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Moving to Liverpool

Written by Reviewed by Marc Benger

25th Jul 2016 (Last updated on 19th Jun 2020) 6 minute read

Liverpool is one of the most popular cities to visit in the UK, full of rich history, diverse jobs, low cost of living and fantastic nightlife.

Not only does it offer everything you could hope to find in a city, but the beach and Lancashire countryside are near enough that you will never be left wanting more. Liverpool is also a very green city, with 43 parks and outdoor play areas with different characteristics. Sefton park is the largest in the city with 235 acres of green space.

From the warehouses and tobacco houses to the churches, Liverpool is a city overflowing with fascinating and beautiful Victorian and medieval architecture.

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This article will cover the following:
  1. Culture, Arts & Nightlife
  2. Transport Around Liverpool
  3. Where to Live in Liverpool
  4. Cost of Living In Liverpool
  5. Working in Liverpool
  6. Schools and Education
  7. Compare My Move in Liverpool

Culture, Arts & Nightlife

If you enjoy getting your fix of art and culture, Liverpool is the place for you. Liverpool has the largest number of museums and art galleries after London. Albert Dick is the city’s biggest attraction and home to Merseyside Maritime Museum as well as the Tate Liverpool, considered the North’s home of modern art. The Tate Liverpool is an acclaimed programme with several exhibitions displaying impressive collections that span 800 years, from the pre-Raphaelite era to contemporary British art and sculptures.

You might even be a fan of the theatre. Storytelling and drama are core features of the city, with many 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 are buildings which host everything from musicals, dramas comedies to concerts and one-off pieces.

Being a city with a lot of students, the night life in Liverpool 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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Transport Around Liverpool

For a stress-free commute, we would advise against using your car. Rush hour traffic can be a nightmare, and even if you manage to battle through it, finding a parking space will be a challenge in itself and not a cheap one.

Public transport is therefore the best choice. Operated by Merseyrail, transport is not only quicker and cheaper 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
  • Moorfields

Each of these stations link 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.

Where to Live in Liverpool

Liverpool has a large range of areas you will enjoy living in.

For Families

For families, the area of Allerton in the south has good schools and amenities, and is well connected to the centre through public transport and airport alike.

Aigburth is another family friendly area, well connected with public transport. The area is also close to green open spaces and riverside walks for your family to enjoy. Allerton and Aigburth both have a great range of restaurants and pubs, as well as a mixture of independent and chain shops.

For Young Professionals

Within the city centre, the waterfront areas are incredibly sought-after as they are stylish and offer a vibrant city lifestyle. The centre is known for the independent food shops which are the best in the region.

For young professionals that have recently graduated from university, or locals and artists, Lark Lane offers a pleasant mix of people. The area is known for independent shops, bars, cafes and restaurants – perfect for young people to enjoy and socialise.

Upmarket Choices

For more upmarket areas, Woolton is towards the airport on the city's edge. On the southern edge of the city, Woolton has the atmosphere of a village with beautiful houses. Another popular area is Cressington Park. Think large detached houses and traditional 19th century villas.

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Cost of Living In Liverpool

Here's a rundown of costs for renting and buying the top areas in Liverpool:

**Current Average House Price for January 2018 Zoopla Zed-Index
*Current average monthly asking rent January 2018 Zoopla
AreaRent Per Month (3 Bedrooms)*Price to Buy**
Cressington Park-£249,505
Lark Lane£991£176,390

Working in Liverpool

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 accounts 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.

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Schools and Education

If you're moving with children you'll need to think about securing school places. Great improvements have been made to schools and the promotion of education across Liverpool. The city boasts a range of state and independent schools, with secondary school league tables are showing promising results.

Independent schools generally perform better, with The Belvedere Academy, King George V College, the Blue Coat School,and the Liverpool College at the top. For state schools, St Edward's College,  St Hilda’s Church of England High School, and King David High School are all very good choices.

If your children are much younger, there is a huge selection of primary schools to choose from!

As for students moving for university, Liverpool has four universities that are very highly regarded across a variety of subjects. Whether you decide to go to Liverpool University, Edge Hill University, John Moores University or Hope University, you'll be in a vibrant and energetic atmosphere in Liverpool.

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Liverpool is a place that offers everything you could want from a major city, from arts, culture, nightlife, to education and job opportunities. Its rich history and culture are evident in its incredible architecture and the events that are held. At the same time, the city boasts a lot of green space which is perfect when you want to have a break from city life and enjoy the fresh air. The beach is near, as well as the beautiful Lancashire countryside.

If you’re thinking of moving to Liverpool, Compare My Move have a network of reputable removal companies to save you up to 70% on your removal costs.

Zenyx Griffiths

Before Compare My Move, Zenyx once wrote lifestyle and entertainment articles for the online magazine, Society19 as well as news articles for Ffotogallery.

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.