Student city guide to Liverpool

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It’s not possible to talk about Liverpool without mentioning music. Famously the birthplace of The Beatles, the city is also home to the world’s oldest surviving symphony orchestra: the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

With such strong musical heritage, it’s no surprise that the nightlife is lauded. With loads of smaller clubbing districts around the city centre, there’s endless choice. The city hosts the biggest free African and Brazilian music festivals in the UK each year, and Europe’s biggest free music event, the Mathew Street Festival, every August.

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"Liverpool is twinned with Shanghai, and home to Europe's oldest Chinatown"

Speaking of which, foodies will be spoilt for choice in Liverpool. The independent restaurant and cafe scene is booming, so whether you're after fine dining with panoramic views of the Mersey, or authentic Moroccan street food you're sure to find your dream dish.

Parts of the city are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Liverpool is also described by English Heritage as England’s finest Victorian city, while the Albert Dock is home to the UK’s largest collection of Grade I listed buildings outside London.

Right in the centre of town, our student accommodation Great Newton Hous is a great base for the University of Liverpool, and Liverpool John Moores University, both an 8-minute walk away.



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