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'The University of Liverpool, Mount Pleasant, LIVERPOOL, L69 3BX Telephone: 0151 794 2000

The UNIVERSITY of LIVERPOOL is one of the original 'red brick' Universities and was formally created by Royal Charter in 1903. It has a history dating back to 1881 when it was founded as University College Liverpool.

Academic strengths

  • The University is a member of the Russell Group, representing the UK's top research-led Universities.
  • Liverpool is well regarded for Physical, Biomedical and Life Sciences, Arts and Humanities (including Irish Studies).
  • Professional subjects, including Medicine, Health Sciences, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Engineering, Law, Architecture and Town Planning.


Liverpool is home to the largest number of Grade 1 listed buildings in the country outside of London including The Royal Albert Docks. Liverpool city centre and docks are also a UNESCO world heritage site. Liverpool is an historic city in every sense of the world both in terms of world trade and emigration, and its architecture and cityscape reflects this rich heritage.

The main University campus is situated in an area of the city that is dominated by old Georgian houses (many of which house University Departments and offices) clustered around garden squares, stunning Victorian architecture reflecting the cities mercantile past (such as the School of Tropical Medicine) and newer buildings containing some of the best University facilities in the North West.

Liverpool has a long and cosmopolitan history, and as a port city is now home to a population reflecting its connections to the rest of the maritime world and in particular historic links to Ireland and the Irish people, and to the Caribbean reflecting both its involvement in the 18th Century sugar trade and more recent post-war emigration. Made world famous in the Sixties as a result of its music scene (including The Beatles), it has a rich cultural life and has leading theatres such as the famous Everyman, concert halls such as the Philharmonic, major Museums, a wealth of historic pubs and hotels plus clubs and restaurants for all tastes and interests, and is home to two major football clubs, Liverpool and Everton.

It is well placed for transport links. Trains from the famous Lime Street station link it to London and it has an international airport named after John Lennon.

Student mix

  • More than 21,000 registered students.
  • 16,200 Undergraduate students; more than 3,300 postgraduate students and 1,400 continuing education students.
  • More than 4,600 international students and more than 130 nationalities.
  • Gender split: 47% male and 53% female.
  • Over 80% of new undergraduates attended a state school.

What Liverpool is

  • A student city (you can't get away from it), with a student population of c. 50,000 (city's population is ~450,000)
  • A generally friendly city
  • A safe city
  • A good place to live with frequent transport, and everything you need is in close proximity
  • A good night out with nights out to suit all tastes
  • A cheap city with cheap accommodation, cheap taxis and cheap drinks
  • A good University, with some of the best facillties in the country
  • Full of history

What Liverpool is not

  • Posh. It's a very working class city, and welcomes people of all backgrounds.
  • Boring. Its full of life - you can't keep Liverpudlians quiet for long.



By living in our Halls of Residence you will be part of a brilliant community of students, all of whom are studying at the University of Liverpool.

Uni accommodation is well-maintained, safe and comfortable – and you will be renting from the University who places your well-being and academic success first.

As well as a private study bedroom, the rent covers utility bills and also meals if you are in catered accommodation. All rooms are clustered around shared kitchens.

Our popular student villages, at Carnatic and Greenbank, are set in their own grounds, with sports facilities, bars, shops, restaurants, communal spaces and libraries.

More details at http://www.liv.ac.uk/accommodation/halls/


There are two libraries in the University. First is the Harold Cohen Library, this is on "North Campus" and is across the main road from the Guild. It contains the collections for Science, Medicine, Engineering and Vetinary Medicine. In addition, there are various study rooms (mainly on the ground and first floors) and a few group study areas.

There are eight computer centres, giving a total of 280 computers available for student use. The other library is the Sydney Jones library, this contains the collections for the arts and humanities, and is located off of Abercromby Square on "South Campus". There is a few formal study rooms, accessed via the service desk, and various work areas within the atrium. There computers are located within the "Abecromby wing" which is an open plan area containing 360 computers and 2 computer clusters on both floors of the Grove Wing. SuperRoamNet (wireless network) is available in all areas of both libraries.

The Harold Cohen is open non-stop from Monday at 0830 through to Saturday at 2300, and is also open on Sunday from 1200-2300. Staff are availiable Monday-Friday 0900-2130, Saturday and Sunday 1200-1700.

The Sydney Jones is open non-stop from Monday at 0830 through to Saturday at 2130, and is open on Sunday from 1200-2130. Staff are availiable Monday-Friday 0900-2130, Saturday and Sunday 1200-1700.

There is also a library at Leahurst Vetinary Hospital on the Wirral, this is open 0800-2200 everyday during term time. Whilst LoU students and staff also have access to the Liverpool School Of Tropical Medicine's and The Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory's Libraries.

IT and Computing

If you have your own computer you can get 24/7 internet access in your room at halls or use wireless free in either library or the guild. If not, there are computers available in the libraries and in many academic buildings on campus. There are also small computer rooms situated out at the halls of residence.

The library computer rooms are open 24 hours Mon-Fri, and during library opening hours at weekends (Saturday 0000-2300 and Sunday 1200-2300 (Sciences library) or Saturday 0000-2130 and Sunday 1200-2130 (Arts Library)). Most other computer rooms are open between 0830 and 1730.


In terms of student welfare, most facilities are found in the Guild, where you'll find the Student Accommodation Office and Student Health. There is also a team of student representatives to deal with any issues. In addition to this, there is a free counselling service offered, where it is possible to book hour-long appointments in six-week blocks with qualified counsellors.

In addition there are childcare facilities, with a children's pre-school located on Crown Street opposite the Department of Chemistry, the fees are subsidised by the University, but are not free.


There is a recommended GP's practice on site next to the guild which is part of the Brownlow Medical Group, the surgeries run everyday through the week and being registered allows access to any other practice in the group including the Student Health drop in at Carnatic called S.H.A.C, however this is only a small GP. There are also many GP surgerys around the area that are happy to take on students. This includes many on campus and around the halls and just off Smithdown Road. Due to the large medical school in the city, there is also no shortage of hospitals. Though the only A&E in the city centre is at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital (near the university campus), with an additional A&E at Fazakerley Hospital on the North side of the city.


The main shopping areas in the city centre are:

  • Church Street
  • Bold Street
  • Liverpool ONE
  • St John's Precinct
  • Met Quarter
  • Clayton Square

Although formerly the city did not have the same standard of offering as Leeds and Manchester, Liverpool's city centre has a wide variety of shops. It's not missing any of the big chains and also has a wide selection of smaller, independent shops. A recent addition the world's largest Primark outlet, some 10,000 sqft larger than the oxford street store.

It also has a growing Met quarter where a number of high end retailers have opened branches.

The City centre has recently completed the current phase of redevelopment, with the opening of Liverpool One. Liverpool has all the major brands you'd see in any city centre, as well as a new entertainment level with a new Odeon cinema and various restaurants. There is still the Church Street shops including Marks and Spencer, Primark and BHS. The other key shopping areas are Clayton Square (mainly clothes stores, but also has a Boots) and St John's Precinct (with a market, Wilkinsons, Pound shops, and various independant traders).

There is also Quiggins, which is similar to Affleck's Palace in Manchester or the Corn Exchange in Leeds.

In terms of Supermarkets, there is a large ASDA store on Smithdown Road (the main student road), which serves as the main student supermarket. There are Tesco Metro branches Edge Hill, Greenbank Road (near the halls) and in the city centre, with a 24hr superstore next to Liverpool One and on Allerton Road (also with a petrol station). There are also Morrisons (in Speke, near the airport) and Sainsbury's (in Old Swan). There are various branches of Aldi, Lidl and Netto.


All transport is operated in zones, but for the most part you wont venture outside of the C (or city) zone. All services are subsidised by Merseytravel.

Arriva is the main operator of services in Liverpool, and serve all parts of Merseyside radiating from Liverpool city centre. There are also services operated by Stagecoach (mainly in North Liverpool) and various independant operators. Buses directly serving the University campus are routes 6 (to Warrington), 7 (to Huyton), 7A (to Warrington, evenings), 7B (to Rainhill, evenings), 14 (to Runcorn or Rainhill), 61 (to Widnes), 78 (to Halewood) and 79 (to Netherley)

The university has 2 main halls of residence, Greenbank and Carnatic. The number 699 bus stops at these two campuses and at Abercrombie Square near City centre. It goes every 10 mins from about 8am until about 8pm when it is then every 20 minutes. It costs £1.50 per journey (student single), £3.30 for a day ticket or you can buy an annual arriva bus ticket online for £213. This is highly recommended if you live anywhere other than the centre of town. There are also multiple other routes that run within 5/10 minutes walk of the halls of residence.

In terms of other transport, Taxis are easily available all over the city centre and will cost about £10 to the Carnatic site or £8 to Greenbank, with taxis to other student parts of Liverpool being around £7.00 (in a hackney) or £5.00 (in a private hire cab).

In terms of railways, most services (and all long distance services) operate out of Liverpool Lime Street, destinations include London, Birmingham, Manchester, Wigan, Blackpool, York and Norwich. There is also Liverpool Central, offering services to Southport, Kirkby, Ormskirk (via North Liverpool) as well as Birkenhead and the Wirral (Chester, Ellesmere Port, New Brighton and West Kirby). The nearest airports are Liverpool John Lennon Airport (a hub for low cost airlines) and Manchester (for long haul destinations). Both are easily accesible by public transport. One thing to say about buses from Liverpool Airport, do not use the service 500/501 as it costs twice the fare as normal buses (which are equally as quick as the express bus and go into town).

For vets, there is a bus link between the Vet School in the city to Leahurst (on the Wirral).

Careers service

The University has it's own Careers service located in the Guild building. It is known as "The Careers and Employability Service".

There's a couple of options as regards Guidance meetings, first there are "quick query" appointments which are about 15 minutes each, meaning you can get a couple of issues sorted (and can be taken by any advisor) or "guidance" appointments, which are about 40 minutes each (and have to be taken by the careers advisor specialising in your department/faculty). Quick appointments can be booked on the day whilst guidance interviews need to be booked in advance.

The careers office also has various reading materials about various part-time jobs, research opportunities and graduate careers. It is open 1000-1630 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with opening hours on Tuesday being 1000-1830. .

Part-time jobs

As it's a major city, there are various part time jobs available especially in the commercial and nightlife markets. For more information, consult the careers service.

Religious facilities

The University of Liverpool has a vibrant Christian Union. Called the City CU, it welcomes students from all 4 major Liverpool Higher Education institutes and meets all over the city. As well as main meetings, there are small groups that meet every Monday night at sites city wide.

Liverpool also has many lively churches, popular with students, alongside some more traditional one. Most people find a church they can settle into pretty easily. The CU are also involved with "Church Search" where older students take freshers to their churches with them so they can try several churches out without fear of getting lost.

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Bars, Pubs and clubs

Being in the city, there are various bars, pubs and clubs within short walking distance.


The Guild (which is our students union) is good for a quiet drink in one of the bars, but not much else, they have ocassional club nights on (Double Vision is the major monthly event), but going out on the town is more favoured (as it's easier to get home from at the end of a night). It is the hub of activities in Freshers week, with the week finishing with the Freshers fair. However it is not open during weekend daytimes.

Inside the Guild is the base where you will buy tickets for most events linked to the Guild such as Concerts held there like The Enemy, Feeder and Dizzie Rascal and socials for societies.


There's gigs for all tastes either at the Guild, the O2 Academy and the Echo Arena, with smaller gigs going on at various bars and clubs across the city, the Masque being a favorite amongst students. 

Carnage is a student pub crawl, which has various stops before finally ending in the Krazyhouse. A good place to start if you don't know the city very well, but the stops may not be to all tastes. There's various departmental/society pub crawls and there's also pub golf. Carnage happens on a pre-selected Monday.

Another event is Student Fest which "takes over" Concert Square for a full night. The various clubs and bars (Mood, Walkabout etc) are all "taken over" by the big nights such as Medication (takes over Walkabout) and Cheeky Monkey (takes over Mood) etc. Student fest happens on a pre-selected Sunday.

Clubs and societies

There are probably around 100 non-sporting student societies at Liverpool Uni - all connected to the Liverpool Guild of Students.

You'll be able to join any of the societies once you are there and as if the 100 or so aren't enough for you to choose from, you'll be able to try and set up your own new ones too.

Student union

The Student Union, known as Liverpool Guild of Students, LGoS or more informally 'The Guild' is the largest in the UK and one of the largest in Europe. During the day, the guild is generally rather full owing to the reasonable prices for food/drink, the warmth, and its central location with regards to the departments.

The guild is also used for society meetings, for example debating society, and as the starting point for departmental pub crawls. Freshers' fair is also held here, and any large meetings or talks from the university staff are generally given in the hall.

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