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Things to Do & See in Liverpool for Students

Chloe Sweet
14.02.20 – 05 Mins Read

Vita Student Liverpool, in the heart of the city.

Vita have sussed out the hot spots, tried and tested the food and drink and has the recommendations ready for you. Come and explore your new home with our city guide videos, curated exclusively for you to make you feel like a local in no time.

The Industrial Revolution, The Beatles and world-class football. We all know what Liverpool is known for but now it’s time to explore a side of the city you’ve not yet seen.

Shopping in Liverpool.

Liverpool is a shopping haven, with Liverpool One offering you every high street store under the sun along with restaurants and bars along the way. Fancy something a little more upmarket? Head to Harvey Nichols for a taste of luxury and get lost in their Beauty Bazaar for hours.

The Bold Street and Lark Lane area has independent shops, vintage boutiques, and unique cafes. Here, you can discover quirky clothing stores, record shops, and charming bookstores that add a touch of individuality to your shopping spree.

The historic Albert Dock mentioned below, is another shopping destination with a maritime backdrop. Home to a mix of gift shops, galleries, and boutiques, it provides a unique atmosphere for visitors to enjoy local craftsmanship and artistic creations. From high-end brands to hidden gems, Liverpool’s diverse shopping options make it a retail paradise for Vita Student residents – we give our residents exclusive discounts to some of the world’s biggest fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands.

The Music scene in Liverpool.

No visit to Liverpool is complete without exploring the legacy of The Beatles. Take a self-guided walking tour or join a group tour to visit significant locations like The Cavern Club, Penny Lane, and the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Beyond its historic roots, the city hosts a dynamic range of live music venues, from intimate indie spaces like The Shipping Forecast to larger arenas like the M&S Bank Arena. The annual Liverpool Sound City festival attracts both emerging and established artists, showcasing the city’s commitment to fostering new talent. With a diverse mix of genres and a passionate community of musicians, Liverpool’s music scene pulsates with vitality, ensuring a vibrant experience for both locals and visitors keen on immersing themselves in the city’s sonic legacy.

Liverpool’s Museums.

Liverpool’s cultural richness is on full display through its array of museums, galleries, and vibrant arts scene. The Museum of Liverpool, located on the waterfront, encapsulates the city’s history, from its maritime roots to the cultural impact of The Beatles. The Tate Liverpool, part of the iconic Albert Dock, showcases contemporary art from both local and international artists, making it a must-visit for art enthusiasts.

The city’s dedication to the arts extends to its numerous galleries and theatres, such as the Walker Art Gallery and the Everyman Theatre, offering diverse cultural experiences. Liverpool’s World Museum invites visitors to explore natural history, science, and world cultures, making it an educational yet engaging destination.

The International Slavery Museum provides a sobering reflection on the historical impact of the transatlantic slave trade, emphasizing Liverpool’s role in this complex history. The city’s commitment to preserving and celebrating its cultural heritage creates a tapestry of experiences, inviting locals and visitors to delve into Liverpool’s multifaceted identity through its museums and cultural institutions.

The Mersey.

Fancy doing something a bit different? How about hopping aboard a Mersey Ferry! See the sites of Liverpool from the water, pretty cool right? An iconic symbol of Liverpool, the Mersey Ferry offers a unique and scenic way to explore the city. Operating across the River Mersey since 1150, the ferry not only serves as a practical transportation link but also provides breathtaking views of Liverpool’s waterfront and skyline. Tickets start from £12 for adults or £10 for students.

The Best Pubs and Bars in Liverpool

Liverpool’s vibrant nightlife is a testament to its lively spirit, and for students seeking the best bars and pubs, the city offers a diverse array of options to suit every taste and budget.

The Philharmonic Dining Rooms, often referred to as “The Phil,” is a stunning Victorian pub known for its ornate décor and affordable drinks. It’s a favourite among students for its unique atmosphere and historic charm.

For those into the alternative scene, The Caledonia is a bohemian gem. With its eclectic interiors, live music, and a wide selection of craft beers, this pub exudes a laid-back, artistic vibe that resonates well with the student crowd.

Baltic Market is a must-visit for food and drink enthusiasts. This trendy market hall hosts a variety of street food vendors and bars, making it an ideal spot for a casual and social night out with friends.

For a taste of the city’s musical heritage, The Jacaranda, another iconic venue, is famous for being one of the first places where The Beatles performed. It continues to be a hub for live music, attracting both local and touring bands.

If you’re in the mood for cocktails, Alma de Cuba, situated in a converted church, offers a unique setting for a more upscale experience. Their inventive cocktails and Latin-inspired atmosphere make it a great spot for a special night out.

For a classic pub experience with a wide selection of beers, The Ship & Mitre is a student-friendly choice. With its cosy atmosphere and extensive beer menu, it’s a welcoming spot to unwind after classes.

Best places to eat in Liverpool

Mowgli Street Food: This vibrant eatery takes inspiration from Indian home cooking, serving up flavorful street food in a casual setting. With a menu featuring a variety of small plates, Mowgli is perfect for students seeking delicious and affordable options.

Maray: Known for its modern take on Middle Eastern cuisine, Maray has gained a strong reputation for its small plates and creative flavour combinations. The cosy atmosphere makes it an ideal spot for a relaxed meal with friends.

Bakchich: For students craving authentic Lebanese street food, Bakchich is a go-to destination. From shawarma to falafel, the menu is filled with fresh and flavourful options, providing a taste of the Middle East in the heart of Liverpool.

The Italian Club Fish: Seafood enthusiasts will appreciate this gem, offering an extensive menu of fresh and expertly prepared fish dishes. Located on Bold Street, it provides a sophisticated yet reasonably priced dining experience.

Slim’s Pork Chop Express: If you’re in the mood for hearty comfort food, Slim’s is the place to be. Specialising in American-style barbecue, this quirky eatery serves up generous portions of ribs, pulled pork, and other soul-satisfying dishes.

Baltic Market: For a diverse range of dining options in a communal setting, head to Baltic Market. This trendy food hall features a variety of street food vendors, making it a perfect spot for group outings with friends.

The Brunch Club: Students looking for a cosy brunch spot need look no further. The Brunch Club offers a delectable selection of breakfast and brunch options, from classic favourites to inventive dishes, served in a laid-back atmosphere.

Liverpool has a rich student scene and something to offer everyone, regardless of your interest or hobby. We hope you’ve found our guide helpful in helping you fill your diary up with fun things to do for the year ahead!

And if the city has captured your attention, read our other blog that has even more things to do in Liverpool!

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