Published April 1, 2021

The Most Student-Friendly Restaurants in Salford

So you’ve finally moved into your new student accommodation, your flatmates are quickly becoming your best friends and all the nerves you had in the first few days have all but vanished. 

The only thing you might be missing slightly is your mum’s cooking, there’s only so far beans on toast and pasta sauce can take you, right?

Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up the most student-friendly restaurants in Salford and the surrounding area. Covering everything from budget, beer prices and of course, the all-important taste test. So surrender the Supernoodles, grab your pals and get out there!

We know money can be tight when it comes to student spends, so we’ve chosen places specifically designed with students in mind. Many of the places we’ve chosen also have dedicated student nights and food and drinks deals, so make sure to check them out before you head over too. 

Greater Manchester is known for its pubs and bars and lots of them also offer a pretty great food scene if you’re strapped for cash. Students studying at Salford don’t always have to travel into Manchester City Centre to get the best deals either, there’s plenty on your doorstep.

So, where are the most student-friendly restaurants in Salford?

The Dockyard – Salford Quays

Serving a massive selection of craft ale, guest beers and spirits, The Dockyard is the perfect place to unwind after a long day of lectures. With a large seating area and space outside for during the warmer months, this place also has an extensive food menu, serving a range of full meals and light bites, with brunch and roast dinners at the weekend.

Don’t forget to check out their live events too, from a weekly pub quiz to live music and acoustic nights. Whether you’re looking for a chilled evening or a place to start off before moving on later in the night, make sure to add The Dockyard to your list while studying in Salford.

Take a look at The Dockyard menu here. 


The Old Pint Pot – Salford

It’s a rite of passage for any Salford Student to spend at least some of your uni life in The Old Pint Pot. Originally a school, the pub overlooks the River Irwell and underwent an extensive refurbishment in 2019. The new decor includes an overhead beer dispenser, which was the first of its kind when built, the idea being it encourages interaction and prevents beer blockages. 

Serving a varied menu that caters for vegetarian, vegan and intolerances, the Salford pub is a firm favourite of students and locals alike. You’ll also be able to get hold of a tasty Sunday roast if you’re missing home comforts.

The pub is also well known for its events, with two student nights a week, a weekly quiz and open mic nights. Keep an eye out for student drinks deals and food offers too. 

Find out more about their events and menu here.

Arndale Market – Manchester City Centre

If you’re thinking of heading into the city centre during some downtime, it can be a struggle to decide where to eat – especially on a shoestring budget. 

While the Arndale can just seem like a standard shopping centre, be sure to check out the hidden gem that is the market. Some of the Northern Quarters most exciting restaurants started life as stalls on Arndale Market, and there’s plenty of options to choose from, most of which you’ll get change from a tenner.

Some of the noteworthy traders include Viet Shack, which has recently expanded to a full restaurant on the Ancoats border, but the market stall is a great budget alternative, making this place one of the most student-friendly restaurants in Salford and Manchester.

If you follow the Manchester food scene on Instagram, you’ll also find popular traders such as Salt & Pepper and Dunkin’ Burgers in residence at the market. Perfect to snap a picture for the ‘gram before you tuck in!

You can find trading hours and information here.

Just a stone’s throw from Arndale Market you’ll find Northern Soul Grilled Cheese, which is quickly becoming a Manchester institution. Once just a shack outside the Arndale, the team at Northern Soul now has three sites across the city centre and are a regular at the Manchester Christmas Markets.

Don’t be fooled into thinking these are just any old toastie though, these sandwiches are laden with different types of cheese with several options for filling, including the famous Pig on a Lead, a grilled cheese sandwich stuffed with mac and cheese and pulled pork – not for the faint-hearted!

Their prices range from £4-£8, but trust us, they’re worth it. Browse their menu

Lime Bar – Salford Quays

Arguably the most student-friendly restaurant in Salford Quays, Lime Bar combines great food with a holiday atmosphere. Overlooking the Quays, you can be forgiven for thinking you’re in the south of Spain when having lunch here. Don’t be put off by the decor and style of the place though making it seem out of your price range, their lunch menu is a steal at £8 for a soup and sandwich.

If you have got a bit more cash to splash, Lime Bar’s evening menu is highly recommended. With a choice between their sushi and smoke menu, you’ll be spoiled for choice. 

Book a table here.

The King’s Arms, Salford

While technically more of a pub than a restaurant, we couldn’t write a guide to Salford without mentioning this fan favourite. The King’s Arms is one of the liveliest places in Salford, with regular gigs, theatre performances and comedy nights. 

Designed as a ‘Bohemian Boozer’ The King’s Arms is a bustling, larger than life pub with a cobbled beer garden, theatre room upstairs and even a David Bowie themed snug, this isn’t your average back street pub.

Keep an eye out for the next big thing of the acting world treading the boards here, or rehearsing for their latest role, maybe you’ll be discovered?

 The food menu is limited, but drinks are very reasonably priced. You can also pick up a Sunday Roast for just a tenner, so well worth the visit. 

Find out more about what’s on at The King’s Arms here

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