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Moving to Liverpool

Written by Reviewed by Marc Benger

10th Jul 2020 (Last updated on 30th Jul 2020) 8 minute read

Liverpool is the 6th most visited city in the UK thanks to its rich history, beautiful architecture and diverse nightlife. Although Liverpool is a thriving city, property prices and the cost of living remain low compared to other UK cities, with the cost of living index 19% lower than in London, according to Numbeo.

The city’s historical architecture including Victorian and medieval tobacco houses and churches helped large parts of the city become a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. Offering the best of both worlds, the beach and Lancashire countryside are just a short drive away from the city centre. 

Compare My Move has created this ultimate guide to moving to Liverpool to help you learn more about the city before you arrange your Liverpool house removals. From the average property prices in Liverpool to the nightlife in the city, we have covered everything you can think of.

This article will cover the following:
  1. Property in Liverpool
  2. Best Places to Live in Liverpool
  3. Schools and Education in Liverpool
  4. Where to Work in Liverpool
  5. Transport in Liverpool
  6. Entertainment in Liverpool
  7. Crime Rate in Liverpool
  8. Compare My Move in Liverpool

Property in Liverpool

Property prices remain fairly low in Liverpool compared to other UK cities. The average property price in Liverpool is £134,446 according to the UK House Price Index, which is more affordable than in nearby Manchester at £184,506.

If you want to purchase a detached property, it will cost an average of £262,637 whilst semi-detached houses average at £163,280. For those looking at buying a terraced house in Liverpool, expect to pay around £115,235. If you’re looking to purchase a flat or maisonette, prices are roughly £107,289.

For those looking to rent in Liverpool, you’ll be pleased to know rent prices are generally more affordable than other UK cities. The average current renting price is £885 pcm according to Zoopla, with the average for a 2-bedroom house costing £602 pcm. 

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Best Places to Live in Liverpool

We’ve done the research for your Liverpool move so you don’t have to. We’ve created a list of 5 areas of Liverpool to help with your house hunt, including the average property price and average rent price. 

To help in your search for the perfect location that matches your specific budget requirements, we’ve ordered the 5 areas starting from the most affordable first. We have also included some important information about each area.

AreaAverage Asking PriceAverage Asking Rent (pcm)
Anfield£115,753£570
Liverpool City Centre£144,993 £865
Aintree£162,828£419
Aigburth£219,500£642
Crosby£276,497£875

Data was taken from Zoopla, correct as of July 2020.

1. Anfield 

Boasting one of the world’s most famous football clubs, Anfield offers affordable property with the average house price costing £115,753. The popularity of the football suburb has led to the regeneration of the whole neighbourhood, including a thriving high street and restaurants. Anfield is just a 10-minute drive away from Liverpool city centre.

2. Liverpool City Centre 

Home to the iconic Cavern Quarter, historic Albert Docks and the Grade I listed building Royal Liver Building, Liverpool City Centre has some of the most significant architecture in the UK. The average house price remains low, with property in the city centre costing an average of £144,993.

3. Aintree 

Just 5.5 miles north-east of Liverpool city centre, Aintree has an average property price of £162,828. Home to the famous Aintree racecourse, the village is well connected with regular bus and train services as well as being close to the M57, M58, A59, and A5036. There are plenty of primary and secondary schools in the area along with bars, restaurants and green spaces.

4. Aigburth 

Aigburth is a family-friendly area and well connected with public transport. The area is also close to green open spaces and riverside walks for your family to enjoy. Aigburth has a great range of restaurants and pubs, as well as a mixture of independent and chain shops. The average property price in Aigburth is £219,500.

5. Crosby 

The coastal town of Crosby is just a half-hour drive from Liverpool city centre, offering the best of both worlds. The average price of property in Crosby stands at £276,497 and is an ideal town for those working in the city centre. 

Schools and Education in Liverpool

If you’re moving to Liverpool with a family, you might need to find both primary and secondary schools for your children. Compare My Move has done the research to help you with securing a new school place for your children, whether they are at primary or secondary age.

There are many outstanding Ofsted rated primary schools in Liverpool with an age range of 2-11. There are also many outstanding and good rated secondary schools with a variety of age ranges from 11-19. 

It should be noted there are three universities in Liverpool including the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores and Liverpool Hope University. There’s also The City of Liverpool College, The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and Knowsley Community College.

Whether you’re looking for a primary or secondary school, using data from School Guide, we’ve listed 5 of the best primary and secondary schools in Liverpool to make your move that little bit easier. 

The 5 Best Primary Schools in Liverpool:

Primary SchoolLocationAge RangeMost Recent Ofsted Rating
St John's Catholic Primary SchoolLiverpool2-11Outstanding
Liscard Primary SchoolWallasey2-11Outstanding
St Vincent de Paul Catholic Primary SchoolLiverpool3-11Outstanding
The Beacon Church of England Primary SchoolLiverpool2-11Outstanding
Faith Primary SchoolLiverpool3-11Good


The 5 Best Secondary Schools in Liverpool:

Secondary SchoolLocationAge RangeMost Recent Ofsted Rating
Weatherhead High SchoolWallasey11-18Outstanding
The Studio School LiverpoolLiverpool14-19Good
Liverpool Life Sciences UTCLiverpool14-19Good
North Liverpool AcademyLiverpool11-18Good
Notre Dame Catholic CollegeLiverpool11-18Requires Improvement

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Where to Work in Liverpool

The average salary in Liverpool is £26,000, according to PayScale. Liverpool was once dominated by the nautical industry and the industrial trade, but its economy is very different now. 

The public administration, health care and financial services sector account for the majority of the economy. These services have strengthened the economy with high employment across a range of departments with nearly 60% of employment in these areas.

Several major UK and international investment companies and banking offices have their headquarters in Liverpool, including Tilney Holding, The Burke Ford Group and Bibby Line, Barclays, JPMorgan, Royal Bank of Scotland Group, among others.

Although the shipping industry doesn’t fully dominate Liverpool’s industry anymore, it still remains a major contributor to the local economy. It’s predicted that a £5.5 billion investment and redevelopment project will lead to the expansion of this industry and will also create 1,700 jobs in Liverpool.

Business services are hugely important to Liverpool, as they are in most cities and economies. Every kind of business service is available in the city, from consultancy, marketing, IT, to operations and logistics.

Transport in Liverpool

Liverpool is well connected with public transport and is often the best option for those working around the city. Operated by Merseyrail, transport is not only quicker and cheaper than driving but it will also likely stop closer to your destination than if you used your car.

Liverpool has four main stops in the four key areas of the city centre; Lime Street, James Street, Liverpool Central and Moorfields. Each of these stations links the city centre with all the other areas in the Merseyside area with services running every 15 minutes from all regional stations in the city.

If you live and work in Liverpool, you can buy a Merseyrail Only Railpass which offers cheaper travel on the Northern and Wirral lines. For a monthly pass for all zones, it will cost you £114.

Entertainment in Liverpool

If you enjoy getting your fix of art, culture and nightlife, Liverpool is the place for you. Liverpool has the largest number of museums and art galleries after London with Albert Dock being the city’s biggest attraction. Home to Merseyside Maritime Museum as well as the Tate Liverpool, Liverpool is considered the North’s home of modern art.

The city attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists each year to visit the birthplace of The Beatles. Many fans come from across the globe to ride on the Magical Mystery Tour Bus that stops off at iconic attractions such as The Cavern Club, The Beatles Story and Strawberry Fields.

Liverpool also has a thriving theatre scene, with many of its productions receiving critical acclaim. The Everyman, which opened in 2014, won the RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best new building, and the Playhouse, Royal Court and Empire host a variety of musicals, dramas, comedies, concerts and one-off pieces.

With three universities located in the city, the nightlife accommodates students too and is famous for being fun-loving and vibrant. No matter what kind of night you’re after, be it a quiet one in the pub, a warehouse party, cocktails or visiting a super club, the city has everything to offer.

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Crime Rate in Liverpool

Liverpool is a large city that attracts many tourists each month. Like any other big city, there’s some risk of crime. Overall, Liverpool has a “medium” risk of crime according to Travel Safe Abroad, but the city is far safer compared to other UK cities. 

In particular, the city has a “high” rating for terrorism, a “medium” risk for scammers and pickpockets. Transport and taxi risk, women travellers risk and mugging risk have all been labelled as a “low” risk in Liverpool.

Despite the medium risk of crime, Liverpool has been dubbed as having some of the friendliest people living in the city. As the city is filled with bars, restaurants and cafes, there is always plenty of people on the streets including the Merseyside Police.

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Martha Lott

Written by Martha Lott

Having written for Huffington Post and Film Criticism Journal, Martha now regularly researches and writes advice articles for everything moving house related.

Marc Benger

Reviewed by Marc Benger

Co-Founder and Director, Compare My Move

Co-founder and director of Compare My Move, Marc Benger has over 10 years of experience in the house removals industry.