BEST STUDENT CITIES UK: LIVERPOOL

July 31, 2014

If you’re into ground-breaking music, great nights out the wonderful Scouse accent then what better place to live than Liverpool?

This energetic city was re-vamped as the Capital of Culture in 2008 and was named Number 3 in the ‘Rough Guide’s’ top cities in the world to visit in 2014; so if you’re coming to the UK to study from abroad then you could do a lot worse than Liverpool. It’s truly one of the best places to live for students, and is eccentric, distinctive, vintage and full of culture.

University

Ranked highly in the league tables, the University of Liverpool has both high student satisfaction and high graduate prospects. But Liverpool doesn’t just have one university; it has FOUR. If a traditional, red-brick establishment like the University of Liverpool isn’t for you, then you can apply to Liverpool John Moores, Edge Hill or Liverpool Hope. All offer a wide variety of courses, so make sure you do your research to find the right fit for you.

Music

Liverpool is perhaps best known for its impressive musical heritage. As the birthplace of the iconic English band, The Beatles, and with more UK number ones than any other city, it offers so much in the way of music. There are an endless number of festivals such as the Liverpool International Music Festival while the Liverpool Echo Arena regularly hosts concerts by world class acts, with recent performances from the likes of Beyonce, Katy Perry and Drake.  If mainstream music isn’t for you and you fancy something a bit different, you could even try Liverpool’s Bombed Out Church for a new experience; an old church building hosting a number of music events.

Nightlife

The best part of being a student in Liverpool is how cheap the nightlife is. Flyers for free drinks are always being handed out. Being a quirky city, there are plenty of unique bars to try. Alma de Cuba, renovated from the former St Peter’s Catholic Church, is a bar and restaurant providing constant Latin American entertainment for an experience you’ll never forget. Or you could try Aloha, which has a crazy menu of cocktails, some which come in pineapples or treasure chests. Liverpool certainly has something for everyone; if you want cheap, fast paced nights out then head to Concert Square where you will be bombarded with an array of different clubs.  Or if you’re looking for more sophistication, then the Albert Docks or Lark Lane is the perfect setting.

Football

The reds and blues are an iconic image of Liverpool, as the city is home to both Liverpool FC and Everton FC. With passionate supporters divided between the two teams, the local derby can cause more excitement than the city can handle! Both Liverpool and Everton’s grounds are situated at opposing ends of Stanley Park, and with Anfield and Goodison Park offering stadium tours and having merchandise shops, there’s plenty of opportunity for fans to get behind their team.

Shopping

As one of the largest open air shopping complexes in Europe, Liverpool One offers more than 160 high street shops. The partially covered, three-storey complex was nominated for an RIBA architecture prize. But if you want to buy something more individual then Bold Street could be your answer. Filled with independent shops and boutiques offering a vintage and unique shopping experience, this is the place to find some real gems.

Things to do

Big events like the Grand National at Aintree, the huge celebrations in Chinatown for Chinese New Year and the Rock’n’Roll Marathon, are occasions that shouldn’t be missed. However, when there isn’t an event going on there’s plenty more to do. Liverpool has a whole host of museums and art galleries including the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the Walker Art Gallery.  Another cultural quirk that you might notice when out an about around Liverpool are the ‘lambananas’ – sculptures which are a cross between a lamb and a banana but big enough to ride and brightly decorated.

When considering places to study abroad, Liverpool should definitely be a contender. This city has been a filming location for Harry Potter, Captain America, Sherlock Holmes and Fast and Furious 6 so it’s no stranger to international visitors. Making your move could be so simple and easy if you use a trusted shopping company like 1StopShip. No need to waste time on quotes as you can book everything online with prices starting from £99 so now there are no excuses to avoid studying in Liverpool!

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