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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It’s good but also need to improve in communication with other residents and rubbish bin block.

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Review Date Jan 2023

The rubbish bin is always blocked. That makes me feel so bad.But other aspects is okay to me I think.

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I hope we can have a what’s up group or WeChat group online. And I want to know some new friends by group. And we can help each other maybe. And please please please don’t let the rubbish blocked again. I feel so bad about it. And about the parcel machine, I always can’t open the door through my code.

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How to deal with my water utilities and electricity bill and network bill.

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It’s quick and easy to talk. And I think the response is really great.

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I am loving it here so far

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Review Date Jan 2023

Chapel Wharf is practically in the city centre, it is so close to town and all your Deansgate bars, restaurants, shops etc. The perfect, convenient location for young people. It’s in the middle of two train stations, Salford Central and Victoria Station which are both within walking distance, and just a short walk from Market St and Piccadilly Gardens where you will find tram stops and bus routes. Secure parking is available at an extra cost. It’s quite a quiet place to live. People I’ve met here so far seem friendly and helpful, especially those working on reception.

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I only moved in to Chapel Wharf quite recently however I am loving it here so far. The place is lovely, facilities are great with the resident gym and work from home space, and we have such a big balcony for a city centre apartment. Everyone I’ve met has been friendly and helpful, especially those working on Reception. Clement was an amazing help on our move in date and he showed us around all the facilities again and explained clearly how everything in our building and flat works. When on reception Clement and the team are always cheery and happy to help you, so you’ve always got someone to go to with questions. The maintenance team are quick to solve things too. The parcel system is great and secure, unlike in my last building. I love how close to town the apartment is and within walking distance of different public transport links (train, bus, tram). So far, it’s perfect.

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Neighbourhood is quiet despite being on a main road and close to town

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Very quickly! Fixed one lighting issue we had immediately on same day.

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Hi there, thank you so much for leaving us a 5-star review and for your comments, we really appreciate it. I am also glad to hear that the team were able to resolve your lighting issue promptly. If there is anything else we can do for you, just let us know.

Quality living experience, with the extra mile touches

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Review Date Jan 2023

The development has been superbly designed and created to a high standard.

Appears heavily a rental building with some tenants not fully taking care of the building. Could do with a cleaner to make sure standards kept high on residential floors.

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The facilities have been designed with the professional in mind, great place to relax and unwind with a gymnasium- Home Screen cinema and full panoramic rooftop views from the roof top terrace. Quality development and another outstanding location salboy have secured for owners.

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Deadline to completion – broker didn’t inform of early completion

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The management team are very friendly and trying to support issues with bin chute – residents on floor 2 leaving rubbish in store cupboard and as an owner not that happy with what rental members not following rules; but the management team are constantly trying to resolve such issues: 5 star help.

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Great flat to rent

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Review Date Jan 2023

Near the center of Manchester so lots available within an easy walk. Easy to get to buses, trains and trans

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Building is well designed and has good features, building management has been very nice and helpful. Clement gave a very good introduction and there are very good facilities like the gym. Flat has a good layout and all the features I’d need so been a good choice!

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How many different accounts and service addresses need updating and how tricky they can make it

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Haven’t had any issues needing responding to but they’ve been very responsive to questions

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Sam, thank you very much for your review and feedback on Chapel Wharf. I’m very pleased that you’re happy in your new home and we’ve been quick to respond and able to help with your queries. We hope you’ll be very happy living here.

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