Studying in Liverpool? 6 of the best student-friendly attractions in the city

Studying in Liverpool? 6 of the best student-friendly attractions in the city

Monday 30 September 2019

It’s that time of year again - when a host of new students flock to our wonderful city to experience all it has to offer.

We’ve rounded up some of Liverpool’s must-see attractions for new students, so if you’re an undergrad about to embark on a course at one of Liverpool’s world-renowned universities, this one’s for you.

Best of all, most of our suggestions are parent-friendly too, so if all-night raves and basement bars aren’t your folks’ thing, you can still keep them happy.

Here’s just six of the many attractions you simply have to visit if you’re studying in Liverpool:

1. Liverpool Cathedral

Liverpool is home to not one, but two cathedrals. The Anglican Liverpool Cathedral and Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral (or “Paddy’s Wigwam”) sit either side of Hope Street, and both buildings are magnificent tourist sights. There’s more to the Grade I Liverpool Cathedral than meets the eye. It offers art, amazing architecture and awe-inspiring views from its monumental bell tower. It’s the fifth largest cathedral in the world, so you really will be blown away by the size of this magnificent building on St James’s Mount.

You’ll love it because you can see the whole of the city laid out in front of you from the rooftop of the highest cathedral tower in the UK. This amazing 360 ? panoramic view shows off the River Mersey and all of Liverpool’s best landmarks – you may even be able to see your student halls from here.

Your parents will love it because of the incredible architecture. There’s a very good reason why thousands of tourists flock to Liverpool Cathedral each year. It’s simply breathtaking, from the huge Gothic arches to the beautiful Great West Window. There’s even a Tracey Emin sculpture to discover.

liverpool cathedral

2. The Baltic Triangle

This is one of the hippest and fastest-growing areas of the city, where you’re likely to bump into lots of your coursemates. The Baltic Triangle, a regenerated area formerly filled with empty warehouses and factories, is where you’ll find pop-up arts fairs, urban gardens, independent bars and a diverse range of restaurants and cafes. We can guarantee you’ll spend a lot of your free time here.

You’ll love it because there’s always something new to discover. Turn a corner and find Instagram-worthy  street art or a late-night pop-up garage rave.

Your parents will love it because there are so many great places to eat at the Baltic Triangle. As well as being a must-see in Liverpool, it’s the perfect place to take parents for a bite to eat and a catch-up.

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3. Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool is the home of modern and contemporary art in the North. It showcases pieces from the best British and International artists, as well as exciting upcoming talent. You don’t have to be on an art course to enjoy the Tate, as it’s a great place for any student to get inspired.

You’ll love it because it’s free to visit permanent collections, so you can enjoy the very best of modern art without making a dent in your student loan. If you do want to snap up a souvenir, you get a 10% discount in the gift shop with your student card.

Your parents will love it because there’s a vibrant programme of special exhibitions and interactive events at Tate Liverpool, so whether your mum and dad are fans of Fin de Si?cle portraits, hyper-realism sculptures or performance art, they’re sure to be impressed by the gallery’s offering.

the front of tate liverpool featuring a circular neon sign


4. The Royal Albert Dock

Built in 1839, the world-famous Royal Albert Dock has undergone a complete transformation over the last few decades. It’s now home to a huge choice of restaurants, bars, museums and galleries, including the award-winning Beatles Story, Tate Liverpool and the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

You’ll love it because you can explore the history of your new city for free with a stroll along Liverpool’s World Heritage Site waterfront, enjoying a brilliant mix of the old and the new.

Your parents will love it because it’s a full day out. If your parents complain they don’t see enough of you, a trip to the Royal Albert Dock is the perfect antidote. There’s so much to see and do, and it’s barely a few steps from the shops, bars and restaurants of Liverpool ONE.

a view of the royal albert dock

5. Liverpool ONE

We’re biased of course, but we can guarantee that Liverpool ONE will be one of your regular haunts once you get settled into your new home-from-home. You’ll find shopping, entertainment, restaurants, bars, cinemas and so much more right in the heart of the city. From catching a film at the ODEON to whizzing round a chaotic Junkyard Golf Club course, there are plenty of ways to chill out and have fun after lectures.

You’ll love it because it’s bursting with student discount offers. You’ll find loads of shops, bars and restaurants where flashing your student card will save you some much-needed cash. Refresh your wardrobe or dine for less – or do it all, without busting your budget.

Your parents will love it because there’s plenty to keep all the family happy during a visit. Whether it’s a shopping trip or a catch-up on all your news over a delicious dinner at Cosy Club (one of many Liverpool ONE restaurants that gets the parental seal of approval), there are lots of ways to spend a family afternoon here.

a view of liverpool one from the moon pool

6. The Museum of Liverpool

This very special museum was the world’s first national museum dedicated to telling the history of a city. One of the best free things to do in Liverpool, its exhibits tell the city’s story and its rich cultural, creative and sporting history. You’ll love the 360º immersive films, overhead railway and life-size Liver Bird, among many other fascinating objects and interactive activities.

You’ll love it because you’ll get a crash course on Liverpool’s history, the exhibits bringing the city’s incredible heritage to life in vivid detail. And it’s free entry.

Your parents will love it because there is a lot of Beatles stuff in here, from immersive films, to the stage where Lennon and McCartney first met. If your parents are fans of the Fab Four, they’ll absolutely love The Museum of Liverpool.

museum of liverpool across the dock

More fun ideas for exploring Liverpool

If you’re looking for things to do in Liverpool this weekend, here’s a quick list of even more student-friendly ideas:


  • Hop a ferry across the Mersey and see the Liverpool skyline from the water – it costs around £12 for students with Mersey Ferries.
  • Try your hand at wakeboarding at Liverpool Wakepark – there’s plenty of sessions for beginners as well as pros.
  • Challenge your mates to pool, beer pong or shuffleboard at Roxy Ball Room – which also serves stone-baked pizza, burgers, sharing platters and cocktails.


If you’re about to spend the next three or more years studying in Liverpool, you’re in for a treat. Whether you’re entertaining the parents or looking for fun and budget-friendly things to see and do, you’ll never be disappointed by what this city has to offer.

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