Living in Salford as a student
Located minutes away, right next to Manchester, is the city of Salford, in North West England. 330km northwest of London, Salford is 54m above sea level, to the west of a meander of the River Irwell. The city is home to over 103,000 residents, of which more than 19,000 are students that go to the local University of Salford.
Salford was a cotton, silk spinning and weaving factory town during the Industrial Revolution, with the manufacturing base giving way to a strong financial and professional sector in recent years. The economy has grown by leaps and bounds in the last 15 years, and areas such as The Quays have been the product of recent large-scale regeneration projects. The city has a number of historic landmarks, from Ordsall Hall to the Salford Lads Club, to the first unconditionally free public library, the Royal Museum and Public Library. Salford has strong roots in rugby, speedway, and horse racing, with teams such as the Salford Red Devils and Sale Sharks rugby teams calling it home. Salford is also popular with students when it comes to events and nightlife, as the close proximity to Manchester means that there is a wide variety of pubs, nightclubs, and restaurants available in both cities, and Salford also holds a number of music festivals and other events throughout the year.
The University of Salford’s campus is situated next to Peel Park, on the banks of the River Irwell. 1.5km east of and a 15min walk from Salford City centre, the campus is also a short 2.4km from Manchester City Centre as well. Popular student accommodation areas tend to be located in areas such as Frederick Road, or at the halls of residence, from Peel Park Quarter to Eddie Colman and John Lester Courts.