12 Best Things to Do in Liverpool for Students

Posted 22 Dec 2021

Let’s face it: going on nights out is a big part of student culture. But it doesn’t have to be all you do during your time at university. 

Sure, you might be able to map out your student city based on which bars you’ve been to by the end of your degree. But there are lots of other attractions to explore, too! 

In Liverpool especially, there’s so much culture and history to see, and quirky attractions to visit. Once you’ve settled into your student accommodation in Liverpool, why not tick off some of the attractions below?

Not only is going to these places a great way to bond with your flatmates or course friends, it can also help you connect with your new surroundings. 

In this guide, you’ll find 12 things to do for students in Liverpool, including recommendations for free attractions if you’ve blown your student budget a little quicker than expected… No judgement here!

Statue of the Beatles

What to Do in Liverpool for Free

Exploring Liverpool doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg! Here are some ideas for what to do in Liverpool for free if you’re on a budget. 

1. Tate Gallery 

Location: Tate Liverpool, Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, Liverpool, L3 4BB

The Tate is the home of contemporary art in Liverpool. If you like your art a little more unconventional, here you’ll find iconic works from artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Louise Bourgeois.

2. The Museum of Liverpool

Location: Pier Head, Liverpool, UK L3 1DG 

Dive deep into Liverpool’s history and culture at The Museum of Liverpool. Located in a stunning building overlooking the waterfront, here you can learn all about this iconic city. Discover how life in Merseyside has evolved over time, and come into contact with a range of materials related to the city’s most famous band, The Beatles!

3. Maritime Museum

Location: Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool, United Kingdom L3 4AQ

Make a day of visiting Liverpool’s museums and galleries at the Royal Albert Dock. The Maritime Museum and Tate Gallery are a short walk from one another, and will provide you with two contrasting cultural experiences. 

Learn all about Liverpool’s role in the Titanic story and the city’s history with shipping and travel. It’s more interesting than it sounds, we promise!

4. Sefton Park and Palm House

Location: Sefton Park, Liverpool L17 1AP

Stroll around Palm House to see a beautiful collection of plants from around the world. It’s the perfect lazy Sunday activity, and a great opportunity to get some Insta-worthy photos and portraits. 

5. Liverpool Cathedral 

Location: Liverpool Cathedral, St James’ Mount, Liverpool L1 7AZ

The Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool is super impressive. It’s the largest cathedral in Britain and took over 74 years to build. Go for the impressive architecture, stay for the facts that’ll give you the edge in any Liverpool-themed pub quiz. 

6. Chinatown

Location: Nelson Street at the top of Duke Street

Liverpool is home to the first Chinatown in Europe. There’s a huge selection of Chinese restaurants, takeaways and shops to explore. Liverpool has a large Chinese population, and is home to many international students from the region, making it a great place to explore what Chinatown has to offer. 

Escape Room Liverpool

Quirky Things to Do in Liverpool

If you’ve managed to keep some of your budget for fun activities (honestly, we salute you), then why not try some of these quirky ideas?

7. Ghetto Golf

Location: Cains Brewery, Stanhope St, Liverpool L8 5XJ

Price: £12

Crazy golf with an 18+ twist. Play 18 holes of mini golf with cocktails, BBQ street food and a soundtrack by local DJs. Each hole has a fun theme and impressive graffiti artwork to match. 

8. Indoor Paintballing

Location: Unit 3 Vauxhall Business Centre, 131 Vauxhall Road, Liverpool, L3 6BN

Price: From £20 per person

Enjoy paintballing without being outside in the freezing cold this winter. Indoor paintballing is a great way to bond with your flatmates with a fun activity. Do it in a safe, comfortable and mud-free environment - all whilst being a five-minute walk from the city centre. 

9. Breakout Liverpool Escape Room

Location: 7-11 Sir Thomas St, Liverpool L1 6BW

Price: From £20 per person 

Put your brainpower to the test at an escape room in Liverpool. At Breakout, you can choose from a range of themed rooms, like a heist, shipwreck or cursed carnival. Beware: an escape room can make or break a friendship group...

10. Liverpool Wake Park

Location: Mariners Wharf

Price: £15 for students and £6 to hire kit 

For something a little different, why not have a go at wakeboarding? This isn’t your typical spot for it, either: you’ll be surrounded by an unusual urban environment. Ditch the night out and spend your money on a memorable experience. 

Radio City Liverpool

Different Ways to See Liverpool

If you *really* want to see the city, here are some extra ideas for things to do if you’re a student in Liverpool. 

11. St Johns Beacon

Location: 1 Houghton St, Liverpool L1 1RL

Price: £6 

For amazing views over the city, visit St Johns Beacon. For just £6 as a student, go up 120 metres into the air to see Liverpool from a new perspective. 

It’s a great spot for a date or to spend time with friends and family that are visiting. Top tip: make sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment. 

12. Mersey cruise

Location: Pier Head or Woodside

Price: £9.50 with an NUS Card

Get an alternative view of the city on the Merseyside cruise. For under a tenner you can see iconic Liverpool buildings in a new light. Spend 50 minutes touring the river and top up your local knowledge with the help of your tour guide. A big winter coat is required!

The trueLife Events Programme

We hope you enjoy these things to do in Liverpool for students. When you book your Liverpool student accommodation with true, you also get access to our exciting calendar of trueLife events

Go on road trips, social brunches, foodie experiences - and even join in on our puppy parties. With our luxury accommodation, you get so much more out of your university experience and create memories that will last forever. 

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Posted 22 Dec 2021