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Uni Life in Liverpool

Birthplace of The Beatles, home of the Albert Docks and synonymous with English footballing success, there are few more iconic cities in the UK than Liverpool. Not only is the city one of England's biggest, busiest and most fun, it's also home to two of the country's largest and best universities. Each year, 45,000 students call Liverpool home. Whether you live in the cosseted communities of Wavertree, the leafy streets of Lark Lane or right in the thick of it at the Baltic Triangle, you won't be lonely and you won't be bored in Liverpool.

The city lies along the banks of the River Mersey, with the famous strand that runs along the bank hosting many of the city's most recognisable buildings. Twin Liver Bird statues sit atop the towers of the Liver Building, watching over hundreds of ships pass through the historic Albert Docks, now full of restaurants, bars and cafes. The Echo Arena and nearby Wheel of Liverpool are along the banks too, along with the West Tower and Chavasse Park. You'll find plenty of student flats in the city centre, but students often find affordable places to live in popular suburbs like Wavertree, Toxteth, Fairfield and St. Michael's Hamlet.

Key reasons to study in Liverpool

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    Capital of culture

    Liverpool was named European Capital of Culture in 2008 and it's easy to see why. The city is birthplace of many incredible musicians, most notably The Beatles, and has a huge range of music venues all over the city, ranging from small venues like Bumper and the Cavern Club to larger ones like the O2 Academy and the massive Echo arena. The Tate Modern sits in the Albert Docks by the riverside and there are a number of theatres like Royal Court and St. George's Hall.

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    Incredible nights out

    Liverpool is famed up and down the UK for its nightlife. Concert Square features almost every kind of club imaginable, from pop havens like Soho, Baabar and Popworld to alternative rock haunts like the Krazyhouse and Heebie Jeebies. There are sports bars, late-night bowling alleys and tequila specialists, all tucked away in Ropewalks near Central station.

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    Choice of student suburbs

    If city centre living isn't your thing, there are lots of student-friendly suburbs for you nest in during your time in Liverpool. Edge Hill, the Baltic Triangle and Mossley Hill are popular student areas, good for both University Of and John Moores. Toxteth is an alternative option, with lots of parks and green spaces.

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    Liverpool ONE

    Liverpool One is an outdoor shopping precinct in the centre of the city, with two rows of superb high street brands forming the central channel, leading to the huge John Lewis at the foot of the centre. The third level has several restaurants and an ODEON cinema on one side, with Chavasse Park being the green space on the other. It's fantastic place to meet, eat and shop, being the central shopping hub of the city since 2008.

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    Sports, sports, sports

    The city of Liverpool is synonymous with sporting achievement, with the world-famous Liverpool F.C. playing at Anfield (on the south side of Stanley Park north of the city centre). Everton F.C, another huge football club, also play in the north side, on the opposite side of the park. Sport Liverpool (at the University of Liverpool) and LJMU Sport Building (at John Moores) are huge, dedicated sports complexes that feature state-of-the-art gyms, olympic-size swimming pools and a huge range of sport courses. Merseyside is also home to St. Helens RFC, one of the country's most successful rugby league teams, and boasts more than 40 golf courses for all you golf lovers out there.

I love living in Liverpool. It's great for nights out, but also good for shopping and having a nice day out. There are a lot of students too - everyone's really friendly here! The majority of my friends who've moved to Liverpool for university are staying here after finishing.

Olivia M UniHomes Brand Ambassador

Universities in Liverpool

University of Liverpool

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The University of Liverpool is a prestigious Russell Group university, located atop the hill past the Bombed Out Church. Students often live in Edge Hill and Wavertree when studying at UoL.

Liverpool John Moores University

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Liverpool John Moores is a university with 24,000 students and buildings all over the city, mostly up the hill away from the river. The buildings are clustered into three campuses - City Centre, Mount Pleasant and IM Marsh.

Liverpool Hope University

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Liverpool Hope University can be found just outside of Wavertree and is the only Gold-rated university in the city. 99% of student attendees progress straight to work or further study, making it a popular choice for students all over the country.

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

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The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (or LIPA) is recognised worldwide as a leading provider of higher education in the fields of acting, dance, music and sound technology, among others. You'll find it on Mount Street, in the cultural quarter of the city near the Philharmonic Hall.

Student Life in Liverpool

Things I love about living in Liverpool? Well, the campus is really lovely, and close to the city centre. It's a big city, but there's loads of transport options, and it's actually fairly cheap to live here. I like visiting the docks and the shopping centres are really good too.

Olivia M Brand Ambassador

Frequently Asked Questions

October is the best time to start looking for student accommodation in Liverpool. Properties will be available until February, but we would recommend starting a search for a property during the autumn. The most popular student areas in Liverpool include Wavertree, Kensington and Aigburth.
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Tenancy periods in Liverpool usually last for 12 months. Most contracts will start on the 1st July and end on the 30th June the following year. Occasionally, letting agents may offer tenancy periods that last for 10 or 11 months, starting in August or September. You can always enquire with the letting agent to find out how long your contract length will be.
Deposits are usually either 4 or 5 week's rent. The maximum legal amount a landlord can charge your for a deposit is 5 week's rent. You’ll get your deposit back when you move out of the property. That said, if the landlord is still owed outstanding rent or needs to pay for repairs to damage within the property, they may take deductions from the deposit to cover the costs.
UniHomes accommodation in Liverpool usually costs £105 – £195 per person, per week. This price includes the cost of all bills you'll need to pay, which you won't always see on other student accommodation websites. Check out the full range of student accommodations available in Liverpool.

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