Study in Liverpool
As you step off the train at Liverpool’s Lime Street for the first time don’t be surprised if you’re gradually overcome by strange feelings of deja vu.
As you amble past Corinthian columned buildings and glorious Georgian squares you may ask yourself why it all seems so familiar.
Study in Liverpool
The answer lies in the film industry. The next time you go the pictures or sit glued to the television forget the action, look carefully at the background if you can’t actually see Big Ben, the Kremlin or the Grand Canal, there is a fair chance you might not be looking at London, Moscow or Venice but at Liverpool.
The extraordinarily rich architecture of the city is exemplified by Georgian terraces. Victorian mansions, steamy dockland alleys, and shiny modern facades.
Parts of the city have doubled as Germany, France, St Petersburg, Venice and Dublin - no wonder it’s such a popular student city! Put simply Liverpool is a city of inspiration whose inhabitants live life to the full.
Whether you are thinking of moving to Liverpool to study or already live here, a mature student or coming straight from A levels, all is a lifetime experience never to be forgotten.
LET IT BE HISTORIC
Liverpool began life in 1207 when King John established it as a free borough and port Two plots of land were given to people willing to move to the new settlement which at the time consisted of a few mud huts around a creek on the Mersey Estuary.
As with many cities in Britain, real growth wasn’t sustained until the eighteenth century. Trading in slaves, sugar, manufactured goods, tobacco and rum, the population mushroomed to 700,000 by the middle of the nineteenth century.
It was one of the world’s richest cities but its citizens had an average life expectancy of 32. Undertakers had never had it so good! Something obviously had to be done and for the next few decades Liverpool led the world in medical, social and charitable innovation and reform.
With the exception of two World Wars, the Twentieth Century has seen an overall economic decline in shipping, manufactured goods and inevitably jobs.
In the past 30 years the media has largely been responsible for cultivating Liverpool’s two contrasting faces to the world. One is the face of the famous scouse wit, Liverpool Football Club and a variety of other showbiz entertainers who started their careers in the city.
The other is a reputation for being the ‘bad news capital of England’ complete with militant politicians, unemployment and tragedies. Much has changed since the dark days of the 80’s when Yosser Hughes and Militant seemed to symbolise the city’s desperate plight.
The Liverpool of the 90’s has undergone a renaissance of urban regeneration, positive change and achievement. The Albert Dock is typical of the city’s determination to compete on equal terms with the major cities in Europe as a place to live, work, shop and visit.
After a period of post-industrial dereliction the site has been transformed into one of the biggest tourist and leisure facilities in Britain attracting five million visitors per year.
LET IT BE CREATIVE
Liverpool has never been a city short of artistic energy. It was, after all, the pool of life to Carl Jung, a phrase revived in the 1960’s when the Beatles put Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields on the world map.
That golden age of teenage screaming has been captured in the vaults of the Britannia Pavilion in the Albert Dock, where the Beatles Story is a ‘walk-through experience’ which tells the amazing rags to riches story of John, Paul, George and Ringo.
A series of eighteen features includes the reconstruction of the Cavern Club, Mathew Street, the Yellow Submarine and Hamburg’s Reeperbahn.
There is also a daily Magical History Tour that takes visitors to these and all the other important places from their childhood and the Merseybeat days.
LET IT BE CHOICE
Of course the legendary sea port on the Mersey has spawned numerous other chart topping pop groups, comedians, entertainers and artists down the ages whose collective influences have shaken the world.
Opportunities to hear live music range from the Philharmonic Orchestra (now returned to the newly refurbished Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall) and local bands playing in pubs, to frequent tours of popular music groups in many of the city’s major venues.
Art galleries, theatres and museums are also numerous, the largest being the Merseyside Maritime Museum. It is virtually three museums in one an you will need half a day to do it justice.
Highlights include the Emigrants to a New World Gallery, the National Museum of HM customs and Excise and the Museum of Liverpool Life. Its next door neighbour is the Tate Gallery.
Here the exhibits, from the National Collection of Twentieth Century Art and special exhibitions, are right up-to-date and often controversial.
Clustered around William Brown Street are some of Liverpool’s oldest and most popular attractions, all housed in magnificent neoclassical buildings.
The Walker Art Gallery displays outstanding examples of European art from 1300 to the present day, Liverpool Museum is home to more than one million exhibits from around the world while the Natural History Centre and the Space Gallery are certainly worth a look.
By the year 2000 it is predicted that Liverpool will have more than 50,000 students in higher education. Out of a population that currently stands at 475,000 it’s not surprising that Liverpool is geared up to being a student shopper’s paradise.
It is amazingly compact an ideal for getting around on foot. You will find all the shops you’ll ever need ranging from big department stores like George Henry Lee, something of a Liverpool institution, and large shopping complexes such as the St John’s Centre and Clayton Square to the multitude of markets, backstreet clothes shops, jewellers, record and antique stores.
Bold Street is a particular favourite with its galleries, cafes, book stores and speciality food shops while Quiggins in School Lane offers the Liverpool student originality and style in every corner.
LET IT BE HAPPENING
Night life will undoubtedly be high on your list of priorities and it’s in the evening that Liverpool’s heartbeat rockets into overdrive. A huge range of clubs, pubs and bars ensures that nights in, watching the television, won’t be on your list of priorities.
For the all night clubber the Nation club with the now legendary ‘Cream’ on a Saturday night mixes garage with progressive dance. Importing the UK’s top DJ’s every week, the venue mixes together students, locals and media personalities into a cauldron of high energy and excitement.
As you would expect, live music is also strongly represented in Liverpool. The Royal Court Theatre and the Empire attract all major live acts in addition to spawning talented new artists be they music or comedy based.
Flannagans is a must for everyone, not just the Irish. It’s two floors of perfect drinking environment and if Guinness is your forte then it makes for a hugely appealing venue.
Complementing your pints of creamy stout are live Irish bands which add a touch of ambience to the Irish/Liverpool experience. A more relaxing time awaits those who visit Bourbon Street, Kirklands and Heebeejeebees where jazz to alternative dance is the speciality of the evening.