8 Best Mate-Dates in Liverpool

By Lewis Wren, Student Opportunities Intern

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Your next City Social event is a FREE screening of Victoria and Abdul at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, a tale of unexpected friendship between Queen Victoria and her servant. So we decided to choose 8 of the best things to do in Liverpool for the ideal mate date.

‘Victoria & Abdul’ at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

Tuesday 21st November @ 7:30pm

Price: FREE LJMU Student Tickets

Why not come along to the City Social for a FREE film about the ultimate mate-date? Starring Judi Dench in a ‘captivating’ performance as Queen Victoria, the monarch strikes up an unlikely friendship with her servant, Abdul Karim. Don’t forget to join the Student Opps Team beforehand for some mate related games! Check the Student Opps Facebook page for more details.

The Baltic Market

Open Thursday-Sunday (check their Facebook for extended Christmas opening hours)

FREE entry


To say Liverpool’s first food hall has been successful since it opened in June would be a huge understatement. Every week it seems to bring something new, from film screenings to their ever-changing array of independent food vendors, they’re doing a great job at proving you can get everything you need under one roof. Take a mate and get some halloumi fries or an ice cream roll, or both, and enjoy their brand new mezzanine space (coming soon).

Liverpool Cathedral: The Tower Experience

Open Daily 10:00 – 17:00 (Last ticket 16:30. Weekend times vary)

FREE for you and a friend

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As an LJMU student you can get FREE tickets for you and a friend to access the top of the Liverpool Cathedral tower, where you can see the only open air 360˚ view of Liverpool and beyond at ‘500ft above sea level.’ Whilst you’re up there, why not take a picture of your favourite view from the tower and share it with us. #tweetfromthetower

‘The Scouse Nativity’ at The Royal Court Theatre

24th Nov – 13th Jan

£5 tickets for LJMU students for shows on the 28th and 29th November

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What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than by going on a mate date to see a nativity like no other. Join Terry, a lonely Shepard who faces a decision between going to see what lies under that bright star in the distance and going to the pub with his mates for Christmas drinks. As an LJMU student you get up to 4 tickets on your discount, so your mate doesn’t have to be a student to ‘unlock the secrets of the Gospel according to Terry’ in the Nativity like you’ve never seen it before.


Available 24/7 around the City

Annual memberships from £25 for students


Citybikes are a great way to get around the city or explore further afield, so whether you’re going for a relaxing ride by the docks, or heading up to Sefton Park, you can take out two of the hundreds of Citybikes dotted around the city and campuses for just a few pounds a day. Citybike also currently have a limited offer of a huge 50% discount for LJMU students on annual memberships, meaning you can get access to Citybikes for as little as £25 a year.

Hot Water Comedy Club

7 days a week

FREE/discounted tickets for students

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Why not try a night out at ‘Liverpool’s only purpose built comedy venue.’ Complete with a bar and restaurant, the 160 seat performance space on Seel Street is run by two brothers who pride themselves on showcasing a wide range of comedy, from brand new and upcoming talent to ‘The finest headliners and TV names from across the UK and beyond.’

Out of the Bedroom: Open mic night at Leaf

Every Tuesday evening at 20:30


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Leaf has been at the heart of Bold Street for seven years now, and in that time they’ve established some pretty special evenings of entertainment. One of them is an open mic night that showcases some of the very best upcoming musical talent from the Liverpool area. Get yourself and a mate down to Leaf on a Tuesday evening for some posh tea and live music in possibly the most relaxing place for a mate date in Liverpool.

Team Sport Go Karting

Open Every Day

From £15 for Students


Fancy something to get the blood racing? A multi-level 850m go kart track will probably do the trick. Based a short drive outside of L1, you and a mate could strap in and reach speeds of up to 40km per hour. As an LJMU student, you get discount on bookings, plus afterwards refuel with a hot dog and a beer for a fiver – loser pays! 

For further information on any of our exclusive student deals, email us on studentopportunities@ljmu.ac.uk or follow us on social media to keep updated @LJMUStudentOpps


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