UK’s first free public library - but don’t limit yourself, there’s lots of art venues to explore in the city too!


Nightlife: Whether you want sophisticated cocktails in Spinningfields; a fun and fabulous night out on Canal Street, or the chance to practice your putting skills at Junkyard Golf Club: you’ll find the nightlife here is second to none.


Food and drink: There are tonnes of places to eat in the city, from quirky diners and cafes, to the famous Curry Mile in Rusholme, and not to mention the indoor market at Mackie Mayor; providing quality food and drink from local producers and brewers.


Music: You’ll never be stuck for gigs in the city: we attract a variety of musicians from all around the world to our stages, and if that’s not enough, summer music festival Park Life is also right on our doorstep – so don’t forget to pack your wellies!


The people: We hear time and time again from our students about what a diverse and friendly place Manchester really is, and that’s something we’re proud to admit. So, if you come to visit us, rest assured: you’ll feel right at home in no time.

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.

Eddy Reay

BSc (Hons) Exercise, Nutrition and Health

It’s never just a game here - sport is in our blood. Manchester is home to two of the biggest teams in football: Manchester United and Manchester City, as well as Lancashire County Cricket Club at Emirates Old Trafford. Even better, Salford Students' Union offer discounted tickets to some matches - what's not to love?

Alternatively, if you're looking for something a little different, our partners and professional ice hockey team Manchester Storm always bring an exciting and energising game to the stadium over at the Altrincham Ice Dome. Put on your jumpers and be prepared to get into the spirit of this exhilarating winter sport.

Did you know?

Travelling in and out of Manchester couldn't be easier, and with 98 train stations in the Greater Manchester area, you'll always be well connected to the city no matter where you are. 

The University even has its own station - Salford Crescent - right on campus, which can take you into the heart of Manchester in just 10 minutes. 

Salford Quays

When you become a student with us, you'll be able to travel between both our Peel Park campus and our campus at MediaCityUK for free, using your student card on the number 50 bus. So, even if your course isn't based at MediaCityUK, we'd recommend you take advantage of the free trip and find out for yourself what's so special about Salford Quays.

Discover the Quays

The Lowry

Not only is Salford Quays the home of MediaCityUK, the contemporary waterfront destination also hosts The Lowry: an arts and entertainment complex named after Salford alumnus LS Lowry, where a large collection of his works are also on display. The venue's three theatre spaces are used to put on a range of shows throughout the year, including musicals, opera, ballet, comedy and music, as well as the University of Salford's summer graduation ceremonies.


Here you'll also find the Lowry Outlet mall, where keen shoppers will find great bargains and discounts on high street brands and stores (including a Cadbury chocolate shop). The mall also houses a cinema and a variety of restaurants for you to indulge after a trip to the theatre or shopping spree.


In addition to the restaurants at the Lowry Outlet mall, within MediaCityUK you'll also find numerous coffee shops and restaurants such as the Botanist and Wagamama, and behind this sits high-end supermarket Booths, so you can stock up on fresh produce and delicious snacks while you're on the go.

If all that isn't enough, the Alchemist has recently opened a restaurant overlooking the waterfront, with a stunning terrace that cantilevers out over the canal: the perfect place to enjoy after-dinner cocktails as the sun sets over the Quays.

View of MediaCityUK in the sun at Salford Quays.

Manchester's international scene

We encourage all of our students to explore the city centre and make the most of living in one of the UK's most vibrant and diverse cities. You'll find people from all cultures, faiths and backgrounds in Salford and Manchester, and, according to a 2018 Travelodge report, some of the kindest - as Manchester was found to be the third kindest city in the UK.

Living here has been the most interesting time of my life. I have to say; my first meal here was a real highlight - I had fish and chips!

Wenxi Hu

MSc Real Estate and Construction Management

There is an abundance of restaurants, cafés, bars and grocery shops in the city centre to suit every taste and cuisine you can imagine. From the Arndale Market, where you'll find both national and international fresh produce, to Manchester's Chinatown, the second biggest Chinatown in the UK; you'll never be far from a vast choice of food and drink.

Explore more of our international culture

International districts

Chinatown: Manchester's Chinatown is the second biggest in the UK and the third biggest in Europe. If you're looking for authentic Asian cuisine, this is the place to go; you'll find a range of Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Nepali, Vietnamese, Singaporean and Malaysian restaurants, as well as bakeries and shops selling everything from groceries to craft items. 

Rusholme: Famous for its 'Curry Mile', Rusholme is a great place to find South Asian and Middle-Eastern take-aways, restaurants and world food markets, and is popular with students from local universities in Greater Manchester. The Curry Mile is not quite a mile long, but has a large concentration of Indian eateries along the neon-lit stretch of Wilmslow Road; so if you're looking for this type of cuisine, you'll want to try it out!



International Cafe

Our Students Union also host the International cafe, which provides a weekly gathering of peace, cohesion and cultural diversity. Open to students from home and overseas, the fun activities range from quizzes to karaoke, or just a time to hang out and chat together. It's a great way to meet new people and settle in to life in Salford and Manchester.

Manchester International Festival

The Manchester International Festival runs every two years, bringing cutting-edge art with an international outlook across a range of artistic disciplines. The festival takes place at a variety of venues within the city, from theatres and galleries to churches and car parks, and promises to bring an eclectic mix of dynamic, innovative and forward-thinking new work to the city.

The festival has attracted many well-known artists from across the spectrum, and has, in previous years, worked with the likes of Björk, Steve McQueen, Maxine Peake and The xx to name a few.

While the festival is set to return in July 2019, there’s also plenty of other artistic events taking place throughout the year to get involved in.