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Student accommodation in Salford

If you’ve decided to study in Salford, you’ll need somewhere to rest your head after those long study days. Student.com has you covered. The student accommodation in Salford that we offer will allow you to live conveniently and comfortably in this vibrant metropolitan borough.

Whether your preference is cheap shared student flats or private accommodation in studio apartments, Student.com offers student housing to suit all budgets and tastes.

Call us or send us a message over live chat to learn more about the different student accommodation we offer in Salford.

Salford at a glance

Ideally located, Salford meets Manchester on the banks of the River Irwell. This city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, England, is a vibrant city that sits at the heart of England’s North West.

A city of contrast, Salford showcases an abundance of history, modern landscapes, arts, culture, shopping, and stunning scenery.

One of the world’s first industrial cities, Salford is steeped in history. Visitors can discover Salford’s fascinating heritage through many historic places, whether on land or on water.

The Salford Royal Museum and Public Library (opened to the public in 1850), Britain’s first free public library, counts amongst the city’s many historic achievements. Other interesting places include the picturesque Worsley village and Bridgewater Canal, which played a pivotal role in the industrial revolution, and the haunted Tudor era house, Ordsall Hall, which has 600 years of history packed inside.

You can also visit one of the United Kingdom’s best cultural, sporting, and leisure destinations, gleaming with architecture and waterside dining, the Salford Quays. It’s a contemporary cultural and entertainment hub full of restaurants, museums, outlet shopping and watersports.

Located just 15 minutes away from Manchester city centre by tram, Greater Manchester’s unique waterfront is bursting with local goings-on and is an ideal destination for a day out or a weekend break.

Amongst the spectacular architecture at the revitalised dockyards are the Imperial War Museum North, MediaCityUK, and The Lowry, a theatre and gallery complex.

Along with the city’s urban and waterfront offerings, visitors can also enjoy the feel of nature. Salford remains one of the UK’s greenest cities, with over 60 parks and open spaces. Explore picturesque green spaces, open woodland and meadows and enjoy lakeside walks, picnics, and vibrant wildlife.

Student life in Salford

Sitting on the outskirts of Manchester and with largely the same high quality of life and relatively affordable cost of living, Salford is intrinsically linked with its bigger neighbour.

But Salford is a dynamic place to live in its own right with lots of things to see, do, explore, and experience. This provides for an exciting student life.


From the arts, culture, sports and history, to family-friendly, Salford is always buzzing with events.

The Independent Salford Beer Festival brings some of the UK’s best breweries into the gorgeous Hemsley House. Enjoy great beer, beautiful juicy ciders and wonderful company.

The very popular light festival Lightwaves transforms the outdoor spaces at Salford Quays with a trail of illuminated and animated artworks. The spectacular event runs from 4pm to 10pm for four days and is free.

Celebrate the wonderful open green spaces of Salford at the Salford Walking Festival. Explore the heritage, countryside, and rural areas of the beautiful city and get fit whilst doing it with over 40 different themed walks.

Nightlife in Salford 

You can venture into Manchester for a more dynamic nightclub experience, but as for pubs and bars, Salford has more than enough options.

With wood-panelled rooms, a leafy beer garden, and an eclectic menu, Worsley Old Hall, a 17th-century country house pub, is the perfect place to catch up with friends.

At the Seven Bro7hers in the MediaCityUK you can enjoy a range of lagers, IPAs, and stouts, as well as a vegan range and classic bar food, all in a laid-back atmosphere that makes this family-owned brewery the perfect place to unwind.

Perfect to relax, grab a coffee or quick bite, or just unwind with friends during the week, the Blind Pig in Monton comes alive at the weekends with a great selection of cocktails.


The magnificent building of The Lowry, alongside Salford Quays, is one of the top places to visit in Salford.

Inside you’ll find three stunning theatres alongside galleries showcasing local, national and internationally renowned artists. The Lyric Theatre, with the largest stage in England outside of London, and Quays Theatres, offer a wealth of fabulous entertainment. Enjoy the very best in drama, world-class dance and opera, live bands, and famous comedians.

Shopping in Salford

The Lowry Outlet mall is one of the highlights of Salford’s amazing student shopping experience. Others include Quayside MediaCityUK, Salford Shopping City, Swinton Market & Shopping Centre, Barton Square, West One Retail Park, Marks & Spencer Outlet, Salford Market, and the Eccles Market.

With a variety of local stores and premium shopping centres hosting global and independent brands throughout the town centre, plus Manchester city centre retail on your doorstep, there is an abundance of shopping in and around Salford.

Getting around Salford

Getting to and from Salford by plane, car or train is ridiculously easy. Once you’re there, getting around the city is equally easy.

With Manchester Airport and Liverpool John Lennon Airport within reach, you will have easy access to most of the popular destinations around Europe and the world.

Salford Crescent train station is just three minutes from the University of Salford campus and provides easy access to local and national routes, including Salford Central and Manchester Piccadilly stations.

Buses are plentiful and run regularly in Salford as well as Manchester. Routes cover most of the city areas between campuses and the two city centres.

Getting around Salford is also easy on two wheels, as it’s easy to get around the city by bike as well. Salford is also a walkable city, so getting to places on foot is not a problem either.

Where to study in Salford?

Salford is the home to the University of Salford and within easy reach of several Manchester universities, including the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University.

University of Salford

Located less than two miles (three kilometres) from the city centre of Manchester, the University of Salford main campus is in Peel Park and also has a big presence in the MediaCityUK development on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal.

Once at the centre of Britain’s Industrial Revolution, the University of Salford is now at the heart of 21st-century learning. It consistently ranks inside the top 100 of the top two UK University ranking publishers – the Complete University Guide and The Guardian. It was also ranked as one of the 1,000 best universities in the world by QS World University Rankings for 2023.

Studying at Salford Uni will expose you to industry-standard facilities that will enhance your learning. The university has invested £150 million into giving its students the best possible experience during their time of study. The development programme included Europe’s first fully climate-controlled Energy House, a wind tunnel, a working podiatry clinic, birthing simulators, a TV newsroom, and much more. 

The institution’s ongoing relationships with industry leaders allow for a combination of academic study with internships, job placements, and live briefs on most of its courses. 

Salford’s professional development of its students doesn’t end there. Through its global alumni network, the university will connect its graduates with thousands of professionals and many organisations worldwide. 

University of Manchester

A prestigious red-brick university, the University of Manchester was the first and most eminent of England’s civic universities. 

A top 50 university in the world according to the 2023 QS World University Rankings (28th), the University of Manchester has a rich heritage of discovery, innovation, and social change.

With 25 Nobel laureates having studied or worked at the institution, the University of Manchester has a rich history of ground-breaking research.

It maintains that pioneering spirit to this day with innovation initiatives including the Masood Entrepreneurship Centre and ID Manchester, a new billion-pound innovation district being developed in the heart of Manchester and alongside the university. 

The institution offers over 1,000 degree programmes, including bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, PhDs, MBAs, and foundation courses across the humanities, business, science, and engineering. 

The university offers its academic line-up to one of the highest percentages of international students in the UK. Over 25% of its 41,000-strong student population are international students, representing 180 nationalities from around the world.

Manchester Metropolitan University

With around 40,000 students enrolled, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) is amongst the biggest and most popular universities in the UK. MMU contributes to advances in sport, engineering, health, education, business and law and is ranked as one of the 1,000 best universities in the world in the 2023 QS World University Rankings.

It balances a proud heritage with a modern and ambitious approach to deliver a high standard of higher education and research. The environmentally friendly city centre campus is home to a triple-accredited Business School, an Institute of Sport and a School of Digital Arts. 

Frequently asked questions about student housing in Salford

How do I apply for private student accommodation in Salford on Student.com?

Applying for private student accommodation in Salford on Student.com is easy. You can use the filters and map to find the right property for you. After making your selection, click on ‘View rooms’ to go to the property page.

On the property page you’ll need to choose the dates and the room type. Once you’ve chosen, click on ‘Enquire’, or if you’re ready to book, ‘Book now’. You’ll be asked to leave your contact details, after which one of our booking consultants will call you. They can answer any questions you may still have, as well as help you to complete the booking process once you are ready to book your new accommodation.

What are the different types of student rooms you offer?

We offer three different types of student rooms:

Shared Rooms: These rooms have two or more people sharing a bedroom. Bathrooms and kitchens are shared as well.

Private Rooms: Here you’ll have a bedroom all for yourself. Your bathroom may be either shared or private, depending on the property and the exact room you choose. Other living spaces are shared with tenants from other rooms.

Entire Place: This is a fully self-contained studio property with fully private facilities. You’ll have your own bedroom, bathroom and a kitchenette for cooking your meals.

Are bills included in the rent?

This depends on the property. Some include bills in your rent, but some do not, so make sure you check what the case is with the property you’re thinking about booking. You can find this information on the property page of each property.

Are the apartments fully furnished?

Typically yes, most of the apartments we list are rented furnished. Some properties may rent unfurnished rooms though, so check the property page to make sure if the property you’re interested in is rented fully furnished or not. You can also use the filters on this page to see only furnished properties.

Can I see the property before moving in? 

Many of the properties we list have a wide array of photos and even videos on the property pages, so you can get a good idea of what your new home will look like even without seeing it first.

If you’d prefer to see a place for yourself before booking it though, and you can get to Salford before your move-in date, just give us a call and we can arrange a viewing for you.

What is a guarantor, and will I need one?

A guarantor is someone who agrees to pay your rent if you are unable to do so. Some of the properties we list in Salford require a guarantor. This is usually a family member such as a parent, but it can be anyone. Our booking consultants can give you more information on this.