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Overseas university spotlight: University of Liverpool (UK)

If you're an international student looking to study at a research-focused institution in a lively UK city with a thriving arts scene, look no further than the University of Liverpool.


I was really excited to visit for the first time, and it happened to be the same month that the city was hosting the Eurovision competition on behalf of Ukraine.


It was easy to see just how important music is to this city, albeit the birthplace of the Beatles.


Here are some of the highlights of my visit to campus in May 2023!



Liverpool as a city


First things first - do you like museums?


Liverpool has the most museums and galleries outside of London, and what's more, most of them are free!


I enjoyed the contemporary art at the Tate on a Sunday afternoon.


The Tate cafe

My favorite collection, however, was at the Maritime Museum (obviously).


Because of its location on the water in the northwest of England, Liverpool has long been tied with the maritime industry.


View from the Maritime Museum
View from the Maritime Museum

Titanic geeks like myself will know that Liverpool was actually home to the headquarters of the White Star Line company who owned the ship, and their beautiful building still exists today as a hotel.


Former headquarters of the White Star Line
Former headquarters of the White Star Line

So of course I had to check out the Titanic exhibit at the museum (though I found the Lusitania collection equally intriguing)!


One of the actual life jackets
One of the actual life jackets

Both the Tate and the Maritime Museum are located at the Albert Dock, a lively area close to the Liverpool One shopping district.



As a city, Liverpool attracts about 54 million visitors each year, and it's really easy to reach via a direct 2-hour train from London.


The main train station, within an easy walk of the city and university
The main train station, within an easy walk of the city and university

Whether all these visitors come because of its Beatles fame, the two Premier League soccer teams, the large amount of museums or the arts - regardless, there is so much to do.


I even came across a Sunday afternoon dance party, curated by the group Crazy P.



For students/tourists looking for nightlife, Matthew Street in the centre is where you'll find a lot of the bars and nightclubs, including the Cavern Club, famous for regularly hosting the Beatles in their early years.



Besides Albert Dock, I think my favorite area was Bold Street, which is where many second- or third-year students live (check out the Mowgli Indian restaurant!).



It's also where I found the best coffee -- at a place called Bold Street Coffee (get the avocado toast or mushroom toast, too!).


Bold Street Coffee
Bold Street Coffee

Two other honorable mentions for coffee shops would be the Lovelocks Coffee shop, not far from the train station, and 92 degrees.


Wouldn't get sick of this view - and what a cool cup!
Wouldn't get sick of this view - and what a cool cup!

92 degrees has multiple locations, but I went to the one on Jamaica Street in the Baltic Market area, which has clearly been redeveloped recently.


92 degrees on Jamaica Street
92 degrees on Jamaica Street
Another cool cup!
Another cool cup!

Unfortunately, the Baltic Market itself was closed on Tuesdays, but not to worry, another market nearby wasn't!


The Red Brick Market is located right by the Cains Brewery Village, which also looked very cool!



The Red Brick Market is a vintage market with a little bit of everything - and coffee, too!


I bought a ring, bracelet and earrings for only $20.



Lastly, if you're looking for a fun street that might be a bit less touristy and more locals, then Lark Lane just outside the city is a really cute option.


Lake Lane
Lake Lane

The university


Students love studying in Liverpool so much that six out of 10 graduates remain in the city, and one reason may be because its economy is growing, too.


Liverpool's three universities account for 50,000 of Liverpool's 445,000 total residents.


Of this amount, 22,000 students are from the University of Liverpool itself.


The Victoria Building was the inspiration for the term 'red brick universities'
The Victoria Building was the inspiration for the term 'red brick universities'

Dating back to 1881, the University of Liverpool is one of the nine 'red brick' universities that were founded in the major industrial cities of England in the 19th century -- and in fact, Liverpool was the original.


At the cafe inside the Victoria Building
At the cafe inside the Victoria Building

It's also a Russell Group university, where research informs the teaching.


According to the 2023 QS University Rankings, Liverpool is ranked #190 in the world, next to the University of Florida, Vanderbilt University and the University of Pittsburgh.


I asked my student tour guide, Laura, an American student from New Jersey, what the study body is like, and she said her favorite thing about the students is this:


Although Liverpool is an academically rigorous university, the students are collaborative and not competitive; they want everyone to do well alongside themselves.

She also said students are driven by passions and not by getting a degree to make lots of money, which was nice.


And as a fan of jazz, she chose the university without even visiting because she had heard about the music scene.


In terms of its campus, Liverpool has a great location right next to Liverpool John Moores University, both of which are within walking distance of the city centre.


It's also next door to the strange and interesting Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.



The University of Liverpool has a distinct campus feel and is well-organized, with North, Central and South Campus being divided strategically.


North Campus is where mostly STEM students study, and it has its own library there.


Engineering building (which is actually modern on the inside)
Engineering building (which is actually modern on the inside)
The North Campus library
The North Campus library
Loved this quiet section of the North Campus library
Loved this quiet section of the North Campus library
Starbucks inside the library!
Starbucks inside the library!
This is where the uni generates its electricity, with the goal to be at net zero carbon emissions by 2035
This is where the uni generates its electricity, with the goal to be at net zero carbon emissions by 2035
School of Medicine (with the School of Dentistry behind it)
School of Medicine (with the Dental School behind it)
School of Health Sciences
School of Health Sciences

Central Campus is where you'll find things like Student Services, the Careers Centre, the Students' Union and the Sports Centre.