Liverpool University

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Held in high esteem for both its academic credentials and its campus life, the University of Liverpool is a vibrant place to visit. The campus spreads over almost an acre, but because it’s right in the centre of town you’ll have access to all the fabulous culture, shopping and nightlife that lively Liverpool is famous for. And, to get your open day or graduation off to a great start, there’s a Premier Inn near the University of Liverpool that’s just a short stroll away.

As one of the UK’s first civic universities, Liverpool’s history dates back to 1881 when it was founded, with the first students walking through its doors in 1882. It quickly built a reputation for attracting pioneers, including the likes of Professor Oliver Lodge who made the world's first public radio transmission in 1894 and came up with the first medical use of x-rays two years later. Today, the university is very proud of counting nine Nobel Prize winners among its alumni and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group, which represents the UK's top research-led universities. No wonder nearly 23,000 students are enrolled here! Although many of its course are highly regarded, its medical and veterinary science facilities are held in particulary high esteem.

Liverpool University

Liverpool University

Essential information

Situated in the Knowledge Quarter, the University of Liverpool has a large presence in the city centre, with many beautiful, listed buildings and relaxing green spaces.

The University buildings form a secure, compact neighbourhood within the Knowledge Quarter, with the actual city centre a mere five-minute walk away. Its split into three sections, North Campus, Central Campus and South Campus.

The University is committed to providing great access facilities, and even has its own disability service. You can call 0151 794 4714 or visit the Liverpool University website for more information about this.

Eating and drinking

Being so near the city centre, if you’re visiting the University of Liverpool you’ll have all of Liverpool’s finest restaurants and bars at your disposal.

As you’d expect, the city centre has countless big-name chain restaurants. But if it’s a special occasion and you’re really looking to push the boat out, the fine dining Art School restaurant is a five-minute walk away.

Of course, there are bars on campus. But for something a little less studenty, there’s the opulently decorated Philharmonic Dining Rooms an eight-minute walk away. Grade II-listed, it’s a fine example of an old Victorian boozer.

Getting to Liverpool University

You’ll find the campus right in the heart of the city of Liverpool, close to all the major transport links. There are halls of residence on campus, but others are slightly further out. Luckily, all are served by regular bus services.

By car
There are three visitor car parks on campus – you pay for these on exit. You’ll find them off Mount Pleasant and Brownlow streets, and they cost about £2 per hour. If they’re full there’s also a council-run car park at the bottom of Mount Pleasant, near to the city centre.

By bus
The University is well served by local buses to the city centre. If you’re coming by National Express, the coach station is in Norton Street, a ten-minute walk away. From the exit, turn right and cross London Road into Seymour Street. Then turn left into Brownlow Hill.

By train
The University campus is a ten-minute walk from Liverpool Lime Street. To get there, take the main exit from the station and turn left into Lime Street. Turn left again and continue to walk up Brownlow Hill towards the Metropolitan Catholic Cathedral.

Looking for a hotel in Liverpool?

Liverpool is one of England’s most cosmopolitan cities; it was even the 2008 European capital of culture. Whether you’re passing through, looking for heritage, culture and live 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 really so much to see and do in the surrounding area of Merseyside.