Depending on what source you use, Liverpool is home to between 50,000 and 70,000 students who come from all over the UK and the rest of the world to study – many of them choose to remain living in the city after graduation. Why? What does Liverpool offer to students and graduates?
Top five reasons you should consider studying and living in Liverpool
1. Choice of higher educational institutions
Whatever your chosen area of academic expertise, you’re bound to find the right course for you in one of the six major universities and colleges in the city:
• The University of Liverpool (including its prestigious School of Medicine)
• Liverpool John Moores
• Liverpool Hope University
• Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA)
• City of Liverpool College and Knowsley Community College
Each university and college has its own ethos and it’s worth a visit to look round any you are thinking of joining to get a ‘feel’ for the place. What’s right for one student may not be right for another so visit on open days or arrange a private visit – if you live some distance away, you could combine visits to each university on consecutive days and make a short break of it and spend some time getting to know the city, too.
2. The city is compact but has everything you need
You’ll find all the major high street shops in the city centre, as well as clubs, pubs, bars and restaurants, all within easy walking distance of each other. You could walk from one end of the city centre to the other in about 15 minutes, meaning you’ll never be far from where you need to be and you won’t need to spend a fortune on taxis on a night out. At Liverpool One
, in the heart of the city, you can shop, go to the cinema, have a game of indoor golf and even stroll round an award-winning park before eating and drinking in any of the 35 restaurants and bars.
3. Liverpool has bags of culture
It’s perhaps no surprise that so much musical and artistic talent has sprung from this iconic city. There’s a palpable vibe to the city, a heartbeat you can feel when you walk round the city when the pubs and clubs are in full swing. You can’t really mention Liverpool without talking about the Beatles and indeed you could visit the Beatles museum or go on a walking/cycling tour
of all the landmarks connected with the Fab Four if you want to discover for yourself the impact that those boys had on the city in the ‘60s.
From the docks right up to the World Museum, and from the gothic Anglican Cathedral to the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral (“Paddy’s Wigwam”), the city has an energetic atmosphere seeped in its history as a major port and industrial hub. Job vacancies are booming, especially in the retail and tourism sectors but also in education and health.
4. Liverpool is full of friendly folk
Liverpudlians are known for their sharp sense of humour and extrovertedness. You’ll never be lonely in Liverpool – there will always be a Scouser somewhere to brighten your day with a smile and a bit of quirky humour! They’re open and friendly and make Liverpool a vibrant, social city to live.
5. Liverpool is very easy to get to!
Get on the M62 anywhere in the north of England, head west and keep driving. Eventually – and indeed rather abruptly – the motorway ends and you will find yourself slap bang in the middle of the city. There are also excellent rail connections to the city from anywhere in the country and of course you could arrive by boat or plane if coming from further afield. It’s part of the reason we chose Liverpool as the location for our Queen’s Dock store, where you can keep your belongings safe, clean and dry during university holidays if you’d rather not pack everything up to take home for a few weeks. For more information please see our Complete Guide to Student Self Storage
The ease of access to the city also makes it easy for you to visit other areas if you choose to live in the city. You could easily visit Chester, Blackpool, Manchester and even Leeds
if you fancied a change of scenery, whilst the Lake District offers a chance to get into the countryside and enjoy a particularly beautiful part of the UK if you want to take a break from city life for a day or two.
Thinking of studying in Liverpool?
We think that if you visit Liverpool you’ll want to stay. Whether you plan to stay for three years or longer, there is plenty of affordable housing and a decent chance of finding employment. If you need any help with storing your belongings whilst you move into or out of student digs (or your first home), we provide flexible student storage in Liverpool
. Give us a call or click for a quote if you need us.