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Is Liverpool a good place to study?

Updated: Oct 25

Liverpool is famous for its historic docks, iconic Liver Buildings, its two football clubs and for giving us The Beatles. It is an amazing city for students too, as shown by the fact that more than 70,000 people choose to pursue their higher education in Liverpool each year. Packed full of culture, friendly and vibrant, it is not hard to see why this cosmopolitan city is so popular with students.


The Liver Buildings
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Liverpool is home to two major universities: the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University and the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Liverpool Hope University is the new kid on the block, gaining university status in July 2005. With all these places to study, the city is very student friendly, making it a great place for meeting new faces with shared interests.


In 2008, Liverpool was named the European City of Culture, and it is the city's rich culture that brings students flocking to it. You can hardly think of Liverpool without mentioning The Beatles, who emerged from the city in the 1960s, playing gigs at the world-renowned Cavern Club. Today, there are monuments to the Fab Four dotted around the city and nods to their biggest hits, such as a statue of Eleanor Rigby in Stanley Street.


The music scene is still very much alive and kicking in Liverpool today. The city's rich musical heritage stretches far beyond just The Beatles, with Gerry and The Pacemakers, Cilla Black, The Lightning Seeds and The La's all coming from the city too. Some of the venues where these acts first performed are still around today and bigger arenas such as the O2 Academy Liverpool and M&S Bank, which was formerly the Echo Arena.


The Cavern Club still hosts live bands, while Arts Club in Seel Street is a great place to listen to live music while enjoying a good meal. The 'Bombed Out Church' of St Luke's, which was severely damaged in the Blitz of 1941, has been brought back to life as a venue for theatre, dance, music, cinema and the spoken word. The award-winning Everyman & Playhouse Theatre is perfect for theatre lovers.


For even more culture, there is the Tate Gallery which sits in the Albert Docks area and showcases British art from the 16th century right up to the present day. Walker Art Gallery is said to contain the best collection of historic art outside of London. The city's two impressive but very different cathedrals - Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King - are both worth a visit.


The iconic Royal Liver Building, which stands at the Pier Head is adorned with the city's emblem, the Liver Bird. Visitors can get a guided tour of the building's historic clock tower and admire the views over the city. Just walking the city's streets, there are plenty of buildings to admire, from its libraries to the ornate gate of its thriving Chinatown. Superlambanana is another talking point. This 17-foot-tall bright yellow statue that stands outside the LJMU Avril Roberts Library is intended to be a cross between a banana and a lamb. Students are sure to spend plenty of time at the Royal Albert Dock at the heart of the historic Waterfront and home to some of the best restaurants and bars Liverpool has to offer.


The other big attraction for students, aside from the culture, is Liverpool's famous nightlife. The city is proud of its nightlife, and there really is something for everyone - from big clubs to small pubs, waterfront comedy venues, rooftop bars and a thriving Pride Quarter. Among the most student-friendly are Flares for cheesy music to dance the night away, Bavarian-themed Bierkeller, which invariably ends in dancing on top of tables to oompah music and the more intimate Salt Dog Slims, which has a secret upstairs bar. The Font is also popular with students, as is baa bar (CORR) and Largo.


When it comes to dining, Liverpool does not disappoint. Try an evening at the Baltic Market, the city's first street food market, the relaxed Pippin's Corner or the stylish Butterfly and The Grasshopper. Whatever you fancy, you'll definitely find it among the city's restaurants, many of which offer student discounts.


Of course, no mention of Liverpool would be complete without covering football. The love of the sport permeates through the heart of the city and its people. But what will you choose, the red of Liverpool or the Everton blue?


The city's parks are also well worth visiting and make a perfect place to study in the warmer weather. There's the grade II listed Stanley Park, which separates Liverpool FC's Anfield and Everton's Goodison Park and the grade I listed Green Flag winning 235-acre Sefton Park. Chavasse Park, five acres at the heart of the shopping area Liverpool One, is another popular place for people to meet and hang out.


And, when it comes to shopping, Liverpudlians are known for their love of fashion. Liverpool One has more than 170 shops, restaurants and bars. Many of the big-name high street stores are based there, including Zara, All Saints and New Look. You can also explore a host of independent shops such as the quirky News from Nowhere bookshop and the antique and vintage fashion spot 69A.


Liverpool is also blessed with excellent transport links, being served by two separate rail networks and Liverpool John Lennon Airport to the south of the city. Lime Street Train Station is just a 10-minute walk from the city centre. Liverpool's position on the River Mersey makes it a base for ferry and cruise services.


Is Liverpool good for students?

With all that on offer, plus some of the country's top universities and further education settings, Liverpool is clearly a great place for students. Add to that the fact that Liverpool is consistently ranked among the country's friendliest cities, and it is easy to see why so many students flock there each year. Liverpool has a laid back, chilled vibe, helped along by the Scouse friendliness. Not only is Liverpool known for its great academic options, but it's also well known for its culture, nightlife and sport - a winning combination. And students are essential to Liverpool too and are estimated to plough around £1 million into the city's economy each year.


Is Liverpool expensive for students?

Liverpool is actually one of the most cost-effective cities for students in the country. According to the University of Liverpool, the average cost of food per month is £50 to £400, depending on your lifestyle and choices. Entertainment will set you back anywhere between £30 and £200 per month, while travel is estimated to come in at around £80 per month. Overall, it is estimated that students will need between £8,500 and £10,500 per year to enjoy student life in Liverpool. The city also offers plenty of affordable student accommodation, much of which is central therefore reducing travel costs. Liverpool ranks among the top 20 cheapest university cities for students, ranking second on the list for affordable beer.


If you are thinking of studying in Liverpool, why not consider one of TJT Students properties at the heart of this bustling and vibrant city? The city centre location makes it ideal for attending lectures, coming home from a night out and soaking up all this amazing place has to offer. TJT Students has so much choice for students to find their perfect fit and make a real home from home.


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