A Fresher’s guide to Liverpool John Moores University

So, you gained your place and, in a matter of weeks, you’ll be starting your studies at Liverpool John Moores University. Nervous? That’s completely natural, but (I hope) this handy guide to all things Liverpool and LJMU will put you at ease.

Food

Every student wants something tasty to eat to fuel their lectures, those long library sessions or even just to catch up with friends. Of course, tasty food doesn’t have to break the bank. That’s why I’ve given you a breakdown of some places you just have to visit:

The Font (1 Arrad Street)

Just a short walk from the Mount Pleasant Campus is The Font, a bar serving a wide quality of booze, breakfast served until 3 pm and various lunch options. Not to mention, the bar also has vintage games and hosts a pub quiz every Thursday – it’s the perfect place to unwind.

The Lobster Pot

The Lobster Pot is one of Liverpool’s most famous chippies, serving up everyone’s favourites. It’s perfect for after a stressful day of lectures, or after a heavy night out!

Moose Coffee (Hope Street, Dale Street and Crosby)

Moose Coffee brings Canadian and American breakfast to Liverpool, with plenty of cheese-filled, bacon-based, maple syrup-drenched dishes to offer.

Spit roast, Smithdown Road

Perfect for a day with your mates, first (or beyond) dates or reunions with your family (even if it’s just a way to ask them to do your washing!), Spitroast on Smithdown Road is ideal for a satisfying (and cheap) meal – perfect for when you’re sick of eating Pot Noodles!

Best clubs

Clubbing will become an essential part of many student experiences, so here’s a rundown of the best clubs:

Popworld, Hanover Street

As the saying goes (even if it’s just me who says it): “There ain’t no party like a Popworld party”. The fun nightclub plays only the best, from current number 1s to cheesy oldies. Plus, there’s drink deals and themed nights – so it’s perfect for society nights out!

Roxy Ballroom, College Lane

You’ll spend a lot of time getting to know your flatmates and coursemates in the first few weeks which, admittedly, is awkward AF. This bar is the perfect place for a laidback night, with pool tables, ping-pong tables and drink deals.

Brooklyn Mixer, Seel Street

If you’re looking for a way to combat the Monday blues, look no further than Brooklyn Mixer. In the lively Ropewalks area, Brooklyn Mixer is best known for its various cocktail creations, and various music played across its three floors.

Level, Fleet Street

If you want somewhere that takes student nights out to another (ahem) level, try Level. In the buzzing Fleet Street area, the club offers celebrity appearances, three floors of music and impressive drink deals – plus their Love Wednesday’s are not to be missed, with deals like £2.50 vodka mixer, four Jagerbombs for £5 and selected bottles for £1.50!

Student Services

An important part of uni life, and getting over first-year nerves, is knowing that there’s always someone to talk to – which is where Student Services come in. At LJMU, you can always contact various branches of the Student Advice and Wellbeing Services team, such as the Engagement Team or the Mental Wellbeing Team. Information on who to contact can be found here.

Quickest bus routes

Getting to and from uni can be daunting, especially if you’re in a new city and don’t know the bus routes. The main bus route for students studying at the IM Marsh Campus is the 82. For those students living/studying in the city centre, the main bus station is Queen’s Square or the Liverpool One Bus station.

Where to live in the second/third years

I know it seems a while off, and you probably don’t believe it bears thinking about, but soon enough you’ll be thinking (and overthinking) where to live in the second and third years. That’s why I thought I’d let you in on the four best student areas in Liverpool:

Wavertree

There’s a large LJMU student population in this area, so you’ll find plenty of restaurants, shops and bars here with student-friendly deals. Rent in this area is on average cheaper than the more central areas, with houses/flats to rent from as little as £70 pp/pw.

Liverpool University area

If you choose to live in this area, both uni campuses are reasonably close by; if you fancy living close to the city centre (plus the shops, restaurants and bars it offers) it’s the perfect place! Rent in this area is a little more expensive, given its proximity to the centre, with flats/houses to rent from £112 pw.

Liverpool City Centre

To fully embrace what Liverpool offers, why not live right in its centre? You’ll find yourself regularly in this area, anyway, but when living there, you’re just a walk away from the hotspots. The downside is that these areas tend to be much more expensive, with some houses/flats coming in at £150 pw.

The Baltic Triangle

Home to creative businesses, the Baltic Triangle is the perfect home for hipster students (or anyone who likes cool bars, restaurants and live music venues). Rent in this area comes in for as comparatively little as £129 pw.


Liverpool and LJMU is such a wonderful place. It’ll feel scary at first to adjust to uni life and the hustle and bustle of the city but, take it from me – you’ll do great!

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