Heading off to university for the first time is one of the most exciting moments of any person’s life, and knowing you’ll have a new city to explore and make your own is a highlight. Whether you managed to visit your future university in person, or undertook a virtual tour, now’s the time to get clued up about your new home in Salford.
Choosing where to spend your uni days is a big decision, as you’ll be spending at least three years in the same city. Most likely you’re leaving home for the first time and whether your choice of university takes you ten minutes down the road or to a whole new country, it’s a big step and you need to be as informed as possible about your new home, which is where we can help!
Where is Salford?
Located in the metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester, Salford is a city home to 220,000 people and runs adjacent to the River Irwell. It’s commonplace for people not local to the area to confuse Salford as part of Manchester, but proud Salfordians will be sure to tell you otherwise! Salford is quickly turning into one of the coolest cities to be in thanks to clubs, bars, and restaurants popping up in recent years. Manchester might be just around the corner, but there’s plenty to keep you occupied during your time here.
Salford is well known for its affordability for students in comparison to other northern cities and London, with Salford consistently ranking at least £100 cheaper than other major cities in the UK as a place to live. And with 100,000 students studying in Greater Manchester, you’re sure to settle in straight away.
The nightlife hotspot of the North
You may or may not be acquainted with the North West’s penchant for a good night out, and two of the most exciting nightclubs are based in Salford. Hidden at Downtex Mill and The White Hotel play host to some of the biggest dance events throughout the year – and they’re just a stone’s throw from your new home!
If pubs and bars are more your scene, head down to Chapel Street any night of the week and you’ll find plenty of stylish places to tickle your fancy. For a cosy local pub vibe, The Kings Arms and The Eagle Inn are two of the cities friendliest spots, with a great line-up of comedy and live bands to enjoy.
Green space and nature
Once you’re ready for a break from the nightlife, Salford has far more green space than you’d expect from an inner-city. Your new home at Bramall Court backs on to a small park, so you can start your day with some fresh air, or follow the River Irwell for a few minutes to reach Peel Park which underwent a huge revamp a few years ago, transforming the park into a great space for walking, jogging, and picnics in the summer.
Should we mention the football? (and other sports)
We can’t talk about Salford without mentioning the football. Whether you’re a red, a blue, or haven’t decided your allegiance yet, you can reach Manchester United and Manchester City’s grounds easily. If you’re into lower league football, Gary Neville’s Salford City FC are climbing the leagues at lightning speed.
If football isn’t your thing, you can pay a visit to the other Old Trafford in Salford, the cricket ground! Home to Lancashire County Cricket Club, there are matches played throughout the year. Old Trafford Cricket Ground has been known to host concerts too – including one infamous Liam Gallagher, keep an eye out for tickets throughout the year!
In recent years, Salford has carved quite the niche with an interesting and diverse arts scene popping up. Islington Mill is an exciting creative arts hub, the perfect place to express your creativity and make some new friends. The multi-million-pound development HOME is a short walk away from your accommodation, and you’ll find everything you want relating to theatre, music, and the arts.
While Salford has been known in recent years for its quickly evolving skyline, it’s not all about new developments. Salford is rich in history and has plenty of fascinating buildings to explore. Grade II listed building Salford Cathedral is a stunning structure, and well worth a wander round, and just across the river is the equally stunning Manchester Cathedral.
Exploring a new city is hungry work, and luckily the Salford food scene has plenty of options to choose from. Ramping up over the last few years, there’s lots of affordable and delicious restaurants along Chapel Street, including Vero Moderno. For something a little more upmarket, Spinningfields is just around the corner from Bramall Court, with restaurants such as Tattu and Australasia making the perfect place to impress guests.
Salford is a city packed with things to do and your new accommodation at Bramall Court is right in the heart of it all. Find your new student home here.