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...
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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
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.
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 Very.co.uk), 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’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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