Getting to Salford Poster

Date published: February 01, 2018

Getting to the University of Salford

The University of Salford has great public transport links, with lots of different options for you to get to and from campus. With parking on campus limited, and the latest figures showing that residents across Greater Manchester lose nearly 40 hours a year sitting in traffic as a result of congested roads, we thought we’d share some top tips on other ways to travel.


If you live close by, walking is a great way to get to and from uni – it will help keep you fit, benefit the environment and is of course, free!

Walk-it is a free urban walking route planner which covers a number of cities including Salford and Manchester.

See an example of a short 15 minute route around the park provided by


Cycling is another great way to save money, boost your health and fitness, burn calories and help the environment. There are around 400 spaces to park bicycles across all of the university campuses. The majority are contained within secure shelters. To gain access, just go to Maxwell or Allerton receptions where your student or staff ID card will be activated. Showers are also available.


The university is well served by a number of high frequency bus routes that predominantly stop along the A6/Crescent. Check out the Route Explorer from TfGM.

University of Salford students can travel for freeon the number 50 bus between Adelphi Street/Oldfield Road and MediaCityUK by showing a valid university ID card.

Additionally, our Students' Union sells discounted Unirider passes valid for all Stagecoach bus services across Greater Manchester.


The university benefits from excellent rail links, with Salford Crescent station located between the Peel Park and Frederick Road campuses.

Services to Manchester central stations are very frequent and take less than 10 minutes, passengers can then connect to services across the country.

There are also direct services to local destinations such as Bolton, Preston, Blackburn, Wigan, Blackpool as well as Manchester Airport.

Save 1/3 off rail travel with a 16-25 railcard

Although there is a minimum fare of £12 if used before 10am, a 16-25 Railcard can save you money if you attend university after this time or on weekend trips home.

Full information on the 16-25 railcard


The Greater Manchester Metrolink tram network spans the city, with lines from Bury to Altrincham and from Manchester city centre to Eccles.

Our campus at MediaCityUK has a Metrolink tram stop directly outside the main entrance, making it extremely convenient to travel there by tram. Direct services to Eccles and Manchester city centre are available from the MediaCityUK stop. Those travelling to Bury, Altrincham, Chorlton or Didsbury should change at Cornbrook.

Co-Wheels and car sharing

If you live in student halls then you may benefit from Co-Wheels.

Co-wheels is a pay-as-you-go car hire scheme, with vehicles available to hire in convenient locations across the UK.

As a car club member, you can book any of cars on the online booking system or over the phone, and use your smartcard to access them - no need for keys. At the end of your booking, you return the car back into its bay. The university is close to two Co-Wheels bays:

Additionally, the University of Salford car sharing scheme has been launched in partnership with Car Share GM (a locally developed car sharing website for Greater Manchester) to help students find suitable matches to car share with. The University of Salford has a private group on Car Share GM


While we think our campus is a great place to walk, cycle or get the bus or train to, we recognise that some students may need to drive. If you do need to travel by car, please be aware that parking on campus is limited. This is an issue that affects students, staff and visitors alike, particularly after Salford City Council issued the new restrictions for parking on the streets around Frederick Road Campus.

If you do choose to drive then please make sure you park your vehicle legally and responsibly. Parking on the roundabout, double yellow lines or blocking fire doors on campus may result in Parking Charge Notices being issued.

List of all car parks and payment options

To locate all car parks please see the Campus Map.

Car Parking Policy.

Any queries regarding parking on University property should be referred to Security Services:

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