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Liverpool Guide For Students

Liverpool’s reputation for providing the highest quality in entertainment, shopping and culture has seen a huge rise in the number of students making this cosmopolitan paradise their city of choice when it comes to university. The exceptional standards set by each of the three uni’s in Liverpool have seen waves of young people flooding into the city, transforming it year by year into a lively and exciting place to live, study, and party. Just make sure you find that balance!

Liverpool’s heritage makes it far removed from boring; the stunning Albert Dock is a great place to begin exploring once you’ve become familiar with your flat-mates and said goodbye to mum and dad. Book yourself onto a city tour or just relax on the pier and absorb the breath-taking views across the water. If that sort of thing isn’t for you, this cool location offers a number of unique attractions, including The Beatles Story for you hard-core music fans!

Hope Street has got to be one of the most popular spots in Liverpool, and a true inspirational space for all the artists, musicians, photographers and designers. Here you’ll find astonishing architecture in the form of beautiful cathedrals, history at the Philharmonic Pub where The Beatles used to hang out, and enjoyable but affordable dining, for example at HoSt – a bohemian style restaurant with a diverse menu, perfect for students who can’t stomach take-away every night. You can time travel to ancient days and examine world treasures at one of Liverpool’s free museums, or for the art lovers amongst you, check out the Tate and Walker galleries; alternatively discover for yourself one of the independent art spaces dotted around the city.

Going shopping in Liverpool is one of the funnest ways to spend that first loan injection! There are multiple districts at your disposal, but I recommend checking out Liverpool ONE before you go elsewhere. This place is huge - with 160 shops, boutiques, cafes and restaurants to explore, it’s sure to take up whole chunks of your spare time. The state of the art architecture is in keeping with the city’s contemporary style, making it a favourite hangout for young people on a break from studying. If you like something a little more intimate, check out Retro Sundays at Leaf; this is a unique shopping experience for all the vintage lovers. Similar to London’s Camden Town, it’s the perfect place to eat, drink and chill out after a serious weekend of partying. There’s major variety in affordable places to eat in Liverpool, so have fun searching out your own favourite spot and break up hectic study periods with a quick drink or a bite at one of the many student populated bars or pubs in the vicinity.

Spring time is festival season in Liverpool, so check out Sound City for an alternative music heaven and original photography and arts exhibitions, or the Comedy Festival for celebrity stand-up comedians and barrels of laughs. Besides these huge events, Liverpool frequently sees its fair share of big names in music, including most recently Tinchy Stryder and X Factor winner Alexandra Burke!

The word has quickly spread about Liverpool’s unforgettable nightlife, so chances are you’ll bump into individuals from all over the place on your nights out! To put it simply, Liverpool students know how to party HARD, and with some places open until 7am it’s no surprise that this city has a glowing reputation for incredible club nights. There are just too many places to name, but a few that come highly recommended include Garlands, an impressive Saturday night out pumping out the best in house music whilst dishing out all the glitz and glamour you can swallow. Also, The Masque & Ink, who put on events most days of the week, each a unique musical experience in itself. Finally the O2 Academy, where you’ll find the biggest student party in Liverpool on a Saturday night (they get out the bouncy castle and fill up the Jacuzzi). Seriously, what more could you ask for?

When city life starts to get on top of you, Liverpool is conveniently placed near to cosy rural villages where you can enjoy a peaceful but fun afternoon away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds. On those rare British summer days, why not take your mates down to Sefton beach, or check out nearby Southport for a day at the seaside and some amusement park fun!

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