Arguably the birth of modern pop music, this former European City of Culture is packed with museums and cultural landmarks.

The Beatles

Home of the Fab Four, Liverpool has been referred to as the 'World Capital of Pop'.

Third year student, University of Liverpool

Liverpool has a great mix of modern and historical aspects, from the restaurants and nightlife for fancier nights out, to smaller haunts in The Baltic [Triangle] and The [Royal Albert] Docks. It's not an exaggeration to say it's such a friendly city. It's small enough to notice familiar faces, but also attracts a large population of tourists, so it can feel like a brand new place when out and about.

Liverpool vs Everton

One of football's fiercest and most emotional rivalries belongs in Liverpool.

Third year student, Liverpool John Moores University

All the nightlife is centred around Concert Square, which is very convenient as you can go to a few different places in one night. Different clubs have different events on every night, while others are open every night for a more chill night out.

The Three Graces

The Royal Liver Building, The Cunard Building, and the Port of Liverpool Building make up the iconic waterfront.

Student life in Liverpool

Local gems, tips and things to do, as recommended by students.
Treat yourself
The Florist is an amazing bar, with walls of flowers. The cocktail masterclass is £25, and excellent fun. (Third year student, Liverpool Hope University)
Low on cash
TATE museum, Walker Art Gallery, and World Museum are all free and fantastic ways to spend a few hours. The TATE often has free activities and talks. (Third year student, University of Liverpool)
Friday feeling
Medication at Electrik Warehouse is where everyone spends their Friday nights. There are four floors with different music on each, and cheap student prices for drinks. (Second year student, University of Liverpool)
Sunday chilling
Sefton Park is out of the city centre, but it's a great walk, and has a nice cafe and greenhouse in the middle. (Second year student, University of Liverpool)
Grab a bite
The Baltic Market. My favourite is the poutine stall, but stalls do rotate and feature new cuisines. (Liverpool John Moores University)
Feeling cultural
There are loads of theatres, including The Everyman and The Empire. The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall always have a jam-packed concert season. (Third year student, University of Liverpool)
When family visit
The Cavern Club is really popular with tourists, but I also like wandering the many independent shops [on] Bold Street. The Docks are a really cool piece of history in the city. (Third year student, University of Liverpool)
Catch up with mates
Tiny Ricks is a cereal cafe, where you can play board games too. There are multiple pubs along Smithdown Road. (Second year student, University of Liverpool)

Radio City Tower

The tower's viewing gallery offers panoramic views of Liverpool's skyline and beyond.



Second year student, University of Liverpool

Liverpool's night scene feels incredibly safe, as there are always bouncers and police around. While the clubs in the centre are great, there is also amazing nightlife around The Baltic Triangle, which offers great venues for house, techno, drum and bass etc. The Triangle is also famous for Baltic Market, which hosts a variety of local street food and bars, as well as Ghetto Golf.

The Albert Docks

Home to award-winning attractions like The Beatles Story and The International Slavery Museum.


Second year student, University of Liverpool

Smithdown Road – very cheap, and often most of your neighbours are likely to be students. It's a bit further out from uni: about a half an hour walk, or there are regular student buses every ten minutes, that usually only take five – ten minutes, depending on traffic. There is an Asda and an Aldi located in the centre of Smithdown, as well as lots of cheap, student-friendly pubs, like The Brookhouse.

View from Albert Docks

Enjoy the waterside views that Liverpool has to offer from Albert Dock.


Second year student, University of Liverpool

Kensington – campus is a ten – 15 minute walk away, and town is 30 minutes. There are two Lidls ten minutes away, as well as a Tesco Express five minutes down the road. It's affordable and easy to get to. It's not got the student community feel that Smithdown has, but as it's much closer to everything, it doesn't need to. I would highly recommend living here.

The Cavern Club

A thriving live music destination where The Beatles' musical identity was formed.


Living in Liverpool

Housing, travel, and budgeting tips.

Average weekly rents*
  • Private landlord
  • £63 - £111
  • Cheap
Housing value for money*
  • Good deal
Local transport*
  • £9.60
  • Merseytravel Weekly Solo Ticket
  • (Bus)
Where you'll find students*
  • Kensington
  • Smithdown
  • Georgian Quarter

*Average mean rents via (Feb 2017). Value for money via Which? University Survey 2016. Local transport via local operators' website.

Student money tips

If you're looking for a cheap night out, let me introduce you to Raz Mondays. The club has been open for decades, and Tuesday morning lectures are famously poorly attended. For £2 entry, you get a plethora of drinks for £1 to £2, and [can] dance along to the hits until 4 or 5am!  (Third year student, University of Liverpool)

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