12 Best Things to Do in Liverpool for Students
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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...
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.
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
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!
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