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Study in Liverpool, United Kingdom

Population: 466,400

City Overview

Best known as the hometown of the Beatles, as well as for its two Premier League football clubs, Liverpool is a thriving city, with friendly residents, three universities, and a student population of almost 55,000.

Liverpool is situated in the north of England, on the country’s west coast, and is a cultural and historical centre. Named as European Capital of Culture in 2008, beating off rivals including Oxford and Bristol, the city is teaming with museums, galleries and restaurants. You are hardly likely to find a more lively city in which to study your postgraduate course.

Education profile

Liverpool is home to three universities. The University of Liverpool is a highly regarded higher education institution, and a member of the Russell Group of research-led universities in the UK. It is an extremely popular destination for overseas students who are looking to study a postgraduate course in the UK, and currently has over 2,500 international students from more than 120 countries.

Liverpool John Moores University is newer, having been granted university status in 1992, whilst Liverpool Hope University is an ecumenical university, aimed at Christian students – it is the only university of this kind in Europe.

Both the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores university offer a wide variety of both taught and research-led graduate programs, in all academic areas. Masters courses usually last 12 months, whilst PhD programs are likely to take longer.

Immigration and visas

In order to study in Liverpool, if you are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), you will need to obtain a Tier 4 Study Visa. In order to do this you will need to prove that you have:
  • Recognised qualifications for the course you intend to study
  • An offer from a UK educational institution
  • Funds to support yourself whilst you are studying
To obtain a Tier 4 visa you will need to acquire 40 ‘points’.

Depending on where you are from you may be able to apply online, or using the application form VAF9. You may also need to submit the following documents, as well as undergoing fingerprinting and a facial recognition scan at a visa application centre:
  • Application form with confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS reference number) – awarding you 30 points
  • The original transcript/ certificate of qualifications relevant to your application
  • Evidence that you have enough money to support yourself t6hroughout your course and pay your tuition fees – awarding you ten points
  • Two recent passport photographs
  • Your original passport
Not all these documents may be required – whether they are will depend on your circumstances.

You can download all the required forms from the UK Border Agency website.

Life in Liverpool 

Liverpool has a reputation for its music scene, largely due to being the home city of The Beatles. There is much more to the city than their most well known band, however – the area around the famous Albert Docks is filled with museums, including those dedicated to Liverpool’s history as part of the slave trade and the birthplace of the ill-fated Titanic. The Tate Liverpool, hosting a wealth of modern art and ever-changing exhibitions, is also found in this area.

Liverpool is also a well established centre for shopping and socialising, with the Liverpool One area offering almost 150 shops, as well as numerous bars and restaurants. In terms of sport, Liverpool and Everton football clubs are also based in the city.

Liverpool is in the north of England, with frequent rail links to the rest of the UK. London is around two hours away by train, whilst ferry services can take you to Dublin and the Isle of Man. There are also bus and rail services throughout the city centre and surrounding area. Liverpool John Lennon Airport offers both domestic and European flights.

Working In Liverpool

If you are from outside the EEA and wish to remain in Liverpool or the surrounding area to work after you finish your postgraduate course, you will need to check if you fit into one of the schemes that the UK government operates. You need 95 ‘points’ to secure a Tier 1 visa – these will be awarded based on age, qualifications, previous earnings, experience of the UK, English language skill and the money you have to support yourself.

Popular work in Liverpool includes that with the media and life sciences, as well as the leisure industry.

Find out more at the UK Border Agency website.


Both Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores universities offer accommodation to students studying postgraduates courses. For Liverpool University students a room is guaranteed, but this is not the case at John Moores. The most expensive postgraduate accommodation at John Moores costs £131 per week.

Alternatively you may choose to live off campus in privately rented accommodation, either with friends or independently. You might live in a house or a flat, where you will be responsible for paying things such as the electricity and other bills.

Accommodation company Liverpool Student Homes is run by all three universities and can help you to find a suitable place to live.

Weather and Climate

Liverpool has a maritime climate, which means it has mild winters and cool summers, with frequent rain. The spring and summer months are between March and August and autumn and winter run from September to February.

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