Your student guide to .........
Known throughout the world as the Beatles’ birth place, famous for its football team (with Paul Ince and Michael Owen), its oldest Chinatown and its accent!
450,000 inhabitants or Scoucers (you’alright love?) as they put it there!!!
Over 85,000 students (20,000 at JMU)
There are two main universities in Liverpool:
John Moores University, where you will study (different buildings throughout the city)
The University of Liverpool
You will study in the John Foster building (on Mount Pleasant) near the Metropolitan Cathedral. You will belong to the School of Modern Languages, but you will also take a few lessons in the Business School (same building).
School of Modern Languages
John Foster Building
98 Mount Pleasant
Liverpool L3 5UZ
You will have between 10 and 15 hours of lectures a week.
With your student card, you have access to all the JMU libraries and to the Student Union of The University of Liverpool (The Guild) where famous bands play sometimes (you just need to have your JMU student card enrolled once)
Student trips are organised for exchange students, often on Saturdays (quite cheap). Usually one-day trips, but also 2 or 3 days in Ireland…
Getting ready to travel
- Before heading to Liverpool, make sure you have some stock of medication with you if you are taking any special tablets (and try to avoid having to go to the doctor’s…)
- Make sure you also have several passport-sized photos with you
- If you fly to Liverpool, you can arrive at Manchester Airport or at Liverpool Airport (if you fly from Nice with EasyJet – cheaper flights). From Manchester Airport, there are frequent buses and trains to Liverpool. The bus station is at the bottom of London Road. If you arrive by train, Liverpool’s main station is Lime Street, in the city centre and only 500 metres away from Mount Pleasant.
- black cabs are cheap (up to five people) but you can hire private ones (call 0151 220 2020) which are even cheaper.
- Weekly or monthly bus passes are available. Students get a discount for the semester bus pass.
We recommend the following halls of residence
For info go to:
- Cathedral Campus (£46 a week + £175 deposit). 5 minutes away from college, close to the Anglican Cathedral. Great location. You have to pay for one semester in advance plus electricity at the end of the semester. Nice little two-storey houses in two courts. 5 students in a house, own bedroom with washhand-basin, bed, wardrobe, desk… You will share the kitchen and the bathroom, and a cleaning lady comes once a week. For further details, contact Laurence
- St Andrews Gardens (again, close to JMU, near the bus station). Different sizes of flats. Quite new. Telephone in own bedrooms.
- Laurel Court: 2 miles from the city centre in the Fairfield area, bus station and Lidl supermarket nearby, flat of 5 people. Price: £1660.50 payable in two instalments of £830.25 each (in 1997-1998). Deposit: £ 150. You will have to pay for the electricity at the end of the first semester. The second semester electricity bill will be deducted from the deposit. Contact Lucie for further details.
- North Western Hall (a former hotel bought by JMU). Looks great, impressive inside, bedrooms are large and quite new. We did not live there, so better check by yourself.
- If you are thinking of looking for a house, there is a good organisation which will help you find exactly what you are looking for. Liverpool Student Homes advertises all types of accommodation from one-bedroomed flats to shared houses. But you have to be quick as housing goes quickly!
- We strongly advise you to register with a university doctor before you get ill. The best thing actually would be to avoid being ill when in England. However, if you really need to go to the doctor’s, the university doctors hold surgeries at the St Nicholas Centre and Byrom Street.
- You will be entitled to free general medical care under the NHS provided you register with a doctor at your arrival.
Special events throughout the year
- Beginning of November: Bonfire Day (firework near the Albert docks)
- Christmas bals
- Christmas carols in the Anglican Cathedral
- 17 March: Saint Patrick’s day (celebrated everywhere in the city, above all on Matthew Street)
- The Beatles week in August
- Funfair in Southport several times in the year
What to see in Liverpool
- the biggest Anglican Cathedral in the world. Go to the top (£1 for students) and enjoy the view but make sure you go to the top when it is sunny to enjoy the view even more!
- The Catholic Cathedral which is very impressive inside
- Matthew Street
- The Docks (shops, restaurants, cafés). Have a walk around! It is also where the famous ‘Weather Map’ is located. You can see the Liver Birds on the top of the City Hall. They gave Liverpool its name.
- Penny Lane
- Liverpool football games
- Museums: Walker Art Gallery, Maritime Museum, The Beatles Adventure…
- The Tate Gallery at the Docks
For the museums, you get a free pass if you are a student
- main street, Bold Street (loads of 50p or £1 shops- bargains!)
- Quiggin’s Centre (loads of bits and bobs to buy!)
- St John’s Centre
- Clayton Square
Not too far from Liverpool:
In England it is quite cheap to travel by bus with the National Express (especially if you book your ticket one week in advance), more expensive on the train. Rail Cards and National Express Bus Travel Cards are available.
- Lake District
- Peak District
- Blackpool and Alton Towers
- And even Dublin (an hour by plane with Ryan Ere from Liverpool Airport)
- 3 hours to London on the train
Try the typical meal there: the scouse (delicious)
- Est Est Est (at the Docks)
- Campus Café
- in the Student Union during the day
- And in all the pubs you’ll get to know very quickly…
And what you will all be interested in: Nightlife! Liverpool is THE best place for students!
- Go to the JMU Student Union, based in the Haigh Building opposite the library. It provides free entertainment all week long. Friday nights in the Scholars and the Cooler are worth it! This is also the place where you can watch football and rugby games. The Union also provides other services such as a student shop for stationeries (and so on), a travel agency, a Job Center, Clubs & Societies...
Beside the Haigh, you will find the Euro Bar and the Flute and Firkin where entertainment is also guaranteed.
- We recommend you the following pubs: the Arena (loud but good), Modo (very posh!), the Baa Bar (good cheesy music), Revolution (1£ for any shot of vodka), the Bar ça va (1£ for a shot of tequila)and the Rat and Parrot. They are all near Bold Street
- At the Docks, go to the Jazz Bar and the Blue Bar (very nice pubs).
- Don’t forget to go to Mathew Street where you’ll find the Cavern pub (not brilliant), the Cavern Club (where the Beatles played! Very sweaty!), Flannagan’s (good music) and Revolution (very comfortable!)
- Even if most pubs end up in dancing places, here are some good clubs to go to: Medication on Wednesday nights in the Cream building (students nights), Cream on Saturdays (very famous in England), Fridays (cheesy but fun and cheap!), Garlands ( very good music) and L2
Remember that in Great Britain, pubs and clubs shut at 2 am and that most people go out early! Sometimes, the entertainment starts at the end of the afternoon!!
ALL YOU NEED IS LIVERPOOL!!!!
Do not hesitate to contact either Laurence, Lucie ,
Catherine or Elspeth
We will be happy to help you at any time!
Aix-en-Provence, FRANCE 1999/2000