If you’re heading to Liverpool in September to start your degree in one of our amazing universities then you’re in for a treat - you’ve picked the best city to come to!

Moving to a new city can be a bit daunting at first, trying to find your way around or working out what’s going on and where everything is can be a bit of a stress; especially if you’ve never been before.

So to help, we have given you some of our top tips on where to head for a night out, restaurants not to miss, shops to get all your degree bits and bobs and things to do when you’re not cramming for your latest exam. 

Welcome to Liverpool! 🎉


NIGHTS OUT


Aside from all the studying for your degree, uni is also for having fun with your new mates on the occasional (or very frequent) night out.


CONCERT SQUARE 

Concert Square is the central hub for all the bars and clubs in Liverpool City Centre. The big open roofed courtyard is surrounded by places to head for your night out, big or small. Try McCooleys and Einstein Bier Haus for beers and live sports, Level for three floors of different music genres and Modo or Soho for some drinks in the sunshine.


SEEL STREET

Seel Street and the roads leading off it are bursting at the seams with bars, night clubs and pubs for you to head to for a night you won’t forget. Head to clubs like Heebie Jeebies, Blue Angel (also known as The Raz), The Shipping Forecast, The Merchant, The Jacaranda and Santa Chupitos for great playlists and a dance with your mates. 


BALTIC TRIANGLE

Head over to Liverpool’s creative quarter, The Baltic Triangle for casual drinks in some of the city’s coolest bars. Try out Love Lane Brewery, Hobo Kiosk, Botanical Garden, Constellations and On Air for your afternoon or evening chill session.  


STANLEY STREET

Stanley Street and it’s surrounding roads are the best places to go for all the LGBTQ+ friendly bars in the city. Head to the Lisbon, an underground pub for a pint or try out the Poste House, Navy Bar and Masquerade for a bit of a dance. 


GIG VENUES


One of the things that makes Liverpool special is the music scene. Every night of the week you will find a gig venue hosting a gig of some form. From Rock, indie, pop, jazz, grime and everything in between, your Liverpool playlist is about to get bigger. 


DISTRICT

District is one of the many warehouses turned gig venues in The Baltic Triangle that hosts gigs, DJ sets, raves, festivals and everything in between. You might want to keep an eye on what's going on in here. 


JACARANDA

Head down into the basement of the Jacaranda on Slater Street to experience a bit of Liverpool music history. Now a staple bar on the local music scene, the venue was once a regular haunt for The Beatles. With loads of local up and coming bands gracing the stage it’s a great place to head for discovering new music. 


JACARANDA PHASE ONE

Head to the sister venue of the Jacaranda, Jacaranda Phase One on Seel Street for some of the best gigs in the city. The modest venue not only has a great gig space, it also has a vinyl store, sheds for listening to the latest releases and huge couches for you to chill on. 


SOUND

Another great basement gig venue is Sound on Duke Street. Sit upstairs for a pre-gig pizza and a pint and then head underground for an intimate gig with some top local talent or touring bands. It’s a great little hidden gem of a venue. 


LIVERPOOL MOUNTFORD HALL

Liverpool Uni students will probably become quite familiar with this venue as it is right in the heart of campus. Mountford hall is one of the biggest music venues in the city and welcomes some huge international talent to the stage too. This year the likes of Anne-Marie, Kaiser Chiefs and George Ezra have turned up for some sell out sets. 


HANGAR 34

Hangar 34 is one of the biggest music venues in the Baltic Triangle. They host everything from touring bands, raves and DJ sets to festivals and after parties. Make sure you keep up to date with what’s going on in here for some top nights out. 

Saturday night with @bennicky was mental 🔥

A post shared by Hangar34 (@hangar34liverpool) on


For some more inspiration, check out this blog for some more of the best music venues in the city


CLUB NIGHTS


Liverpool is one of the best cities for a night out, (we’re not biased, it’s proven to be true!) and there seems to be a club night on every day of the week. We’ve picked out some of the biggest ones not to miss but keep your eyes peeled for more popping up. 


SHIT INDIE DISCO

Shit Indie Disco at the Electrik has become a bit of a Liverpool institution amongst students. Every Thursday night the guys behind the indie disco open their doors for a night of non-stop indie bangers. Think everything from Arctic Monkeys, Oasis, The Killers, Gerry Cinnamon and all your favourite bands in between. Don’t Look Back in Anger (sorry) at missing out on this night out! 


MEDICATION 

Medication is one of Liverpool’s most famous student nights! Every Friday, at Electrik Warehouse on Wood Street students flock down to dance the night away in their four rooms blasting out a vast array of tunes meaning you’re bound to find something you’re in to!


BONGO’S BINGO

If you haven't heard of the bingo phenomenon sweeping the nation then you’re in for a treat as Liverpool is home to one of the biggest nights out in the UK, Bongo’s Bingo! Head over to Content in the Baltic Triangle for a night of crazy bingo, mad prizes, dancing on tables and Irish humour from resident host, Jonny Bongo. Eyes down! 

Find out more about the famous club night in our blog with Jonny Bongo himself

Who's partying with us tonight? #fridayfeeling 💪

A post shared by Bongo's Bingo (@bongosbingo) on


JIMMY’S 

Just in time for the new student year, Jimmy’s on Bold Street has opened up its doors for a whole host of club nights. With their first one being called, Break Stuff, you can only imagine how it’s going to go down. 

Entering Friday mode ⚡️🍻🌈✨

A post shared by Jimmy's (@jimmys) on


CRAZY PEDRO’S 

On the first Wednesday of every month Crazy Pedro’s on Parr Street hosts Pedro! At The Disco, an all night pop punk + emo party. It’s the perfect place to head for all the emo classics, slices of crazy pizza and a load of beer pong. With free entry too, you can't really go wrong. 


PLACES TO EAT


There are so many places to eat in Liverpool you might not find enough time to fit them all in before you graduate, but you can definitely try. Check out some of these highlights for places to eat and then check out our blog on the Ultimate Guide to Food in Liverpool to delve deeper into the city’s food offering. 


MOWGLI

You can’t come to Liverpool and not try out Mowgli, it’s that good we have two of them in the city! The Indian street food restaurant is a local favourite with their chat bombs being a must try. They have loads of vegetarian options and vegan and gluten free menus too so everyone can experience the mouth watering food.  


MOOSE

For a breakfast to cure all hangovers head over to Moose for a huge stack of American pancakes. Pick from all your favourite toppings or indulge in waffles or one of their all day breakfasts. You’ll be back for more! 


YARD AND COOP

If you’re struggling to pick somewhere to eat then Yard And Coop on Hanover Street is a solid choice. Home of the buttermilk fried chicken, an amazing menu and seats inside chicken coops, you’ll be mad not to go. You can also take advantage of your student discount here and they do an amazing £5 lunch offer!

Can't beat a big burger Saturday 😋

A post shared by Yard & Coop Liverpool (@yardandcoopliv) on


CARIBOU POUTINE

For a bit of comfort food that will tide you over for an evening of studying hard in the library (or partying the night away) then Caribou Poutine on Slater Street is a must. The Canadian special mix of chips, cheese and gravy takes the usual take away to a whole new level. 


AMALIA

You can't go wrong with pizza when there’s no food in the house so we would recommend heading over to Amalia for an award winning slice. The family run restaurant looks like it has come straight out of Italy - along with its secret recipes. It’s a great place to head for a flat night out. 

For more ideas on where to head to for a slice of pizza check out our blog on Liverpool’s best pizza spots


DOWN THE HATCH

If you’re vegan or vegetarian, don't worry, you’ll be covered in Liverpool. Down the Hatch has become a staple haunt for people who follow a plant based diet in the city and with good reason, who doesn't love a bit of junk food every now and then? The basement diner on Duke Street serves up everything from dirty burgers, loaded fries and all the sides you could want, made entirely out of plants, and the odd bit of cheese. 

Check out our blog on all the amazing vegan friendly places you can eat in Liverpool


THE BAGELRY 

If you fancy a snack then The Bagelry on Nelson Street has you covered. Right in the heart of Chinatown you’ll find this bagel loving bakery for all your round shaped food needs. Made fresh every day, they supply all your favourite flavours including the famous rainbow bagels, doughnuts and some quality coffee. 


THE BALTIC MARKET

Liverpool’s first street food market in the Baltic Triangle is the place to head for food these days. The market is home to over 10 food stalls serving up the best local food, a fully stocked bar, dessert stalls and events you’ll want to go to every week. The stalls change every couple of months too so each time you go you can try something different. 

Friday Night Lights🕺🏻🔮

A post shared by Baltic Market (@balticmarket) on


BALTIC SOCIAL

For something a little different, or if you’re trying to impress, the Punk Afternoon Tea at the Baltic Social is definitely worth a try. Forget the usual finger sandwiches and scones, this afternoon tea is piled high with burgers, corn dogs, fries, brownies and a cocktail in a teapot! There are also vegan and vegetarian versions too so everyone can get involved. 

If afternoon tea is your thing then check out our blog for some of the best ones in the city


ALMOST FAMOUS

Almost Famous on Parr Street is one of the best burger spots in the city. Their dirty burgers are piled high with some weird and wonderful combinations you need to try. They even give you a roll of kitchen towel because they know it’s going to get a bit messy. It’s all worth it though!


SHOPPING


If you’re a fan of shopping then Liverpool won’t disappoint. We have all the high street stores right in the heart of the city centre at Liverpool ONE and enough supermarkets to keep your fridge fully stocked. 

Aside from the usual though, Liverpool has some great independent stores and shops to help with your studies that you should definitely check out while you’re here.


COW VINTAGE

Cow vintage on Bold Street is one of the best spots to head if you’re into vintage fashion. You never know what you might find in here. 


RESURRECTION

Another Bold Street favourite is Resurrection. Here you’ll find the latest trends, vintage finds, band t-shirts and Dig Vinyl for all the latest records.

Closing a bit earlier today, 5.30ish COYR

A post shared by Resurrection Liverpool (@resurrection_liverpool) on


POP BOUTIQUE

Bold Street appears to be the home of the best vintage shops in the city as we add Pop Boutique to the list. A great place to head if you’re a fan of quirky vintage finds to make sure you look top-notch in your lectures!


RED BRICK HANGAR AND RED BRICK VINTAGE

For all your vintage needs head down to the Red Brick Hangar market and vintage shop in the Baltic Triangle. You’ll find all sorts here and it makes for a great afternoon wandering around this creative district of the city. 


NEWS FROM NOWHERE

If you’re after somewhere to ethically source your course books from, especially if you’re studying English, then News From Nowhere is your best bet. The not-for-profit radical & community bookshop on Bold Street has books from a range of genres and they can even order them in for you. Definitely worth heading down for a look. 


RENNIES ARTS & CRAFTS

For everyone coming to Liverpool to study art, or even if you do it for a hobby, you have got to visit Rennies on Bold Street. The art store has been supplying the city’s artists with arts and crafts products for over 50 years and with excellent service. You’ll be able to find paper, pencils, paint, canvas and everything in between for you to ace that art degree. You also get student discount! 

Rennies Arts and Crafts welcome all new students to Liverpool

A post shared by Rennies Arts & Crafts (@renniesartsandcrafts) on


CASS ART

Cass Art is also a great place to go for art supplies and they host regular events for you to meet new people and improve your art skills. It’s right by the Bluecoat too so you can head in after being inspired by all the art on display there.


LOST ART

If you’re into skateboarding then Lost Art above The Merchant on Slater Street will be your go to shop. Selling everything from boards to merch, it’s a great place to meet new people and buy new gear. 


ROOT HOUSEPLANTS

Looking for a plant to brighten up your room? Head over to Root Houseplants at Bluecoat to get expert advice on plant buying. They even give you tips on how to look after your new addition when you take it home. 

We had a huge delivery yesterday and now we’re fully stocked in-store and online! We have lots of favourites including String of Hearts, Calathea Ornatas and Monsteras. We’re ready for a busy weekend 🌿🌱🌵🥰 We’re open as normal 10-6 Saturday & 11-5 Sunday 🌿💚🙌🏻 . . . . #roothouseplants #plantsofinstagram #plants #plantlove #houseplants #houseplantclub #greenlife #plantsofliverpool #plantinspirstion #plantsagram #plantgoals #indoorplants #foliage #urbanjungle #indoorgarden #plantsmakepeoplehappy #instagarden #indoorjungle #greengrow #allthingsgreen #urbanjunglebloggers #plantscout #plantstagram #plantsofig #botanicalpickmeup #plantoftheday #independentbusiness #liverpool

A post shared by Root Houseplants (@root_houseplants) on


THINGS TO DO


When you’re not in lectures or studying really hard in the library, it’s nice to take a bit of time out to explore the city you now call home. We have put together some things defnietly worth ticking off your Liverpool bucket list. 


MUSEUMS AND ART GALLERIES

Liverpool has the most national museums and art galleries outside of London so you’ll need those three years to make sure you make the most of them all. We have everything from The World Museum, The Walker Art Gallery, Open Eye Gallery, Bluecoat, Tate Liverpool, The International Slavery Museum, FACT and loads more to explore. 

#art #liverpool

A post shared by Jérôme Monnery (@jeromemonnery) on


GHETTO GOLF AND JUNKYARD GOLF CLUB

We have not one but two places to head for a round of crazy golf. Head to the Baltic Triangle to dive right into Ghetto Golf or check out Junkyard Golf Club in Liverpool ONE for some putting action with a few cocktails. It’ll be a great way to break the ice with your new flat mates. 

Ghetto Golf ❌☮️🔫🎧⛳️🕶 #guesswhogotaholeinone #me

A post shared by Amy Jones (@amychristinejones) on


HEAD TO A MUSIC FESTIVAL

Liverpool has some of the best music festivals in the country so it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on who might be headlining the latest one. For some inspiration, check out Sound City, LIMF, Fusion, Smithdown Road, Africa Oye, Brasilica and Creamfields to see if any of them take your fancy. 


WATCH THE FOOTBALL

Football in Liverpool is huge, especially if you’re a fan of Liverpool or Everton. If you’re not lucky enough to grab some tickets to the game then there are plenty of pubs that you can cheer on your favourite team in. 

Check out our blog on some of the best places to watch the football. 


LANE 7

For a bit of a break from your studies head over to Lane 7 for a few rounds of bowling. Grab your bowling shoes, head to the bar and then see who can become the flat’s bowling champ. 


ADVENTURE DOCK

If you’re a bit of a thrill seeker then Adventure Dock is for you. During the summer months a giant inflatable assault course takes over Duke’s Dock to test your skills and agility. Race your mates to see who can conquer the course fastest and avoid falling in the water. Loser has to buy the first round!


TAKE A TOUR OF LIVERPOOL

If you’ve never been to Liverpool before then it might be worth taking a tour of the city to get familiar with your surroundings.

Check out our blog on all the different tours you can go on, from ones underground to Beatles themed and bike tours. 

There are places I remember...

A post shared by Magical Mystery Tour (@mmtliverpool) on


HEAD TO THE THEATRE

We love a good show in Liverpool and our many theatres don’t disappoint. With huge West End shows heading to The Empire Theatre, local talent filling out the Royal Court, home grown actors gracing the stage at the Everyman & Playhouse theatres and various shows popping up all over the city, you’ll find something you enjoy. 


VISIT ONE OF OUR CATHEDRALS

Liverpool is home to not one but two cathedrals, and they are pretty stunning if we do say so ourselves. Housed at either end of Hope Street, you’ll find the Anglican Cathedral, which is the biggest in the UK and the Metropolitan Cathedral which has some pretty impressive interiors.


DO ALL THE BEATLES THINGS

Living in Liverpool means you’ll be living in the hometown of The Beatles, pretty cool right? So it’s the perfect opportunity to learn a bit more about them. Head to The Beatles Story or the Magical Beatles Museum for a Beatles history lesson, go on a Beatles tour, visit their childhood homes, see a gig at the Cavern Club or get your picture taken with the larger than life Beatles statues on the Pier Head. 

#liverpool #beatles #beatlesstatue #statue

A post shared by Andrea S. (@asula2804) on


STREET ART SPOT

Liverpool is pretty famous these days for its street art thanks to Paul Curtis’ Liver Bird mural. Standing in front of the wings is the classic Liverpool shot you need to get while you’re here but there are also loads more different works of art to find too. 

Check out our blog on Liverpool Street art to see if you can find any of them. 


HEAD TO THE BEACH

At just a 20 minute train ride out of the city centre you can find yourself at Crosby Beach. There is no better way to spend a sunny day than chilling on the beach with your mates after a week of lectures. You can also check out Anthony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ art work whilst you’re there too. 

🌊 . . . #beach #antonygormley #anotherplace #family #sea #sunset

A post shared by Sarah Stephens (@sarah.stephens.prints) on


SEFTON PARK

For a bit of fresh air head over to Sefton Park with your mates for an afternoon chilling in the sun. The huge 200 acre park is a lush landscape of grass, trees and flowers and also features a boating lake, cafe and the stunning Palm House. 


LIVERPOOL CENTRAL LIBRARY 

You’ll probably be spending a lot of time in your university's library but if you fancy a change of scenery head over to Liverpool Central Library to study in one of the most beautiful rooms in the city. The Picton Reading Room looks like it’s come straight from the Harry Potter set and it’s that quiet you can hear a pin drop - perfect for concentrating on those essays. 

I imagined I was in Belle’s library today 📚

A post shared by paula ☽☼♡ (@itspaulaslife) on


So there you have it, plenty to do do keep you entertained on your three years in Liverpool. You’ll no doubt look back on your graduation and think you picked the best city in the UK to come for your degree - you might not even want to leave! 

Follow us on all our socials @VisitLiverpool for all the latest information about what is going on in the city. 


You might also find these blogs useful too:


BLOG POST PROFILE

This blog post has been written by Sophie Shields, Digitial Marketing Assistant for Marketing Liverpool.

Sophie is from Liverpool, loves all things music, particularly the local music scene and Liverpool FC.

Related

Liverpool Central Library & Record Office
Historic Site
Liverpool Central Library & Record Office

Liverpool Record Office, housed within the Central Library, collects, preserves, and makes available archives and printed material relating to all aspects of the history of Liverpool.

Bold Street
Street/Area
Bold Street
The Bluecoat
Arts Centre
Photo credit: Brian Roberts Photography

A Grade I listed, 300 year old building in the heart of Liverpool’s city centre, Bluecoat offers a year-round programme of visual art, literature, music, dance and family activities.

McCooley's - Concert Square
Pub/Inn
McCooley's - Concert Square

Contemporary Irish bar and grill located in Liverpool’s iconic Concert Square, the heart of Liverpool’s busy nightlife.

Santa Chupitos
Bar
Santa Chupitos

Home of the $5 dollar shake and many other whacky and wonderful cocktails. With a classic menu available all year round, combined with a seasonal cocktail menu that utilises the freshest in season produce and don't miss their happy hour menu, Monday-Friday 5pm-9pm!

Constellations
Nightclub
Constellations

Constellations & The Observatory is an award winning, independently-minded event space in the heart of Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle, with a killer outdoor space.

Crazy Pedro's Liverpool
Restaurant
Crazy Pedro's Liverpool

They love to party all the time at Pedro's. Grab a Frozen Margarita and a slice of Pizza and watch the party unfold.

Moose Coffee - Dale Street
Tea Room/Coffee Shop
Moose Coffee - Dale Street

Moose Coffee trades on a distinctive offer of an 'Authentic American & Canadian Breakfast Brunch Menu'

The Bagelry
Café
The Bagelry in China Town, serving rainbow bagels and much more.

The holy grail of breakfast, brunch and lunch - The Bagelry in Liverpool's China Town is the epitome of Instagram-able food.

Baltic Market
Cafe / Bar
The street revolution has come to Liverpool. All hail the Baltic Market this Christmas!

Liverpool's first ever street food market, Baltic Market situated on the redeveloped Caines Brewery site.

Baltic Social
Café
Baltic Social in the heart of the Baltic Triangle.

Bringing together quality food, boss music and belter drinks to the heart of Liverpool's Baltic Triangle; your next food or drink stop has got to be the Baltic Social.

World Museum
Museum
World Museum

From the sea to the stars, a visit to World Museum reveals millions of years of the Earth’s history through thousands of exhibits and hands-on activities.

Walker Art Gallery
Gallery
Walker Art Gallery

Home to outstanding works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Poussin, Gainsborough and Hogarth, the Walker Art Gallery is one of the finest art galleries in Europe.

Open Eye Gallery
Gallery
Open Eye Gallery

Open Eye Gallery is an independent not-for-profit photography gallery located on Mann Island at the heart of the Liverpool Waterfront – next to the Museum of Liverpool, Tate Liverpool and Albert Dock.

The Bluecoat
Arts Centre
Photo credit: Brian Roberts Photography

A Grade I listed, 300 year old building in the heart of Liverpool’s city centre, Bluecoat offers a year-round programme of visual art, literature, music, dance and family activities.

Tate Liverpool
Gallery
Tate Liverpool

Welcome to the home of British and international modern and contemporary art in the North; Tate Liverpool. Aren’t we lucky?

International Slavery Museum
Museum
International Slavery Museum

the International Slavery Museum is located within Liverpool's Albert Dock, inside the Merseyside Maritime Museum building.

FACT (Foundation For Art & Creative Technology)
Arts Centre
FACT (Foundation For Art & Creative Technology)

FACT is the UK’s leading organisation for commissioning and exhibiting film, video, and new media art, with galleries, cinemas, a shop, bar and café, plus FREE exhibitions and Wi-Fi.

Junkyard Golf Club
Golf Course
Bitch don't kill my tribe quote at Junkyard Golf Liverpool

With Four unique bars across the venue, (three of which are half way through the courses), putters can sip on red cup cocktails 🍸 including Hotline Ting, Ribena Turner & Post Melone, all garnished with your favourite childhood sweets 🍬, yaaaas!

Adventure Dock Co
Activity Centre
Inflatable Obstacle Course with the Royal Albert Dock in the background of the shot

The Adventure Dock Co is Liverpool’s newest and bounciest family attraction, set next to the iconic Albert Dock, it's sure to be a splash with kids and adults alike!

Liverpool Empire Theatre
Theatre / Venue
Liverpool Empire Theatre

The Liverpool Empire Theatre is situated on Lime Street, the busy gateway road to Liverpool. It's ideally located within metres of Lime Street Station.

Royal Court Liverpool
Theatre / Venue
Royal Court Liverpool

The Royal Court provides a unique theatre experience for any visitor to Liverpool.

Liverpool Everyman
Theatre / Venue
Liverpool Everyman

The famous Liverpool Everyman is back after a two year redevelopment, bringing radical ground-breaking theatre to the city, as well as offering a host of food and drink.

Liverpool Playhouse
Theatre / Venue
Liverpool Playhouse

The Liverpool Playhouse housed one of the first and one of the oldest rep theatres in the country. More stately than the Everyman, yet intimate in its own way, the Playhouse is the Liverpool home of classic drama.

Liverpool Cathedral
Church/Chapel
Liverpool Cathedral

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral is Britain's biggest Cathedral and the 5th largest in Europe

Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King
Church/Chapel
Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King

One of the city's 2 immense cathedrals, an architectural gem in its own right, with a Crypt that is one of the most significant works in this country of the leading British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. Not to mention the world’s largest area of coloured glass in the roof of the 'crown'.

The Beatles Story
Museum
The Beatles Story

The award-winning ‘The Beatles Story’ is the world’s largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to telling the story of The Beatles’ rise to fame, located in the band’s hometown of Liverpool.