Student experience

The student experience

The experience our postgraduate researchers receive both from learning and living in a cosmopolitan, well connected and highly cost-effective city like Liverpool, make us the ideal choice for doctoral level study.

Want to hear about the University of Liverpool research experience from current students and staff? Watch our on-demand Postgraduate Research Student Panel session.

Ready to apply? Visit our application webpages to find out more, or read on to learn more about life as a postgraduate research student with us.

Our facilities

We have world-class learning facilities that are ever-improving. Over the next decade the University is investing £600 million in new laboratories, libraries and teaching and leisure venues.

Major investment in research across our three faculties ensures our research community has access to state-of-the-art research facilities.

Learning resources

Already one of the UK’s leading learning facilities, the University Library underwent a £25 million expansion and enhancement programme to showcase an impressive collection of over two million books and periodicals, including special collections of rare books and archives.

There are dedicated postgraduate study spaces; high-speed, cross-campus wireless internet; 24/7 availability of over 2,000 student PC’s and state-of-the-art video conferencing to support cross-partner research teams and free IT training courses for postgraduate students.

Liverpool is a great place to be a student, it offers a wide array of attractions, as well as being very affordable to live in. The quality of life offered by the city was certainly a significant factor in my decision to return after completing my undergraduate degree.

Dean Farquhar - PhD student, Institute of Irish Studies

Dedicated student support

Our Student Support services are based in a dedicated centre and provide comprehensive support and welfare to all new and existing students. With experienced advisers available all year round the University offers:


On campus accommodation

The University has excellent on campus accommodation for postgraduate students, including Vine Court, the University’s £44 million eco-residences. We ensure that all postgraduate students are housed together in the same accommodation.

We guarantee first year international postgraduate students University accommodation on campus provided they apply no later than July 31st. Generally we can also accommodate first year home postgraduate students.

As a postgraduate student you can also work as a Residential Adviser, living in on campus accommodation at reduced rates in return for providing support and guidance to undergraduate students.

To find out more please visit our accommodation website.

Privately rented accommodation

The most popular type of private sector accommodation is a house share where a student has their own study bedroom and shares the kitchen and bathroom facilities with other students in the house.  A single student should expect to pay around £70 a week for this (exclusive of utility costs). However accommodation of this type located within the city centre is more usually at a minimum of £100 per week.

There are also a number of privately owned and managed halls of residence located in the city centre. The cost of this accommodation is in the region of £80 - £120 per week (exclusive of utility costs).  Family accommodation could cost about £140 a week (minimum) for a small three bedroom house – with additional charges for gas and electricity.

More about postgraduate accommodation.

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