People say your university years are the best years of your life, and with plenty of opportunities to meet new people, visit new places, and try new things – it’s clear to see why.
Moving into student accommodation in Liverpool is a brilliant way to make new friends. And with some of the city’s best nightclubs and restaurants on our doorstep – here at Caro Lettings – bottomless brunches, boozy nights out, and pub quizzes are bound to be on the cards.
However, with the recent reports of drink and injection spiking in cities, it’s important that you stay vigilant – no matter what you’re doing, where you’re going, and who you’re with.
Here our experts share a few top tips to help you make wonderful memories on your nights out while staying safe.
5 tips to stay safe when partying in Liverpool
1. Make plans before you go out
Spontaneous nights often turn out to be the best ones, but having a plan is much safer in today’s day and age.
In busy bars and clubs, it’s only natural that you might end up separated from some of your group at times – but always keep within view of each other. If you’re planning on going somewhere else, make sure you let someone know. They might suggest coming with you.
Also, you want to make sure that you have each other’s numbers before you head into town so you don’t lose anyone. If you’ve lost sight of your mates, you can either call them or send them a message in the group chat.
Oh, and if you’re planning on getting a taxi back to your student accommodation in Liverpool at the end of the night, it’s worth saving the number of a local taxi firm too.
2. Stick together
Whether you’re meeting up for cocktails with your coursemates or heading into town with your housemates, we recommend that you always go out in a group of no less than three – and look out for each other.
If your friends aren’t staying at your student accommodation in Liverpool, why not ask them to get ready at your place or come round once they’re ready for pre-drinks? At least that way, you needn’t worry about anyone walking to the venue alone or standing around waiting for everyone else to arrive.
3. Watch your drinks
With live entertainment, street food, and booze at The Baltic Market to non-stop music at The Cavern Club and oodles of fun (and cocktails!) at Ghetto Golf, Liverpool is one of the most exciting places in the UK for a night out.
Without meaning to put a damper on things, though, always be mindful of how much you’ve had to drink. Excess amounts of alcohol can make you very vulnerable and it’s only too easy for someone to slip something into your drink.
Make sure that you and your friends keep an eye on your drinks. Never leave your glass unattended – even if you’re only nipping to the loo. And if your drink is in a bottle, when you’re not drinking it, place your thumb over the top to prevent anyone from spiking it whilst you’re not looking.
4. Don’t leave on your own
Is there anything worse than having throbbing feet on a night out? Or throwing up in the bathroom after having too much to drink?
If you or one of your friends is ready to call it a night, mention it to the group. Although some of them might not be ready to hang their dancing shoes up, or they were planning on getting another round of drinks before heading back to their student accommodation, nobody should leave the venue alone or with a stranger.
Depending on how many of you there are, some of you might call for a cab whilst the rest stay in the nightclub. If this is the case, make sure that you let each other know when you get home safely.
5. Make sure your phone has charge
Whether you’re venturing to the local boozer for a pint after a hectic day of lectures or going for brunch with the girls at the weekend, the chances are you’ll want to take your phone with you.
We all use our phones to keep up to date on the football scores, news updates, and to take photos of our Instagrammable food and drinks. More than that though, our phones allow us to call for help in an emergency and to find out where everyone else is when we’re roaming around the bustling city alone.
With that said, you need to make sure that your phone is charged up. Ideally, plug it in whilst you’re getting ready so you can trust that it won’t run out of battery. If the battery is already super low, try switching it onto aeroplane mode and dim the brightness.
And there you have it – our top five tips for keeping safe on a night out in the city.
If you have any further questions or would like to know more about our Liverpool student accommodation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Regardless of whether you’re in your first year or your third year, managing your finances at university is never easy.
Aside from paying the monthly rent and affording the weekly food shop, you’ll probably want to be able to fund nights out in town and sport the latest fashion trends, too.
UNiDays and Student Beans make it possible for you to purchase the essentials (e.g. clothes, food, tech, travel, etc.) at a discounted price. But shopping locally will also help you minimise your expenditure whilst studying for your degree.
What does ‘shopping locally’ mean?
Put simply, shopping locally is where you purchase products from a small business in your local area – either in-person or online.
Opting to shop locally, instead of ordering from large corporations such as Amazon, has many benefits.
Here Caro Lettings share some of the biggest advantages of using local businesses, particularly for students staying at student accommodation in Liverpool.
6 reasons students should shop local
1. It’s convenient
Is there anything worse than feeling peckish, only to discover that the fridge in the shared kitchen is empty?
Probably not – but local shops are just a short walk from our student accommodation in Liverpool, meaning you needn’t venture too far when your tummy is rumbling.
Convenience plays a huge part in our lives these days. Shopping locally will save you the hassle of hopping on the bus into town and worrying about your carrier bags snapping before you make it back to your digs.
2. It’s better for the environment
Choosing to shop locally has a smaller impact on the environment than purchasing from large retailers, as locally-made products often don’t have to travel as far to reach their end destination. That means fewer lorries, ships, planes, and trains are required, generating less carbon dioxide.
Using the shops that are around the corner will also reduce the need for single-use carrier bags.
If you’ll struggle to get your shopping back to your student accommodation in one piece, ask one of your housemates to help you. Or you could invest in one or two reusable bags to reduce your carbon footprint.
3. You support local businesses
If the coronavirus pandemic has taught us anything, it’s to support small, independent businesses by shopping local. Many businesses and charities struggled to stay afloat, while others needed to find new ways to meet customer demands.
As things are starting to return to “normal”, choosing to buy from businesses and charity shops close by will not only support them financially but also help them to continue doing the great work they do.
4. It helps create local jobs
Are you looking for a part-time job whilst you’re studying? Surprisingly, small businesses are the largest employer of jobs nationally and provide the most local jobs to communities. So, before you apply to large chain stores for temporary work, try those on your doorstep first.
Giving your custom to local businesses can have a positive effect on the health of the local jobs in your area as well. For one, employees won’t need to commute, which means they’ll spend less time in queueing traffic. And there will be less pollution.
5. Customer service is better
Whether you’re popping to the shop for a loaf of bread and some milk for your breakfast, or you’re stocking up on booze for pre-drinks at your student accommodation in Liverpool, you want to be greeted by friendly staff.
Local businesses are run by people – not stockholders, boards, or algorithms. Therefore, they tend to offer a more personal touch and can provide recommendations on the most suitable products for you and your student house. You’re more than just a number.
Also, it’s worth noting that independent businesses stock an inventory based on their customer’s choices, as opposed to larger chains that follow national trends.
6. There are plenty of brilliant deals to be found
When you shop locally, business owners often purchase their stock from local businesses (i.e. farmers, butchers, and other service providers) and donate more to local charities.
They rely on footfall from local people. To entice potential customers through the door and increase their sales, they often provide promotional events and special offers.
However, one of the biggest perks of shopping locally for Caro Students is there are huge savings to be had – thanks to our new discount card!
Need to find student accommodation in Liverpool?
Caro Lettings provide some of the best student accommodation Liverpool has to offer.
We have buildings in fantastic locations across the city – all within easy reach of the major universities and local shops. And bills are included in the monthly rent, meaning you can afford to splurge on food, clothes, parties, and other necessities.
To help our students be savvier with money, we’ve also created a discount card – allowing you to save money when you use local businesses.
If you’d like to know more about our student accommodation in Liverpool or our discount card for shopping locally, don’t hesitate to get in touch.