Life on campus
Discover the perks of studying in a campus environment and find out what you can get involved with when you become a student here.
We know university life isn’t all about studying: sometimes you have to have fun, too. From joining a club or society, to meeting up with friends in Atmosphere bar and café, there are plenty of things to do outside of academia across our campuses.
Watch our video below for an overview of Salford Students' Union and get a taste for student life.
Salford Students' Union
Once you register with us, you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union. The Students' Union (SU) is run by students for students, independently of the University, to help you love your time studying here.
From events and activities to clubs and societies, the SU has it all, and it’s a great way to meet people and make new friends. They can also help you with any queries you have whilst studying here, from financial advice to wellbeing services and more.
askUS is our student support service, helping you love your time with us. They provide help with anything outside of your studies, from money advice to wellbeing support and accommodation queries.
They're mainly based in University House, but there's also several other information points across campus. Pop in to speak to someone or visit the askUS site for further information.
Clubs and societies
Take your pick from over 50 student-led societies to get involved with. From dance to kayaking, debating to comedy, there's something for everyone; and even if you can't find what you're looking for, the SU can support you to start up your own.
Within the Students’ Union, you’ll also find Shock Radio - Manchester's biggest student radio station. Similarly, over at our MediaCityUK campus, we have an industry standard news room where students regularly broadcast for Quays News.
Atmosphere bar and café
Atmosphere bar is a central student hotspot and ideal meeting place for a post-lecture catchup with friends. Serving a range of hot and cold food and drinks, the space has a large seating area with booths and even a pool table to keep you entertained day and night.
With weekly events such as the 'Out of this World Quiz', karaoke night and Sky/BT Sports screenings for those must-watch big games, there's lots to get involved with once you're a student here. The café next door is an alcohol-free space open till 5pm for breakfast and lunch, and is the perfect place to grab a coffee with friends before your next study session.
Based in both the Students' Union on Peel Park campus and also in Allerton building on Frederick Road campus, the common room is another space for studying, chilling with friends, eating lunch and relaxing before and after lectures. It's designed with commuter students in mind, providing facilities (such as a microwave and kitchen space) for those without accommodation close by, but can be used by any students. The common room also has a TV and games including a giant Connect Four.
Want to hear directly from members of our societies? Tune in to our podcast series for in-depth profiles and all the insider information below.
Cafés and food outlets
Salfood is our caterer and we have a number of food outlets across the University so you can recharge throughout the day. Whether you're after a coffee-to-go, a quick snack or a main meal, our cafés serve a range of hot and cold food and drink. Our main restaurant is based in Maxwell building, where you'll also find a Subway and snack shop.
Across the road from Salford Crescent station is a McDonald's, so if you're feeling like stretching your legs, head there for a fast food treat (or you can order straight to your accommodation!)
Our student stores, located in the heart of campus and also within our Allerton building, provide the daily living essentials for students. The shop on Peel Park campus includes a bakery where you’ll find fresh sandwiches, pastries and pies every morning, and at lunch time, hot dogs and meal deals will give you another option for satisfying your hunger.
Clifford Whitworth Library
Clifford Whitworth Library is the University’s main library, inspired by the historic Peel Park which runs alongside the building.
It's open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, offering group study spaces, quiet study areas, PCs, Macs and laptop loans. Our dedicated library support staff also offer a range of study skills sessions.
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 to find the right sport for you.
Our Sports Centre offers fitness/ strength and conditioning rooms; a 25-metre swimming pool with spa and sauna; a multi-use six court sports hall; squash courts; a dance studio; health hub; floodlit 3G pitch and two grass pitches plus 30+ fitness classes per week including yoga, zumba and pilates.
In addition, our health club offers discounted massage treatments to help you recover after training sessions and relax after a hard days' work.
No matter what your religion is, the University Chaplaincy is open to all faiths and none, staff and students alike. The Chaplaincy can offer a safe and confidential space to talk about any matter, providing spiritual help at times of need.
The Faith Centre is based on University Road behind Chapman Building, and is open Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm, and Sunday 11am-3pm (swipe access only). See more information about opening times and services available.
If you enjoy the outdoors, then you'll find Peel Park, conveniently located next to Peel Park Quarter student accommodation, is the perfect place for an afternoon walk or an early morning jog before your studies.
The park was opened in 1846 and was one of the first public parks in the country. It has recently undergone a £1.6m refurbishment and features a play area, sports pitches and two sculptures which form part of the Irwell Sculpture Trail.