Living in Liverpool
In this guide, we’ll go over everything you’ll ever need to know about living in Liverpool; from discussing the best neighbourhoods, best schools and the best places to go shopping, this blog holds all the answers to your questions and more!
Liverpool is a maritime city and metropolitan borough in Merseyside, England. Liverpool is located where the River Mersey meets the Irish Sea. Liverpool is 35 miles from Manchester and 176 miles northwest of London. Liverpool borders with Bootle, Crosby and Maghull to the north and Kirkby, Prescott and Halewood to the east. Liverpool gets its name from the Old English word liver, meaning thick or muddy, and pol meaning pool or creek and the first recorded use of the adjective ‘liverpudlian’ was in 1833.
What is Liverpool famous for?
In 1715 Liverpool was home to the first ever commercial wet dock, known then as the Thomas Steer’s Dock. The dock could hold up to 100 ships and was accessible from the River Mersey and by 1737 could be accessed by Canning Dock. This made Liverpool a world leading trading port.
The Albert dock is now a hub for culture and leisure in Liverpool. It is home to the Tate Liverpool art gallery and the Merseyside Maritime Museum. It also has a wealth of shops, bars and restaurants. In 2018 the Dock received Royal approval, recognising the important role it played in making the city of Liverpool so celebrated.
Liverpool can’t be mentioned without reference to The Beatles, the most famous band in the world. In 1960, John, Paul, George and Ringo all met and started a band in Liverpool. Considered one of the most influential bands of all time, Liverpool is a mecca for Beatles fans. Liverpool offers various Beatle themed activities including; Magical Mystery Tour bus trip, you can visit the homes of the fab four as well as visiting the famous Cavern Club, which still hosts live music events.
12 years ago, Liverpool was made the European Capital of Culture, this changed the way people viewed Liverpool and made it the place to go to experience art, culture and sport. This paved the way for ‘Liverpool one’ to be developed, Liverpool one is a huge shopping complex that houses a mix of high-street shops, bars, restaurants and other leisure activities.
What is the Population of Liverpool?
In 2020 the estimated population of Liverpool is 901,708. Liverpool has a population density of 10,070 people per square mile. Liverpool has experienced a growth of 0.47% per year since 2015.
According to information from Zoopla the average price paid for a house in Liverpool is £173,155 which is a fall of 4.34% since last year.
The average price for a detached house in Liverpool is £304,428, with 545 detached houses being sold in the last 12 months; this is £21,507 less than the average price paid last year.
The average price for a semi-detached house in Liverpool is £194,781, with 1,546 semi-detached houses being sold last year. This is a decrease of £14,038 from last year.
The average price for a terrace house in Liverpool is £120,831 with 1,562 being sold in the last 12 months. This is an average price drop of £8,116 from last year.
The average price for a flat in Liverpool is £128,824 with 524 being sold in the last 12 months. This is a drop of £7,769 in the average cost of a flat from last year.
What is the average rent in Liverpool?
Average property rental cost for a flat in Liverpool is £780 PCM, for a house is £1,020 PCM and for a room is £679
The most sort after areas to live in in Liverpool are Blundellsands, Brighton-le-Sands, Crosby, Little Crosby, and Thornton districts, property prices have risen in these areas by 19% over the last 5 years. These areas contain beaches and parklands, so property here is highly sort after.
Liverpool doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to crime, however when you look at the statistics, it’s actually one of the safer areas to live in the north. Its crime rate is much lower than in the surrounding cities such as Manchester and Newcastle. However Liverpool does record 266 crimes per 1000 people which is 78% higher than the national average. The highest frequency of crime in Liverpool is recorded as anti-social behaviour, which makes up around 35% of total crimes. However the crime rate is falling, with 8,255 crimes reported over 2019/20 compared to 10,004 being reported in the same period in 2018/19.
The most common crime in Liverpool is violence and sexual offences, in 2019/20 these types of crimes were reported 51,235 times, 6% higher than the year before.
In 2015, Liverpool was voted the 110th best place to live in the UK. The life expectancy in Liverpool is lower than the UK average at 76 for men and 8- for women.
The average weekly household food expenditure in Liverpool is just below the UK average at £53 per week, and petrol is also close to national averages costing 117p. Car insurance is above average however at £561.60, and home insurance also at £249.60.
Technologically Liverpool is considered to be one of the best places to be, it has 99% coverage from mobile phone networks, faster than average broadband speeds (27.8Mbps).
Is Liverpool a good place to Work?
The average salary in Liverpool in 2019 was slightly lower than the UK average at 33.7 thousand a year (UK average being 37.4 thousand).
The unemployment rate in 2019 was above the UK average at 4.4% (UK average being 3.8%)
There are several schools in Liverpool rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, including; Abbot’s Lea School, The Belvedere Academy, Emmaus Church of England and Catholic Primary School, King David High School, Millstead School, Palmerston School, St Sebastian’s Catholic Primary School and Nursery, Whitefield Primary School and Windsor Community Primary School.
A number of train operators run rail services on 3 lines in the Liverpool City Region. To find out more visit https://www.merseytravel.gov.uk/train/
The majority of the local bus network is run by Merseytravel, buses run all day and through the night to every part of the city. To find out more visit https://www.merseytravel.gov.uk/timetables/#bus
John Lennon airport runs international and internal flights
Where is the closest Airport in Liverpool?
Liverpool hosts the Liverpool John Lennon airport which is located at Speke Hall Ave, Speke, Liverpool L24 1YD
There are several hospitals in Liverpool including; The Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital, Aintree University Hospital and Liverpool Women’s Hospital which is a major obstetrics, gynaecology and neonatology research hospital.
How to commute to Liverpool
There is a very well established transport system in Liverpool with a huge amount of buses trains and public transport links for commuters to use daily.
How to commute to the nearest city
Liverpool is close to Manchester. You can get trains to Manchester from Liverpool Lime Street station that on average take around 51 minutes, the first train is a 2.37am and the last is at 11.38pm.
There are 4 main universities in Liverpool, with a total of 55,997 students. The 4 universities in Liverpool are;
- Liverpool John Moores university
- The University of Liverpool
- Liverpool Hope University
- Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
Is Liverpool a student city?
There are around 70,000 students in Liverpool; students are attracted to Liverpool, for its affordable housing and thriving nightlife. The average cost of student accommodation in Liverpool is £80-£120 per week.
Some student friendly bars are;
- The Raz
- Salt Dog Jims
Are the Universities safe in Liverpool?
According to the Times World University Rankings Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts is ranked 124th out of 126 for safety, meaning it has a high crime rate for university related crimes.
There are many places in Liverpool for you to explore and enjoy, including the Royal Albert Docks, the Tate Gallery Liverpool, the Merseyside Maritime Museum, the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and Croxteth Hall.
The Royal Albert Docks has a host of designer boutiques, restaurants, cafes and museums. The Tate Liverpool is a branch of the famous Tate gallery in London, it exhibits contemporary art and admission is free. The Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral is a catholic church, it features a funnel shaped drum that stands at 270 feet high. Croxteth Hall is situated on the outskirts of Liverpool and is an Edwardian mansion, you can take a tour of the house or enjoy the Country Park. You will find a real working farm, Victorian walled garden and lots of walking trails.
What events are on in Liverpool?
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic the normal events in Liverpool have been drastically reduced. However traditionally they do hold annual events such as; Sound City (a music festival), Knowsley Feelgood Festival (a health and wellbeing festival), the Knowsley Flowershow and Blackfest (a grassroots Black Arts Festival).
Aloft Liverpool- 4 Star
Situated in the heart of the Dale Street District, Aloft has an elegant restaurant, is pet friendly and has a fitness centre. It has an average cost of £63 per night.
The Resident Liverpool- 4 star
Based in the city centre the resident is a great place for those looking to be close to the action. It doesn’t have the same amenities as its competitors, but at £35 per night, it’s very reasonable.
Doubletree by Hilton Liverpool Hotel & Spa- 4 star
This hotel is a reclaimed Victorian building, with contemporary touches but nods to its original time. The cost is £71 per night.
Titanic Hotel – 4 star
This converted warehouse sits on Stanley Dock and offers extremely spacious rooms and offers fine dining as well as access to a spa. The rooms are on average £82 per night.
This is the UKs biggest open-air shopping centre, which houses 170 shops, bars and restaurants. You can find both high-street shops and smaller boutiques.
The Royal Albert Dock
You will find mostly independent shops and souvenir shops; it’s the amazing backdrop of the dock itself that may draw you to the shops here.
Red Brick Market
This market has been likened to Camden market in London; it offers an eccentric mix of antiques, homemade beauty products, food and drink.
This is one of the most upmarket places to shop in Liverpool. Here you will find brands like; Hugo Boss, Armani Exchange and Jo Malone.
This restaurant is situated on the 34th floor of the West Tower. The price is high end, so its great for a special treat.
This place if for those looking for the most modern of dishes. Owned by a former Masterchef winner, it uses only British ingredients to make the delicious food. It is on the higher end of the pricing scale, but you get what you pay for.
This is a ‘small plate’ restaurant, with a menu inspired by middle eastern flavours. With a mainly plant based menu it’s a great place for veggie and vegans. Its mid-range in price, so could become a regular to those close by.
The Egg Café
This is a vegan café slip over 2 levels, you can get everything a vegan heart could desire; pasta, fry ups and stir-fry’s. You can also soak up some culture while you’re there as the café also doubles as a gallery. It’s pretty cheap so it’s definitely one to visit.
The Alchemist- Brunswick Street
The Alchemist has some of the most photo worthy cocktails around, it’s not unusual to see waiters bringing customers cocktails covered in smoke, on fire or even in a testube.
Jenever- Hope Street
Jenever is primarily a gin bar, serving up over 120 types of gin, it’s great for any gin enthusiast. For those not too keen on gin, it does also serve beer, wine and cocktails.
Peaky Blinders Bar- Stanhope Street
Obviously if you are a peaky blinders fan, then this is the place to go. Live music coupled with giant copper vats gives the bar a real feel of peaky blinders.
The Florist- Hardman Street
This botanical themed bar, based in an old school for the blind, offers fragrant cocktails, as well as some delicious food.
Heebie Jeebies- Seel Street
Heebie jeebies is something of a legend in the Liverpool university scene. There is something for everyone as this club has multiple different areas, including varied music in the basement, a courtyard and two floors.
You will find revolution bars is most cities across the country, so it’s no surprise that they are part of the Liverpool student nightlife. There are 4 Revolutions to choose from in Liverpool, including Albert Dock and St Peters Square.
Level- Fleet Street
This is a relative newbie in the club scene in Liverpool, opened in 2014 level has become very popular with the local students. Spread over 3 floors and it has cheap drinks and celebrity appearances, it’s a must go for any student.
What are the Best Student Nights in Liverpool?
The Raz- 11pm-6am. £1 on selected beers and wines and free entry
Brooklyn Mixer– 11pm-6am, £2 nachos, tickets start from £4
Skint– 12am-2am, old school R&B, £1 tequila shots and £1 tickets
Souljam- 5pm-12am, disco and soul music, tickets from £5
S**t Indie Disco– 11pm-3am, old school indie classics, tickets from £3
INK– 9pm-4am, eclectic range of music, tickets start at £4
- Albert Dock
- World Museum
- St Georges Quarter
- Merseyside Maritime Museum
- Walker Art Gallery
- Liverpool Cathedral
- Museum of Liverpool
- The Cavern Club
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