New Year’s Resolutions

It’s coming up to that time of the year again. We’ve all over-indulged over the Christmas period, we’re reflecting on the year just gone, and we’re ready to become bigger and better people than our 2017 selves. So to help you along with your resolution writing, we’ve made a list of the things you can do to make 2018 your year (or at least a better one than the last).


1. Try something new. There are sooo many great places to go in Liverpool, and not everything costs heaps of money. Have you experienced the magical sounds of a Philharmonic orchestra filling an incredible art deco hall? Have you marched around Liverpool to celebrate and support LGBT+ culture and pride? Have you taken part in a ceilidh with hundreds of people you’ve never met before in the glorious St. George’s Hall? Or come along to one of our SO City Socials in the new semester – we’ll be posting new events soon! There are some mad, amazing events and things to do in this city so make a pact this year to get out there and try them.

2. Focus on your mental & physical wellbeing. Uni life is stressful… exams + social life + assignments + being away from home + having no money = tough times! Make sure you prioritise your health and happiness in 2018 by working out what things help you to de-stress; this could be exercising regularly at your Lifestyles gym, getting fresh air each week by running/walking your local Saturday morning Park Run, learning mindfulness exercises with the help of your Student Advice and Wellbeing Team or finding inner peace exploring the artwork at galleries such as Tate Liverpool or the Bluecoat. Whatever works for you, practise it, prioritise it, and stick with it!

3. Volunteer. It’s sometimes hard whilst at uni to support charities and causes you’d like to when you’re on a budget. Volunteering is a great alternative so you can make an impact on other people’s lives and your local community, feel good about yourself, and not to mention gain vital experience to put on your CV. LJMU provides plenty of opportunities for students to link up with local companies and charities, so have a little look on their page for things you could do in 2018.

4. Set yourself a fitness goal. Is this your year to sign up for a 5k? A 10k? A half marathon? A full one?! Or if running isn’t for you, what about climbing a mountain, or doing the National Three Peaks Challenge or walking a marathon at the London Moonwalk? OR even make your own goal… spin class once a week for a month? Achieve it and you’ll feel fantastic.

5. Travel more. University is a great time to go and explore new places. You can do this over one of your long summers, or as part of your studies, and often there is LJMU funding to do so! Have a look on the Go Abroad team’s webpage to find out more about the Go Global fund, the China Internship Programme, the Smaller Earth partnership and studying at a European or American university. If that all seems a bit overwhelming, go and get on a train and explore the wonderful United Kingdom! If you book far enough in advance, you can get a £15 return train ticket (with a railcard) to Windermere in the Lake District, and a return to London Euston for just over £20 too. Just make sure you book in advance.

6. Take up a new hobby. This could be absolutely anything, and the Liverpool Students’ Union have plenty of clubs and societies which could help you try a new skill which you completely fall in love with. Otherwise, why not try a wacky class at Lifestyles? We’re particularly intrigued by Boogie Bounce Xtreme classes, in which you complete an exercise programme on a mini trampoline along to chart-topping music. Or Aqua Running which we have heard is one of the most amazing things for fat loss. Have a browse through Lifestyles class pages to find something for you.

7. Appreciate where you live. It’s a given that Liverpool is an amazing place to live, and whilst you could stay long after uni, your Student Opps Team are advocates for making the most of your time here whilst you can! Have a look at our Liverpool List of things to do in the city before you graduate and make as many memories as you can in the places you love.


Go Travel with LJMU

Dun dun duuurrrn…the deadline (15th December 2017) to apply for the LJMU Go Global funding is getting closer and we bet some of you are still stuck on what you would like to do with up to £1500 free cash! From our own travelling experiences, your Student Opportunities Team have come up with a short list of ideas to fill your application forms with an adventure of a lifetime.

Volunteer with animals while touring Thailand; fancy the chance to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most majestic animals? Throughout Thailand there are a number of different animal sanctuaries, with the chance to volunteer for up to four weeks with companies like The Elephant Nature Park or the Big Cat Team, which would be the opportunity of a lifetime for any animal lovers. Otherwise you could just go experience the rest of fabulous Thailand including the islands (Phi Phi being a ‘must do’ on the list).


Kiwi Experience; get a love for the beautiful scenery and people of New Zealand by going on the legendary hop-on hop off travel network that will offer you some unforgettable experiences. Thrill seekers and action lovers, this is definitely the country for you. Not only can you ski on some of the best slopes in the world but also witness the beautiful sites you only thought existed on movies. Climbing ‘Mount Doom’, visiting Hobbiton and trekking through Glenorchy has definitely got to be on the hit list for fans of ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Lord of Rings’. This country is a definite contender for the funding.


Volunteering in Vietnam and Cambodia; there is a magic about these small countries. Travelling here you will get to know their history and appreciate its people’s optimism and contentment, even though for many they’re living a life of poverty. Volunteering here, not only will you get a sense of real value for making a difference but you will be touched on children’s love and gratefulness for education and learning. Helping teach at Jimmys Village school in Siem Reap, is one of the most rewarding, heart-warming life experiences that will always be remembered. There are list of things to get involved and volunteer but don’t forget to see the beautiful sites of both countries!


Agricultural work in Australia; for most travellers who go down under, the farming/agricultural work is a way to extend their stay in one of the most desired, liveable countries. Getting down and dirty for some is not on the list of ‘must do’ while in Oz but fruit picking or ‘woofing’ is a great way to travel and see the vast country without breaking the bank. It’s also a great way to meet other travellers as the farms usually provide accommodation and you get to socialise and make new friends this way. Also you don’t have to have any qualifications to do this type of work but it looks great on the C.V. … trust us, employers will struggle reading past ‘banana farmer’ on a job application!vineyard-139466

Cooking up a storm in India; this is one of the best places to take a culinary vacation and get your senses exploding in more ways than one. Visit local markets and landmarks while also indulging in the joys of cooking. Think you’re familiar with the common English-Indian ‘Korma’ or ‘Madras’? Then wait until you experience the authentic dishes of India, it’s not a patch on our usual Indian take-away.GettyImages-533819216-5833f90a3df78c6f6a8ea4fa

Work at a summer camp in Canada, China or the USA; LJMU’s travel partner Smaller Earth offers amazing opportunities to spend a summer working as a cabin counsellor in one of their many camps. Student Opps intern Lewis went to a camp in America last summer and says “I can’t believe I got to live in America over summer, meet the most amazing people and got paid to do it! Working at summer camp in America was an experience I’ll never forget.”


Family Fun in Liverpool This Winter

Winter; a time for wrapping up warm, eating a little too much and spending time with family. There are some amazing things going on in and around Liverpool this festive season and beyond, so we’ve rounded up a mix of fun things to do with your family this Christmas and in the new year, because in the wise words of the Grinch- “What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”    

Sing-Along With Santa

> When: Saturday 16th December at 11:30am
> Where: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
> How much? FREE for LJMU students

It isn’t often you get the chance to sing along with a full symphony orchestra, and the fact they’re performing Christmas songs that both children and adults know and love… well that’s just the icing on the Christmas pud! If that isn’t enough, rumour has it that Saint Nic himself will be making an appearance, and one hour prior to the performances, kids can test their own skills out on an array of instruments at the ‘Instrument Petting Zoo.’

Tate Liverpool

> All Year 
> Where: Tate Liverpool
> How much? FREE for LJMU students & Children under 12

tate kids

The Tate Liverpool is a haven for all things weird and wonderful, and that’s the same for family friendly activities. This December and throughout all of next year, the Tate have some great events for you and your little Picassos. From family takeover days, where children can explore and make their own art in the galleries, to their regular ‘playing up’ sessions where families team up together for an interactive adventure around the gallery, you’re sure to find something to get the whole family inspired at the Tate. LJMU students also get 10% discount at the gift store, which is perfect for getting those creative Christmas cards that you can guarantee no one else will have! Continue reading “Family Fun in Liverpool This Winter”