We know there are lots of things to organise as a new student, from finalising your student finance and accommodation, to getting to grips with your timetables, as well as lots of new terms to get your head around and new systems to navigate.

It might seem a little overwhelming, so here’s our guide to the key tasks you should complete as soon as you can, and then you can focus on the fun stuff!

Make sure your funding is in place

Finalise your tuition fee payment

If you are a home student and are taking out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of your course, it’s really important that you have applied for this as early as possible and have confirmation of your loan from Student Finance. If you will be sponsored for your course, you must have written proof in place, or if you are self-funding your tuition costs, you must be prepared to set up a payment plan.

If you are an international student and you are self-funding your fees, you must arrange payment of your fees before you can complete registration. You can either pay your fees up-front and in full to get a 3% discount or arrange a payment plan. Find out more via the link below.

Confirm your accommodation

We have great accommodation on campus at both Peel Park Quarter and John Lester and Eddie Colman Courts. We also work with Manchester Student Homes to find other places to live across the city. 

If you’re joining us in January 2024 and still need to arrange accommodation, there are still places available in Riverside House. John Lester and Eddie Colman Courts are now fully booked, but please do keep an eye on their website in case of any cancellations.

If you haven't yet arranged somewhere to live and are struggling to find available accommodation, please contact our askUS team who can provide the latest updates. They can be contacted on askUS@salford.ac.uk or, if you’d prefer to call, you can speak to the team on +44 (0)161 295 0023

Get familiar with our systems

You’ll be using a number of different online systems at university and it’s worth getting your head around them before you start. The ones we mention aren’t the only tools that you’ll be using, but they’re a good start. Your school, course and module leaders will give you more information about the specific systems you’ll be using during your time here and our Library team can also help to develop your digital skills through dedicated workshops and programmes.

Learn more about our systems

Usernames and passwords

There are two ways of signing into university resources and services. After registering you will receive details for your university email address (e.g. j.bloggs@edu.salford.ac.uk) and your network username (e.g. abc123). For security purposes these accounts have a temporary password which you will be prompted to change when you first sign in. 

Your email address is used to sign into the following tools:

  • Microsoft 365 account
  • Blackboard
  • the Student Hub.

Your network username is used to access services such as:

  • Library Search
  • adding credit to your printing account
  • Advantage – the system for booking onto university events.

Not sure which one to use? Look at how the sign in box is labelled for the system or resource you want to access. Does it ask for your email address or a username?

Changing your password

We recommend that you sign into your Microsoft 365 account, or the Student Hub, so that you will see the prompt to change your password to one that only you know. Your two accounts will synchronise, so that you will use your new password for your network username too.

Choosing a strong password is very important to protect your accounts. Don’t use the same password for everything and follow our Top Tips to Create a strong password.

One of the benefits of all of this is that you will not be prompted to change your password again, but if you do forget your password or want to change it for security reasons then register for Self Service Password Reset (SSPR) so that you can reset it yourself anytime, anywhere.

Multi Factor authentication (MFA)

University systems are protected by Multi Factor authentication (MFA). It requires a second form of authentication when logging in to any of the protected systems such as Microsoft 365 and its tools, the Student Hub and Blackboard. The first time you login to Microsoft 365 you will be prompted to register for MFA.

You will also be encouraged to sign up for Self Service Password Reset (SSPR)

Find out more about Multi Factor authentication (MFA) and Self Service Password Reset (SSPR) and watch our step-by-step videos.

Microsoft 365

When you register and have been given a university email address, you will be able to log in to Microsoft 365 to access your emails (Outlook), use collaborative spaces where you can chat to your peers (Teams), save your files in the cloud (OneDrive), as well as make to-do lists, store your notes (OneNote) and access Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more.

Student Hub

The Student Hub is your gateway for all things student. You can access it after registering by signing in with your university email address. It is the best way to access links to most of the systems you will use as a Salford student. You will also find links to university events, news stories and important announcements that you need to know about.


Blackboard is the University’s virtual learning environment. You can access it via a web browser and by installing the Blackboard Learn app to your smart devices.

It is an essential tool as you will use Blackboard to view module announcements, access your learning materials, participate in discussion board topics, blogs and wikis, submit your work for e-Assessment and find your grades.

Once you've completed registration, you'll also need to log on to Blackboard to find all the materials related to your school induction. 

You can find lots of information online, including a Blackboard tour video in our Blackboard introduction and guide

Remember: You must have completed registration first before you can access Blackboard and in order to attend your online induction. This is a compulsory part of your learning and is a requirement of your CAS/visa (international students only). Your CAS/visa may be withdrawn if you do not attend the online induction sessions.

If you are having problems setting up Blackboard, please visit the FAQs page for more information.


Advantage is the system where you can find job opportunities, sign up to workshops and masterclasses and book appointments with different advisors across the University. You’ll use your network login to access Advantage so, once you are registered, take a look at what’s online and book on as many workshops and masterclasses as you like, including many of our Welcome events.

Getting help with IT systems and services

Visit the Skills website for additional support with accessing and using our IT systems.

If you still require additional guidance, the fastest and easiest way to get help with accessing IT systems or resources, is via the IT Service Desk portal and its guides and FAQs.

For password enquiries, or if you are unable to use the portal, telephone +44 (0)161 295 2444 to speak to a member of the team (Monday to Friday 08:00-17:00 BST).

If you cannot call during business hours and are unable to log into the portal, email Digital-ITServiceDesk@salford.ac.uk

Drop-in Support at the Tech Bar: face to face help from the team’s Tech Bar is available from Monday to Friday, 09:00 – 16:00 in the Clifford Whitworth Library.

Study Goal

We use Study Goal to help record your attendance during your academic sessions and other workshops. The staff member running your session (session leader) will provide you with a session code to register your attendance.

It’s important to attend academic sessions. We record your attendance because there’s a strong relationship between attendance and how well you do in your assessments. This isn’t just because of academic work you complete in your sessions – it’s also because the connections you make with staff and other students have a positive impact on your academic performance and your wellbeing.

There's more information about Study Goal, and how to access the web app on our website.

Get to know our different teams

Meet the different teams who are here to help you throughout your University of Salford journey. From wellbeing support to careers advice and everything in between, find out who to go to for help.

Register with a GP

Whilst at university it's important for you to be registered with a GP and we have a local practice on Peel Park campus. Once registered you can access the full range of health and wellbeing support - even if you are away from Salford.

Plan your journey

If you're going to commute to university, it's a good idea to plan your route to campus before you start.

We have great public transport links with lots of different options for you to use, including buses, trains, trams, bike paths and footpaths, which make travelling here easy. We recommend that you use the Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) route planner to help plan your journey. TfGM have also created a handy guide for getting to the University on public transport.

Did you know?

  • Our on-campus train station Salford Crescent is only a ten-minute journey from Manchester Piccadilly
  • We're just five-minutes on the bus from Manchester city centre, with lots of buses coming past Peel Park and Frederick Road campuses
  • You can get free travel on the 50 bus in between MediaCity and our Peel Park/Frederick Road campuses
  • There's a Metrolink stop right outside our MediaCity campus
  • We have over 400 spaces for bicycles
  • If you're travelling by car, we have over 1,000 parking spaces
  • We have Common Rooms on our Peel Park and Frederick Road campuses that have been created with commuter students in mind; featuring chill-out spaces, solo and group study spaces, a lounge area with a TV, a kitchenette, charging points and lockers.

Get to know your campus

It's a great idea to familiarise yourself with your campus before you start your studies.

The University is located across three campuses: Peel Park, Frederick Road and MediaCity.

  • Peel Park - our central campus and home to Salford Business School, the School of Science, Engineering and Environment and Salford School of Arts, Media, and Creative Technology.
  • Frederick Road - if you’re studying with the School of Health and Society, you’ll be based at our Frederick Road campus.
  • MediaCity - home to some of our School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology courses.

As well as lecture halls and learning spaces, you can find lots of other useful facilities across our campuses including:

  • The Sports Centre - located on our Peel Park Campus and home to a 25 metre swimming pool, fitness suites, sports hall, dance studio, and loads more. Find out more 
  • Libraries - there are two libraries at Salford; Clifford Whitworth Library located on our Peel Park campus and a library on the third floor of our MediaCity campus building.
  • Our Faith Centre - offering unique spaces for group worship, private prayer, personal reflection, social activities, pastoral support and relaxation, on our Peel Park campus. Find out more
  • Busy Bees Nursery - an on-site nursery (independent to the University) located on our Frederick Road campus offering childcare support during your studies. Find out more
  • Accessible spaces - find accessibility information on lecture halls, cafés and bars, toilets, and halls of residence across our campuses by downloading the free AccessAble Salford Uni app.

To help you find your way around watch our campus tour video and take a look at our campus map.

For much more information on getting to know your campus and settling in, visit the StartSmart platform. 


Read our glossary for new students

To help you understand some of the common, and sometimes confusing, terms that are used across the University, we've created a useful glossary of terms for new students.

What's next?

  • Look out for your Invitation to Register email with your student ID, PIN and more details on how to register. Registration enables you to access our IT and learning systems and allows us to gather the crucial administrative information we need from you as a Salford student.
  • Once you’re registered, it's time for you to get to know your school, your course and your coursemates. Your induction will prepare you with the necessary information and support to help you hit the ground running.
  • Work through StartSmart. Our online platform will take you through the essentials of being a student at the University of Salford and includes advice and guidance from support teams, tips and tricks from Salford graduates and information on how to settle into university life.

Advice for international students

If you are an international student, find more information about what you should to bring to the UK, travel, visas and more.