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!