University of Salford


The University of Salford is a public research university located in Salford, England, approximately 1.5 miles west of Manchester city centre.

At the start of the 20th century, mechanical engineering, chemical works, textiles and construction dominated the industrial scene in Salford. This heavily influenced the choice of subjects offered in the nine departments initially opened. These were Engineering, Electrical Engineering & Applied Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Building, Dyeing, Spinning & Weaving, Domestic, and Art. Some 1,240 students registered for the first session in these departments. There were originally 19 members of staff.

Why choose University of Salford?
Our students

There are over 3,000 international students from more than 100 countries currently studying at the University of Salford. Read the blogs and watch the videos of some of our students to get advice and find out more about what it is really like to be a student of The University of Salford.

Campus and facilities

Come to Salford and you’ll be based on a leafy, riverside campus that is only one and half miles (3km) from Manchester city centre – so you’ll get the best of both worlds.

With the opening of our MediaCity campus (right next to the BBC) we now have four campuses. Three are within a 10 minute walk of each other and the fourth, at MediaCity, is connected via a free bus service that runs every 10 minutes.

We’re also continuing to invest heavily in our campus and facilities, to ensure you get a great university experience.

In September 2015 the doors will open to our new £81m student accommodation complex with en-suite bedrooms and an on-site cinema room, gym, TV and games room, group study lounges and a launderette. Students will also benefit from shops, restaurants and cafés nearby as part of the lively campus environment.

The University is also investing £55m in the New Adelphi Building which will open to students and staff in early 2016. This building will be home to the School of Arts & Mediaamong other subject areas and will provide a contemporary gateway to the campus. Facilities will include new lecture theatres and learning spaces, a theatre, recording and photography studios, café areas, performance and rehearsal spaces.

Learning resources

Our library, ICT and learning services across campus provide you with:

  • 2000 study places at three library sites
  • Over 900 PC workstations in PC suites and internet cafes
  • Two PC suites open 24/7
  • Almost 16,000 electronic books and more than 20,000 unique journal titles
  • Free web-based email and internet facilities and 80% of the campus now has wireless access
  • Laptop loans at all library sites
  • More than 600,000 library items to choose from and 24 special collections
How to apply
Joining Checklist

If you’re an international student who has applied to the University of Salford and received an offer, you may be wondering what you need to do next. Follow our 12-step joining checklist for full details. If you have applied to study the International Foundation Year or pre-sessional English programmes, you will receive separate instructions from your School.

STEP 1: Respond to your offer

If you have applied for undergraduate study, you must let UCAS know that the University of Salford is your first choice. If you have applied for postgraduate study, you must let the University know that you want to accept your offer, you can do this by returning the reply slip attached to your offer letter or emailing

STEP 2: Meet the conditions of your offer

If your offer is conditional upon academic results or proof of English language, get these to us as soon as you can. Email them to (for undergraduate students) or (for postgraduate students) stating your full name and date of birth and your student ID number @00XXXXXX. (Your student ID number can be found at the top of your offer letter from Salford.)

STEP 3: Pay study deposit

To help you secure the Visa that you’ll need to study at Salford, all international students must pay a study deposit. The payment of a study deposit to an institution shows the seriousness of your intent to study there. The amount of deposit and how you need to pay will be detailed in your offer letter. If you are a sponsored student you will not have to pay a study deposit as long as the University has been supplied with proof of sponsorship from your sponsor.

STEP 4: Receive Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS)

Once you have met all of the conditions of your offer (including the deposit payment) and provided the information we required from you, a CAS Reference is generated by the UKBA. This will be emailed to you directly with details of what has been confirmed during this process.

STEP 5: Apply for your Visa

Full information about Immigration and Visas…

STEP 6: Apply for accommodation  

We are now taking applications for accommodation to start September 2014 onwards for the 2014/15 academic year, and will be making offers from Monday 17 February so please check your emails from that date to see if we have sent you an offer of accommodation.

You will then receive a letter from Accommodation Services with details of the accommodation that has been allocated to you and how to collect your keys when you arrive.

Accommodation website

STEP 7: Book your travel

We offer a welcome service and free transfer to the University campus for international students arriving by air at Manchester International Airport. If you want to book an Airport Welcome, visit

STEP 8: Receive your Get Ready Guide

Your Get Ready guide to joining the University will be sent by post or email from the end of July through to September. If you have not received your copy by the time you are due to travel please go to the mystudentinfo website.

STEP 9: Arrange your tuition fees

You can pay your fees upfront or in instalments. You must pay 50% or the total course fee at or before registration with the balance paid by the start of the second semester. If you pay your course fees in full when, or before, you register with us, you will automatically receive a 3% discount on your net tuition fee.

Information on Money Matters for International students…

More information about Scholarships and Bursaries for International students…

STEP 10: Register and Check-in

All new students have to attend a short check-in session, during which we check your documents and formally record your arrival at the University. International students should also register at check-in. Full details of where and how to check-in will be included in your Get Ready guide and will be available on our Get Ready website.

STEP 11: International student welcome

To help you settle in to your student life at Salford, we offer a special welcome service for international students to help answer your questions and make new friends.

STEP 12: School inductions and teaching starts

Before classes begin, you’ll have a series of events and presentations where you’ll meet your tutors and other students on your course. You’ll also get information about the library, IT services and much more. Most of these events will take place during the middle ofSeptember 2014. Further details will be available prior to you joining at Your first classes will start during the week of 29 September 2014.

Good luck with your studies!


Use the University of Salford’s  Careers and Employability services to develop your employability and job seeking skills, through your time at university, to graduation and beyond.

“I recommend that every student makes use of the support and opportunities provided by Student Life to improve their employability…the advice and guidance I received was brilliant” Ryan Joynson, PhD Student (Biotechnology), University of Salford

Life at Salford

The University of Salford is a great place to be a student. We are close to Manchester with its mix of music, night-life, restaurants and culture and we have a great social scene within the University organised through our student union website.

UCAS fairs

We attend a number of UCAS fairs across the country where you can meet our friendly student recruitment team. You can find out more about the University and our courses and ask questions about life at Uni.

Postgraduate fairs

We attend a number of postgraduate fairs across the country where a member of our recruitment team will be available to discuss the opportunities we have on offer and answer your questions. You can pick up a prospectus and find out more about the University and our courses.

European fairs

We also attend British Council Education UK Exhibitions in Europe so come and meet us in your country. Our expert academic tutors and agents can provide advice and guidance on studying at Salford.

Education consultants

Are you thinking of using an education agent or education consultant for help and advice with your application to study at the University of Salford?

We strongly recommend you use one of our approved education consultants. You can find a list of our consultants below selecting your home country or current country of residence. We currently have education consultants in 32 countries.

Basic agent/education counselling services include:

  • Advice on course selection;
  • Brochures and information;
  • Information about Salford and Manchester;
  • Assistance with application forms;
  • Visa advice where necessary.

Our overseas consultants are trained by University of Salford staff and kept regularly updated and briefed with the latest information on our courses.

If you have any queries about our education consultants please contact us at

We cannot assume any responsibility for information given about the University by educational consultants who do not hold a valid agreement with us. Applying through an unauthorised consultant may result in your application being held up or possibly not being processed.

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