Top 10 Things About Living in Liverpool

Liverpool SAE guide

From brilliant music and pubs to inspiring cultural experiences and football legends, there’s plenty for students joining SAE Liverpool to get stuck into. Get in touch to find out how to join us

As one of the largest cities in the UK, Liverpool is full of music, football and brilliant museums and galleries.

The city is a vibrant and lively place with a strong character and much for students to enjoy and engage with.

In our latest guide, we’ll find out what Merseyside offers and why it’s such a fantastic place to launch a career in the creative industries…

Music history 

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From the Beatles to Eric’s via The La’s, the KLF, Shack, Red Rum Club and Jamie Webster, Liverpool’s musical past and present buzzes with great songs and sounds. 

It’s impossible to avoid the impact of the Fab Four on the city – you can take a walk down Penny Lane, visit Strawberry Fields and swing by the childhood homes of each band member. 

But elsewhere, there are musical futures being written by new artists, producers and bands. Look out for new talent, including those coming through SAE’s partnership with the Jacaranda Campus label

Culture and Art  

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Liverpool’s cultural identity is not just found in music – there are plenty of notable museums, galleries and creative institutions for those new to the city to enjoy. 

The docks on the waterfront are home to a number of must-visit attractions including Tate Liverpool, the Maritime Museum and Museum of Liverpool

Elsewhere, FACT provides cinematic experiences, often marrying art with tech to create immersive and engaging exhibitions. The Walker Gallery features many masterpieces by Rubens, Rembrandt, Turner and Stubbs.


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Liverpool’s Chinatown is one of the oldest communities in Europe with a huge arch welcoming visitors that was reportedly shipped to the UK from Shanghai. The arch is thought to be the largest of its kind outside China. 

Initially, many Chinese people arrived in the city during the early nineteenth century to trade, then began staying to begin new lives. Ever since, the Chinese community has grown with many businesses, restaurants and facilities all based in this part of the city. 

Bold Street 

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If independent shops, great food from around the world and counter-culture retailers outlets are what you’re after, then Bold Street is a definite destination.

This thoroughfare running downhill from the Bombed Out Church to the shopping centre features many of the coolest spots in the city. 

Check out the brilliant Dig Vinyl, independent community book shop News from Nowhere and L’Aperitivo for great cocktails and DJs.  

The Three Graces and Pier Head

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Liverpool was once one of the most important destinations for trade in the world and the architecture of the Three Graces not only marks Liverpool’s skyline but also this maritime heritage.  

The Three Graces consist of the Royal Liver Building, The Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building and can be found on the Pier Head. This is one of the most beautiful and iconic parts of the city with the Liver birds sitting on top of the Royal Liver Building. 

The Pier Head is also a brilliant destination for catching live music in the summer months with its outdoor stage and views across the Mersey.

Live Music

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As you might imagine, Liverpool has a vibrant network of live music venues that are full of bands and artists performing almost every night of the week. 

Liverpool’s Sound City has become a must-attend event in the music industry calendar and a festival SAE is closely attached to as an educational partner with the myriad opportunities it offers our students to get essential industry experience.

If you are looking for great live music, then make sure you visit Zanzibar, the Jacaranda and of course the Cavern… 

Sefton Park and Lark Lane 

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Those heading south will find the leafier environs of the city including multiple green spaces such as Sefton Park.

Its 200 acres are home to a boating lake and the glorious Palm House that is open to visitors and often sees club nights take over.

Located nearby is Lark Lane, another bastion of independent shops, bars and eateries including the legendary Keith’s Food and Wine Bar and on-trend restaurants such as Hafla Hafla and Press Bros.

The Mersey 

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The River Mersey runs between the city of Liverpool and the Wirral. The river gave its name to Merseybeat, developed by bands from Liverpool, notably the Beatles. In 1965 it was the subject of the top-ten hit single, Ferry Cross the Mersey, by Liverpool band Gerry and the Pacemakers.

Across the water, the Wirral also offers visitors seaside experiences both in West Kirby and in New Brighton. Birkenhead is also home to Future Yard, a live music venue and artist development space aiming to regenerate the area as a creative hub.

The Baltic Triangle 

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Previously an industrial area, the Baltic Triangle has been regenerated as an exciting district full of independent businesses, music venues and creative spaces.

Many are based around the warehouses surrounding Jamaica Street which were previously used to store raw materials imported from places such as Norway.

Some of the innovators leading the way in the area include designers Dorothy, 24 Kitchen Street and Camp and Furnace. It’s one of the most buzzing parts of town.


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Whether you’re red (Liverpool) or blue (Everton) or simply not that interested, it’s still undeniable that football is at the heart of the city.

The Anfield stadium has a rich history dating back over 130 years, and its ‘Kop grandstand’ is one of the most legendary in the game.

Everton will be getting a new home on the waterfront at Bramley-Moore Dock in Vauxhall, Liverpool.

Study at SAE liverpool

Whether you want to work in Film Production, Audio Production or more, there are many different opportunities to elevate your career in the creative industries at SAE Liverpool.

Our degrees will provide you with the skills, experience and knowledge to succeed at the highest level.

Get in touch with our team to find out more.

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