Liverpool is a very popular city for students, who travel from far and wide to study and live in this famous location. Our student accommodation in Liverpool, filled with great flats and studios, are designed with the student’s needs in mind and are situated close to universities, colleges and transport links.
There is an unmistakable energy in Liverpool, which can be attributed to its unrivaled track record of music, sport, art and culture. Bands like The Beatles, Cast, The Lightning Seeds, OMD, The Real Thing (and many more), and football rivals Everton and Liverpool, have captivated the world: the city was named European Capital of Culture in 2008 and continues to grow from strength to strength with the Liverpool One shopping centre, nightlife centered around Mathew Street and the vibrant Albert Dock.
Liverpool is home to over 70,000 students and is consistently ranked as one of the best student cities in the UK.
With the range of courses available over the different universities and colleges, as well as the advantages of the city centre student accommodation in Liverpool that is of a high quality, it is no wonder students continue to flock to the city and stay for many years once they have completed their studies.
The University of Liverpool is consistently ranked within the top 200 universities in the world and is a leading research university (around 8,000 foreign students currently study at the university).
It has established a university near Shanghai, as well as a campus in London. The University of Liverpool is the original ‘red brick’ university and was founded in 1881. It is a reputable university that attracts some of the brightest research students from around the globe.
The Guild of Students (the students’ union) has a bright reputation as a student-led, student-focused organisation that prides itself on representation, democracy and informed campaigning. It is also home to plenty of student friendly amenities, support services, chill-out areas, gig venues, food and shops. Our Liverpool student accommodation is within walking distance of university courses.
Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) is known as a modern civic university that is a pioneer in academic excellence, creativity and scholarship. Research expertise is developed to encourage students to become engaged global citizens, and to understand how to problem solve in real world issues.
The students’ union holds over 100 groups and events throughout the year, and is centrally located on campus for easy reach. LJMU was the first university in the world to offer a BSc (Honours) degree in sports science in 1975, highlighting its stature as a pioneer. Our student accommodation in Liverpool is in the perfect location for LJMU students.
LIPA (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts) is an institute that focuses on the education and training for students interested in the performing arts. Degrees are validated by LJMU. It continues to be at the vanguard of the sector, with investment in virtual reality, green screen and motion capture technology, as well as regular immersive event staging and the fusing of digital and live performances. Since its opening in 1996 LIPA has become a firm favourite with artists from around the country, and was founded by Paul McCartney (he attends occasional events and graduation ceremonies at the site that was once his school).
Liverpool Hope University is located outside of the city centre, but our student accommodation in Liverpool is within easy reach of good transport links out to Hope. It has one of the widest varieties of degree choices on offer in the country, from the arts, humanities, and social sciences, to education and science degrees. It is also consistently within the top-ranked universities in the country for student satisfaction. There is a wide range of sports teams, clubs and societies and social activities on offer at both campuses and events throughout the year. The university has a strong history in its 170 years of scholarship and research, and was the first to provide higher education opportunities to women.
There is so much going on in Liverpool, as the food culture has developed over the last few years (check out our article on the best places to eat in Liverpool and the best burgers in Liverpool). Whether you wish to sample the delights of the oldest Chinatown in Europe, one of the countless cuisines on Bold Street, enjoy a night out at The Baltic Market, or you’re just looking for a cheap feed at the end of a hard week at University, our Liverpool student accommodation will leave you right on the doorstep of some of the finest restaurants in the UK. It really is a privilege to be a student in a city that has so much to offer, with cuisine from all over the world.
If you are after food on the run, the Guild of Students in the University of Liverpool has all you need as a break from the day. For other cheaper student-food options you can find places such as Big Bowl Noodle on Berry Street (opposite the iconic Bombed Out Church – St Luke’s) for a bowl of hearty noodles to suit any palate.
Another long-standing student favourite in Liverpool is the vegetarian café The Egg on Newington – providing a range of meals and snacks for a very good price.
As for food markets you have the choice of two places – the luxurious city centre Grand Central Food Bazaar, which is open every day and has a range of food counters and a central bar. It is set in a Grade II listed building and is truly something special to behold. At the Baltic Market located in the old Cains Brewery in the Baltic Triangle you’ve got a fun and friendly warehouse with revolving street food and restaurant stalls, a bar, live music, events and much more. The Baltic Market is open every weekend, Thursday through Sunday.
Bold Street has become a beating heart of cuisine in Liverpool and is home to so many restaurants of many varied cuisines that it is a favourite for tourists from all over the world.
The quality is outrageous, from the wonderful breakfasts in Café Tabac at the top of Bold Street, through the brilliant Mowgli for Indian street food and The Italian Club(s) for perfect pasta and pizza, to Nolita Cantina for meaty escapades and Bakchich for perfect Lebanese food at a good price. There are countless restaurants, from cheep and cheerful to fancy, and everything in between, with food from all over the world. Whether you are on Bold Street, the newly developed Castle Street with its countless restaurants, Chinatown or on the Albert Dock, there is something for everyone’s taste.
Students all know the value of a good heart breakfast (especially if you’ve been out the night before!). Liverpool has a great breakfast and coffee scene, with Bold Street coffee a firm favourite, as well as The Bagelry in Chinatown, Café Tabac, Sound on Duke Street, and Lunya Lita on the Albert Dock. We could just list 20 more breakfast places there are that many good choices.
Liverpool has a thriving student nightlife scene, with a nightlife that really does have something for all tastes. There are a few different areas of town that have lively clubs, bars and pubs to enjoy. If you are into a traditional pub crawl the Georgian Quarter is full of old fashioned boozers where you can make friends with locals that will last a lifetime. Pubs such as The Grapes on Roscoe Street are a haunt of local characters, musicians, artists, students and locals alike (LIPA is located on the same street).
Concert Square is the place to be most nights of the week, with bars and clubs surrounding an open square, such as Modo, Fusion, and Level. There is a party every night here, and it is also the perfect location if you are looking to get involved in some of the club nights on the streets surrounding it, such as Medication at Electrik Warehouse on Wood Street or Liquidation at EBGBs on Seel Street. Both of these nights are iconic Liverpool student nights, playing hip hop and dance, and indie classics respectively. Seel Street is also home to various student nights and offers, from Heebee Jeebies and its range of DJs and live music events, the legendary student nights at Brooklyn Mixer, and the evergreen classic of The Blue Angel (or The Razz as it is affectionately known), which has been home to many a fun student night for decades.
Mathew Street is the birthplace to The Beatles and home to The Cavern Club where they famously played shows in the early days. It is a tourist mecca these days of course, and the whole street is full of bars, live music and partying until the early hours each and every day. Mathew Street is a party hub and is centrally located, with the bars and restaurants of the business district and the Albert Dock just a short walk away. The Albert Dock is a stunning riverside location, utilising classic listed buildings to house wonderful bars and restaurants for a classy night out on the town.
In the last few years the Baltic Triangle has continued to develop at a rate of knots, culminating in the triumphant Baltic Market, which is home to street food stalls but also a bar and many a live event. In the Brewery Village there is a wide number of bars, restaurants, and mini food markets, as well as just a short walk from other areas of the Baltic Triangle, such as the Camp and Furnace. The Camp and Furnace is home to Bongo’s Bingo, which has turned the old ladies favourite pastime into a nationwide phenomenon like you’ve never seen before. Constellations, Botanical Garden and many other bars provide vibrancy and fun within the old warehouses of the area.
Liverpool is a bona fide sporting mad city. It is most famous for its two Premier League clubs, Everton and Liverpool, with the tradition of success in English competition and in Europe. Clubs from Europe visit the teams every year to play competitively and there is a feel-good factor as fans from all around the country enjoy the city every weekend as they visit with their football teams.
There is also a tradition of lower league and non-league football in the area, with Tranmere just over the River Mersey in Birkenhead, Marine – based in Crosby, and City of Liverpool FC - a team that was founded only a few years ago and is home to fans of both Liverpool and Everton, promoting family-friendly fun and a place to enjoy football to those who feel disenfranchised by the Premier League and modern football generally.
If you are looking for sports teams and clubs to join, or just want to play 5-a-side football with your mates, there are plenty of options open to you as a student in Liverpool. Our student accommodation Liverpool is in the perfect location to reach all sporting activities whether you are a spectator or you want to play. There is a sports complex on campus for the University of Liverpool, and a wide range of clubs and societies in each university to explore and enjoy. Liverpool Aquatics Centre in Wavertree provides access to swimming pools, swim clubs and various other water-based sporting activities. It is also home to a running track and athletics clubs for those with an interest in track and field. You’ll also find that there are tennis and squash clubs that are quite popular in Liverpool.
Liverpool is also an awesome city to live in if you are interested in running and other outdoor pursuits. At the Marina you can join a rowing club and get to use the top-notch marina, dockside, and riverside facilities. It is also a fantastic city to explore as a runner or a cyclist, with Otterspool Promenade providing a straight 5-mile stretch along the river Mersey from the South of Liverpool into the City Centre and beyond. Also in the South of the City is Sefton Park, one of the largest and most beautiful public parks in the UK. It is a beautiful running spot, as is nearby Princes Park, which hosts the weekly park run. To the north of the city Formby beach, the sand dunes and nature reserves are great places to visit for long walks and days out.
The shopping opportunities in Liverpool have increased massively over the course of the last decade, especially since the Liverpool One shopping centre was built. It is the largest shopping complex in the city centre, and is in fact, the fifth largest of its kind in the country. There is a wide range of shops, from the traditional high street brands that you know and love, to the quirkier outfits, as well as a multi-screen cinema complex, countless restaurants and many bars to enjoy. With more than 170 shops you are really spoiled for choice, and your student accommodation in Liverpool is pretty much on the doorstep of all of this exciting shopping – just a short walk away.
There are other exciting shopping complexes in Liverpool city centre for you to enjoy though, from the high-end concept of the Metquarter (one for fashionistas) and St John’s Shopping Centre (more cheap and cheerful vibe with a food court and discount stores). Along the two main high streets, as well as Bold Street there are countless big brand name stores, as well as smaller independent shops, from vintage clothing options to record stores and crafty boutiques. Just outside of town in the Baltic Triangle can be found even more traditional, retro and vintage offerings in Red Brick Vintage. A wander around Liverpool on any given day is a joy to behold, as you can certainly find yourself some bargains and spend the day staring in awe at a completely new vintage store that is hidden away and you’ve never encountered before.
As with many other aspects of Liverpool, the shopping experience is one that is always exciting and ever-changing. It is a world of real possibilities, where you can find all the high street staples and big brand names when you want it, but also discover new classics and instant favourites in places that you just didn’t expect to.
If you are on the look out for culture as part of your student experience, our Liverpool student accommodation places you in the heart of the action. There is always a big cultural event happening in Liverpool it seems, and for culture and history generally there is something on every corner to interest you. UNESCO has, in fact, granted several sections of Liverpool World Heritage Status, including the waterfront and the three graces that sit alongside the River Mersey.
It was also the first English city to be awarded European Capital of Culture in 2008, a year that was full of vibrancy and spectacular events. It was a time that drove Liverpool forward and it is certainly an open and attractive city now due to that time. Sporting events are key to life in the city, with the two big football teams in Everton and Liverpool fighting for supremacy on and off the pitch, and the Grand National at Aintree every April providing a home for the eyes of the world of horse racing. It is an exciting time to be in the city that’s for sure, with a celebration that lasts for a full 5 days.
The waterfront is a spectacular area and you’ll also find at the Albert Dock the Tate Liverpool, which is home to countless world class modern art exhibitions, meaning that even if you're low on cash there are plenty of amazing things you can do in Liverpool for free.
The Beatles Museum and Exhibition can also be found in this part of the city. For clever and thought-provoking art exhibitions and events the stunning Bluecoat building and FACT (independent cinema and gallery space) provide access to artists all year-round.
Liverpool has also been awarded the status of World Capital City of Pop by the Guinness Book of World Records, as it’s position as a home to some of the biggest pop makers in history. Chinatown is also a spectacular part of the city – it is the oldest Chinatown in the whole of Europe with the Chinese Arch that acts as a welcome to the area the largest outside of China itself. Chinese New Year celebrations are truly awe-inspiring each year in Liverpool.
Music, sport, and culture are key pillars in the life of Liverpudlians, and as students you’ll be welcomed with open arms to enjoy the festivities and become part of the fabric of this fine city. Our student accommodation in Liverpool provides you with the perfect location to join in. Just last year the Giant Spectacular came to the city for the 3rd time in a decade, with giant puppets roaming the streets as part of an elaborate story over a weekend. It brought in hundreds of thousands of people and was a storming success.
Every year though, there are staple parts of the Liverpool calendar involving music, including Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF), which utilises the beauty of Sefton Park to stage big concerts, as well as Liverpool Sound City, located in various venues around the city centre, and Africa Oye, promoting African music, culture and cuisine in Sefton Park. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon combines both music and sport in a spectacular way.