Over the past two weeks we’ve been asking our past and present LJMU students what they would include in our Liverpool List – our list of things for students to do in the city of Liverpool before they graduate. We’ve had some brill suggestions and after much deliberation have decided on the 9 things you absolutely cannot miss out on! So without further ado, we introduce to you… your #LiverpoolList:
1. GO ON A CITY TOUR. One of the best ways to get to know your way around any city is to go on an organised tour. Regardless of how long you’ve lived here, there will always be something new to discover, and here in Liverpool you have your pick of options. The open top bus tours are great for general and historic facts, whilst spooky Shiverpool can show you a darker side to the city. Your Student Opportunities Team also run a free Culture Crawl so email us to find out when the next one is!
2. EXPLORE THE BALTIC TRIANGLE. Liverpool is a city which is always growing and evolving. Although the Baltic Triangle area has been around for centuries, over the past few years it has redeveloped to become a hub for creative industries and independent food and drink spots. Here you can play the craziest kind of golf at Ghetto Golf, or experience a taste of Liverpool at Independent Liverpool’s recently opened Baltic Market or even engage in the infamous student favourite Bongo’s Bingo in Camp and Furnace. Head over and wander around on a Saturday afternoon – you won’t be disappointed!
3. JOIN AN SU SOCIETY. There are so many ways in which joining an SU society can make your university experience. Not only will you gain or develop a skill and make friends for life, you’ll become part of something. That something might well be a huge pack of blue-painted Smurfs heading over to Level on a Wednesday night but whatever it is you will have a ball! Find out more about the societies you can join here or visit the Freshers Fair on 27th & 28th September at the ACC.
4. VISIT ANFIELD. Whether you’re a red, a blue or not even a football fan, a trip to Anfield has got to be on your list of things to do before you graduate. You can see the grounds on one of the club’s stadium and museum tours, although it’s got to be said that the real experience comes from singing You’ll Never Walk Alone alongside tens of thousands of proud fans before a game.
5. WANDER AROUND THE WATERFRONT. Home of the Albert Dock, the Pier Head, and beautiful views of the River Mersey, the Liverpool waterfront offers both a place for relaxation and discovery. There are plenty of restaurants, shops and cafes to stop in on your wanderings around, and as an LJMU student you can visit all exhibitions in the world-renowned Tate Liverpool for free – just take your student ID card.
6. EAT, DRINK & DANCE. When we talk about Liverpool culture, it really wouldn’t be complete without talking about the fabulous food and drink on offer in the city. So whether you’re into brunching, boozing, boogieing or all three, there’s a never ending list of places to try out. From the Kazimier Garden to the independent restaurants lining Bold St to Popworld, there’s a very eclectic mix of places for you to fall in love with!
7. TAKE IN THE VIEW. Think of Liverpool and the image of our glorious city skyline from the River Mersey might spring to mind. Incredible as it is, taking in the view from another angle can be just as, if not more amazing. Head along to Everton Brow to see the city looking spectacular from behind, or get right in the mixer with the views from the top of the LJMU Redmonds building or the top floor of Central Library. For the highest outdoor view in the city and a totally panoramic birds-eye outlook, make sure you go up the Liverpool Cathedral Tower. The cherry on top is that LJMU students can get a free pass for you and a friend to go up there! See your Student Opps Team for more deets.
8. SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP. Shopping in Liverpool is on another level. Not only do we have all the high street favourite in Liverpool One, there are also loads of places to shop for something a little bit different. Popular recommendations include Resurrection and Pop Boutique on Bold Street, and antiques shop 69A on Renshaw St – apparently they have a lovely cat there called Murdoch…. who won’t turn down an Oreo milkshake.
9. SEE A SHOW. Liverpool has produced some impressive talent across the years and the city’s stages have hosted their fair share of famous faces and superb shows. We have an array of brilliant venues around the city from the huge Echo arena to the arty Everyman to the local’s favourite Royal Court theatre. Whatever your tastes are you can see something special in this city on any day of the week, and as an LJMU student, you get discount to some of the city’s best music and theatre venues.