Lush green campuses, picturesque grounds, stunning listed buildings – if you’re visiting Hope University for a graduation or open day, you’re in for a treat. With a student population of 7,000 it’s much smaller than Liverpool University, but what Hope lacks in size it makes up for in atmosphere and community feel. Plus, with the city centre just three miles away from its Creative Campus, you won’t be far from all the culture and nightlife Liverpool is famous for.
Founded over 170 years ago, Hope University is rich in history – something that you can’t fail to notice in its architecture. It’s also the only ecumenical university in Liverpool, which means its run on Christian principles, yet embraces those of all faiths, or people with no faith at all.
Hope’s first college opened in 1844 and, since then, it’s built up a strong reputation in science, the arts, humanities, social science and education. It was among the first to provide higher education to women and was awarded full university status by the Privy Council in 2005. Past students include the playwright Willy Russell and Lord Michael Storey, a member of the House of Lords and former leader of Liverpool City Council.
The University is split across two campuses – Hope Park and the Creative Campus. Hope Park is situated in Childwall, a leafy suburb of Liverpool just four miles from the city centre. The Creative Campus is within walking distance of the city centre.
Hope Park is easily accessible from Liverpool Lime Street by bus, but if you don’t mind a walk, Broadgreen is the nearest railway station at just over a mile away.
Creative Campus is less than a mile away from Liverpool Lime Street.
Hope Park: From the city centre, catch the 75 or 86C from Liverpool One or the 78 from Queens Square Bus Station and get off on Woolton Road.
Creative Campus: Catch the 21 to Shaw Street, the 101 to Langsdale Street and the 13, 14, 14a, 17 and 18 to Brunswick Road, although it’s about a five-minute walk from here.
Hope Park is on Taggart Avenue, Childwall, Liverpool, close to the A5058 at the end of the M62. L16 9JD is the code for your sat nav.
Creative Campus can be found at the junction of Islington and Shaw Street, but parking here is limited. Instead, park at Q-Park on Epworth Street (put L6 1LY into your sat nav).
Hope Park: It’s only five miles from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to the Hope Park campus, so jump in a cab. It should take about 20 minutes.
Creative Campus: Liverpool John Lennon Airport is nine miles away. You can either jump in a taxi, or get a bus from outside the airport straight to the city centre – either the 500, 86, 80A or 82A – and walk from there.
Liverpool Hope has two main teaching campuses. Hope Park is like a mini educational village, while the Creative Campus in Liverpool city centre is home to the creative and performing arts faculties. A free shuttle bus links both campuses.
Hope Park is home to the faculties of science, education, humanities and business; the Sheppard Worlock Library and all the student support services.
Creative Campus houses the creative and performing arts departments as well as the Creative Campus library.
The University works hard to ensure all areas on both campuses are fully accessible. It has a dedicated Student Development and Well-being team on hand to discuss any additional needs. Its well-trained advisers can meet you face to face, speak with you on the phone or answer any email queries about access issues.
If you’ve come for an open day to Hope University, you’ll find plenty of places to eat or drink nearby. Here’s a quick rundown of the best near the two campuses.
The Childwall area of Liverpool has a handful of great restaurants and bars. Try Kahlisa for great Indian food or there’s Elif, a friendly Turkish restaurant. Or if you can walk a mile, there’s Neon Jamon in Smithdown Place for tapas with a fantastic atmosphere.
Being so close to the city centre, you’ll find all of Liverpool’s culinary scene at your fingertips. But for something special that’s less than half a mile away, there’s the Empire’s Lime Street Bistro which is great if you’re also taking in a show while you’re there.
Liverpool is one of England’s most cosmopolitan cities and was the 2008 European capital of culture. Whether you’re passing through, looking for heritage, pop culture and entertainment, checking out the universities, or planning a weekend break, there are plenty of reasons to book a hotel room in Liverpool. And with quaint fishing villages and market towns on its doorstep, there's so much to see and do in the surrounding area of Merseyside.