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Life at Salford

From where to eat, to earning a bit of extra cash while you’re studying, find out how you can make the most of your life at Salford.

Whatever your interests – be it sport, shopping, nightlife, sightseeing or culture – have a look at what Salford and Manchester have to offer.

You can also learn more about our exciting and diverse community of students and hear from some of our staff that work across the University.

Take a look at our who's who at Salford videos to hear from teams including student services, the library, our sports centre and more, as they introduce themselves and give tips to all new students.

askUS LogoHi,

Welcome to the University of Salford and congratulations on getting into Salford!
You’ll find that there’s lots of support here at Salford with askUS being your one-stop shop for student support; we’re here to help you with life outside of lectures.  Coming to university is a big step and there’s a lot to think about. You’ll need to know about managing your money, looking after your wellbeing and finding your route into your dream job.

You can find askUS in person both at University House and MediaCityUK during the week, or at Clifford Whitworth Library during the weekend.  Check out our up-to-date opening times.  We’re also available over the phone on 0161 295 0023 through email and via the liveChat facility on the askUS website.

Why not take a look at the 3 questions here to see how you’re feeling right now and what support there might be in place.

Wishing you all the best in your studies,

Ian Boardman,

Acting Director of Student Experience and Support.

Sometimes University life might not be as we expected and knowing where to turn might be difficult. The Wellbeing team are on hand to offer advice and support in those times that you might need it.  

We offer workshops, one-to-one wellbeing appointments, referral to in-house counselling services as well as support with referrals to appropriate external services.

Our website also has useful information and resources for a range of issues and there is information around immediate support if you feel in crisis.

Our service is non-judgemental and confidential, unless there are exceptional circumstances, so don’t be afraid to take that first step and get the support you need.

Find out more.

As a new student, you’re probably wondering where to start. Whether you’re looking for a part-time job to do alongside your studies, thinking about a work placement as part of your course or planning ahead to after graduation, we're here to offer lots of help and support.

Job Vacancies

Looking to earn extra money and boost your employability skills? We source and advertise part-time roles, placements and internships with a range of local, national and international employers. Search for jobs on Advantage.

To make things easier for you, we have an onsite recruitment agency. Unitemps is responsible for filling all part-time and temporary positions at the University and also advertises great opportunities with external employers. To find out more and to register, visit Unitemps or come see us in University House on Peel Park campus.

Opportunities to meet employers

There are lots of opportunities throughout your time here to link up with employers. Employer talks and recruitment fairs give you the opportunity to find out more about the industries you want to work in and explore the types of employers you want to work for.

We run recruitment fairs and events throughout the year. You can find dates for this year’s events here

Careers support

We offer lots of career support, from easily accessible online resources to face-to-face appointments and workshops. Our Careers and Enterprise team offers free advice throughout your time at university and beyond graduation. This includes services like CV checks, mock interviews and help with planning your career.

Visit Careers and employability support.


Volunteering is a great way to develop new skills and experience and to give something back. It can add to what you’re learning on your course, help you in a future job, or provide you with a bit of fun and help you meet new people. The University of Salford Students’ Union has over 85 student-led activity groups with which you can volunteer, as well as opportunities with charities and community groups.

Find out more about volunteering.


If you’re thinking about setting up your own business, becoming self-employed or doing freelance work, our Enterprise Team can help. You can get advice and support on areas such as generating business ideas, starting your own business, business planning, financing and funding, which will give you the basic building blocks to support your new business idea or develop your existing business.

We offer all kinds of support, from Enterprise Masterclass workshops that focus on these key areas, to online resources and one-to-one appointments.

Find out more about our enterprise activities.

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Student Stores

There are lots of Student Stores located across campus, offering food, drink and an array of convenient items.

The shops can be found at Peel Park campus (next door to the library). The shop is open Monday-Friday from 8am to 6pm, during term time. It's also open through some term breaks and on selected Saturdays.

Find out more about our Student Stores



Our SALFOOD outlets are the perfect place to grab some lunch or relax with a coffee, and offer everything from Costa and Starbucks drinks to a full range of hot and cold meals, including vegetarian, halal and healthy options. The outlet in the Maxwell building also has its own Subway.

SALFOOD outlets are located at Adelphi, Allerton, Mary Seacole, Clifford Whitworth, Chapman, Crescent House, Maxwell, MediaCityUK and Newton.

Look out for special offers by following SALFOOD on Twitter and on Facebook.

You can contact them by email on

Atmosphere bar and grill

Atmosphere Kitchen & Bar

Serving a variety of food and drink, Atmosphere is your very own communal venue. Here you can grab something to eat, drink or one of their Starbucks coffees.

The kitchen offers plenty of meals including hot dogs, burgers, pizzas, vegetarian options and breakfasts in both the café area and the bar. The café area is an alcohol free space.

Food is served from the kitchen from Monday to Friday and is available until late in both the café and the bar areas. The bar is open until late during term time and the café is open weekdays until 5pm.

Full details can be found on the Atmosphere website or follow @salfordsu on Twitter for updates on events.

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Local Restaurants

Although our campus is a fantastic place to eat and drink, there are lots of other options in the city itself. Chapel Street and Salford Quays are great places to eat and socialise outside of university hours.

A few examples of these options are below:

Wagamama - Wagamama is known the world round and can be found close to our MediCity campus building. Here, you can get noodles, curry and many other fantastic choices.

The Dockyard - Located right across from our MediaCity campus building, the Dockyard could not be better placed and offers a great selection of drinks, snacks and hot dishes. Split up your lectures the right way and indulge in a Traditional Mac burger!

Vegetarian and vegan options

Deli-Lama Cafe Bar, 220 Chapel St, Salford M3 5LE
Located on Chapel Street, a few minutes’ walk from our Peel Park campus. The mostly vegetarian/vegan menu includes soups, sandwiches, toasties, daily specials, made-in-house soups, salads, and an evening burger menu.

Cowherds is a vegan lunch wagon on Greengate Square (at the corner of Chapel Street and Victoria Bridge Street) serving healthy food, juices & snacks.

V-Rev Vegan Diner, 20-26 Edge St, Manchester M4 1HN
V Rev is Manchester city centre's first and only 100% vegan eatery. Located on Edge Street in the Northern Quarter, it is open 11am to 11pm Tuesday to Sunday.

Earth Café, 16-20 Turner St, Manchester M4 1DZ
Located in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, this vegetarian cafe and juice bar serves homemade hot meals made from scratch every day. There are also gluten-free options available most days, as well as organic teas and coffees, and dairy-free cake.


Shahi Masala, Unit 1, Capital Quay, Salford Quays, Salford M50 3WL
Located on Capital Quay at Salford Quays, Shahi Masala is one of Trip Advisor’s top rated Salford restaurants.

Tandoori Delights, Lowry Outlet, Salford M50 3AY
Freshly cooked authentic Indian recipes including a wide selection of curries and kebabs. Find us in the Food Court at The Lowry shopping centre, MediaCityUK.

Local Grocers selling fresh ingredients for home cooking


Cobi Foods, 686 Bolton Road, Swinton M27 8FH
Selling quality Afro Caribbean foods, authentic spices, frozen foods, vegetables, dried foods and hair/skin products. Also offers delivery service.

Salford Afro-Caribbean Food Store, 225 Eccles New Rd Salford M5 4QB
Specialises in African and Caribean food. Fresh vegetables, African spices, meat, fish, African drinks, fresh African bread, etc.


Ravi Food Stores, 213 Wilmslow Road, Manchester M14 5AG
A well-stocked Asian supermarket including fruit, veg and halal meats. All types of herbs, spices, dal, rice, flour etc. in this store.

S.R. Superstore, 10 Moss Rd, Stretford, Manchester M32 0AH
An established Asian Grocers selling fresh fruit, vegetables, halal meats, Indian spices, herbs etc.


Hang Won, Connaught Building, 58-60 George Street, Chinatown, Manchester M1 4HF

Woo Sang, 19-21 George Street, Chinatown, Manchester M1 4HE
All the kinds of Asian frozen foods, noodles, sauces, and snacks you'd expect to find.  There's frozen seafood and meats in the back, plus frozen dim sum and pork buns - loads of sauces, spices and pickles - plus a wide selection of fresh fruit, and alcoholic and soft drinks.


Polski Sklep, 163 Langworthy Road, Salford M6 5PW
Specialists in Polish food products including fresh fruit and veg, tinned and packet products, wines and spirits, soft drinks, frozen foods and cooked meats.


Halperns Kosher Food Store, 57-59 Leicester Rd, Broughton, Salford M7 4DA
Large kosher food store with everything from bread, snacks, fruit and veg to wine and a deli counter plus a large refrigeration section with an extensive range of salads and ready-made food.

Worldwide Foods, 401 Great Western Street, Manchester M14 4AH
Fresh fruit and veg, vast range of herbs and spices, breads and pastries and a halal butcher.

Local shops

Salford Shopping City hosts supermarkets, a post office, a market and banks. The nearby Regent Retail Park has Argos extra, TK Maxx, Boots, Sports Direct and Sainsbury's.

Close to MediaCityUK is the Lowry Outlet, which is home to restaurants and a cinema, as well as outlet shopping.

Manchester area

With Manchester on your doorstep, you’re just a stone’s throw away from everything a world-class city has to offer, from shopping to nightlife, culture to sport, and much more in between. With so much going on, we’ve made a list to get you started.

For more inspiration, go to the Visit Manchester website.

Top 10 things to do...


Museum of Science and Industry

Affectionately known as the MOSI, the museum is devoted to the development of science, technology and industry. It features extensive displays on the themes of transport, power, textiles and computing, and is situated on the site of the world's first railway station – Manchester Liverpool Road – which opened in September 1830. - Find out more about the MOSI


Comedy store

The Comedy Store is a 500 seat comedy venue and regularly features some of the finest stand-up comedy in the UK. The venue shows live comedy on every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night - Find out more about the Comedy Store


Warehouse Project

Widely-renowned as one of the UK’s best clubbing experiences, The Warehouse Project takes over Manchester for 12 weeks each summer.

With one of the best clubbing atmospheres in the country, make sure to book early - Find out more about the Warehouse Project


The People’s History Museum

Known as the national museum of democracy, The People’s History Museum puts on a regular series of exhibitions that explore the ideas and politics that have shaped British society - Find out more about The People's History Museum



From Parklife to Pride, there are lots of festivals going on throughout the year across Salford and Manchester. Find out more about our festivals


Your Union

Based at University House on Peel Park campus, at the Students’ Union you can join a multitude of sports clubs and other societies, or take a well-earned break in Atmosphere Bar and Kitchen - Find out about your union


National Football Museum

As a city well known for its football history, there could not be a more fitting location for the National Football Museum. Here, you can learn about everything from George Best’s football kit to Bury F.C’s record breaking FA Cup final victory - Find out more about the National Football Museum



As the breeding ground for Joy Division, Oasis, The Smiths, New Order and The Stone Roses, Manchester and Salford are cities rich with musical heritage. That prowess is as strong as ever today, and can be seen at the city’s many venues from Gorilla to the Ritz, the Apollo and Manchester Arena - Find Manchester concerts


Palace Theatre

Playing host to some of the biggest stage productions in the country, the Palace Theatre is a great way to enjoy a night of fun and entertainment - Find Manchester theatres


The Lowry

The Lowry is a theatre and gallery complex situated on Pier 8 at Salford Quays. It is named after the early 20th century painter, L. S. Lowry, known for his paintings of industrial scenes in North West England - Find out more about The Lowry

Our state-of-the-art fitness hub, the Sports Centre, is located next to University House on the Peel Park Campus. The Sports Centre is home to our five Fitness Suites, including our excellent Functional Training Suite, a 25-metre swimming pool, multi-use sports hall, fitness studio and two squash courts.

Whether you are interested in swimming, going to the gym, exercise classes or even joining a Sports Team, the Sports Centre has something for you. All activities are offered at affordable rates for students and provide excellent value for money. For more information about signing up for a Sports Centre membership please visit the sport website.

Team Salford is the home of sport at the University of Salford. If you’re a dedicated sportsperson and are looking to play on a competitive level, our BUCS teams play up and down the country against other universities.

If you’d like to take part in team games on a more local level, our intramural sports leagues consist solely of Salford students. And if you’d rather play sport without any commitment, our Give Sport a Go programme allows you to turn up and try a new sport each week. We have a variety of sports to choose from and there’s no obligation to commit if it’s not for you.

All new UK and EU undergraduate students who join us and register into the first year of a degree/foundation year are eligible to receive £150 to get started on your studies.

To find out more visit

Salford and neighbouring Manchester, like any big cities, have some areas that are not as safe as others.

If you’re new to the area or are living away from home for the first time, there are a few things you can do to keep yourself, your friends and your belongings safe.

  1. Avoid isolated places, especially at night. Be aware of your surroundings, stay with friends and try to stick to busy, well-lit routes.
  2. Look out for one another. If you’re going out, make sure you tell a friend where you’re going, who with and what time you expect to be back. When you’re out with friends make sure you keep track of how much you’ve had to drink, and never leave your drinks unattended.
  3. Try not to use cash machines late at night, and always have a quick look around you before using the machine to make sure no one is hanging around or watching you. Check cash machines for signs of interference before you use them.
  4. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash around with you.
  5. Mobile phones, laptops and other gadgets are attractive to thieves. Be careful about where you take them and how you use them. You can register your belongings on This is a free UK property register, supported by police forces and used by them, insurers and the second-hand trade.
  6. Use the free campus bus service to travel safely around the university.
  7. Never get into a taxi on the street unless it is a black cab. Make sure you plan how to get home after a night out, try to stay with friends and only use private-hire cabs that you have booked by phone.
  8. Don’t accept lifts from strangers.
  9. Never let ‘tailgaters’ enter secured doors behind you and never leave your room unlocked when you leave it - even if it is only for a short period of time. Do not allow anyone in until you are sure who they are - anyone from the University, council, or gas and electric companies will be able to show you their ID.
  10. Trust your gut feelings and avoid people and situations that make you feel uncomfortable. Walk away if someone is being aggressive and if you still feel threatened make sure you tell someone, whether this is a bouncer on a night out, police, or our University Security Team. You can contact University Security at any time on 0161 295 3333.

Our Security Services

At the University of Salford, we take any instances of crime (including hate crime) and bullying very seriously. If you ever need to report an incident on campus, you can contact our Security Team on 0161 295 3333.

Police officers do a regular foot patrol around campus, and can be contacted for advice on safety and security. You can get in touch by emailing or Alternatively, you can call 0161 856 5127.

Find out more about security on campus.

The Morson Maker Space at the University of Salford encompasses all things good about the University’s mission to transform lives, stimulate discovery and for you to realise your potential.  We are a growing digital fabrication lab providing an open, accessible space for staff, students, industry and our community partners to use digital fabrication technology such as 3D printing and laser cutting.

We work closely with academics and industry heavy-weights to integrate ‘digital fabrication’ into every part of the curriculum, ensuring students work on actual live briefs. We run workshops covering topics such as design for assembly and manufacturing, problem-solving and rapid prototyping, all to help turn those ideas into real-life objects and experiences.

Our weekly programme is open to everyone across the University and we run specialist Maker Monday workshops on topics from laser cutting and robot building to drone coding. We host Tech Tuesday sessions for our postgraduate students and researchers, and we organise digital socials to share knowledge and learn new skills. We’re in the business of supporting students to win national competitions and even worked with a student to help send a 3D printed object into space!

We’ll be running lots of workshops in Welcome Week, so keep checking our Eventbrite pages for updates, see link below, book on and come along and Make in Salford!