Choosing the right university is a really important decision. You’ll often hear students saying that their university ‘just felt right’ for them and that’s something you can only experience if you visit different universities in person.
As well as finding out about the course you’re interested in studying (or more than one course if you haven’t decided yet!) you’ll have the chance to take a tour of our campus, see our accommodation and chat to some of our current students to get the real story on life at Salford.
Most of our visitors want to find out more about the course they’re interested in studying as their number 1 Open Day activity, but we know everyone’s different. Here’s a quick list of many of the things you can do on the day:
You’ll have time to plan your day beforehand and we’ll help you out with some suggested itineraries a bit nearer the time.
Once you've booked your place, the Open Day guide will be available for you to download about 2 weeks prior to the event; giving you plenty of time to see what’s happening and plan your day to make the most of your visit.
Our Open Days run from 10am to 4pm and they’re structured to allow you the flexibility to plan your day to suit your needs. There will be talks and tours in both the morning and afternoon across all our campuses and you can plan your schedule by choosing to attend the activities at times that suit you.
We are located just 2km from Manchester city centre and consequently have great transport links, regardless of whether you’re travelling from across Greater Manchester, across the UK or from further afield.
Please note that, due to ongoing engineering works in the area, there are no trains stopping at Salford Crescent station on the weekend of both the 6th or 27th October. Rail replacement buses will be running from some surrounding stations, so please check Northern’s website for details.
Salford Crescent train station is located in the middle of our campus, between our Peel Park and Frederick Road sites, making us very easy to get to by rail. Trains from both Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria run through the station regularly, as well as from Manchester Airport, Blackpool, Southport, Wigan, Blackburn, Preston and Huddersfield. The station is fully accessible for wheelchairs, pushchairs and bicycles.
The Crescent/A6 runs alongside our campus and is a major bus route into and out of Manchester city centre. There are several stops for our campus, so to find the best journey for you, see Transport for Greater Manchester’s Route Explorer.
There are extensive road improvement works taking place around Salford and Manchester which will very likely impact on travel time. For more information about how it may affect you, please visit Transport for Greater Manchester’s Manchester and Salford Inner Relief Route improvement works page.
We have several large car parks right on campus. These are free for our Open Day visitors and you can view the campus map to see their locations. A bit closer to the day, we’ll let you know where you need to check in when you get here and suggest which car park is best for you to use.
If you feel like stretching your legs and want to get a feel for the area, we’re a pretty easy 15 minute walk from Manchester city centre. From the Arndale Centre, head across the River Irwell to Chapel Street and take a left…that will bring you past Salford Central train station (on your left), Salford Cathedral (a bit further up on your right) and, about half a mile later, right to our doorstep.
Manchester International Airport is 10 miles from the University. There are regular, direct train services to and from Salford Crescent station and Manchester Piccadilly. Buses also link the airport and Manchester city centre. To find the best journey for you, see Transport for Greater Manchester’s Route Explorer.
If you’re coming from outside of Greater Manchester, we’d absolutely recommend making the most of your visit and seeing a bit more of the things that make this part of the country so great. There are plenty of places to spend the night in nearby Manchester city centre as well as a few in-and-around MediaCityUK.
Please be aware, though, that our neighbours, Manchester United, have a home game on both the 6th and 27th October. If you are planning on looking for a hotel in the area – particularly around MediaCityUK – we recommend you do this as early as possible. This will also mean additional traffic in the Salford area on the day.
We know being in a new place can be a bit overwhelming and we’ll do our best to point you in the right direction based on the primary course you’ve chosen when you booked onto the Open Day.
A couple of weeks before the event, we’ll provide you with information on which Check-in point to attend when you arrive to ensure you’re as close to your course session as possible.
If at any point you’re struggling to find your way around while you’re here, though, our Student Ambassadors will be in red tops all over campus and are happy to help you get your bearings.
“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 Mancunians 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.
We’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 a keen runner, check out student blogger Rebecca’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.
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!
Catch 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.
HOME 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.
In 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.
Yes, please use the form above to book your place. Once you’ve booked your place, we’ll keep you up to date with important information and schedules for the day.
Our next Open Days will be focused on people looking to start their studies in September 2019 but anyone who’s interested in enrolling onto an undergraduate degree course is welcome to attend.
Of course! Choosing a university is a big decision, so we’d absolutely encourage you to bring anyone along who might support you with it.
You can let us know about your access requirements when you book onto our Open Days. We’ll then work with you to do everything we can to support your visit. Below is some general accessibility information that you may find useful.
We have worked closely with DisabledGo (the leading provider of access information for disabled people in the UK) to produce an assessment of our campus and facilities.
This work has provided detailed information about our access, and you can find their assessment of our campus and facilities here.
We have accessible car parking spaces across campus.
All University building are equipped with a Deaf Alerter radio-based fire alarm warning and public address messaging system.
Salford Crescent train station is on campus, but is not part of the University. Access is by steps or lift.
Please contact Disability & Learner Support for study related support.
If you have any questions about our Open Days, then please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help. You can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 295 4545 (lines are open Monday through Thursday 9am – 5pm and Friday 10am – 4pm).
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