Salford

If you’re looking for a place to live that has plenty of opportunity for both work and play, look no further than Salford. This metropolitan borough in the North West of England is home to over 240,000 people and boasts world-class universities, top schools, and lively nightlife. Whether you’re just starting out on your own or have a growing family, there’s something for everyone in Salford. In this guide, we’ll take a closer look at what makes Salford such an amazing place to live.

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Best places to live in Salford

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Where is Salford?

Salford is located in the North West of England, right next to Greater Manchester. It’s only a 20-minute train ride from the centre of Manchester and has excellent transport links to other parts of Britain.

Areas in Salford

Some areas are better suited for students or young professionals while others are ideal if you have children. Here’s our rundown on the best and worst areas of Salford:

  • The heart of Salford is home to the University of Salford, as well as plenty of bars and clubs. It’s perfect for young people who want a lively nightlife.
  • If you’re looking for an urban area with all the amenities that come with it, then you should consider living in the city centre or one of the inner suburbs such as Pendleton or Ordsall. These areas are close to the universities and have great public transport links.
  • If you’re looking for somewhere with great schools, try Swinton or Walkden. Both are located on the outskirts of Salford and have some of the best schools in the area.
  • If you’re after something more rural, head to Eccles or Worsley. They both have beautiful countryside surroundings and are ideal if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Universities in Salford

Salford is home to two universities – the University of Salford and Manchester Metropolitan University.

The University of Salford is located in the heart of the city, whilst Manchester Metropolitan University has campuses in both Salford and Manchester.

Both universities are highly rated and offer a range of courses to suit all needs.

Both universities are highly ranked, with The University of Salford being placed in the top 150 universities in the world, and Manchester Metropolitan University is ranked as the 48th best university in the UK.

Top Schools in Salford

There are plenty of great schools located throughout Salford. Swinton and Walkden have some of the best schools in the area, but there are also good schools located in Eccles, Worsley and Pendlebury.

Some of the best schools in Salford are:

Walkden High School – A secondary academy school located in Walkden. The school was rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2015 and has a student population of around 1900 pupils.

Buile Hill Visual Arts College – An outstanding, mixed-gender comprehensive located near Eccles town centre. It is associated with Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford. The school has around 1000 pupils enrolled.

St Ambrose Barlow RC High School – A mixed-gender secondary academy located in Swinton with a student population of about 1200 pupils. Rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, the school is situated close to local amenities and transport links into Manchester city centre.

Swinton Holy Trinity CE Primary School – A small primary school located in Swinton with a student population of around 250 pupils. Rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted, the school has a reputation for being a friendly and welcoming place to learn.

Population of Salford

The population of Salford is around 232,000 people. The borough is made up of a mix of urban and rural areas, with the city centre being the most densely populated.

 

Reviews in Salford

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Review Date Jul 2024

There’s a great couple of restaurants nearby, and of course an even greater range a slight further walk into Manchester. There are a number of takeaways and shops that are conveniently located nearby, too, such as Co-Op and a local shop with very friendly staff.
The parking is decent if you can find a spot for free on the roadside, however there is a very cheap carpark on the same road for £4 or so a day.
Transport links include a bus stop frequented by a lot of busses headed into Manchester, and Salford/Bolton lines out, 10-15 mins walk for the 98 and others that direction.
Trams are abysmal in this area, however, due to the lack of expansion in this direction.
ASB is rare but has occurred on Hulme street by a car or two frequenting the area – police have been seen a handful of times in order to deal with this and it seems to have stopped. This was not a concern though.

Noise is dependant on which side you live on; Inside – I’d imagine you could hear the rest of the development being built but I can’t attest to that.
Hulme street – fairly quiet except a hum from something the building works is currently using (work hours only) but is not a big deal imo. Also worth noting that if you live on this side, you get 0 sun. If you live on 7th floor upwards though, you get a view of the park.
Back Hulme St (Stephenson house) – during work hours you can hear the concrete mixing plant works, a train that regularly delivers concrete mix (which is fairly loud as the driver leaves the engine on) and occasional beeping from a car delivery / workshop / sales place where everyone who goes in and leaves beeps to ask someone to push a remote button in order to open the barrier.
As for the other side (Harriet House), I can imagine they experience similar to the above, but would less likely hear the occasional horn.

Regarding bars: Deansgate is 15 or so mins walk from here and Spinningfields is 10.

Very convenient location for Salford University too.

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I’d had a fair few issues from moving in here due to the previous management team. I had been told I was moving into a different apartment to the one I was given (markedly different to the one I’d viewed), given an incorrect start date, not given an inventory report, and a few other things like some facilities being unavailable – such as the BBQs and the rooftop garden. I was dead set on moving out when my contract ended as I’d felt it was a waste of money. However…

NONE of this issues are present any more with the new team and the management here are now amazing people, Ema, Shanon and Lucas have been incredible in comparison and have absolutely flipped my view of this place on its head. Oxbow was nice as a temporary accommodation before they started due to the facilities and such mentioned above, but they’ve now made it so much more like a home… A place I actually want to live. There are regular events, yoga workshops, after work drinks. Not to mention the security that work here too, are super nice guys and really friendly. They’ll always give you a smile, “Hi!” or a nod when coming in or out.

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(Prior to moving in in 2023)
What apartment exactly I was going to be moving into – i.e. mine had no sun and a terrible view in comparison).
What start date they were giving me instead of the one I had asked for.
That the podium garden wasn’t available.
Some apartments’ HVAC systems (the air circulation system) had failing fans and made loud noises when turned on – Mine was eventually replaced but unsure if everyone’s has now. There was a backlog of them on order.
That there was building works going on on the other side to extend the building and that I’d be able to hear it and the machinery in the apartment I was moving into.
That the events were barely running (if any at all).
That management was falling apart and everyone was leaving (this has happened now and replaced with a much better team overall).

(Prior to moving apartment in 2024)
Nothing, most things are great now apart from things outside of the management’s control.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Maintenance is okay, have been prompt with things I’ve brought up but sometimes have done a shoddy job of things. I once asked for the wall to be painted over where they’d moved the loo roll holder and he painted the wall fine… He also unfortunately managed to paint everywhere else too. There were huge drops of paint on the floor, paint on every door handle to get to the bathroom (including the hallway and lift buttons too!!), on my clothes as I’d had a clothes rack out, my coats… I was furious. It also then got brought up in my inventory report as a reason why I was being recharged, despite my mentioning it.

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Nice place to live

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Review Date Jul 2024

There are plenty of shops close by at the Lowry, supermarkets nearby and the tram stop is right outside.

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The building management and property management are both good. There is concierge for picking up parcels and security which help keep the building safe. There are postal lockers outside the building and the facilities are nice, including the gym and communal rooms.

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You can sometimes hear noise from the corridor outside.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Yes, for example there was a water leak that was quickly fixed

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Spacious apartments with shops and transport nearby

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Review Date Jul 2024

Great location with shops nearby and numerous forms of accessible transport. Manchester city centre is about a 30 minute walk. Location is great and shops such as Tesco, M&S, Aldi Etc are literally a 5 minute walk away.

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Building is nice and the apartments have spacious rooms however the gates allowing access to the property can be a security risk as anyone can get in by pushing down on the handle with some force. Overall apartments are nice, clean the people who live there a friendly.

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Building is great however the bin rooms are outside and as a result you can sometimes see rats running past the front of the buildings.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Building management are great and friendly. They handle everything efficiently and professionally.

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Great location and nice building for young people

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Review Date Jul 2024

There is a lot of shops, bars and restaurants around. A shop literally downstairs and lots of things going on on the weekends while still being quiet
. You also have the tram stop at your door step which is super convenient to get into town and reach train stations

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The buildings fit in will with their surrounding areas, very much common style for the Salford Quays and Media city area. The views are really nice if you live on the side with a nice view and the facilities like the gym are great. I have not used building management much but also never had any issues

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I wish I’d known so much is still being built around the development, can be a bit noisy sometimes but it’s only temporary and will long term improve the area

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Never had any issues to be honest but also never heard anything bad

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