The University of Liverpool is ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2018) and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK's leading research universities. Of its 33,000 students, 8,000 travel from across the world to study at the university. The university has established a university in Suzhou near Shanghai, in partnership with Xi'an Jiaotong University, as well as a campus in London.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


In or close to the centre of a town


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

UCAS Code: L41

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 77%
  • Postgraduate 23%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 88%
  • Part Time 12%

Where students come from

  • UK 72%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 25%

Student gender

  • Male 45%
  • Female 55%

Student Services and Facilities


  • Liverpool was the first Russell Group university to provide weekday 24-hour library opening throughout the academic year. Two libraries – the Harold Cohen and the Syndey Jones – house two million books, around 65,000 e-journals and provide online access to most major databases. There are also 680,000 e-books including academic e-books, reports and conference proceedings. Extensive special collections include the largest science fiction collection in Europe, plus rare books and manuscripts.
  • Students have 24/7 access on- or off-campus to the library catalogue, electronic resources, departmental programme notes posted online, and a fantastic array of learning materials. Mobile Campus and Mobile Learn apps also give students access to resources.
  • IT facilities include over 2,000 computers across campus plus high-speed Wi-Fi. Most computers are in the two libraries, available 24/7. There are also computer centres in most buildings across campus.

Student jobs

  • As a busy and thriving city, Liverpool has many part-time jobs ideal for students. The availability of part-time work is one of the reasons why it is the second most cost-effective student city in the UK.
  • Typical student vacancies can be found in hospitality, events, retail, and administration.
  • The Careers and Employability Service advertises vacancies for students on its dedicated jobs board and hosts specific part-time jobs fairs throughout the year.

Careers advice

  • The Careers and Employability Service helps students make the most of their time at university by providing a range of expert advice and information. Nine out of ten students use the service, making it one of the most popular and best-used amongst the UK's top universities.
  • My Liverpool is an online portal where students can search for extra-curricular activities to complement their studies and develop the skills needed to increase their employability.

Health services

  • Brownlow Hill is a full time general practice offering medical services to students on campus. There is also nurse-led emergency treatment, and health services at the halls of residence.

Counselling services

  • A confidential counselling and support service helps students with personal problems affecting their studies and general well-being. Support is available on an individual basis and through a workshop programme.

Disability support

  • The Disability Advice and Guidance service works with students who wish to disclose a disability to co-ordinate support with their academic department, reducing any disadvantage they may experience as a result of disability.

Students' Union

  • The Guild of Students (Liverpool's name for the Students' Union) came top in the 2016 NUS awards; it is a student-led, student-focused, not-for-profit organisation with the principles of representation, democracy and informed campaigning at its heart.
  • Gigs, food, shops, support services and chill out spaces are all found in the guild building. There are 200 student-run societies along with a wide range of volunteering projects and student-staff roles. Students can take part in Give it a Go trips or enjoy live music gigs.
  • Whether students need help to settle in or support during their studies, the guild is there for them to provide a helpful friendly service.


  • One of the first civic universities, Liverpool's history dates back to 1881.
  • The college (as it was then) attracted pioneers including Professor Oliver Lodge who made the world's first public radio transmission in 1894 and demonstrated the first surgical use of x-rays two years later. Similar pioneering work has led to nine Nobel Laureates for alumni of the university.
  • Its expanding focus has led to the establishment of a university in Suzhou near Shanghai, in partnership with Xi'an Jiaotong University, as well as a campus in London.

Fascinating Fact

  • Founded in 1881, the University of Liverpool is the original 'red brick' university.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Tung Chee-hwa – the first Chief Executive of Hong Kong, now Vice-Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.
  • Dame Stella Rimington – former Director General of the UK’s national Security Service, MI5.
  • Rodney Chase CBE – former Group Chief Executive of  BP now on the Board of Directors at Hess Corp. and Tesoro Corp.
  • Sir Maurice Flanagan KBE– was the founding CEO of Emirates and executive vice-chairman of The Emirates Group.
  • Sir Robin Saxby – former Chairman of ARM Holdings, now supporting business start-ups.
  • Dr Sanjay Jha – was CEO and Chairman of Motorola Motability, then CEO of GlobalFoundries.
  • Lewis Booth – was Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Ford Motor Company, now on the Board of Directors for Rolls Royce.
  • Keith Williams – former Executive Chairman of British Airways, non-executive director and deputy chairman of John Lewis and on the board of Aviva plc.
  • Philip Clarke – former Chief Executive of Tesco.
  • Colin Deverell Smith OBE – former Chief Executive of Safeway, then Chairman of Poundland Holdings Ltd.


University of Liverpool, Liverpool, L69 7ZX