With students now deciding which university to commit to for the 2021 intake, we at OK Student have decided to start a new series looking at some of the best cities in the UK to attend university in. We start off in the beautiful Merseyside city of Liverpool. And to give his thoughts on University life so far we spoke to Rowan Bradbury, who is a first year Architecture Student at the University of Liverpool.
This iconic city in the North of England has been at the forefront of some of the biggest movements in history and has become one of the most visited spots in the country. Sitting just on the coast of the Irish sea this industrial haven is something of a student wonderland, with bars down most streets and, if you rather a good meal, has some of the finest restaurants with the most reasonable prices.
Housing three universities in the city itself, Liverpool is one of the best places to enhance your university experience, if it’s music you’re into bands such as; The Beatles, The Hollies, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Frankie goes to Hollywood, the La’s and many more have hailed from the riverside town.
The city is well known for its musical history. When speaking to Rowan, 20, he said, “All I knew about Liverpool before I came here was that the Beatles come from here.” The club where the Beatles were discovered, The Cavern Club, is still open to the public.The Beatles’ Story is located at the Albert Dock, which you can check out more about in our blog on great attractions to visit in the UK. The Dock is Rowan’s favourite part of the city, “It’s just peaceful there, it’s just lovely looking across the River Mersey.”
Liverpool has also got a fantastic sports culture, with Liverpool FC and Everton FC sitting either side of Stanley Park. Their Rivalry is one of the greatest in world football and both clubs offer reasonably priced stadium tours for a fun day out for sports fans. Along with football, you also have the pricier venue of Aintree Racecourse, the mecca of horse racing where millions tune in every year to watch the ‘Grand National’.
As an architecture student, Rowan is a fan of the modern architecture Liverpool has to offer. “I love the cathedral, being quite religious myself and an architecture student, I’ll be going to the cathedral a lot.” The Metropolitan Cathedral is located in the exact centre of the city and is a magnificent, modern building that mixes both the religious tradition of the building and the modern architecture which Liverpool has become renowned for in recent years.
The nightlife is also a highlight as Clubs are also very easy to come by with popular establishments such as Heebie Jeebies, Electrik Warehouse and Level being popular nightclubs in the Liverpool Area.
The locals are also amongst the friendliest in the UK, with Rowan describing it as a “mixing pot of multiple different cultures”. He also described the scousers (people from Liverpool) as “too nice” he went on to say “I even ran into someone and they apologised to me”, this just shows the kind nature of most of the city and a place you will feel at home right away.
If it’s History you’re after then you have the World Museum (which is within walking distance of the train station, Liverpool Lime Street), the Museum of Liverpool, where you can learn a lot about this monumental city. Bradbury said:“One of the things I am enjoying most about my time here is finding out more about the city all by myself”. This just shows how much there is to find out about Liverpool and with that you will never be bored.
So, there you have it, a fine account of a beautiful city in the North of England and one that is definitely full of activities waiting to be experienced…after the pandemic that is. One thing is for certain though, even for a short trip, Liverpool is a fabulous destination.