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University of Salford
Member Name: scruffy
University of Salford
Date: 19/04/01, updated on 26/05/05 (982 review reads)
Advantages: That you don't have to stay forever
Disadvantages: Where do I begin?
I wouldn't in a million years recommend anyone to go to Salford Uni. If you want to live in Manchester, pick one of the Manchester universities!
There isn't much for me to say that hasn't been said before, but I can't stress too much what a violent, unpleasant place Salford is to live. I actually don't know anyone who went to Salford and DIDN'T get mugged. My personal experiences (as a female) included a black eye and split lip from a gang of 12 year olds out after midnight, a brick through my window, and fireworks being launched into the car park.
Accommodation is like being in a prison camp - on campus is no guarantee of safety. Security guards are not paid to get hurt, and will watch muggings/break ins happen on camera, not showing up until after the danger has passed. The bank was also ramraided during my final year in 1998, again we were all watching it, but no police or security to be seen anywhere! Off campus, you can go into an ex council tower block with big gates and a high wall with broken glass on the top, or to Castle Irwell where you have similar prison camp facilities but have to wait OUTSIDE in no mans land for a taxi. Worth noting that whilst there is a wall round the front of Irwell, troublemaking student hating locals have no trouble getting in round the back.
Wherever you live, you will face verbal and physical abuse every time you step outside. The locals in this area really do have a chip on their shoulder about students being scroungers (interesting, as I doubt many people round there have jobs and pay tax!). There are some decent people (I'm now married to one of them!) but they are few and far between.
The student union, UH, may have improved now that first years live on campus (in my day there were halls, but the journey to campus got so dangerous they had to be closed!). However, in 1998 the bar generally shut at 6pm. Entertainment was non existent, unless you went
to the Pav which was another dangerous journey which I wouldn't recommend. It really wasn't worth it when you got there. The general attitude seems to be that Manchester is just down the road, and you should go there instead. I'd be inclined to agree.
Facilities at the uni were barely adequate for computing, most people seem to get their own PCs and pay a fortune to "student line" for the cost of the calls. The library is ok, but certainly for my "specialist" subject didn't have enough copies of books to meet demand.
The onus at Salford seems to be on cramming as many people in as possible, to get the cash, and stuff actually educating them. I did a specialist engineering course, but by the time I graduated people who didn't even have GCSE maths were being let in.
I could go on for hours, but I'll finish by saying that if you're thinking of going to Salford, think again!