Top Reasons to Attend University in Liverpool
- Population 446,400
- Student population 50,000
Liverpool has always been a vibrant city and a centre of cultural wealth and diversity. In 2004 the city became a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its impressive waterfront which, according to UNESCO, represents a 'supreme example of a commercial port at the time of Britain's greatest global significance.' It became the first English city to be designated European Capital of Culture in 2008 and this has had a huge impact on the city which is currently enjoying a period of investment and development with the help of funding from central Government and the EU. The Liverpool ONE development is evidence of great progress. Liverpool is a friendly and economical base for students, with excellent opportunities for part-time work and one of the lowest costs of living in the UK. Students tend to live and socialise around the central Smithdown Road area because of the cheap rents, but the Kensington area is also popular.
- Merseyrail (the Metro) supplements an efficient bus service.
- JMU operates a free shuttle bus between its sites.
- Cycling is possible but not popular.
- London is 197 miles away, and trains take 3 hours.
- National Express coaches operate to many destinations.
- Flights from Liverpool Airport are expanding, and there are flights to many European cities. Manchester International Airport is less than an hour away for other destinations.
Attractions for students
- Home to both Liverpool and Everton Football Clubs, Liverpool also offers Rugby Union, golf, cricket, gymnastics and basketball.
- Rugby League teams such as St Helens, Widnes and Wigan play nearby.
- Water sports enthusiasts are catered for close to the Albert Docks and climbing is available at the Awesome Walls centre.
- Aintree Race Course, home of the Grand National, has a visitor centre.
Culture and nightlife
- Liverpool has a reputation as a lively city and there are many clubs, bars, cafés, restaurants, music venues and pubs. The city has many cinemas and five theatres, including the Liverpool Empire and Unity Theatre.
- The Philharmonic Hall is the venue for classical concerts. The RLPO is led by the youthful, charismatic Russian chief conductor Vasily Petrenko, who was awarded the Classical BRIT Awards Male Artist of the Year in 2010 and whom Liverpool has adopted as one of their own.
- National Museums Liverpool represents the eight museums and galleries in and around the city including the newly built Museum of Liverpool at the Pier Head. Tate Liverpool is famous for its modern art exhibitions and the Maritime Museum gives an account of Liverpool's seafaring history and houses the International Museum for Slavery.
- The Waterfront and the redeveloped Albert Dock with its shops, cafés and bars are popular, as is the Fact art house cinema and multimedia gallery in the developing Ropeworks.
- As well as the usual high street stores, Cavern Walks and the newly developed expensive Met Quarter caters for those who like designer gear.
- St John's Centre is popular with bargain hunters, while Bold Street offers a more bohemian range.
- Liverpool ONE, which opened in 2008, is the largest city centre regeneration project in Europe and has given Liverpool shopping a whole new dimension. It is a stunningly designed centre that is home to more than 160 famous high street names.
Proximity to the city centre
- University of Liverpool: modern campus in the city centre.
- Liverpool John Moores University: two main sites on opposite sides of the city centre.
- Liverpool Hope University: the main campus is at Hope Park, with another site at Everton.
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Content was accurate at the time of compilation. Population figures are compiled from the 2011 censuses for England and Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.