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Last updated: November 2019

How to rent a place in Salford

There is a large variety of rooms available in the lovely city of Salford here on HousingAnywere.com. If you’re on a strict budget, you’ll be happy to see starting prices of 400€. However, be sure to book quickly when you see the housing that’s right for you, because demand is high in this welcoming destination. If you are about to leave for Salford and still haven’t arranged housing, don’t worry. We at HousingAnywhere can arrange contact with different landlords, ensuring that you find the perfect housing. With over 45 rooms available on our platform, start looking and make Salford your next home!

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Living in Salford and its neighbourhoods

Lifestyle

Lifestyle

An ever-changing city

Salford is one of those cities that is constantly in motion, always changing and evolving as a thrilling area that is just rife with culture, sound economics and fascinating neighborhoods to call home. Salford offers a pleasing mix of city excitement and suburban tranquility in its lovely environment, centered around its waterfront, its city center and its green spaces.

Situated just about 200 miles northwest of the bustling city of London, Salford is in a unique locale that offers many methods of transportation to all parts of the UK. Plus, Manchester International Airport is just a few miles away, offering flights to over 200 destinations.

Located just 15 minutes on the train from the center of Manchester, The Quays is an exhilarating waterfront area. In just one square mile, The Quays manages to squeeze in everything you could possibly wish for in an up-and-coming space. Expect shopping, art, history, sports, the theatre and mesmerizing architecture.

Quality of life

Quality of life

There’s no such thing as boredom in Salford

Salford is very well known as a thriving center, full of talented young people with business and academic aspirations. Of course, children can learn the basics at a variety of leading schools, moving right along to the award-winning University of Salford or Salford Royal, the well-known teaching hospital. And after earning their degrees, students may move on to one of 150 big name firms like Avis Car Hire, Cussons and BUPA, all based in the city of Salford.

And if you’re a big sports enthusiast, then you have found the right place to call home. You’ll find world-famous football, cricket and rugby to fill your weekends. The AJ Bell Stadium is home to the Salford Red Devils and Sale Sharks. And as a bonus, the Manchester United Football Club and Lancashire Cricket Club are both a short train ride away.

If you love the performing arts, the cinema or spending the day wandering through a museum, The Quay has you covered. Spend an afternoon at the Imperial War Museum North or The Lowry, and with something to appeal to the whole family, while for five-star film entertainment the Vue cinema can' where the architecture is just as visually stunning as the exhibits and artifacts on display.

If you want to tour the city, take a self-guided tour of the Salford Quays Heritage Trail. There is also a host of BBC tours available, including and a tour that allows a glimpse into the MediaCityUK studios.

Transports

Easily accessible

Salford is a wonderful central hub to allow several branches of exploration throughout the UK due to its excellent transportations options. The Metrolink, Manchester's tram system, twists through Salford and The Quays, linking conveniently to Eccles and to MediaCityUK. Salford also has nine railway stations, which includes the Salford Crescent and Salford Central, the two central stations. Plus, you can also find connections to Manchester Piccadilly.

The Metrolink network in Greater Manchester's transports approximately 20 million passengers every year, and it is one of the premier light railway systems in all of the UK. Once in the city of Manchester, there are three lines running to Eccles, Bury and Altrincham. From Eccles, trams run via Salford Quays every 12 minutes.

The culture

An introduction to the British way of life!

Throughout history, there has been a strong divide between the English when it comes to the urban and rural areas, especially in regards to customs and cultures. In fact, you can easily look to the silver screen and other media to see examples of the rivalry between the British countryside and developed cities. While the British people are typically well traveled, they rarely take up residence outside of their accustomed backdrops.

The public house, more commonly referred to as a pub, is a true staple of British culture. The pub is where people tend to gather, whether for food, drink or the daily gossip. Patrons order their meals and beverages directly from the bar, as that pubs are usually void of table service.

As Britain has become more and more of a melting pot, the usual dishes that one might expect to see served throughout the country have also somewhat evolved. While you will still see fish and chips or meat pies, curry is quickly becoming one of Britain’s most requested dishes.

While the UK is famous for tea time, any portion of the day is suitable for having a nice cup of Earl Grey. Residents still prefer tea to coffee alongside breakfast, and the infamous mid-morning tea break is still respected in most British business, offices and factories, and it’s typical to see thermoses filled to the brim with tea as one heads off to work for the day. As the day progresses, afternoon tea is still a time-honored institution in the southern portions of England, while high tea is respected in the northern area of Britain.

East Salford

A dynamic place

A growing number of young people inhabit the area of East Salford. The grouping of people aged 20-29 has grown by over 35% just since 2001, with less people aged 34 and over calling the area home.

East Salford is, in three words, dynamic, diverse and entertaining. With strong roots in its many industrial pursuits, people continue to arrive in the city to build new lives, learn trades and attend the university. These young people possess a strong sense of identity, which can be seen in the activities that abound in the area. Residents spend their days at work or in learning institutions, with many pursuing sports or outdoor activities in their free time, along with meeting up with friends at the local pub.

Eccles

A touristic place

The age profile is quite similar to that of the entire city, but Eccles has a bit fewer residents in their early 20s than in East Salford. However, there has been a huge growth seen in the young working age population.

Eccles has always been known as something of a market town, and it is famous throughout the entire country for its delectable cakes. Tasty confections aside, Eccles offers a plethora of attractions for those living in the area or passing through on a school break or summer holiday.

It is nested between the Barton Aerodrome and the M60 highway in the west and the Manchester Ship Canal in the south. The city centre has seen a vast array of improvements and additions as of late, including a new bus station, the Metrolink, a modern health facility and a retail area, including a supermarket. The entire area of Eccles offers timely, convenient transportation options, including the Eccles Rail Station and access to other lines in Manchester.

Swinton and Pendlebury

Relax in tranquil parks

The city of Swinton plays host to both the police headquarters and the Salford City Council. You can also expect to find plenty of retail therapy at the Swinton Square Shopping Centre and the Swinton Gateway Centre, where you can also explore the city’s library and the children’s center.

This area boasts a wide variety of green spaces to enjoy on a sunny afternoon. Clifton Country Park rests within Pendlebury in the Irwell Valley. In Swinton, you will also find the Green Flag Victoria Park, which has a bandstand with a calendar of events and possess a lovely Victorian air. If you long for even more parks to explore, be sure to check out Wardley Park, Moorside Park and Campbell Road Playing Fields.

Three main roads run through Swinton and Pendlebury: the A6, the A580 East Lancashire and the A666. With so many highways intersecting the area, this means that other cities and areas are easily accessible. Plus, there are always the railway lines in Manchester.

Worsley and Boothstown

A peaceful retreat

Located on the west side of Salford, Worsley and Boothstown is bordered by the Bridgewater Canal in the south and East Lancashire Road, also known as A580, to the north. This is a highly sought-after residential area, with prosperous businesses and many working opportunities.

This neighbourhood does illustrate that its population contains more people aged 35 and over and fewer younger inhabitants in their 20s. The area also has a thriving population of people aged 65 and over, with an average number of pre-school children and a slightly reduced number of school-age children.