Moving away to university can be both daunting and exciting.
Whilst there’ll be plenty of opportunities to meet new people, visit new places, and try new things – it’ll probably be the first time you’ll be living independently. That means learning how to manage your money, pay the bills, use the washing machine, and cook tasty meals at your student accommodation.
Although most first-year students will be in the same boat as you, where you choose to study (and reside) can impact your entire uni experience.
Call us biased, but with its unique combination of parks, lively nightlife, and beautiful historical architecture, Liverpool is one of the best places to live as a student.
There’s plenty to see and do when you haven’t got lectures, placements, or your head buried in a textbook at your student house!
Here we explain everything you need to know about moving to this vibrant student city and securing a place at student accommodation in Liverpool.
What are the major universities in Liverpool?
There are a few different universities in Liverpool, including the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores (LJMU) – both of which are world-class universities and rank in the top 80 universities in the UK.
The main campus of the University of Liverpool is approximately a five-minute walk from the city centre, consisting of 69 lecture theatres and 114 teaching areas and research facilities.
Whether you’re aspiring to be a nurse or healthcare professional, a sports coach or a PE teacher, LJMU offers more than 200 undergraduate courses to suit a variety of interests and career goals. Whilst there are excellent transport links to the main campus in the city centre, it’s just a short walk from the World Museum, St George’s Hall, and various other popular attractions.
Liverpool Hope is the only ecumenical university in England, and one of the leading universities in the North West for teaching, assessment and feedback, academic support, and personal development. There are two teaching campuses: Hope Park in Childwall, and Creative Campus in the heart of the city.
What is the cost of living in Liverpool?
The average cost of living for a graduate is £721.83 per month, including bills and other expenses.
Though the cost of living in Liverpool is very similar to other cities such as Manchester, rent is generally cheaper – making Liverpool a desirable place for undergraduates on a tight budget.
Whether you’re doing the weekly food shop, booking train tickets home for the holidays, or buying a round of drinks in a bar, you’re sure to find local businesses offering discounts and affordable prices.
What is the transport like in Liverpool?
Even if you’re unfamiliar with the area, Liverpool is a simple city to navigate.
Most of the universities and attractions are accessible on foot, and there are dedicated cycle lanes for those who wish to bring their bike to uni.
On top of this, public transport connects the city centre with leafy suburbs, and many providers offer student discounts and passes to help minimise the costs.
For those looking to use taxis after partying with friends or boozy brunches in town, it’s easy enough to hail one off the street or to join the queue at one of the many taxi ranks. Alternatively, you could book an Uber via the mobile app.
What is the nightlife like in Liverpool?
Whether you’re celebrating something special – be it a birthday, anniversary, exam success, or a catch-up with friends – a night out in Liverpool city centre is just the ticket.
If you’re looking to dance the night away, indulge in some good food, or sip fancy cocktails, you’ll stumble across numerous lively clubs and bars on Seel Street.
The world-famous Matthew Street is also worth a visit if you’re a music lover. Though it’s one of the busiest parts of the city’s nightlife, you can enjoy live music from local performers and tribute acts every day from 2pm.
Concert Square is one of the liveliest spots in the city, and particularly popular with students, as is the Baltic Triangle.
With so much variety on offer, Liverpool promises a safe yet enjoyable night out for everyone!
What is there to do in Liverpool?
Whether you’re a foodie, sports fan, or film buff, there’s something to suit all hobbies and interests in Liverpool.
Fancy going for brunch? From traditional English establishments to American-style diners and cosy cafés, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Liverpool. Some of our favourite spots to go for brunch include the Tavern Co, Neighbourhood, and The Florist!
If you love sport, you’re sure to feel right at home in Liverpool with Anfield and Goodison Park on your doorstep. Whether you’re a red or a blue, you can get behind your favourite team by purchasing a match ticket, or watching on the TV in your local pub with a refreshing pint in your hand.
For those who enjoy doing a spot of retail therapy, Liverpool One has you covered. Offering a variety of high street stores and designer outlets, and a choice of restaurants for when you need to take a break from your spree, you’ll find everything you need under one roof. The ODEON cinema regularly provides student deals, which is great if there’s a film you’re desperate to watch!
How do I secure student accommodation in Liverpool?
Here at Caro Lettings, we provide some of the best student accommodation Liverpool city centre has to offer. All our rooms come with the basic amenities and then some, allowing you to feel comfortable whilst away from home.
Each of our rooms comes with an en-suite bathroom, and bills are included in the monthly rent.
We understand that, if you’re a medical student, living with people who are on a non-healthcare course may prove difficult – especially with your timetables being so different due to irregular shifts and placements. That’s why we provide ‘medical student only’ accommodation, housing you with people studying the same or a similar course.
If you’re starting your nursing degree in January 2022 and have left it to the last minute to find somewhere to stay, we can provide accommodation to suit your busy schedule, enabling you to focus on your studies.
If you’d like to know more about living in Liverpool as a student or to view our student accommodation, we’d love to hear from you. Simply call us on 0800 008 7888.