10 things you have to do while you’re a student in Liverpool

Whether you’re a first year student new to Liverpool, or PhD student and lived here all your life, we’ve put together a list of things that you can do while you’re studying here at LJMU. You may remember our Liverpool List campaign last year, where we had some brill suggestions on what would be on the Liverpool bucket list. We’ve updated it this year and added some new additions, keeping up with this ever-changing city.

So, a big drum roll please… here are your top 10 things that you need to do while you’re a student in Liverpool!

1. SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP.

If there is one reason to visit Liverpool, then shopping must be top of the list. Not only is the city centre jam-packed with all the best high street stores including the UK’s largest open air shopping centre Liverpool ONE, but the city is renowned for its unique boutiques like Cricket in Cavern Walks, where that famous scouse style can be bought. For those (most of us) who tend to go for the cheaper and quirkier look, charity and vintage shops are the way forward. Stroll down Bold Street for a variety of both or go further afield to areas like Crosby and Ormskirk, where the best bargains can be found.

2. SEE A SHOW.

Liverpool is home to some of the best theatres in the country and has produced some of the greatest talents to enter the performing world (mmm…The Beatles, as a name-drop). If you haven’t already, make sure you get your fill of entertainment the city has to offer whether it’s in the huge Echo Arena to the arty Everyman or even in 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.

3. TRY SOMETHING NEW.

As for most, university is a whole new experience and we say – why stop there! Trying something new not only gives you a sense of accomplishment, confidence and all-around badassery, but it also is a great way to give your body and brain a bit of a boost. There are so many new things to do around Liverpool and best of all you don’t have to do it alone. Join us and other students on one of our City Social event where each week we will be doing something different around the city, whether it’s going to see a show, film or best view of the city make sure you don’t miss out by seeing the full list and clinking here.

4. WANDER AROUND THE WATERFRONT.

Right in the heart of the city is an oasis of gorgeous views and old fashioned sweetshops. The waterfront is home to the Albert Dock, where you can dine in some up market restaurants, and take in the incredible views. What’s more, you can visit the Tate Liverpool art gallery – one of the most renowned in the world, and as an LJMU student you can enter any exhibit completely free by showing your LJMU student card. You also get 10% off in the café and gift shop – so that’s the Christmas presents sorted!

5. EAT, DRINK & DANCE.

Can you think of three better things to do with your time? We honestly can’t (and we really tried!). Liverpool is full to the brim with really interesting food and drink places. You can get anything from vegan junk food to Indian tapas. There are also some really cool venues that are definitely worth checking out if you want to be more involved in the scouse night life. The Invisible Wind Factory is a venue unlike any other, which hosts a range of events, including art installations, and full on raves.

6. TAKE IN THE VIEW.

It seems as though all you have to do in Liverpool is look up and you’ll have an amazing view. The architecture of the city is unparalleled, and even if you look at the top of high street stores like Marks and Spencer, you will see some beautifully build Georgian buildings. However, sometimes it can be nice to look at things from a different angle. That’s why we love Liverpool Cathedral, where LJMU students get a free ticket for 2 people to go to the observatory in the cathedral completely free. The second person on the ticket doesn’t even have to be a student, so this could be a great place to take Mum on her first visit!

7. GO ON A CITY TOUR.

One of the best ways to get to know your way around any city is to go on a city tour. Regardless of how long you’ve lived in Liverpool, there’ll always be somewhere new to discover and loads of interesting pieces of history to learn. The open top bus tours are great for getting a general overlook of the city, 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!

8. EXPLORE THE BALTIC TRIANGLE.

The Baltic Triangle is Liverpool’s creative hub, it’s the centre of all things cool with loads of independent food and drink outlets as well as being home to some of our favourite creatives including Sound City. In the Baltic, 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. If you fancy something a bit more riotous, head to Bongo’s Bingo in Camp and Furnace, its bingo with a twist. Head over and see what you can find.

9. JOIN AN JMSU SOCIETY.

JMSU societies are one of the best ways to get the most out of your student experience. Whether it’s a sport society, an academic society, or one of the many niche societies we have at LJMU, you can guarantee you’ll meet new people and enhance your time in Liverpool. If you’re just in it for a Wednesday night social, then that’s cool, but the chance to try something new with a society is one you really should take up.

10. VISIT THE FOOTBALL STADIUMS.

Whether you’re a red, a blue or just a general football fan, a trip to Liverpool’s famous stadiums is a must-do. Situated on either side of Stanley Park. Liverpool and Everton’s grounds are both steeped in history, you can visit the stadium on tours, get in amongst the buzz of a match day, or even just wander round yourself to take it all in. There’s a wealth of smaller clubs in and around the city too, teams like Tranmere Rovers on the Wirral, or non-league sides like Southport, Marine and Prescot Cables who offer more affordable match tickets.

We hope you can enjoy some of these brilliant things that Liverpool has to offer – and remember, your Student Opportunities Team are here for all your exclusive LJMU student offers!

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Halloween 2018: Everything you need to experience in Liverpool

It’s that time of year again. Scream masks are everywhere, the Addams Family is playing on repeat and everybody’s radiating spooky vibes – Halloween is upon us, and we are so here for it.

As a famously haunted city, there are few better places to be this Halloween than Liverpool (even if it is on a Wednesday this year). We want to make sure that you make the most out of the spooky festivities, so have compiled a list of the haunts that you absolutely must visit this Halloween.

Psycho at the Philharmonic

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A classic movie in an amazing venue – what’s not to love! This movie was shown at the Phil in 2016 and everybody loved it so much that they’re putting it on again, especially for Halloween. What is truly magical about this is that the music will be performed by a live orchestra, so expect many a tense moment underpinned with chilling violin solos, for a mixture of Halloween and culture this is the place to be.

The Giant Lantern Parade and Halloween Ball

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Liverpool’s annual lantern parade is back and it is a must see, whether your big into Halloween or not. The event will take place from the 24th – 26th of October, and will consist of workshops and  dancing, and a host of puppets parading through the park each evening. This year it will all take place in Sefton Park, so if you haven’t seen the park already this is a great opportunity to get yourself down there.

Shiverpool

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Get ready to shiver your way through Liverpool both metaphorically and literally (we’d recommend gloves and scarves!). This unique tour of the city gives you a view into it’s spooky past, with vibrant characters leading you through Liverpool’s most haunted spots. This really is a special activity, and although the tours run year round, there really is no better time to learn about Liverpool’s creepy past than the season of creepiness!

Pumpkin Picking

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Halloween simply wouldn’t be the same without spending hours ripping the guts out of some pumpkins. And there really is something wholesome about visiting a genuine pumpkin patch. Luckily for us, Liverpool’s first pumpkin picking patch, Lydiate, opened earlier this month. You can enter Church View Farm’s patch completely free, with pumpkins starting at just £10. What’s more – there will also be Donkey rides and Hay bales – for the more PG rated Halloween activates – this is definitely one to bring the family to.

Frankenstein – How to Make a Monster

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If you’re like us and want to drag Halloween out for as long as physically possible, then head on down to the Everyman between the 9th-10th November to see BAC Beat-box Academy recreate this scary old tale through the medium of beat-box. The group use nothing but their voices and microphones to explore the idea of modern monsters – a unique performance that is certain to stick in your minds. What’s more – as an LJMU student you can get tickets for just £5, and you get a 10% discount in the cafe if you show your LJMU student ID card – amazing!

Ghoulies Haunted House Halloween Event

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No one knows how to throw a shindig quite like JMSU – as we saw last week at the amazing Embrace the Melanin event. Whether you are an SU regular, or you’ve never even stepped foot in a social zone, why not head down to this, frankly terrifying sounding, haunted house? This immersive horror event is sure to give you those Halloween feels.

Jason & The Argonauts

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Don’t fancy facing the creepy festivities on the 31st? Why not join us on out City Social to see Jason & The Argonauts? The YEP theater company have produced some fantastic work in the past, and this show is set to be no different- with the performance on Wednesday being completely sold out! Luckily, we have some tickets left, so email studentopportunities@ljmu.ac.uk if you want to come along for FREE!

We hope you have a fabulous Halloween and enjoy some of the spook-tacular events that Liverpool has to offer. Be sure to check out our social media pages to keep up to date on our offers, and have a flick through our semester one booklet, which gives you all of the information about your exclusive offers and discounts!

Go global with LJMU

As an LJMU student, you have plenty of international opportunities to delve into. With opportunities to study, work and volunteer abroad, and the LJMU Go Abroad team on hand to help along the way, you can’t pass up these chances to enhance your CV and explore the world.

If you want to go abroad with LJMU, our advice is to start researching now. Many applications for studying, working and volunteering abroad launch in January, and some of the programmes are pretty competitive, so it’s best to plan your trip now, so you are ready to send in a successful application when the time comes. Look into your options, update your CV and make sure your application writing skills are up to scratch. You can find application forms on the LJMU Go Abroad website when programmes launch and you can stay up to date with the opportunities available on the @LJMUGlobalOpps Instagram.

Students who go abroad are 19% more likely to gain a 1st in their degree

Studying Abroad with LJMU

LJMU students are able to study abroad for a semester in second year or for a sandwich year, in between second and third year. With over 100 partner universities throughout Europe and America, there are many options to choose from. You could be studying in the sunshine or living the American dream, all whilst gaining credit to count towards your degree at LJMU and boosting your chances of employment after graduation.

Follow @LJMUGlobalOpps on Twitter to be made aware of the information sessions the Go Abroad team hold, where you can learn all the essential details, and speak to your School’s International Mobility Coordinator (IMC), who will help you work out which host university is best for you. Your IMC can also help you choose modules and select dates to work around your studies.

LJMU International Summer Schools

LJMU also offer international summer schools; perfect if you want to study abroad but don’t want to be away from home for too long. In 2018, LJMU students travelled to China, Peru, Spain and the United Arab Emirates, each for one to two weeks, to take part in academic and cultural summer schools. The University paid for students’ flights, visas and accommodation, making the international summer schools as accessible as possible. Each year, the locations and classes change, so keep an eye on @LJMUGlobalOpps to see if your course is taking part this year.

“Whilst in such a breath-taking country, I was able to appreciate the dedication and drive that the University of Sharjah students had towards their studies. I gained valuable skills and a new-found drive to succeed.”

– Student from this year’s cohort to the University of Sharjah

Working Abroad with LJMU

Each year, LJMU students have the opportunity to complete an internship abroad, whether in Europe under the Erasmus+ traineeship scheme, or further afield with LJMU’s worldwide internships. In 2018, 12 LJMU students completed two-month-long internships in various industries in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, and Tokyo, Japan. Students were provided with flights, visas, accommodation, support and the chance to travel the surrounding areas on the weekends – it’s no wonder this scheme is competitive. Speak to your IMC or an LJMU Careers advisor for advice on how to create a successful application. The @LJMUGlobalOpps Instagram account is the place to go to find out where you could be working this summer.

“Working in Vietnam was a wonderful experience and one that I would not have been able to enjoy without the help of LJMU’s Go Abroad team. I have grown professionally and personally, developing new skills and memories which I will carry with me in my future endeavours.”

– Student from this year’s cohort in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

If you want to try your hand at something a little closer to home, the Erasmus+ scheme will be perfect for you. Erasmus+ internships can be 2-12 months in length and almost anywhere in Europe. You can source your own internship or speak to the Go Abroad team about their partners in Malta. The Go Abroad team can also help you apply for an Erasmus+ grant to support your time in Europe.

Examples of previous Erasmus+ internships undertaken by LJMU students:

  • Architecture students working on church restoration projects in Austria
  • Media student covering MTV awards in Malta
  • Law students undertaking research projects at the University of Malaga
  • Laboratory research project in Spain and Malta for bioscience students
  • Content provider for The Times in Malta for an English, Media and Cultural studies student

“My trip to Malta was incredibly eye opening. I made friends for life, all from various backgrounds and cultures, and I got the chance to explore some of the most beautiful places. I worked for an amazing company who trusted me with more than I could have expected. Thank you, LJMU!”

– Media Intern in Birkirkara, Malta

Volunteering Abroad with LJMU

Finally, if you want to give back to the community – and we don’t just mean your community, but anywhere in the world – you can do so by undertaking a voluntary project and applying for LJMU’s Go Global fund. There are lots of projects to choose from, including the popular Think Pacific placement in Fiji, or you can organise your own independent project, like volunteering with female community health workers in Nepal or working with elephants in Cambodia, as some LJMU students have previously done. Applications for funding open in January, and the Go Abroad team will be announcing more information on the available opportunities soon.

If any of these international opportunities sound interesting, the Go Abroad team hold talks throughout the year about what is on offer for you, and will be holding a huge launch event on 23rd January at the Everyman Theatre. Check out the Go Abroad team’s social media for more information.

Alternatively, you can email GoAbroad@ljmu.ac.uk with any queries!

By Faye Clark

 

 

 

 

Irish folk bliss as Ye Vagabonds transfix Philharmonic Music Room

In the quiet Hope Street gallery that is the Liverpool Philharmonic’s Music Room, it was the turn of Irish brothers Ye Vagabonds to stun a lucky few. Diarmuid and Brían Mac Gloinn quaintly took to the stage before an exhibition of Irish and Scottish folk covers with anecdotes to match.

The duo are an album and an EP in, and it was the opening track of their self-titled debut album that had previously received perhaps the greatest compliment. The lads were made aware by a Mother at a previous show that opening track ‘Go Where You Will’ had become somewhat of a gay anthem for her and her daughter, and described them dancing around the room singing, “love who you will love, who you will love” together.

It was one of many times the audience were invited to share the songs, Brían at one point led the room in an Irish meditation process, which ended in collective humming as Ye Vagabonds eased into another violin and fiddle number. Each song thereafter accompanied by a note on its origin, its story, and even an invitation to work out its true meaning, as with ‘Pomegranate’.

“That’s the first time that’s happen”, said Brían as the Liverpool crowd forced them back on for an encore with rapturous applause, “we happen to know two more songs”, luckily. Members of the audience included anyone from international students to older, loyal Ye Vagabonds fans enjoyed the conclusion of a terrific set.

After those, another bout of applause, and the duo made their way into the bar to recieve thanks from almost every member of the audience. They have a new album due for March, accompanied by a Liverpool date, a second chance for anyone that wasn’t fortunate enough to catch them this time.

Ye Vagabonds came to Liverpool as part of Liverpool Irish Festival, find details of some of our highlights of #LIF2018 you can’t miss here.

Liverpool Irish Festival 2018: Highlights

It’s that time of year again… the Liverpool Irish Festival (18th – 28th Oct) is quickly coming up and #LIF2018 is looking it’s best yet. With only a sea and 167 miles separating the two, no wonder people see the Scouse/Irish similarities. Plus the huge amount of Irish residents, current and past, explains the love for the Irish, so much that there is a whole festival dedicated to them.

Taking place 18-28 Oct 2018 in venues across Liverpool, the programme, curated by Festival Director Emma Smith and partners, explores the theme of ‘migration’.

Artists, performers, musicians, writers and filmmakers explore the relationship between cultural identity and place, and how Irish identity is changing globally, affecting ‘Irishness’ in the 21st century.

Here are a few highlights including some of those LJMU exclusive offers to save you a few quid.

WHAT: Maggie May
WHEN: Mon 15th – Weds 17th Oct
WHERE: Liverpool’s Royal Court
COST: Free, Mon and £5, Tues & Weds (R.R.P £13)

Before Irish Festival even starts, LJMU students can treat themselves to go watch a musical in one of Liverpool’s best theatres as part of their exclusive offers. Maggie May, one of Liverpool’s most legendary characters, tells the story taken from the well-known folk song of an Irish girl who used her looks and charm to prey on sailors and leave them with an empty pocket. The Irish girl’s dream of making it to New York but getting stuck in Liverpool is common to most of the Irish settlers who came to Liverpool in the 19th century. But this city is a great place to be stuck nowadays.
Running till 10th November, LJMU students can get discounted tickets for Mon 15th – Weds 17th Oct or full price tickets for as little as £14 by calling the Box Office on 0151 709 4321.

Ye Vagabonds

WHAT: Ye Vagabonds
WHEN: Thurs 18th Oct
WHERE: The Music Room at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
COST: 2 free tickets (R.R.P £14)

Kick off the Irish festival with some traditional Irish folk music from the two talented Dublin based musicians. “Ye Vagabonds’ songs are comprised of mellow sounds weaved with thoughtful lyrics, thickly layered with strings and droning harmonium.” Starting of as buskers, the pair are now on tour taking music from their debut album around Europe. To get 2 FREE tickets to go and watch this authentic and characteristic band just call 0151 709 3789, or email ljmu@liverpoolphil.com. The Student Opportunities Team will also be running a City Social event (FREE) that LJMU students can come along to, this is where you can meet students before the performance for refreshments. To sign-up, just email studentopportunities@ljmu.ac.uk.

You can read our review of this performance here.

WHAT: Frieling The Music
WHEN: Fri 19th Oct
WHERE: 81 Renshaw Street
COST: £6

A big shout-out to one of our very own LJMU Masters students Corey Harbinson, who will be showcasing his very own written pieces including new text, music, and songs, in forms of hymns, folk, and acapella styles. Taking inspiration from Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa, you’ll be captivated with the story of how ‘expectations placed on Irish women alongside the factors that influence and shape their circumstances, revealing the fight between family loyalty, tradition and the oppression of ‘modern’ life.’  Go and show your support for Corey!

WHAT: Repeal The Eighth
WHEN: Fri 18th – Sun 28th Oct
WHERE: Output Gallery
COST: Free

The Eighth Amendment of the Constitution Act (1983) led to conflicts in medical and social care, leading to loss of life and moral and legal arguments for and against body autonomy, it also drove women to seek abortions -sometimes unsafely- elsewhere. This created a divide between those who could afford to choose to travel and those who could not. It upheld the notion that foetal cells carry more importance than the mother carrying them and condemned women, pregnant as the result of rape, to full term pregnancy and motherhood, irrespective of choice. This year’s public referendum revoked the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, permitting the government to legislate for abortion and grant new body autonomy for the people of Ireland. Artists have been invited to show their response to this. This is the resulting exhibit.

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WHAT: Kíla
WHEN: Fri 19th Oct
WHERE: Arts Club
COST: £21.50 (Liverpool Irish Festival has subsidised booking fees for this event)

Celebrating their 30th year in 2018, one of Ireland’s biggest acts, Kíla, play their only Autumn UK event at Liverpool Irish Festival. Supported by Bill Booth, Kíla’s eight members come from different musical backgrounds, including trad, classical and rock, which blend into the bands furiously energetic sound. Kíla have played in over 30 countries on 5 continents, even playing at Possibilities, the event that welcomed the Dalai Lama to Ireland. This is sure to be one of the standout evenings of Liverpool Irish Festival.

WHAT: David O’Doherty: You Have to Laugh
WHEN: Weds 24th Oct
WHERE: Everyman
COST: £10 (R.R.P £19)

The well-known ‘8 out of 10 cats’ comedian, David O’Doherty, has not long left Edinburgh Fringe Festival to tour the UK with his new show. Armed with his trusty vintage Cassio keyboard, O’Doherty combines comedy with music to capture audiences attention before leaving them in stitches laughing. If you’re in need of a belly laugh then £10 is money well spent to see this brilliantly funny Irish comedian. We advise checking ticket availability online as we predict this will sell fast!

To Have To Shoot Irishmen

WHAT: To Have to Shoot Irishmen
WHEN: Thurs 25th – Sat 27th Oct
WHERE: Everyman
COST: £5 (R.R.P £20)

If you’re a fan of Lizzie Nunery’s previous work including ‘The Sum’ by last year’s REP Company then you’re going to love this new play she’s recently produced. Staged in Dublin during the time of the violence and conflict, this powerful musical tells the story of what’s hidden behind the history of the war within Ireland. The ★★★★ review from the Guardian;

“Lizzie Nunnery’s fine new play”
“Tumbling poetry, lively dialogue and haunting song”

speaks for itself and for £5, nearly the price of a large Big Mac Meal, you can go and see this stunning Irish production.

We hope this keeps you entertained for the next couple of weeks but if not, check out the whole #LIF2018 programme by clicking here or see our What’s On This Week blog for all you’re other LJMU exclusive offers.

A Family Affair: Liverpool’s Best All-age Attractions

We’re almost a month into the new academic year, can you believe it? If you’re a student new to the city you’ll be quickly learning there is an abundance of things to do in Liverpool.

Soon you will be regarded amongst your family as an expert in things to do here, with that pressure moment in mind, here are just some of the things you can treat your visiting relatives to while you’re here. Whether they’re your children, partners, parents or grandparents, there’s something for everyone.

Showtime!

Liverpool’s theatres have entertained millions over the years, locals and tourists from across the globe alike have laughed and cried courtesy of the city’s famous playhouses. From Scouse comedy in the Royal Court, to hard-hitting, nail-biting drama in The Everyman, Liverpool’s theatres are to be made the most of and there’s shows on offer for all the family. We offer discounted and free tickets, too, which is even better!

Cathedral at Night

Liverpool Cathedral’s tower

Scousers will take little time in telling you that their city has not one, but two magnificent cathedrals. At either end of Hope Street, Catholic and Anglican cathedrals stand tall above the city skyline. 500ft high, actually, in the case of the latter. You can go all the way up to the top of Liverpool Cathedral and enjoy a 360° view of the city and beyond to show your family your new home from above. Send us an email, and we can get you a free ticket as well!

The whole Beatles thing

If you so much as whisper Liverpool to your family, the likelihood is that the city’s favourite sons will get a mention. The Fab Four are everywhere on Merseyside, whether its a trip to the Cavern Club, a picture with the statue at the Pier Head, or a look in The Beatles Story. Beatlemania transcends all ages, from those that’ll brag to being part of it, or those that are still trying to time their ‘Hey Jude’ reprise to perfection, you can’t miss The Beatles off your tour.

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Albert Dock and Tate Liverpool

The city’s Albert Dock is widely regarded as one of the most significant areas of improvement in the past 30 years. Once derelict, it now features some of the most popular bars and restaurants in Liverpool, and has become an icon of Liverpool tourism. Older generations will be able to appreciate how far it has come, while younger generations can enjoy one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. Since 1988, it has been home to Tate Liverpool, LJMU students can go into any of the exhibitions for free, get 10% off in the shop and in the Tate cafe, too!

A city of two clubs

Of course, as footy mad families will know, Liverpool is home to two of English footballs’ great clubs. At each end of Stanley Park lie the homes of Liverpool and Everton. Both Anfield and Goodison Park are steeped in history, a visit to the stadium is a unique experience to be enjoyed by football fans young and old.

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Shop ’til you drop!

For many visitors, a trip to Liverpool means a trip to the shops. Whether its Liverpool One’s extensive parade of big brand shops, or more niche independent gems on Bold Street – Liverpool’s shopping offering knows no bounds. Whether you fancy twisting your parents’ arm for a treat or owe them one, you’ll find it in Liverpool.

So there you have it, just a few things that you can get up to when your loved ones come here to visit. Before you head out to show the city off, check out our exclusive offers guide here and see if you can benefit from our discounts and freebies!

Have we missed anything out? Let us know or tag us (@LJMUStudentOpps) in your social media posts if you end up doing any of our suggestions!

By Lewis Ridley (LJMU Student Opportunities Intern)

How to bond with your new flatmates

img_6007Making new friends can be a daunting enough task, but when you’ve moved into halls with new flatmates, it can be extra confusing to know where to begin. Luckily, we have all been there, and have compiled a list of ways that you can bond with your new flatmates!

Cook a meal together

Nothing brings people together better than stirring a pot of Bolognese and wishing that you’d cooked about a third of the pasta that is currently boiling away. Cooking with your flatmates gives you a chance to get to know them better, and find out whether you will be frequenting the same takeaways together throughout the year.

Go to the theatre

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Whether you’re there so often that the ushers know you on a first name basis, or you’ve never stepped foot past a box office in your life, going to the theatre with your flatmates is a great way to get to know them better. Watching a show will give you a talking point, and can be a great way to immerse yourself in the culture of Liverpool. What’s more, as you are LJMU students, three local theatres offer free and discounted tickets, all season round! The Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, and the Royal Court all offer £5 tickets to shows for LJMU students, and Student Opportunities often have free tickets to give away, so be sure to check our blog or pages regularly for a chance to see some of the brilliant productions that these theatres offer.

Visit the Albert Dock

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One of the best places to explore in the city centre is the Docks. With sweet shops, cafes and views for days, this is one of the most Instagram-able spots in Liverpool. And nothing can bond a group of people better than being collectively harassed by a bunch of seagulls.

Explore the Liverpool Tate

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While you’re at the Docks, why not pop into the Tate? You don’t have to be an art connoisseur to enjoy the Tate – a world renowned art gallery with exhibits to interest everybody. The galleries at Tate are often filled with thought provoking pieces and can be a great way to get to know your group better. Not to mention that LJMU students can access all of the Tate galleries for free, and get 10% off at the cafe and gift shop.

Get fit together at the gym

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Is there a better way to connect to people in this world than through dying on the CrossFit together? We very much doubt it, and with Lifestyles centres scattered around the city, there is sure to be a gym near to your accommodation. LJMU students can access Lifestyles gyms and classes for free every day before 4 pm – which gives you the perfect opportunity to see if you and your new flatmates are gym-compatible without having to pay for a membership.

See your new home from above at the Liverpool Cathedral

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We all love a good observatory, and Liverpool Cathedral offers the most unique view in the city, with Twilight Thursdays giving you the chance to see the sun set over Merseyside. The cathedral is extra-special to LJMU students as this will probably be the building where you graduate, so what more poetic way to start your uni experience with your new flatmates than in the building where you will all eventually graduate? And to top it off, LJMU students can receive 2 free tickets to go up the cathedral tower from student opportunities.

Liverpool is a city filled with so many fun activities, you are bound to find lots of interesting ways to get to know your flatmates better. And don’t forget that Student Opportunities offer regular socials, giving you a chance to meet a variety of students from across the university.

 

By Marcy Rick
Student Opportunities Intern