Are you a student studying in Liverpool or do you plan on living in the city in the near future? Liverpool is widely regarded as one of best cities for delivering a true student experience. This vibrant city has a little something for every student, from music to fun activities.
We have created a list of some of the best things for students to do in Liverpool.
British Music Experience
Liverpool is renowned for its rich musical heritage due to legendary acts like The Beatles and Frankie Goes to Hollywood originating from the city. Liverpool is even recognised as a UNESCO City of Music, so where better to start than a top musical attraction? The British Music Experience, located at the famous Liverpool waterfront, is the perfect destination for music fans. This exhibition tells the story of British music from all the ages. As well as the Beatles, this museum showcases acts such as Oasis, David Bowie and the X Factor.
The British Music Experience allows you to get up close and personal with iconic costumes, instruments and memorabilia used by the artists themselves. Interactive activities are also available, including the chance to test your skills on various instruments – or show off your dance moves! Doors are open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am until 5pm. If you think you’ll be visiting multiple times, make sure to check out the Annual Pass for great savings.
Virtual Reality has blown up over the last few years with massive amounts of hype surrounding the technology. Do you fancy trying it out for yourself? VR Here is the place to be to get a taste of how VR takes gaming’s immersive worlds to a whole new level. Just on the outskirts of the city centre, the venue has been designed to create an environment optimised for virtual reality. Players have all the space they need to utilise the technology’s full motion tracking and top of the range headsets.
VR Here offers several immersive experiences so your choices are endless whether new or experienced to gaming. You can choose the tranquillity of exploring new worlds, work up a sweat with a sports game or get a fright with a horror. There’s even a chance to play with friends thanks to a selection of multiplayer experiences.
If you’ve ever read a Haunted Liverpool book, you’ll know the city is no stranger to ghost stories and spooky goings-on. If this mystique whets your appetite, Shiverpool is an attraction to add to your list with student tickets priced at £12.50. With the interactive Shiverpool tour, you will experience a fun 90-minute show while learning about the city’s creepy past. This is a street theatre performance like no other where you should expect the unexpected…
Shiverpool will take you to iconic locations in Liverpool including the two stunning cathedrals and the elegant Georgian Quarter. As well as multiple street tour options, you can also hop on board the Ghost Bus Tour which promises to deliver a comedy horror roadtrip. Don’t get spooked on an empty stomach! Shiverpool have teamed up with various independent restaurants to provide packages inclusive of tour tickets and dining options.
Have you ever entertained the idea of wakeboarding? Well now you can turn the idea into a reality with Industry Wake! This water activity is tons of fun for all ages, from students to kids and even 60 year olds. Wakeboarding was introduced in 1985 by a San Diego surfer and it has since transformed into a popular activity. The concept of this water sport is relatively simple. Participants can perform tricks while riding on a small board towed by a speedboat.
At Industry Wake Liverpool, the organisers have worked closely with the local council to turn a disused dock into a vibrant location for wakeboarding fun. All the necessary equipment, such as towers and anchors, are fixed in the water and not attached to the dock walls.
Fab Four Taxi Tour
This one is for all the Beatles fans out there! The Fab Four Taxi Tour visits some of the most iconic locations in the Beatles’ history. This award-winning tour has become popular with both tourists and new residents seeking a bit of history of their new home. You will visit destinations made popular by the Beatle’s personal background as well as iconic song references. The tour stops off at the Fab Four’s childhood homes, Penny Lane, Strawberry Field and the Eleanor Rigby Tombstone, to name but a few.
There are multiple tour options and packages for you to choose from with tours ranging from 2 hours to 7 hours long. You can even add some extras to discover more of Liverpool and the surrounding area such as the Casbah Coffee Club, Anthony Gormley Statues, Conway Castle and Speke Hall.
If you’re looking to relieve the stress of studying and life’s other chaotic moments, spending time around some furry animals is proven to help. The Cat Cafe on Bold Street is a must-see destination for any cat lover and can provide a therapeutic experience. The cafe has been designed to offer a safe place where you can relax and unwind, and can be a helpful choice for people with mental illness and autism.
The Cat Cafe in Liverpool has several cats that you can get up close and personal with. There’s Emmeline who is a Ragamuffin breed, the Siberian Penelope (who has her own Instagram page!), as well as many more. Hot food is not available but there is a bakery menu as well as a selection of cakes, muffins and biscuits.
Ultimate Indoor Paintball
If you need to let go of your stress and anger in another way, then turn your attention to paintball! The Ultimate Indoor Paintballing arena in Liverpool combines the very best of this intense activity without the pitfalls of a cold, wet and muddy environment. The venue has recently moved to a new arena that is three times the size of the old warehouse. You can find Ultimate Indoor Paintballing on the outskirts of the city at the Vauxhall Business Centre.
Once you have kitted up, it’s time to charge into battle! Sessions typically last 2 hours and will consist of four games and refreshment breaks. There is a fantastic offer available exclusively for students which includes full equipment and insurance from £20 per person. Tailor made packages can also be provided should you have a special occasion such as birthdays, corporate events, and stag & hen parties.
Live Music Bars
Can you really consider yourself a student if you haven’t had a wild night singing at the top of your lungs?! Liverpool is a fantastic city for a vibrant nightlife and there are several bars around the city for you and your mates to sing and dance the night away. MBox Karaoke on Renshaw Street is one of the best karaoke venues in the city and prices are half price for students on Wednesday and Thursday. There are a selection of uniquely designed rooms available to book for groups of all sizes from 5 people all the way up to 20. There’s even a full waiter service offering you and your friends food and drink!
For another karaoke option, Woody Liverpool is a fantastic sports and karaoke bar situated right in the heart of Liverpool’s bustling nightlife. This bar caters to all ages and preferences, and is a popular destination amongst the student community. Karaoke is available every day and usually starts at 8pm except on Saturdays when it commences at 5pm. The Zanzibar Club is a great place to be for fans of alternative and rock music. This venue can hold up to 300 people and is known for the kickstarting the careers of new talent.
Arts Club Liverpool
The Arts Club Liverpool on Seel Street is a brilliant venue for catching live music and was built all the way back in the early 1800s. The Arts Club has transformed into a high quality space for music, art and drinks. Musicians from across the world have performed here as well as as local and national artists. Other live events take place here including comedy and club nights.
A number of bars are available at the venue serving your favourite liquor while and if you have any personal belongings, these can be stored in a cloakroom. Event tickets can be booked in advance or on the day if any are still available.
The escape game craze has hit the student community in particular and Liverpool has one of the best venues with Breakout Liverpool. The aim of Breakout is for you and up to four friends to escape a locked room within 60 minutes. To do so, you must work together to find clues and solves puzzles which are necessary to aid your escape plan.
Breakout Liverpool currently has 12 rooms each with varying difficulty, themes and stories. For instance, one has you escaping a bank vault as an elite team of robbers while another takes place on a shipwrecked Pirate ship.
Velocity Inflatable Park
Let loose and unwind from the stress of studying at Velocity Inflatable Park in nearby Widnes! Velocity is the largest inflatable park in the UK and is a suitable leisure centre for people of all ages and ability. There’s plenty of activities to choose from on top of a standard jumping session. Test your bravery climbing an inflatable wall, take part in a gladiator duel or slide into the country’s largest ball pool.
Velocity is the perfect all-in-one destination for having fun, letting go of stress, exercising and competing against friends. Tickets start at £10 for a 1-hour Bounce Session.
City Explorer Liverpool
With so much to discover, Liverpool is a city best explored by transport. The City Explorer Liverpool open top bus is the ideal solution catching a sightseeing tour of the city. This bus allows you to hop on and off at 14 of the best destinations in the city. You will visit iconic locations throughout the city centre including the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, the Cavern Quarter, the two cathedrals and Cains Brewery Village. City Explorer tickets cost just £8 for students and are valid for 24 hours.
Are you a football supporter? Then you may wish to also consider LFC City Explorer. This tour bus visits the Shankly Museum and travels past the best view in the city at Everton Park. It stops right outside Anfield Stadium where you can tour the ground of Liverpool FC, one of England’s most successful football clubs.
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Author: Mark Boyle
Date: March 22, 2019