City Socials: Semester 2

Yessss the new semester is upon us and so are your Student Opps City Socials…

City Socials are about getting together with other students to find out more about Liverpool and what exclusive offers are available to you as an LJMU student to help you make the most of your time in this incredible city.

We will meet before each event at the Liverpool SU John Foster Social Zone. If you would like to go to any of the events, contact or follow us on social media to keep updated @LJMUStudentOpps.

There are some great events coming up over the next few months; all FREE and all about having the best experience in Liverpool. Check them out below and don’t forget to use #SOCitySocial if you come along!


Wk Event Date/Time
18 MUSIC: ‘Turangalîla’ at the Liverpool Philharmonic Thurs 25 Jan, (7pm)
19 THEATRE: ‘A Pacifists Guide to the War on Cancer’ at the Playhouse Tues 30 Jan, (6.30pm)


20 THEATRE: ‘A Passage to India’ at the Playhouse Tues 6 Feb, (6.30pm)
21 CULTURE + ART: City Tour plus Tate Liverpool Trip Tues 13 Feb, (3pm)
22 FILM: ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’ at the Liverpool Philharmonic Mon 19 Feb (6.30pm)
23 THEATRE: ‘Council Depot Blues’ at the Royal Court

FILM: ‘The Greatest Showman’ at the Liverpool Phil

Mon 26 Feb, (7pm)

Tues 27 Feb (7pm)

24 FITNESS: Lifestyles session Wed 7 Mar, (tbc)
25 THEATRE: ‘Paint Your Wagon’ at the Everyman Tue 13 Mar, (6.30pm)
26 MUSIC: Buddy Holly & The Cricketers with The English Rock and Roll Orchestra at the Liverpool Philharmonic Tue 20 Mar, (6.30pm)

Family Fun in 2018

There are plenty of FREE and discounted events for LJMU students that you and your families can attend so you can escape the cold until it gets a little bit warmer!  

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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

From Hamelin to Hogwarts

The Liverpool Philharmonic provide a wide range of family concerts throughout the year which are a great way to bring people of all ages together to enjoy classical music. With help from the ’80 amazing musicians of the Orchestra, you’ll hear tales of Hamelin and Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, the Cat in the Hat, Alice in Wonderland and the King’s New Clothes, all without using a single word!’

Come along thirty minutes prior to the show so the little ones can try their hand at a range of different instruments in the ‘instrument petting zoo’.
Dates: Sunday 11 March 2018 2:30pm
Price: 2 X free tickets

Playhouse Theatre 

There are so many amazing shows for you and your family at the Playhouse this season, and that isn’t even the best part… as an LJMU student you can get a ticket to any of the shows below for just £5!

‘The Little Matchgirl (and Other Happier Tales)’
Take a wondrous tour through some of Hans Christian Anderson’s best known fairytales in a play that’s one of a kind. ‘For adults and brave children alike,’ you can expect music, puppetry and dark magic in a show that will be a great experience to share with family.
Tue 13 Mar to Sat 17 Mar 2018
Price: £5 per LJMU student ticket

‘Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine’
Do I need to say any more?! Following the success of ‘The Twits’ and ‘The Witches,’ Curve is back with another classic from Roald Dahl. In a show that’s promises to be visually stunning and hilarious, audiences of all ages can sit back, relax and watch George get revenge on his ‘grizzly old grunion’ of a Grandmother.
Dates: Tue 17 Apr to Sat 21 Apr 2018
Price: £5 per LJMU student ticket


Tate Liverpool

The Tate Liverpool is the ideal place for everything weird and wonderful, and that’s no exception when it comes to family friendly activities. So everyone roll up your sleeves and get stuck in with the FREE events for you and your family in the coming weeks.

Make & Create Station
Inspired by the current Roy Lichtenstein exhibition, the Tate has set up a make and create station where families can go and try their hand at designing their own comic strip. It’s fun, creative, and completely free!
Dates: Daily until 17 Jun 2018


World Museum

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The Terracotta Warriors
One of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time is coming to Liverpool for the first time ever, and the whole family can book tickets now to take a trip through 1000 years of Chinese history. Along with one of the oldest man made wonders of the world, there will be other rare artefacts never before seen in the UK… it’s safe to say this one isn’t to be missed.
Dates: 9 February – 28 October 2018
Price: £5.50 for children aged between 6 and 17 years. Free for children aged 5 years and under.


Best ways to relax in Liverpool

PhilWe all know university can be stressful and difficult at times, so it’s important to take a break to recuperate and recharge your batteries. Taking time to relax and switching of from studying is so important. There’s lots of amazing, cheap things you can do in Liverpool, especially for LJMU students. So we’ve put together a list of ways you can unwind!


The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra have a variety of wonderful performances to showcase over the next coming week. Turangalîla promises to be an explosive symphony and a captivating piece of music. The piece runs for approximately 80 mins long and is being performed on the 25th January. This is then followed on by Eroica on the 9th Febuary which is a classical symphony created by Beethoven, one of his most celebrated symphonies. LJMU students can get 2 free tickets to both of these shows and many more for FREE. So sit back, relax and get lost in the music!

Photo by Michael D Beckwith

Central Library is undeniably a beautiful, relaxing place to visit. If you enjoy reading in particular, Central is a great place to relax, find a comfy chair and read to your hearts content. It’s also a nice place to visit to get away from all the hustle and bustle of the city centre. You could also grab a coffee and a cake in the café on the ground floor and take some time for yourself. I recommend venturing into the Picton Room to see the amazing architecture it has to offer. Also, if you’re a Harry Potter fan like myself there is a free exhibition on right now at the library until the 4th Feb! Definitely not one to be missed!

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Head on over to Lifestyles for a relaxing yoga session! Yoga is a great way to de-stress, increase flexibility and improve your posture. Millennium Lifestyles is one of 7 gyms you can access for free and the closest gym to the city centre. They offer yoga classes that students can access every Monday at 1pm-1:45pm and Saturday 1pm-2pm. So save your pennies and if you haven’t done it before, try something new!


Another great way to relax is by swimming. With your free gym membership you can visit the Olympic pool size Aquatics Centre in Allerton for FREE! Alternatively, if you don’t want to travel outside of town, we’ve got you covered. The Adelphi hotel has a pool you can access for just £4 and also a sauna and steam room! You can relax right on your doorstep!

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Keep it simple and go for a walk. Get a change of scenery and some fresh air, you’ be surprised at the difference it can make. The Baltic Triangle has some unique and funky buildings that will grab your attention. Try 24 Kitchen Street or Constellations which has a lovely interior design. Also, if you haven’t yet taken a picture with the liver bird wings on Jamaica Street where have you been?

By Lucy Clarke
Student Opportunities Intern