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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.

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...

simsuites The Patient Simulation Suites in Mary Seacole building replicate a real hospital, allowing students on Nursing and Midwifery courses to learn vital skills in an environment that's as close to the real thing as possible. The suites feature lifelike manikins that 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.

Once you register at the University of Salford, you’ll automatically become a member of Salford Student Union. 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!

Atmosphere bar imageThe 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.

teamsalfordTeam 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.

anechoicOne of the most unique spaces within the University, the anechoic chamber has been built to minimise noise as much as possible – meaning it’s probably the quietest place you’ll ever experience!

For more information, visit our website.

energyhouseSalford’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.

Peel park imageOur main campus sits right next to Peel Park, one of the oldest public parks in the country. Having recently undergone a £2.5 million restoration to bring it back to its former glory, the park provides a beautiful green space to relax outside of lessons.

libraryClifford Whitworth library is our main library, which has recently undergone a £6.2m 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.

makerspaceThe 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.

bodmerOur £3m '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.

newadelphi New Adelphi is the new home for culture and creativity on campus, and houses our School of Arts and Media and Architecture facilities. Here you'll find industry-standard practice rooms, rehearsal facilities, recording studios and performance spaces - but no matter what you choose to study, there's a range of events to get involved with.

Visit our website here


"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



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 SU shop, library, sports centre and Atmosphere bar and café.

To find out more and for the latest prices, visit:

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

To find out more and for the latest prices, visit:

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.

Find out more at:

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.



"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.

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.

Many courses offer a year in the industry, giving you the chance to work full-time for an employer. You’ll be paid for you 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. We can help you to craft the perfect CV and LinkedIn page, practice interview techniques and offer career advice.  

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.

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.

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.

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…

“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. 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.

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

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.

If you’re keen runner, check out student blogger Rachel’s favourite running routes.

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.  

Take a look at Ann-Marie’s top festival picks and start planning your summer!

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.

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

The Museum of Science and Industry, affectionately known as MOSI, is a must-see for engineering students, telling the story of Manchester’s pivotal role in the advancement of technology and industry.

Find out more about our students’ favourite places on our blog.

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 brunches at Another Heart to Feed.

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.

Money Matters

Going to University is a big investment - but we believe that nobody should be put off applying because of the cost.

Our student support service, askUs, has loads of information and tips on how to manage your money well while studying. Visit the askUs site here.

For details on student loans, bursaries and scholarships, visit our Applying site here.