Salford has become a firm favourite for students looking for choice, variety, and an exciting lifestyle of independence. From its cosy coffee houses and edgy late-night bars to the gorgeous red-brick architecture (on and off campus), it’s a real hive of activity. In fact, it’s one of the fastest-growing student accommodation hotspots in the UK.
There’s just so much to do. Whether you’re a foodie, football fan, or film buff, Salford has it all. So, without further ado, here are the top fresher spots in Salford.
An old-timer’s drinking hole with a fresh, modern feel, this pub has become a local treasure for students (especially since the nearby Crescent pub sadly shut its doors). It has some tasty beers on tap, as well as a great food menu.
It sits on the River Irwell, making it ideal for post-lecture drinks or the tranquil spot that you need to get some reading done. Check it out!
If you’re looking for something a little livelier, The White Hotel is for you. It’s unassuming at first, and looks more like a garage than a music venue. Venture inside, however, and you’re hit with an edgy industrial vibe, with low-key design throughout.
It’s a nod to the Manchester warehouses of the 90s, and is found just off of Bury New Road. If you’re looking for something off the beaten track – but still easy to get to – then you’ll love The White Hotel.
On a more ‘educational day out’ trip, visit The Lowry. There’s something for theatre lovers and art connoisseurs alike, including national theatre productions, art exhibitions, and even creative workshops.
It’s long been held as a beacon of the Salford community, housing the works of celebrated Salford artist L.S. Lowry. Take your parents, bring a mate along, or go it alone – you’ll have a blast.
A real slice of Mancunian history here. Old Granada Studios has been home to some fantastic television programmes, from Coronation Street to productions of King Lear.
Nowadays its function is a little looser but it’s arguably more vital to the community than ever. It’s a creative platform, giving local artists exhibition space as well as hosting massive events like the Dot to Dot festival.
It’s a fascinating space, so go and have a look.
Another Manchester/Salford institution, and if you’re a music lover, this should be right at the top of your list. Primarily known as the rehearsal space of cherished indie icons The Smiths (as well as a boxing club, let’s not forget), Salford Lads Club is a true community treasure that serves multiple purposes.
Not only can you get a free tour of the building and all its history, but you can also hire out a function room and even take kickboxing classes. It’s privately funded, staunchly independent, and stands proudly among those iconic red-brick terraces.
Salford really takes care of its art community! Another serves-all-purposes arts space, Islington Mill comes complete with a fantastic bar and a cosy outdoor space for when the sun comes out (which, given Manchester’s rainy climate, isn’t that often, but it comes in handy now and again).
Islington Mill is a vital player in the arts scene around Manchester and Salford, and there’s always something going on. You’re sure to find some intriguing art exhibition, a beard-strokingly* good discussion, and even a gig or two.
*BTW, you can still come if you don’t have a beard.
Just around the corner from Bramall Court, Peel Park is the go-to green space for Salford students. Whether you’re trying to forget about revision or you need a quiet spot to dive into it, Peel Park is ideal.
It’s a gorgeous place, and has become known as one of Manchester’s best parks. If the hustle and bustle of city life gets a bit much, Peel Park is always on your doorstep.
Salford Museum and Art Gallery hosts a unique mixture of Victorian art, as well as 20th-century pieces. Its free admission and gorgeous building make it the perfect day out with the parents, or even a few friends when you’re looking for time to kill before a lecture (the museum is on the Salford University campus, literally next to the stunning Peel Building).
This quirky Northern Quarter bar and music venue is also a pretty good eatery, serving up delicious meals alongside a range of tasty cocktails. It’s a hub for fresh, young music, and is up there with Manchester’s best venues.
If you’re looking for a casual, low-key vibe – with affordable prices – then you’ll want to check out Night & Day.
You’ll be spoilt for choice because there’s somewhere for everyone. Whether it’s midweek drinks or a morning revision session, everything you need while living at Bramall Court is on your doorstep.
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