The 10 best free things to do in Liverpool for students
Just because money might be tight, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy being a student in Liverpool. The city has to be one of the best places in the country to study and has plenty to see and do.
While it’s easy to spend a fortune on days out in Liverpool, there are a surprising number of things you can do without spending money.
Even though cash may be short, that’s no excuse to not enjoy your time in the city!
With that in mind, we have come up with 10 things you can do in Liverpool for free.
Liverpool has several great museums. Each of them manages to convey their message without being boring, and for that alone they are well worth visiting.
There are others of course, but these museums in particular offer plenty of entertainment while teaching us something at the same time.
Liverpool Historic Waterfront
Liverpool’s historic waterfront includes Royal Albert Docks but also includes Pier Head, the Liver Building and a number of other highlights.
It’s a great place to hang out when the weather is good and has cafes, bars, galleries, museums, shops and more to keep you entertained.
There are lots of opportunities to spend money on the Liverpool historic waterfront but there is also plenty you can do for free.
Liverpool Central Library
Yes, we appreciate that as a student in Liverpool you spend enough time in libraries as it is. But Liverpool Central Library is well worth a visit.
The library is a mix of old and new, with the Picton Reading Room being the old and the wider building including lots of the new.
If you like your books, Hornby Library and the Oak Room are both must-sees.
Liverpool Cathedral and Metropolitan Cathedral
Liverpool Cathedral looks old but was in fact only completed in 1978. The architect, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott was only 22 when he designed it, proving that anything is possible regardless of age.
Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool is a much more modern space but was completed earlier in the sixties.
Free gigs and festivals
If there’s one thing you’re never short of in Liverpool, it’s live music. Much of it happens within clubs but there’s plenty you can see for free, especially in summer.
Check local press, social media and notice boards for listings of all the free gigs and festivals in Liverpool. There are usually dozens happening during the year.
Many will be in parks or outdoor spaces which just adds to the appeal when the weather is good!
Art exhibitions and galleries
Also try the Tate Liverpool at Royal Albert Dock or wander Baltic Triangle looking at all the street art. There’s plenty of it around and all free to enjoy.
Visit the beaches
There’s nothing like whiling away a day on the beach and there are some good ones just a short distance from Liverpool.
Crosby Beach or Formby Beach are the most popular and offer miles of sand and views of north Wales. Southport or New Brighton are also close by but are much easier to spend money in, so choose your beach carefully!
Visit the parks in Liverpool
Considering the size of the city, there are lots of parks here to enjoy. Check out Walton Hall Park, Croxteth Country Park, Otterspool Promenade, Sefton Park or Princes Park.
There are other smaller parks around too or ones just outside town like Calderstones Park in Allerton or Birkenhead Park.
The Beatles story
No visit to Liverpool would be complete without learning a little more about the city’s most famous export, The Beatles. Love them or hate them, there is no doubting their popularity so you may as well roll with it.
Check out the Cavern Club, Penny Lane in Mossley Hill, Strawberry Fields in Allerton and the bronze Beatles Statue on the waterfront. All offer selfie opportunities and a place to hang out for a while.
Search for the Superlambannas
The Superlambannas are public sculptures commissioned for Britain’s Art Transpennine exhibition in 1998. Designed by Japanese artist Taro Chiezo, they are bright yellow sculptures that appear throughout the city.
No spoilers, but suffice to say, there are several of them dotted around the city.
Studying in Liverpool on a budget
It has always been a challenge living as a student but with things as they are now, it’s even tougher.
That doesn’t mean you have to stay in your room like a hermit and do nothing but study.
Liverpool has a lot going on, some of which doesn’t cost anything at all. It’s always good to donate to the museum or gallery if you can, but it’s not mandatory.
That provides plenty of opportunity to get out, explore and enjoy the city’s culture without spending a fortune.
This article was researched by Sanctuary Students a Student accommodation provider in Liverpool, offering high-quality, low-cost student accommodation in Liverpool.