We offer a wealth of support for students who are studying in the UK for the first time, and those who are returning to continue their studies. Learn more on this page and find other useful information to help you settle in.

Living in Salford and Manchester

LEAP - English language support

University of Salford students

If English is not your first language, you may want to join Learning English for Academic Purposes (LEAP). LEAP offers a range of free courses for international students who want to improve their English language skills. Courses cover a variety of skills including helping you write better assignments and theses, practising your presentation skills and more.

The Students' Union activity groups

Sports Centre University of Salford

The University of Salford Students’ Union runs over 80 sporting and activity groups open to all students to join. From societies about religion and culture to media and performance, whatever you’re interested in, you are likely to find a group of students with similar interests. During your welcome week, the Students’ Union will be running virtual events where you can meet representatives of the various groups and sign up to become a member.

International Cafe

Students socialising

Join our International Cafe, hosted by our Students' Union, for weekly social activities and a celebration of cultural diversity. The fun activities range from quizzes to karaoke or just a space to chat and make new friends from all over the world.

The International Society

This society is an independent, not-for-profit organisation unique to Greater Manchester. It provides a warm and welcoming place where international and British students from different universities and members of the local community come together and make new friends. The International Society organises trips, classes, activities and community projects, which are open to everyone. Visit the International Society's website for more information.

Faith centre

Chaplains at the faith centre

On Peel Park campus, we have a Faith Centre based on University Road, which is open to students of all religions, offering support, connections and lifelong friendships. Alongside private prayer and group worship facilities, there are spaces for pastoral support, relaxation, reflection, and social activities. We have a Catholic chaplain, a Church of England chaplain and a Muslim chaplain on the multi-faith team. There are lots of places of worship in Greater Manchester, which our chaplains will be happy to advise you on.

Part-time work

Career adviser and a student

Most international students can work up to 20 hours per week during term time and full-time during the holidays.

If you are interested in finding part-time work during your time at Salford, you can use our on-campus recruitment agency called Unitemps to help you find something suitable.

askUS have a Careers and Enterprise team who can offer you advice and support to help you find work. From advice about what documents you need to work in the UK (including your National Insurance number) to providing support with your CV and interview preparation, they are here to help you.

Medical support

Students working seminar

Our askUS team works in partnership with National Health Service (NHS) services in the community to ensure that students receive the care and support they need while at Salford. If you are living on campus or nearby, you should register with the University of Salford's Medical Centre situated on the third floor of the Maxwell Building, Peel Park Campus. For further information on other medical practices in the area, as well as hospitals and dental care, visit askUS.

More about life at Salford

You’re now part of one of the largest student communities in Europe, with around 100,000 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. You can experience it all here.

Join our social events

The University of Salford Students' Union (USSU) also organises events which involve fun activities such as trips to other cities, games or other social gatherings. Visit the events webpage or join our Facebook group to find out more.