Liverpool University Area
Make new friends and explore the city’s eclectic mix of shops, bars and cafés in Liverpool’s lively university area
Once you call Liverpool home, you’ll soon find it’s a great place to both study and live. Big enough to keep you busy trying new things, but small enough for you to be likely to bump into someone you know along the way. It really is easy to socialise and make new friends.
Once you’ve settled in and met a few friendly faces, it won’t be long before you find yourself exploring the bars and cafés of bustling Bold Street. Grab your caffeine fix from hipster cafe of choice, Bold Street Coffee, or soak up the bohemian atmosphere of beautifully decorated tearoom and bar LEAF. Head up to the glass rooftop terrace of Hannah’s Bar, a trendy prohibition-themed establishment, and sit and gaze out at stunning views over the city skyline, including the eerily beautiful shell of St Luke’s Church, long since bombed in the Liverpool Blitz of 1941 and never rebuilt.
Carry on down the road and you’ll find plenty more bars, independent shops and cafes, including the Indian gastro heaven of Matta’s International Foods. Stock up on amazing niche and imported ingredients, including five varieties of red chilli.
There’s plenty more to discover in the area too, from self-proclaimed ‘temple of beer’ Brewdog, to the ornate Philharmonic Dining Rooms with heritage-protected men’s toilets (ladies, ask a member of staff to show you!). The space rocket-like structure of the Metropolitan Cathedral is worth a look inside for its striking stained glass and beautiful crypt, and an evening seeing a musical at the grand Empire Theatre is a must.
Liverpool’s major universities are easily accessible on foot from this central area.