Ah Liverpool - home of scouse accents and the birthplace of the Beatles. But while these may be two of the first things that spring to mind when thinking about this northern city, there’s much, much more...


Why Liverpool?

Liverpool is a city of hustle and bustle, found in the northwest of England. Situated along the River Mersey and next to the Irish Sea, it is a city with a rich maritime history and plenty of culture – and we’re talking about more than The Beatles. It was nominated as the European Capital of Culture in 2008 and was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 2004 due to the city’s significance as a commercial port when Britain was at the height of global power.

The city was also granted the title of City of Music by UNESCO in 2015 thanks to the significance of local bands on the global music scene, as well as music’s impact on the culture and economy of the city.

Despite being quite far north, Liverpool boasts fantastic transport links around the rest of the UK – including motorways, train lines, an airport and ferry links to Ireland if you fancy popping across the water. But is it the place for you? Well, take a glance over the rest of this guide to see if Liverpool is potentially your next home away from home…

Liverpool was granted the title of City of Music by UNESCO in 2015


Employment opportunities

Liverpool’s economy is one of the largest of any city within the UK, with the majority of jobs in the city falling into the service sector industries. This includes health, education and retail. Not forgetting tourism, with the city attracting millions of visitors every year. In fact the tourism industry is thought to support nearly 46,000 jobs in the city.

Liverpool’s economy is one of the largest of any city within the UK

Alongside this, the education and academic sectors are well supported in Liverpool. With three high-ranking universities in its midst, as well as two research hospitals, there are plenty of jobs to be found within these sectors, too.

There are also a lot of opportunities within digital business, the creative industries and the automotive industry. It’s no surprise, then, that Liverpool is hosting the 2018 International Business Festival, which takes place every summer.


Top employers

There are a number of high-profile, national and international employers that have offices based in Liverpool, as well as Liverpool-specific employers that are well known. From automotive companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, to food and produce giants such as Princes and John West, there are plenty of large employers located in the city. Liverpool’s maritime history is also reflected in the fact many shipping lines house their headquarters here, including Maersk.

Other companies to be actively recruiting in the area are EY, KPMG, PwC, Capgemini Financial Services, Pareto Law, Hill Dickinson, Shop Direct (which owns digital department stores Littlewoods Direct and, TJ Morris (which owns Home Bargains), the University of Liverpool and, of course, Liverpool F.C. for the football fanatics amongst you.


Cost of living

Because of the huge student population in Liverpool, cheap housing is quite easy to come by. Whether you’re looking to buy or rent, the average cost of a flat can vary from £600 for furnished accommodation in an average area of the city, to £1,300 per month for furnished accommodation in an expensive area of the city.

When compared to London, which can be 40-60% more expensive rent-wise, Liverpool does present itself as a good alternative for those looking to get more for your money. The same goes for experiencing the city overall – going out for dinner for two can cost as little as £22 and a pint as little as £3, a far cry from the average cost of £35 for dinner and £5 a pint it will cost you in the UK’s capital.

There are plenty of shops for clothing too, from upmarket boutiques and designer outlets, to high-street and bargain stores. There’s also plenty of public transport facilities, including buses, taxis and trains within the city. A monthly public transport ticket will cost around £50 – again a bargain compared to the £138 ticket available in London.



As the European Capital of Culture for 2008, there’s naturally a lot to do and see…

    • There are loads of museums in Liverpool – and we mean loads. Starting with those focused on the maritime history of the city, there’s the Merseyside Maritime Museum and Piermaster’s House. Located in the Albert Dock, the Merseyside Maritime Museum focused on the social and commercial history of the port of Liverpool. Nearby along Albert Parade is the Piermaster’s House, the original house used by the piermaster and his family as far back as 1852.

      Housed within the Merseyside Maritime Museum is also the International Slavery Museum. This museum highlights the impact of slavery throughout history; it is particularly poignant as the Albert Dock was known to house slave trading ships in the 18th Century, where they would dock for repairs.

      There is also the Museum of Liverpool, a modern building which explores the city’s history, global significance and culture.

    • There are a number of theatres in Liverpool, showing everything from international blockbusters and musicals to local theatre productions. The Empire Theatre shows best-selling plays such as War Horse and musicals such as Wicked, while the Liverpool Everyman and Liverpool Playhouse showcase smaller productions, as well as comedy shows and talks.

    • Liverpool is home to so many music venues, it would be almost impossible to list them all – but here are some of the biggest, most popular and most famous.

      Let’s jump straight in with the Cavern Club: famous for being the birthplace of The Beatles. It’s a tourist hot-spot but still plays plenty of live music. Along with the Cavern Club there are smaller venues such as Maguire’s Pizza Bar, the Arts Club and Heebie Jeebies.

      Growing in size, Liverpool also has an O2 Academy, Philharmonic Hall, The Olympia and the Echo Arena, which has an 11,000 person capacity and has had many internationally famous bands grace the stage.

    • There’s plenty of shopping options in Liverpool, starting with the huge Liverpool ONE shopping complex in South John Street, which features high-end stores down to high-street favourites. There’s also the Beauty Bazaar in Harvey Nichols and the Metaquarter over in Whitechapel.

      But there are plenty of hidden gems away from the main shopping sectors, including Ship in a Bottle, a famous beer shop, the Hobo Kiosk in the Baltic Triangle, and Dig Vinyl, a basement store on Bold Street that specialises in second-hand vinyl, books and music merchandise. There’s also 49A, a vintage antique shop which has been running since 1976 and is well-known for its hand picked items from auction.

    • There are restaurants and food outlets to suit every budget in Liverpool – from the expensive The Art School, The London Carriage Works and Panoramic 34, to the cheaper Cowshed, Shiraz Palace and Da Gurkha.

      Liverpool restaurants also cater to a number of different cuisines, so you’ll never be caught short when you have a hankering for a certain dish.

    • Now, Liverpudlians are well known for loving a night out – whether you prefer cocktails or pints, live music or a club, Liverpool has everything you could want for a top night out.

      Concert Square is known to be at the heart of Liverpool’s nightlife, with a number of bars and clubs offering the latest chart hits, evenings focused on a specific genre and a central courtyard that is at the heart of the action.

      If you fancy a rave, then the Baltic Triangle is the place to go.  Here, various warehouse spaces have been renovated for intense nights of hedonistic music appreciation.

      Or you could head to the Rainbow Quarter, which is the LGBT area of the city and also offers plenty of choice for bars and clubs. Seel Street, on the other hand, is where to go for live music with clubs such as Heebie Jeebies and the Arts Club.

      For larger clubs, Cream is a multi-national club brand that started in Liverpool nearly 20 years ago, and has now spread internationally with a Cream club located in the party capital of the world: Ibiza.

    • Well of course we couldn’t produce a guide to Liverpool without mentioning sport – specifically football. Liverpool is of course famously home to both Everton and Liverpool football clubs, two of the best clubs in the UK.

      But did you know there’s more on offer for sporting fans than just the beautiful game? Liverpool is also home to England’s Golf Coast with three Royal Links courses and 12 of the best golf courses in the country. Some of these courses have hosted Open Championships and the Ryder Cup.

      Horse racing is also big in Liverpool, with Aintree and Haydock racecourses nearby. Aintree famously hosts the Grand National festival every year.

      Of course, the various universities also have their own teams for over 50 sports, so as a student there is plenty to pick from.


What’s nearby?

There’s plenty to do in Liverpool, but thanks to the fantastic transport links there’s also the chance to take advantage of the wonderful surrounding area, too.

There’s Speke Hall a quick 30 minute drive away – a beautiful Tudor manor house owned by the National Trust. There’s also Tatton Park (50 minutes) and Beeston Castle (also 50 minutes) away.

Or, for something a bit more adventurous, Knowsley Safari Park is also a quick half-hour drive, or Chester Zoo a simple 40 minutes away as well. For even more adrenaline, you can get to Blackpool and enjoy the Pleasure Beach in just over an hour.

Finally, if you fancy going international there are ferry services not only around the Wirral Peninsula, but across to Ireland, including Dublin and Belfast.

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