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Hello. I am new to this community and found a lot of my questions answered just through reading others' posts. My husband and I are moving to Liverpool in early September for me to do postgraduate studies. I haven't read anything on this board about Liverpool, and was wondering if anyone has lived, or currently lives there that could tell me what they think about it. I definitely have my reasons for choosing Liverpool over other great cities in the UK, so I am not looking for anyone to change my mind. We are coming over from Portland, Oregon USA and we just want to get an idea of how different things will be.

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Hello. I am new to this community and found a lot of my questions answered just through reading others' posts. My husband and I are moving to Liverpool in early September for me to do postgraduate studies. I haven't read anything on this board about Liverpool, and was wondering if anyone has lived, or currently lives there that could tell me what they think about it. I definitely have my reasons for choosing Liverpool over other great cities in the UK, so I am not looking for anyone to change my mind. We are coming over from Portland, Oregon USA and we just want to get an idea of how different things will be.

Thanks in advance for helpful responses.
I don't live in Liverpool but about 60 miles away further up the Lancashire coast, but have visited often and know a thing or two. Let a local fill you in on further details.

Liverpool was a great centre during the Industrial Revolution, and the signs of its former power and grandeur are still there to see, such as the Liver Building, Albert Dock, museums, concert hall and cathedrals. It prospered as the leading port of the North, esp through the cotton trade.

It was badly damaged in WW2, and subsequent decline in industry and the port affected the city, and at one point in 1970s it hit rock bottom with urban decay, high crime and general squalour.

Since then, things have looked up markedly and now it's a modern, vibrant and culturally rich city. There has been much redevelopment in city centre and along the docks, with new shopping centres, Hilton Hotel and conference centre springing up in the last few years. There are three universities - the renowned University of Liverpool, Liverpool Hope and Liverpool John Moores, and there are many bars and clubs catering to younger crowds. Good selection of restaurants too, with some gourmet places. It has vibrant music scene - as home of The Beatles of course. You get all this with the cost of living among the lowest in England, esp for rent. Two Premier League football clubs - Liverpool and Everton. Good public transport links, and the great outdoors of North Wales is on its doorstep, and the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales only a couple of hours away by car or rail. Liverpool Airport is a great hub for budget airlines, with many cheap flights to Europe.

Having said that, it has its gloomier parts, and crime can be a problem so choose your area carefully. There are still some depressing-looking high-rise apartments and soulless council estates (social housing), but there is no reason for you to live there.

All in all, Liverpool will be a good place to live and study, and hope you enjoy your stay.

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The best 2 things about Liverpool are: The M62 and the A580 road, both of which will take you to Manchester.

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Thanks Joppa. We'll be living in student housing at the U. of Liverpool, so I know we're going to be in a good part of town. I definitely like the gritty, urban environment more than suburbia and high class ones. It's great to know that the airport has great low-fare airlines, as we will surely be traveling while we're there.

Also, as a football/soccer fan, what are the colors for Liverpool and Everton? My city's colors are green and white - and I don't want to be caught wearing the wrong colors.

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You are fine. Liverpool is red (and known as the Reds) and Everton is blue (the Blues).

And don't worry about the reports of rioting in Liverpool. It's unfortunate it has happened, but it's untypical, first serious disturbance in 30 years, and fuelled by bored teenagers in vacation time, copycat, saturation TV coverage and egging each other on social networking sites.

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Hello. I am new to this community and found a lot of my questions answered just through reading others' posts. My husband and I are moving to Liverpool in early September for me to do postgraduate studies. I haven't read anything on this board about Liverpool, and was wondering if anyone has lived, or currently lives there that could tell me what they think about it. I definitely have my reasons for choosing Liverpool over other great cities in the UK, so I am not looking for anyone to change my mind. We are coming over from Portland, Oregon USA and we just want to get an idea of how different things will be.

Thanks in advance for helpful responses.
Hello! Hope your move to Liverpool goes smoothly. I'm an American expat living in Liverpool with my Scouser husband. I've been here for 6 months now with no plans on leaving! If you'll be at the U. of Liverpool, you will be close to the area where we are located. What kind of things were you looking to know? Restaurants, pubs, general attractions, schools?

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Hello! Hope your move to Liverpool goes smoothly. I'm an American expat living in Liverpool with my Scouser husband. I've been here for 6 months now with no plans on leaving! If you'll be at the U. of Liverpool, you will be close to the area where we are located. What kind of things were you looking to know? Restaurants, pubs, general attractions, schools?
Hi m0e. I basically want to get people's opinion about living in Liverpool. What are the first reaction people had to moving there, or if they have lived there for years, how would they describe it in their experiences. I know that there will always be people who love or hate an area for their own reasoning.

Also, is there anything that I should know about the city that tour/guide books don't say? For example, are there pubs, restaurants, activities that we should definitely should check out that may be a well kept secret?

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Hi m0e. I basically want to get people's opinion about living in Liverpool. What are the first reaction people had to moving there, or if they have lived there for years, how would they describe it in their experiences. I know that there will always be people who love or hate an area for their own reasoning.

Also, is there anything that I should know about the city that tour/guide books don't say? For example, are there pubs, restaurants, activities that we should definitely should check out that may be a well kept secret?

Thanks!
I've always liked Liverpool from the moment I came here for a 3 week visit (about a year or so before we moved here permanently). The people, I think, are very friendly. They love to sing!

The city itself is of a nice size, not too big, not too small. Liverpool has gone through many changes in the last 10 years - and it's not this hub cab stealing place that everyone not from Liverpool will make it out to be. Every city has it's "bad" area but I've yet to be in a part of Liverpool that made me feel concerned for my safety.

And don't forget the SuperLambananas!

I don't know if they'd be mentioned in tour guides or not, but I really liked the Barcelona Bar and Ye Cracke. I've yet to find a restaurant that I'm crazy about - unless you head up to Crosby. I'm sure there are some out there.

If you don't mind cursing, feel free to peruse my blog...I'm a new member on this site so I can't post the URL, but just search for "Badgers with Knives" in Google and you'll find it. I moan a lot but there's a bunch of Liverpool stuff tucked in there too.

Best of luck to you on your move!

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I've always liked Liverpool from the moment I came here for a 3 week visit (about a year or so before we moved here permanently). The people, I think, are very friendly. They love to sing!

The city itself is of a nice size, not too big, not too small. Liverpool has gone through many changes in the last 10 years - and it's not this hub cab stealing place that everyone not from Liverpool will make it out to be. Every city has it's "bad" area but I've yet to be in a part of Liverpool that made me feel concerned for my safety.

And don't forget the SuperLambananas!

I don't know if they'd be mentioned in tour guides or not, but I really liked the Barcelona Bar and Ye Cracke. I've yet to find a restaurant that I'm crazy about - unless you head up to Crosby. I'm sure there are some out there.

If you don't mind cursing, feel free to peruse my blog...I'm a new member on this site so I can't post the URL, but just search for "Badgers with Knives" in Google and you'll find it. I moan a lot but there's a bunch of Liverpool stuff tucked in there too.

Best of luck to you on your move!
Hey, thanks. I have heard some moaning and groaning about how "bad" Liverpool is, but I also know that what some people consider "bad" others may not see it that way (it is all in how one defines a situation). I know that where I'm from there are a great many people who think it's crime ridden and dangerous, when in fact most of the violent crimes happen in the suburbs - surprise.

I'll check out your blog, and thanks for the advice. Perhaps when I get settled in, meeting a fellow American may be comforting.

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Hey, thanks. I have heard some moaning and groaning about how "bad" Liverpool is, but I also know that what some people consider "bad" others may not see it that way (it is all in how one defines a situation). I know that where I'm from there are a great many people who think it's crime ridden and dangerous, when in fact most of the violent crimes happen in the suburbs - surprise.

I'll check out your blog, and thanks for the advice. Perhaps when I get settled in, meeting a fellow American may be comforting.
Absolutely! You might need someone who you can properly understand after awhile. (I still struggle with the Scouse accent - and my husband is a Scouser!)

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