Why I love Liverpool as a student

27 Apr 2022
By Isobel C, Student at Liverpool John Moores University

Before moving to Liverpool for university, I was pretty familiar with the city. My younger sister was an outpatient at Liverpool’s Alder Hey children’s hospital for 15 years, so we were always coming for various appointments and operations.

We’d also have day trips in the summer to Croxteth Hall, the cathedrals, and walk around Albert Docks. But living in the centre of Liverpool as a student, I’ve experienced all the city has to offer, and I love it. Here’s why.

You can get to everything easily

I’ve lived with Unite Students in Liverpool city centre for three years, and it’s only a 5-minute walk away from my city campus uni. From my flat to the Liverpool One shopping centre it takes less than 20 minutes to walk, and it’s not much further to the Docks where I can get some fresh air and take in the views. And if I don’t fancy walking, the transport here is great.

Most places worth a visit are in the same area here. You’ve got the iconic Bold Street with its vintage and independent shops, cafes and restaurants, and then down the road are shopping centre’s Liverpool One and St Johns - housing a mix of high street chains and independent shops, plus Junkyard Golf.

It’s packed with culture and things to see

There’s so much culture to experience in Liverpool - the obvious being their musical heritage with the success of The Beatles. You’ve also got quite a few museums dotted around the waterfront, like The Tate, Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum, and the Museum of Liverpool. There’s also the Everyman Theatre, Philharmonic and FACT only a short distance apart.

Liverpool’s architecture is amazing - particularly that of St Georges Hall, the Liver Building and Chinatown. And for art lovers, the Superlambanana installation is a fun infusion to the city’s character.

You’re guaranteed a good night out

Liverpool is renowned for being one of the best nights out in the country. The Baltic Triangle hosts lots of ticketed events, and is home to some unique bars. You’ve got Fleet Street and Seel Street with more clubs and bars to try, and Concert Square is home to favourites like Level, Heebie Jeebies and Einstein’s. All offer a great atmosphere and cheap drinks - it’s the perfect place for students!

Liverpudlians are lovely

Before I moved, I heard a few people mention the crime in Liverpool, but personally I haven’t experienced anything that would make me think it’s an unsafe place to live, and I’ve always felt secure in my Unite Students accommodation here. I’ve found Liverpool to be incredibly welcoming; the people are friendly and there is a strong sense of community even here in the centre.

You’re a short ride from greenery

If I ever want to escape the city, it’s quick and easy to catch a bus with my student travel card to Sefton Park, Princes Park, and Wavertree Botanical Gardens.

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I am a third year Media, Culture and Communication student at LJMU. In my spare time, I like reading books and fashion magazines.