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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Great apartment in central location!

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Review Date Jul 2022

Amazing central and quiet location, close to shops, restaurants and public transportation.

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The design of the building is modern and minimalistic. It has fantastic facilities including coffee machine, lounging area with plugs and charging ports. The gym is also available to use in the next building. The apartment is equipped with everything required. The building and property management are very prompt in handling any issues.

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Any issues raised has been replied and handled promptly

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The development offers excellent location in terms of transport access

Review Date Jul 2022

Close proximity to the city centre and the university as well as good transport access are among the things I enjoy from living in my local area.
I’m yet to notice any form of anti social behaviour or societal disturbance of any kind which is good.

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I’ve only just moved in recently but here are a few notes I have.
Pros:
The development offers excellent location in terms of transport access.
It is purposefully built with amenities

Cons:
Installing locks on bedroom doors would be preferred as I live in a 2 bedroom and I may not feel comfortable with my flatmate having unrestricted access to my room

The rug installed in the flats are not the easiest to maintain especially as Manchester is known to experience rain a lot during the year, there’s a high chance you’d come home with wet shoes

I feel a bigger fridge/freezer could’ve been provided given the space in the apartment

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I wish I had known there were no locks on the bedrooms doors

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I moved in two days ago and I’m yet to have any maintenance issues

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Avoid and save yourself the disappointment

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Review Date Jul 2022

Good: 92 degrees, 7 brothers, co-op and retail park nearby

Bad: no parking, lots of bugs, incredibly dirty canal, poor transport links, unkempt gardens, no privacy

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Most of the buildings look pretty nice, so it’s a shame poor management let’s them down. Since moving in, we have had nothing but issues. Our patio door broke on the first day – despite having 3 months to prepare the flat for our move in repairs still hadn’t been booked in or completed. The door wouldn’t close, meaning there was significant security risk and cold air was coming into the flat. Shockingly, this was not deemed an emergency, and then for 10 days we were left the issue. That night, a break in occurred below in the car park and bikes were stolen (after we were reassured this sort of thing doesn’t happen at Middlewood Locks). It was a horrible way to start the tenancy. We then realised our inventory wasn’t completed properly, in fact the majority of the electronics don’t work properly so they absolutely were not checked before moving in. We’ve had leaks in our electric/utility cupboards that the repairs team have told us cannot be fully fixed. We were not informed that staff were allowing residents to use a fire door next to our flat as a normal entrance. Dogs are frequently left to roam free next to our flat – on several occasions they’ve ruined planters and even attacked my friends dogs while we were sat outside. Requests for a fence to prevent this from happening have been forgotten. Staff take weeks to acknowledge issues and repairs aren’t properly completed. I work in housing so I’m honestly baffled by how terrible Get Living have been. None of this would be acceptable in social housing, so the fact a private landlord selling “luxury” accommodation is so negligent towards people paying thousands in rent is disappointing.

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That the quality of customer service you’ll receive here is truly no different than accommodation costing half the price (seriously – there is nothing here to justify the cost)

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Either acknowledged but never dealt with or ignored

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Manager Response

Hi Liam
Firstly, we are sorry that you are so unhappy and would like to let you know we have been trying to reach out to you but unfortunately our calls are being rejected and we are therefore unable to even leave you a voice message.
We are unaware of some of the things you mention in your review and indeed there seems to be some apparent misunderstandings. The comments you make are very unusual for New Maker Yards, and as such we are keen to review and discuss these with you in person. We will try and reach out to you again.

A wonderful development

Review Date Jul 2022

Very good location for those who work in the city centre. Perfect location for the shops as well as the bars and restaurants nearby.

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Based on my inspection so far of the property, the development seems to be up to a very high standard. The design is attractive and functional, with the layout of certain facilities, such as the bin store and mail room, being placed in appropriate and convenient places. The property management is also up to a very high standard, and you can tell they really care about your experience living in the property.

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The bin store seems to be quite “busy” at times. Try to minimise waste, as the bins can be full.

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

So far they have been very responsive to any issues I’ve raised, and have offered to help whenever needed.

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