A Student’s Guide to Liverpool
Whether you are from Merseyside and studying in Liverpool or visiting Liverpool for the first time, this is a city that caters for everyone. It is exceptionally popular with the student crowd, with not one, not two but three universities based in Liverpool.
If you’re keen to get under the skin of Liverpool’s heritage and culture, or discover the best cheap eats or kooky clubs, this student’s guide to Liverpool will help you sample all of the highlights of this friendly, vibrant city.
Main attractions in Liverpool
- For the best possible view of Merseyside, there’s nothing better than a trip to Liverpool Cathedral. For a small donation to the Cathedral’s own trust you can climb the stairs to the very top of the cathedral, which is the fifth largest in the world, offering 360-degree views of the city. Arts students will be particularly inspired by the impressive stained glass works and contemporary sculptures from some of the most impressive names in 20th and 21st century art.
- If you’re a fan of vintage and retro items, Liverpool is the place to be for authentic vintage clothing, accessories and classic vinyl records. The Grand Central Market is a Grade II listed building that caters to those seeking vintage, handmade and fair-trade items, while 69A Vintage Shop is located on Renshaw Street and remains the hub of vintage shopping in Merseyside.
- We can’t write about Liverpool without at least mentioning The Beatles once can we?! The Beatles Story Exhibition is a wonderful way for music-lovers to spend an afternoon away from the study books. It’s the world’s largest interactive exhibition focused on the life and works of The Beatles, helping you to understand just how they became such a global phenomenon.
Restaurants in Liverpool
- Liverpool’s Albert Dock is a great starting point for finding some of the best eats in the city. Whether you’re looking for something quick to take away or eat in with pals, there’s something for all occasions. From fragrant Asian cuisines such as Rosa’s Thai Café and the Indian-influenced Spice Lounge to the Miller & Carter steakhouse and the cosy Smugglers Cove themed pub, it’s always a great starting point.
- Liverpool was the 2008 European Capital of Culture and was also recently twinned with Shanghai. It was therefore unsurprising that the city would develop its own China Town scene, home to the biggest Chinese Arch outside of China. It’s a vibrant place to be in the evenings, with everything from all-you-can-eat buffets to authentic Chinese restaurants where you can share a hotpot with friends or family.
- If you happen to find yourselves in the city centre, there’s plenty of laid-back, independent cafes and bars with a really bohemian vibe. The Egg Café is the city’s most popular vegan and vegetarian eatery, while the informal Neon Jamon serves up flavoursome Spanish tapas and Lucha Libre is a fascinating Mexican street food cantina and tequila bar with oodles of personality.
Nightlife in Liverpool
- Liverpool’s Comedy Central is its oldest comedy club and is a great place to laugh away the night with your uni mates. It’s an incredibly intimate setting, with its red-brick archways creating a cosy industrial feel inside. Some of the biggest names in British comedy have performed here, including Alan Carr, John Bishop and Russel Howard.
- The Cavern Club has been the heartbeat of live music in Liverpool way before it was put on the map by The Beatles. A night watching an emerging indie rock band or jazz singer at the Cavern Club is a pilgrimage any music fan must make during their time studying in Liverpool.
- Away from the live music scene, Liverpool has a whopping 250 bars, pubs and nightclubs, many of which offer exclusive student nights throughout the week. It’s little surprise that the city was named as the UK’s Best Nightlife Destination by TripAdvisor. Most bars in the city centre tend to be open into the early hours, but if that’s not good enough for you, the likes of Camp and Furnace, Aloha and Heebie Jeebies will be open until the sun comes up.
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