Situated in the heart of Greater Manchester, Salford is a fantastic student city. From its central bars and restaurants to its striking waterfront developments and, of course, the University of Salford campus, you can experience it all from your base at Tramways, our student accommodation in Salford.

Sample the high life at Salford Quays or try and get your foot in the door with the BBC or ITV at MediaCityUK – or hop in a taxi to Manchester, for some of the best nightclubs and music venues in the UK. Whichever way you look at it, living at Tramways in the heart of Salford is going to give you an unforgettable student experience!

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Tramways, Frederick Road, Salford, M6 6BY
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Why Salford?

Based minutes away from Manchester, Salford is a wonderful blend of waterfront, urban and countryside settings – the result being a truly up-and-coming location that has something for everyone.

Much like its famous Mancunian neighbour, Salford is steeped in history – it was one of the world's first industrial cities, and the Bridgewater Canal was the site of transport revolution. What’s more, Salford boasted the world's first free public library.

When you’re done exploring the city and iconic Salford Quays, there are hundreds of acres of beautiful parks to explore! For sports enthusiasts, the AJ Bell Stadium is home to topflight teams from rugby league, Salford Red Devils, and rugby union, Sale Sharks.

To help you make the most of student life, Tramways is conveniently located just a few minutes’ walk from the University of Salford, so you can make friends and settle in quickly, with everything you need right on your doorstep. Read on to discover more about the city, and our student accommodation in Salford.

How many universities does Salford have?

The University of Salford is located to the west of the historic centre of Salford and less than two miles from the centre of Manchester. It has three campuses: Peel Park, Frederick Road and MediaCityUK – with the former two being under a 10-minute stroll from our student digs at Tramways.

Did you know that Salford is the only university to have a base at MediaCityUK? This hub of all-things creative is a 30-minute bus ride from Tramways. Our student flats also offer a great alternative place to live if you are studying at Manchester Metropolitan University, which is also 30 minutes away by bus.

How many students are there in Salford?

If you choose to study in Salford, you’ll be in good company! Each year, 23,000 students attend the University of Salford, while the Greater Manchester area overall has one of the largest student populations in Europe, with around 100,000 students. As you can tell, Greater Manchester is one of the most vibrant and diverse areas in the UK, and it’s one of the kindest – a 2018 Travelodge report found Manchester to be the third kindest city in the UK. At our student accommodation in Salford, we are home to 228 students.

Is Salford safe for students?

As a major city, Salford does experience crime, but the levels are no higher than any other major cities in the world. Small measures can greatly reduce the risk of vulnerability, for example, avoiding walking home alone at night or using adequate locks on your bike.

What are the best student areas in Salford?

From urban buzz to green-belt tranquillity, wherever you feel most at home, you’re sure to find it in Salford! In terms of the best areas for student accommodation, it much depends on what you’re studying. If you’re going to be attending lectures at Peel Park or Frederick Road campuses, our student flats at Tramways are perfectly positioned, while media students might be drawn closer to MediaCityUK (though it’s worth noting that the uni offers free bus travel between the campuses).

Is there car parking at your student properties?

Car parking is available on-site, on a first-come, first served basis. If you don’t have a car, there are plenty of public transport options a quick walk away.

What about public transport?

Tramways boards excellent transport links to MediaCityUK and Manchester. We’re in walking distance of Salford Crescent train station, giving direct access to Manchester Piccadilly in just 10 minutes. Travelling in and out of Manchester couldn't be easier, and with 98 train stations in the Greater Manchester area, you'll always be well connected to the city, no matter where you are.

Is Salford a good place to study for international students?

Did you know that students from over 130 different countries call Salford home? What’s more – neighbouring Manchester is the most linguistically diverse city in western Europe, with up to 200 languages spoken, plus it’s bursting with culture and history. Here at Sanctuary Students, we’re proud of our community of international students across the UK, and we’re here to make your transition to student living as smooth as possible.

Is there student accommodation in Salford for postgraduate students?

Here at Sanctuary Students, we’re home to students of all ages at various stages of their studies. Our uni accommodation in Salford is a perfect option for postgraduate students. We allocate our postgrads rooms near fellow postgrad students, so you’ll be surrounded by like-minded people in the same position as you.

What's included?

At our student accommodation in Salford, we offer all-inclusive bills (including electricity, water and heating), free contents insurance, on-site laundry, security, maintenance and 250MB Wi-Fi. The building-wide Wi-Fi and ethernet broadband service offer you a reliable and secure internet connection suitable for all your study and personal needs.

We specialise in delivering quality student accommodation in a safe and supportive living environment. We have 24-hour security staff and emergency helplines, secure entry and CCTV. You’ll also receive round-the-clock support from our maintenance teams to make sure everything runs smoothly.


The broadband service is provided by Glide, a leading provider of managed internet services to student accommodation.

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