Prospective Students FAQs
This page has been developed to support applicants looking to start their undergraduate studies with us in September 2023.
If your question isn't answered on this page, you can find our contact form under the section titled General.
This page was updated on 31/03/2023.
When can I apply for student finance?
Full-time undergraduate students in England can apply now for student finance. If you are a new student due to start studying in September 2023, you should apply by 19 May 2023.
Full-time undergraduate students in Northern Ireland can also apply now. If you are a new student, you should apply by 5 April 2023.
Full-time undergraduate students in Wales are able to apply to Student Finance Wales now. More information can be found on their Discover Student Finance page. If you are a new student, you should apply by 26 May 2023.
Part-time students usually apply in the summer before their course begins - we'll post updates here soon!
It is important to meet any deadlines set by Student Finance England or any of the other funding organisations you may be applying to. If you apply late, your money might be late too!
Can I apply for the NHS Learning Support Fund bursary?
For the last couple of years, financial support has been made available to students studying a number of healthcare courses via the NHS Learning Support Fund.
Whilst application dates for the NHS Learning Support Fund are still to be confirmed, if you are a new healthcare student starting one of the eligible courses in September 2023, you can be kept up to date on the NHS Business Services Authority website.
Where can I find out about Salford bursaries?
When it comes to fees and funding, we understand that going to University can feel like a daunting experience for some students. With a range of support schemes and bursaries, as well as the Inspire Support Scheme which provides all new undergraduate students with £150 a year to spend on learning resources, there are a number of support options available to help make your money go further. Learn more on our fees and funding page.
I'm an international student, what do I need to know about fees and scholarships?
If you are an international student, you can find out all you need to know about paying your tuition fees, deposit and about the cost of living on our fees and funding page.
Remember to check your offer letter to see if you are eligible for one of our scholarships. You may also be able to apply for one of our other international scholarships.
When is accommodation going live for bookings?
We know accommodation is an important decision for you to make, and you can book on-campus accommodation now through the CLV website.
Please note that due to high levels of demand, rooms in Peel Park Quarter have now sold out. On-campus accommodation is still available in John Lester and Eddie Colman Courts.
We expect there to be changes to bookings over the next few weeks and months as applicants make their decisions about their firm choices. If rooms become available at Peel Park Quarter, we will release these bookings from 10am on Friday mornings (or Thursday morning if the Friday is a Bank Holiday). If available, rooms will appear on the CLV website.
How do I book accommodation?
We work with our accommodation partners, Campus Living Villages (CLV), who manage two accommodation villages: Peel Park Quarter, and John Lester and Eddie Colman Courts.
Bookings for rooms at both sites are made through the CLV website. You must provide your student ID number when booking. You can find this on emails you've received from us.
You'll need to pay a £200 deposit within seven days of booking to secure your room. You'll also need to pay two weeks' rent by 1 September 2023.
Please note that due to high levels of demand, rooms in Peel Park Quarter have now sold out. Rooms in John Lester and Eddie Colman Courts are still available. Book now through the CLV website to secure your place.
If you have any queries about booking accommodation with CLV you can email the team on firstname.lastname@example.org or ring them on +44 (0)161 667 5010.
I've booked a room at John Lester and Eddie Colman Courts but want to book Peel Park Quarter - what can I do?
Due to high levels of demand, rooms in Peel Park Quarter have now sold out.
We expect there to be changes to bookings over the next few weeks and months as applicants make their decisions about their firm choices. If rooms become available at Peel Park Quarter, we will release these bookings from 10am on Friday mornings (or Thursday morning if the Friday is a Bank Holiday).
If you have already booked a room at John Lester and Eddie Colman Courts and would like to move your booking to Peel Park Quarter, you must first secure a room at Peel Park Quarter and then contact Campus Living Villages (CLV) to transfer your deposit. You do not need to pay your deposit twice.
You can email the CLV team on email@example.com or ring them on +44 (0)161 667 5010.
Am I able to get a refund if I book a room and then change my mind?
Yes, you can cancel your accommodation contract anytime before 25 August 2023, and get a refund of any monies paid, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Always quote your full name, date of birth and booking reference number in your email to help the team deal with your enquiry as quickly as possible.
Are there any other accommodation providers?
If you want to live off-campus, you can find examples of alternative accommodation providers information on our accommodation page.
A range of accommodation is available through Manchester Student Homes, a free, university-run housing service for students. They offer independent housing advice and only advertise properties from accredited landlords who have signed up to their Code of Standards. For more information on their services, please visit their Manchester Student Homes website.
You can also contact them directly, by calling +44 (0)161 275 7680 or emailing email@example.com.
My UCAS application states I want to stay at home, but I've changed my mind - can this be updated?
Don’t worry if your UCAS application indicates you wish to live at home – it’s no problem if you’ve changed your mind and are now considering student accommodation!
We don’t need to update this on our records; it is more something that UCAS include on the application form to gauge how many students are interested in accommodation vs commuting to study.
I'll be commuting to Salford - what is student life like as a commuter?
You may decide that living at home and commuting to University is the best option for you, and there are plenty of public transport links to help you get to our campus.
Salford Crescent train station is situated right by our Peel Park and Frederick Road campuses, connecting you to Manchester city centre and beyond. MediaCity is accessible by tram, and there are frequent bus services between all three sites and the wider Greater Manchester area.
Our two common rooms, one in University House at Peel Park and another in Allerton Building at Frederick Road, have been created with commuter students in mind. They feature spaces for individual or group study, as well as areas to relax in, watch TV, and enjoy your lunch with friends.
You can read more about the day in the life of a commuting student on our Made in Salford blog.
I've applied - what happens next?
Once you've made an application to study with us, you'll typically receive a decision within a few weeks. The exact time frame can vary from course to course, and on the time of year, but our Admissions Team work hard to process all applications as quick as possible.
If you are a UCAS applicant you can monitor the progress of your application via the UCAS Applicant Hub - your application status will automatically update as soon as any changes occur. More information about tracking your application can be found on the UCAS website.
If you are a direct applicant we recommend that you regularly sign into your applicant portal for updates on the progress of your application.
You can find more details about the next steps in your applicant journey.
How and when can I apply?
Applications for full-time undergraduate courses starting in September 2023 are made via UCAS. Whilst the equal consideration deadline was Wednesday 25 January 2023, we may still be able to review some late applications if we have places available once the on-time applications have been assessed. Applications for part-time undergraduate courses are made directly to the University – you can read guidance about using our online application form. You might also find it helpful to check out our How to Apply page.
Applications are made directly to the University following a consultation with your employer. Further information on the next available start dates can be found on the individual course pages. You can read more about our degree apprenticeships on our website.
I'm undecided on which course to apply for, where can I find more information about your courses?
You can search the range of courses we offer and filter by the type of study you are interested in. From the search results, you can click on a course to read more about it such as entry requirements, course duration, tuition fees, modules and methods of assessment.
I have been asked to provide a Personal Statement, what does this require?
Please refer to our personal statement guide and our hints and tips for more information.
Do I need to provide to provide a reference as part of my application?
Yes, all applications require a reference from a suitable referee, such as one of your tutors if you are in education or managers/supervisors if you are in employment.
If you're applying via UCAS through your school/college then your tutors will attach your reference after you have filled in your personal details and qualifications and completed your personal statement.
If you can’t provide a reference at this stage then please don’t worry. The Admissions Team can assess your application based on your qualification details and personal statement and then, if we make you a conditional offer, the reference will be one of your conditions.
There is a box you can tick on the UCAS application form to state that you’re not including a reference at this time. We advise checking with any other universities you’re applying for as well, so that your application wouldn’t be penalised by other institutions. You can read more on the UCAS website.
I have been asked to fill out a Fee Assessment form – what happens next?
If you have been asked to fill out a Fee Assessment form, this is because we need to clarify your fee-paying status as either a home or international student. Please complete your online form as soon as possible. When a decision is made, your offer will then be processed. Your offer status can be found on the UCAS Applicant Hub if you are a full-time undergraduate applicant, or through the online application portal if you are a direct applicant.
I have received an offer which states I am a full-time home student, what does this mean?
If your offer letter refers to you being classed as a full-time home student, this means you are paying our home student tuition fees rather than international fees. It is not related to whether you choose to live in student accommodation or commute from your home address.
What is the process for interviews and portfolios?
Once we receive your application, we will assess the information you have included and then email you to provide full details about what you need to do to complete an interview, assessment and portfolio if required. Not all courses require you to attend an interview or share a portfolio, it just depends on which course you have applied for.
What do you expect from a portfolio?
Portfolios are required by some of our creative courses to assess examples of your work. We understand that you may not have a full portfolio at this stage in the academic year, but we're keen to see your work so far to understand what your interests are within the subject you have applied to study.
When will I hear back about my portfolio?
You should expect to see a decision updated on UCAS within four weeks of your portfolio submission deadline, but please take into consideration that at very busy times of the year there may be some slight delays. You can monitor the progress of your application via the UCAS Applicant Hub.
I've been invited to an interview but can't attend, can I rearrange it?
If you need to reschedule your interview, you can use the application portal to do so.
If you have any problems doing this, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I prepare for my interview?
Further details about your interview and how to prepare can be found by following the "interview preparation" button on your interview invite once you have been selected for interview. Please check your inbox and spam folder and read the invite carefully.
I've received an interview invite but my UCAS Applicant Hub has not been updated.
Our interview process is independent from UCAS, so unfortunately this will not update on your UCAS Applicant Hub.
If you have received an email from us inviting you to an interview, then please be assured you have been selected. The date, time and location of your interview is on your email and further details about how to prepare for your interview can be found by clicking the "interview preparation" button on the email.
I've been asked to confirm my attendance for an upcoming interview - how do I do this?
Please let us know if you will be attending your upcoming interview by accepting it on your application portal. Your invitation to interview email will contain a link which is personal to you and can be used to set up your account only. Please click that specific link to redeem your portal invite, access your account and accept the interview.
How can I find out about Applicant Visit Days?
If you are made an offer to study an undergraduate course with us then we will send you information about our Applicant Visit Days via email. These events, exclusive to offer-holders, are taking place throughout Spring to guide you through the next steps in your journey to become a Salford student.
From campus tours with our friendly ambassadors and course taster sessions with your future lecturers to accommodation tours of the halls where you could soon call home, there is plenty to explore!
How can I find out about Open Days?
Whilst our main Open Days for 2023 entry have now finished, please keep an eye on our Undergraduate Events page for details of other ways to meet us over the next few months.
What's Salford like?
Salford is in the heart of Greater Manchester, but whilst it’s just 2km from the buzzing Manchester city centre, it has its own community feel.
If you enjoy the outdoors, then you'll find Peel Park, one of the first public parks in the country, conveniently located next to Peel Park Campus. It’s the perfect place for an afternoon walk or an early morning jog before your studies.
Culturally there’s lots to see and do - Salford is home to MediaCity and The Lowry, plus Salford Museum and Art Gallery is right on Peel Park Campus!
You can chat to our current students about their experiences living in Salford on our Unibuddy platform.
What's the local transport network like?
We’re well connected by public transport with Salford Crescent train station located right between our Peel Park and Frederick Road campuses making it easy to travel into Manchester city centre and further afield. There’s a Metrolink stop a stone’s throw from our building at MediaCity if you’re using the city’s tram network. Don’t forget the regular bus links between the city centre and all three campuses - you can use your student ID card to get between MediaCity and Peel Park for free on the number 50 Stagecoach bus!
Am I able to park on campus?
Yes, and we have multiple car parks available across our Peel Park and Frederick Road campuses - take a look at our travel page for more information.
If you choose to use a University car park, you will need a valid parking session which students can purchase hourly, weekly, monthly or annually. There are several ways to pay for your parking, and you can find more information, including prices, on our dedicated car parking.
Parking at our MediaCity site is a little bit more limited, but if you do decide to drive, take a look at the MediaCity parking guide for more information.
What clubs and societies do you have?
At Salford, we understand that a student’s experience goes beyond the academic teaching on your course. We have a wide range of societies, sports groups and social activities on offer so that you can pursue your passion or try something new.
How can I meet my coursemates?
You can join our official Facebook group for 2023 undergraduate applicants. It works as a platform to offer new students the opportunity to get to know future coursemates, housemates and society-mates - all before you've even started university!
What student support services are in place at Salford?
We want you to enjoy your time studying at Salford, but we understand that you may need a little extra support. askUS is our dedicated student support service, offering advice and information on a range of matters, from finance to wellbeing and counselling to disability and learner support.
I'm worried about my mental health.
Within our dedicated student support service, askUS, the Wellbeing and Counselling team are on hand to support you throughout your studies. We've created a Wellbeing and Counselling page to provide you with more information on our wellbeing service, including who to speak to about your mental health and guidance on how to ensure you remain supported once you start university.
Previous students tell us that getting support in place early or ensuring any existing support they had in place was transferred to Salford, really helped them to enjoy and succeed in their studies, so we would encourage you to start the process as soon as possible.
For more information, please call the Wellbeing team on +44 (0)161 295 0023 (option 1, option 1) or email email@example.com.
Student Minds, the UK’s student mental health charity, are also here to help you. They have established a resource called transitions, to provide you with information and tips to guide you through the process of moving and settling in to life at university.
I need information about childcare.
We understand that as a parent of young children, you need support at a time and place that suits you. Salford have a wealth of support services available to you, from our dedicated student service, askUS, to our on campus nursery, Busy Bees. You can find more information about on the Busy Bees website.
How does Salford support prospective students from under-represented groups?
We offer a range of support and advice through our askUS service for care experienced young people, disabled learners, young carers and estranged learners (students who will be studying without family support). We will support you every step of the way, and as a student at Salford, you will have access to our counselling and wellbeing services to ensure you reach your full potential.
You can find support from several dedicated charities across the UK, such as Buttle UK who provide grants and assistance to vulnerable young people, Rees Foundation who strive to help care experienced individuals and Stand Alone who offer advice and support services to people estranged from their families.
There are also a range of services available to you across Greater Manchester, and you can find the contact details for these and each university on the Greater Manchester Higher Website.
When will I get my timetable?
Once you have registered as a student with us, you will receive an email with a link to your personal timetable and some general timetable guidance.
You can see a general overview of the 2023/24 academic year on our Term Dates page.
How will I be taught and assessed?
Teaching and assessment methods vary from course to course depending on the type of subject you're studying - some will be more practical with workshops and interactive assessments, whilst others will have traditional lectures and essays.
If you're unsure about what is involved in your course, then we recommend searching our range of courses and then selecting the relevant course page for all the details about your chosen programme.
Can I speak to a current student who is studying my chosen course at Salford?
You can find out more about your course and chat to current students on our Unibuddy platform. Feel free to sign up, read some of the student ambassador profiles and ask questions to learn more about student life at Salford.
I am an international student - where can I find support?
Please refer to the following pages depending on what stage in the applicant journey you are at and what your query is:
My question isn't listed on this page, how can I contact you?
If you have any other questions, you can raise your query via the Prospective students FAQ form.