Flats to rent in Salford: Highest rated by residents

The thriving city of Salford is becoming increasingly popular. New build developments across Salford are giving the luxury apartments of central Manchester more than a run for their money, with the city benefitting from huge investments in recent years. Verified residents on HomeViews have been reviewing the best new build developments across the city. Their reviews provide first-hand accounts of what it’s like to live in Salford’s newest rental apartments. Take a look at our top 10 flats to rent in Salford below.

What’s it like to live in Salford?

Salford has emerged in recent years as one of the most desirable locations in the Greater Manchester area. The city lies adjacent to the centre of Manchester, making it extremely convenient for both work and leisure activities. Developers have been investing a great deal in the city, with a host of sleek, contemporary new build developments in sought-after, waterside Salford locations.

Salford is home to more than 250,000 people, and despite its proximity to Manchester city centre, is a city in its own right. The city has its own cathedral and a university with almost 20,000 students. The MediaCity development has also brought world-renowned media corporations to this part of the world, making it an attractive place to live and work.

Trendy Salford Quays is at the heart of the area. It’s home to the famous Lowry theatre and cultural hub, as well as a first-class selection of shops, bars and restaurants at The Quay shopping mall. Manchester city centre, just a short hop across the River Irwell, provides further amenities and shopping facilities. Deansgate and other popular Manchester destinations are just moments away.

Flats to Rent in Salford: Best buildings as rated by residents

Let’s take a look at the top rental apartment developments in Salford, according to the reviews of verified residents. The reviews include ratings on everything from design and facilities, to the management team, services, location and value for money. Take a look at the list to see the very best purpose-built rental properties across this popular city.

*PLEASE NOTE these rankings take into account how recently reviews have been submitted, so may not match the overall star ratings shown. More recent reviews are given a greater weighting to reflect current building performance.

4.89 (122 reviews)
4.89 (122 reviews)

Taking top spot in Salford, with almost perfect scores across the board, is Duet MediaCityUK. Located adjacent to the bustling MediaCityUK on the waterfront in Salford Quays, the area offers a wide range of local amenities, including 15 bars and restaurants, shopping outlets, leisure facilities, a cinema, a theatre, and a nursery. The development comprises 270 pet-friendly one, two and three-bedroom apartments to rent. In addition, the building also provides a 24-hour concierge service. There are also extensive communal spaces, including a fully equipped private gym.

Read reviews and details of Duet MediaCityUK, M50

4.89 (277 reviews)
4.89 (277 reviews)

In second place is Chapel Wharf by Dandara Living. Comprising of a range of studios to three-bed apartments, residents benefit from a pet friendly policy, an on-site gym as well as car/bike parking. In addition, there is a courtyard, a library and a resident’s lounge called The Gallery. As well as this, the development is just moments away from Manchester’s famous shopping, entertainment and cultural scenes.

Read reviews and details of Chapel Wharf, M3

Taking third spot in Salford is The Green Rooms. Managed by AmroLiving, the development sits near MediaCity. It offers a range of one to three-bedroom apartments for rent. Additionally, the development benefits from waterside views, a residents’ gym and bike storage, with the added bonus of being pet-friendly. The Green Rooms is also just just a few minutes walk from a wide variety of transport links and amenities.

Read reviews and details of The Green Rooms MediaCityUK, M50

4.59 (180 reviews)
4.59 (180 reviews)

Fourth-placed New Maker Yards features 821 rental-only homes. These are a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments in the heart of Middlewood Locks. The development is located only 10-minutes away from Salford Central and 14-minutes from Spinningfields and Manchester city centre. In addition, residents have access to a wide range of amenities, including 24 hour security, Seven Bro7hers bar & restaurant, 92 Degrees Coffee and a Co-op store. There is also a residents’ club room for a connected workspace, big screen, and free coffee, and a new amenity space called ‘The Lock’.

Read reviews and details of New Maker Yards, M5

4.23 (83 reviews)
4.23 (83 reviews)

In fifth, Oxbow offers a collection of one, two and three-bedroom rental homes. It is located close to the River Irwell and only a 12-minute walk away from Salford Central train station. Additionally, it gives residents access to an impressive range of facilities, including onsite gym and a 24-hour on-site team.

Read reviews and details of Oxbow, M5

Taking sixth place for rental apartments in Salford is The Filaments. Made up of three houses – Neon, Halogen and Lamp, The Filaments is a rental development by Grainger. It is situated close to Salford Central Station, with easy access to central Manchester and Salford Quays.

Read reviews and details of Grainger at The Filaments, M3

In seventh spot is Local Crescent, a ‘hotel-like’ community offering a range of one, two and three bedroom homes. Residents enjoy amenities such as a swimming pool, cinema rooms, gym/yoga room, large communal outdoors spaces, bike storage, on-site parking and a launderette.

Read reviews and details of Local Crescent, M5

In eighth place, Empyrean offers 298 apartments spread across six blocks. Located either side of the newly renovated Church of Ascension, it is directly opposite Green Grosvenor Park. As well as this, it’s a stone’s throw away from the River Irwell. These homes are rental-only by Simple Life.

Read reviews and details of Simple Life at Empyrean, M7

In ninth place is Local Blackfriars, a Build to Rent development in the heart of Salford. Made up of 380 units, Local Blackfriars offers one and two bedroom apartments. Additionally, the development offers three bed townhouses and penthouses. Furthermore, residents have access to a range of amenities, including a gym, communal garden, on site cinema, laundrette and a 24-hour concierge.

Read reviews and details of Local Blackfriars, M3

What is Build to Rent?

The Build to Rent sector has grown in prominence across the UK in recent years. Some cities, including London, Manchester and Birmingham, have really embraced the trend.

Build to Rent (BTR) developments are purpose-built housing developments that developers build purely for renting, rather than to sell. BTR developments tend to be new builds, rather than converted from existing buildings, and they provide an alternative to the traditional rental sector.

Build-to-rent tenancies typically offer some benefits and perks that traditional rentals don’t provide. Developments can include on-site management teams, communal working, dining and socialising areas, roof terraces and green spaces. Some common perks in BTR rental packages include a health club and spa facilities or concierge services. BTR developments tend to include these in the rental package at no extra cost.

Rental prices in Salford

As of January 2023, the average rental price for an apartment in Salford was £1,432 per calendar month (PCM). This places Salford ever so slightly above the average rent for Manchester, which stands at £1,441 PCM. Salford’s average rental prices may be affected by the significant number of new luxury rental developments in the area. According to figures listed on home.co.uk, there were 107 apartments with a rental rate higher than £2,000 PCM, in July 2022.

Has our top flats list piqued your interest? If you’re relocating to the Greater Manchester area and you’re considering Salford, take a look at our guide below. From there you can find details of the new build developments across the Greater Manchester area.

HomeViews collects verified resident reviews for new build homes across the UK. The rankings below are calculated based on the overall star ratings for each development. However, the HomeViews Transparency Rating also affects a development’s ranking, as this indicates how recent its reviews are Read more about Greater Manchester

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