Getting here

The University campus is located in the heart of the city of Liverpool, close to many major transport links.


Arriving by air

If you are flying to the UK we advise you to fly directly to Manchester Airport, if possible. Flights directly into Manchester are available via Middle East hubs e.g. Dubai/Abu Dhabi and you can also find flights to Manchester from other major European cities.   

If you have to fly into London, there are internal flights to Manchester Airport from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Southend and London City airports. If you are flying into London and transferring to another flight, remember to allow yourself enough time to collect your luggage and get to your onward flight.

Please ensure that you refer to the travel information on the University’s website as this contains helpful guidance for planning your journey.

If you are arriving from a red list country, there are restrictions in place. Please refer to the UK government travel advice and the red list specific information on the University’s website.

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer a Meet and Greet service in London, please follow the information below to plan your transfer from London airports to Liverpool.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport is around eight miles from the city centre and offers flights from various parts of Europe. A low-cost bus service from the airport to the city centre is operated by Merseytravel.

Manchester Airport, which is around 45 minutes from Liverpool, is the destination for flights from around the world. There is a direct rail link from the airport to Liverpool.


Meet and Greet: Airport Transfer Service

In accordance with government guidelines, the airport transfer service from Manchester Airport this year will primarily be a taxi-booking service, although on peak arrival days we may default to coach transfers.  University staff will be able to make bookings in advance on behalf of students and will be available to help you with any queries or questions.

Students travelling from China will receive separate information by email in relation to the any updates on the proposed charter flights with Hainan Airlines.

Find out more about our Airport Transfer Service.


Arriving by road and rail

Our nearest train station is Liverpool Lime Street a short distance from the University and National Express coaches stop at Liverpool One bus station,  about a 20 minute walk from campus.

Travelling from London airports to Liverpool by train

Remember to allow yourself enough time to collect your luggage, pass through immigration and travel from the airport to Euston station if you book train tickets.

Trains from London to Liverpool leave regularly from Euston Station in central London. The quickest way  to get to Euston station from any of the London airports is to take the tube (underground train). However we advise  against travelling through London on the underground if you have a lot of luggage, because of the difficulty of navigating through the tube stations, which don't usually have lifts, only escalators and stairs, and the stations and underground trains are usually very busy with   limited space. You will be able to get a taxi at the airport to the train station, however they can be expensive in central London, depending on the distance you need to travel, traffic congestion and the time of day.

The train from London Euston arrives into Liverpool Lime Street station and usually takes just over  two hours. You can find information on train times and book train tickets on the National Rail website or on Trainline. The cost of train tickets vary from around £25 to over £100 depending on the day, how far in advance you are booking, and the time of travel. It is sometimes cheaper to book return journey tickets so remember to view all options.

Travelling from London airports to Liverpool by coach

If you arrive in London by plane and are travelling on to Liverpool by coach, in most cases you will travel from the airport by underground train, to Victoria Coach Station in the centre of London.  Remember most tube stations don't have lifts and some have lots of stairs, so it will be difficult to travel on the underground if you have a lot of luggage. Space on underground trains can also be limited and services are often very busy, especially in central London. You can get a taxi from the airport to the coach station, however they can be expensive in central London, depending on the distance you travel, traffic congestion and the time of day.

If you decide to fly into London Heathrow and travel to Liverpool by coach, you can book a coach ticket from Heathrow Airport to Liverpool, however it won’t usually be a direct service, it will stop at other pick up points on the route. The journey can take approximately six hours, depending on traffic. You can find information and book   tickets on the National Express website.

The National Express coach station you will arrive at is in Liverpool One Bus Station, Canning Place, in the centre    of Liverpool. You can then take a taxi from the bus station to your accommodation.

Further guidance

Further information on transport in the London area can be found on the Transport for London website.

In-line with the UK government’s advice, we strongly recommend that face masks be worn on all public transport and in crowded areas.

Further details on travelling to the University of Liverpool are available here: liverpool.ac.uk/maps/visiting/

A campus map is available here: liverpool.ac.uk/maps/university-map/


Student Arrivals

Border Force has produced a helpful list of top tips for first time students arriving this autumn to commence their studies in the UK. The tips are designed to ensure students are not unduly delayed as they enter the UK by being more prepared for what they may need to present at border control:

  1. Have your passport ready
  2. Ensure you complete a landing card (if a non EEA National)
  3. Have your University Certificate of Acceptance Studies (CAS) number ready. If you don't have a CAS number, please bring details of your course of study
  4. Keep any medical documentation, recent bank statement and details of where you are staying in your hand luggage as you may need to produce this information
  5. Do not bring in any meat or dairy products from outside the EU
  6. There are also restrictions on other food products such as fish, eggs and honey, as well as some fruit, vegetables and plants (e.g. bulbs, seeds, cut flowers and tree bark)
  7. There are also restrictions on the amount of tobacco, alcohol and gifts you can bring in the UK. If you exceed your duty free allowance and do not declare them, all of your items could be taken away from you
  8. Never bring in counterfeit goods, illegal drugs, offensive weapons or indecent or obscene material. Some items are restricted and will require a licence or permit
  9. You must declare any sums of £10,000 or more (or the equivalent in another currency) if you are travelling from a country outside the European Union
  10. Never give false or misleading information (including forged or counterfeit documents)

Pre-departure briefings

In our pre departure briefing, for students joining in 2021, the International Recruitment and Relations team provide the latest updates about the steps you should take before you travel to Liverpool. We want to ensure you are fully up-to-speed on what you need to do to make sure you are well prepared, and ready to hit the ground running, as soon as you arrive in Liverpool.

Please note: as travel advice and policies around COVID-19 can change, we aim to constantly update our website with the latest information. From 6 August 2021 (the date the live briefing session below was recorded), up until your arrival, please check our website regularly to ensure you have the most current information liverpool.ac.uk/welcome

For more information on any of the above, please contact us.