STUDENT SURVIVAL GUIDE LIVERPOOL 2011/12
There is so much for you to discover and enjoy in Liverpool. We have some of Britain’s finest architecture, and the most celebrated treasure of galleries and museums outside London. See a show at one of our award winning theatres, or watch a band at one of the many venues in Britain’s Capital of Pop. Learn about Liverpool’s rich 800 year history and diverse cultural heritage at one of our many museum exhibitions, or take a leisurely browse around the city’s stores in one of the North West’s best shopping centres. There’s a full diary of events and festivals for you to enjoy, plus one of Europe’s most vibrant club and bar scenes. Still buoyant from our recent stint as the European Capital of Culture, there’s so much happening that you couldn’t have picked a better time to be in Liverpool.
Study Skills, You Are Not Alone, Getting Help, Contacts . . .
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101: ENTERTAINMENT & CULTURE Bars, Clubs, Venues, Theatres, Comedy Clubs, Cinemas, Galleries . . .
133: ACCOMMODATION Your Home, Home Security, Landlords . . .
147: YOUR CASH Making The Most Of Your Money . . .
153: YOUR HEALTH & WELLBEING Fire Safety, Alcohol, Drugs, Contraception, STI . . .
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UNIVERSITY You Are Here History Buildings 6. Your University 8.Tours Did You Know? 10. History Famous Scousers 14. Your New Best Friends The Beatles 16. You Are Not Alone 20. Learning Liverpool Today Matters 22. Time Management Liverpool City Centre 26. Sharpen Your Study Skills 28. Rules IsGetting Rules Help 32. Settling Into Your New Home Noise Advice 36. Be A Good Neighbour 38. Money, Money PublicMoney, Transport 42. Stay Healthy Taxis Health Tips 44. 48. City-Wide Bringing Your CarSports Facilities 50. Beating The Competition Weather 54. Working Part-Time 58. Get Involved Headspace 60. Useful Contacts Photo Competition Religion
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WELCOME TO YOUR UNIVERSITY
YOUR UNIVERSITY Welcome to Liverpool John Moores University. LJMU is a great University, with warm and welcoming staff dedicated to helping you reach your full potential. Liverpool, your new home town, is a fantastic student city, bursting with opportunities and lots of things to do.
Congratulations on making it here and good luck with your studies at LJMU. Your future is in your hands, so throughout your time here have fun, study hard and make the most of every opportunity that comes your way.
DID YOU KNOW? YOUR UNIVERSITY
DID YOU KNOW . . . ? Things you might not know about LJMU. Its globally unique student employability World of Work (WoW®) programme is endorsed by FTSE 100 companies and leading business organisations, including Airbus, CBI, Ford Europe, NHS, GKN Aerospace, Marks and Spencer, Siemens and Sony. Awarded four Academic Oscars for high quality teaching. Over 75% of LJMU research is classed as being internationally important and this informs all areas of the University’s curriculum. Launched the UK’s first sports
science degree. Its Pharmacy School is one of the oldest in the UK and is renowned for producing ‘industry ready’ graduates. Pioneered computer games technology degrees in the UK and outstanding links with games developers, academics and industry professionals around the world. Honorary Fellows include Kim Cattrall, HRH the Prince of Wales, Steven Gerrard, Antony Gormley, Sir Terry Leahy, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Designed and developed
HISTORY YOUR UNIVERSITY
HISTORY A unique place of learning. You might be surprised to learn that LJMU can trace its roots back nearly 200 years to 1823 and the opening of the Liverpool Mechanic’s Institute. Back then its students had a rallying cry of ‘knowledge is power’ and this revolutionary zeal has enabled LJMU to grow and evolve over the years and today it is now one of the UK’s largest universities. Formerly known as Liverpool, Polytechnic, the institution became one of the UK’s new generation universities in 1992. The University adopted the name of business mogul and philanthropist John Moores,
who epitomises the LJMU ethos of ‘Dream, Plan, Achieve’. Born into a working class family in Salford, John Moores dreamed big, worked hard and turned his love of football into a business empire worth millions based in Liverpool. LJMU is a university with big ambitions and it encourages every student to aim high, to believe that, just like John Moores, they too can achieve their ambitions. So if you have talent and are willing to work hard and grasp every opportunity that comes your way, you will love LJMU.
STUDENT PROFILE YOUR UNIVERSITY
I’ve worked hard to get the most out of every day at LJMU. It’s been brilliant.
BSc (Hons) Graphic Arts (Illustration)
YOUR NEW BEST FRIENDS YOUR UNIVERSITY
YOUR NEW BEST FRIENDS What A levels did you get? What halls are you in? What course are you on? Be prepared to answer these questions again and again as you meet other first years. But soon the strangers on your course will be your friends and Liverpool will be your new home town.
University is a fantastic opportunity to have a great time and forge your own way in life. And, who knows you might even do some studying as well. Whatever you are into, however you look, whether you are chilled out or studious, teetotal or like a pint or two, there are so many people at LJMU that everyone will make their own set of friends, regardless of who they are or what they look like.
Remember as first year students everyone is meeting everyone else for the first time too, so relax, be yourself and have fun. Talk to people. Talk to your flatmates. Talk to other people on your course. It doesn’t matter who you talk to but just do it. Sometimes you might wish you hadn’t but that’s half the fun of being a first year. The more people you meet, the more chance you’ve got of making friends. Don’t be afraid to talk to LJMU staff as well. Your Personal Tutor is there to provide advice on all things academic but the University also has a dedicated team of staff who can help you find your feet and really get the most out of being a student. Whatever your query, no matter how trivial it might seem, simply pop into the Student Zone of your local Learning Resource Centre and ask for help.
Try not to do anything in your first week at LJMU that you might spend the next three or four years regretting - this could include blowing all your money, getting in with the wrong crowd or falling in love with the first person you meet.
Youâ€™ve got years to experience everything that LJMU and Liverpool have to offer so donâ€™t feel under pressure to try and do everything during Welcome Week!
YOU ARE NOT ALONE YOUR UNIVERSITY
YOU ARE NOT ALONE A new city, a new home, new people. Coming to university is a life changing experience and it’s not surprising that as well as the highs of experiencing new things, many students feel the lows too, missing friends, family and the familiar surroundings of home.
It’s important to remember that everyone, even the most outgoing students, will feel homesick and a little bit down from time to time. In fact, it would be a little strange if you were leaving home for the first time and didn’t care at all. Leaving home isn’t easy; but if you’ve made the choice to leave, you’ve got to make the most of being at university. Rather than fighting your feelings, acknowledge your homesickness, have a good cry
and then get busy banishing your blues by throwing yourself into student life. Enjoy your new surroundings, your new friends and your new life – you’ve worked hard for it and you deserve it. Don’t be afraid to approach LJMU if you feel you are not coping. Everyone from your Personal Tutor to the University’s dedicated Student Advice team are on hand to help. Just pop in the Student Zone of your local Learning Resource Centre and talk to one of the University’s advisors.
LJMU also offers a free counselling service to all students. Our team of qualified counsellors offers one-toone and group sessions plus general counselling advice. A Drop-in Service is available
Monday to Friday between 2pm and 3pm during semesters. If you need to talk, simply come along to Kingsway House (24 Hatton Garden, Liverpool L3 2AJ). Alternatively, to make an appointment, call 0151 904 6123 or email counselling@ ljmu.ac.uk
The Universityâ€™s Spiritual Support team offers confidential, nonjudgmental pastoral care and support to students of all beliefs and backgrounds. Multi-faith prayer rooms are also available for personal prayer, reflection and contemplation at key campus locations. For more information, visit www.ljmu.ac.uk/ spirituality
STUDENT PROFILE YOUR UNIVERSITY
My career prospects are great. I could pretty much work anywhere in the world.
Andrew Cheese, MPharm Pharmacy
LEARNING MATTERS YOUR UNIVERSITY
LEARNING MATTERS So, why are you here? You’ve come to LJMU to secure the right skills, qualifications and experience to make you irresistible to employers. So make sure you put in as much effort studying and attending lectures as you do with your social life.
In each of LJMU’s three campuses, IM Marsh, City and Mount Pleasant, you’ll find a Learning Resource Centre (LRC). These Centres are at the heart of the LJMU student experience, providing access to many services and facilities, including: enrolment, finance, counselling, careers and employability, IT support, library services and all aspects of student administration. And with over 820,000 items, in print and electronic format, available
in the University libraries you should have no problem finding the right books and materials for your academic studies.
The ground floor of each LRC is known as the ‘Student Zone’ and you should come here if you require any support or guidance on any aspect of University life. During semesters, the Zones are open 7 days a week and there’s 24 hour computing access in both the Aldham Robarts and Avril Robarts LRCs. Plus, you’ll find places where you can just sit and relax with friends over a coffee, complete group work in one of the LRC study or bookable meeting rooms or study quietly away from all the hustle and bustle.
Student Zones In the Student Zones you can get advice on everything from: Teaching and exam timetables Networked PCs and applications Blackboard, LJMUâ€™s virtual learning environment Submitting coursework and assignments Paying your tuition fees LJMUâ€™s employability initiatives Your personal health and wellbeing Accommodation Disability support Student finance
TIME MANAGEMENT YOUR UNIVERSITY
TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK . . . Time management advice Student life can be hectic. What with going to lectures, doing assignments, socialising, working, playing sport, eating, breathing and sleeping it can sometimes feel that there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done.
It’s vital that you learn how to manage your time properly, otherwise things like assignment deadlines may fall through the cracks. Managing your time as a tudent
will require planning. Prioritise your activities, create ‘to do’ lists, schedule your tasks, learn to say ‘no’ and set up a daily routine to make the most of your time.
There are bound to be days when the X Factor outranks psychology or the pub takes priority over text books. But by planning ahead and knowing what you have to do, and when, you can maximise your study time and still have a great social life.
TIME MANAGEMENT YOUR UNIVERSITY
TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK . . .
Time Management Tips: Don’t leave everything to the last minute; get into the habit of studying regularly – if not daily – and keeping up with your reading and background research. Use your LJMU student diary to mark in all of your deadlines and commitments. Don’t forget as a student at LJMU, you will be expected to do a lot of work outside your timetabled classes. Make sure your personal timetable includes
your self-directed study time as well as scheduled classes. Make a daily ‘To Do’ list for all of the activities you need to complete, including goals for your study sessions. Visit your Student Zone for advice on study skills. Don’t be embarrassed about asking for help. LJMU’s Student Advice and Wellbeing Team can advise you on how to study more efficiently and effectively. 25
SHARPEN YOUR STUDY SKILLS YOUR UNIVERSITY
SHARPEN YOUR STUDY SKILLS Even if you waste a good portion of the semester plonked in front of the telly, addicted to the X Box or glued to the Internet, good study skills can help you make up for lost time. LJMU offers an extensive range of free study skills courses on everything from academic writing to note-taking, maths and numeracy to exam and revision skills. The University also offers face-to-face support to small groups lasting from 30 minutes to an hour.
To book an appointment, email studyguidance@ljmu. ac.uk or call 0151 904 6066 26
Adjusting to higher education can be difficult and if you are worried that your work isn’t up to standard, or you feel you are being left behind in lectures, talk to your tutors as soon as you can. They will be able to give you advice and guidance relating to specific areas of your academic programme. For general study support, go to the Student Zone in your local LRC. LJMU Advisors will help you clarify the additional support you need and arrange for this support to be provided.
Alternatively, visit the ‘Study Essentials’ section of the LJMU website www.ljmu.ac.uk
GETTING HELP YOUR UNIVERSITY
GETTING HELP Throughout your time at LJMU there are key people that you should make a point of getting to know. The Student Advice & Wellbeing team can give you advice and guidance on a range of issues, from accommodation to money management. The University can also advise you about your eligibility for student funding, such as grants, loans, childcare and bursaries. All you need to do is call into your local Student Zone and ask for help. Your Personal Tutor is an important contact, so make a point of talking to them in the first couple of days; find out where their office is, what their email address is, and when they are in. Personal tutors will be able to refer you on to any specialist help that you may need to help with your studies. If you have any academic
concerns relating to a particular module or area of study then you should contact your Module Tutor first as they will be able to guide you to relevant books and journals, and will be able to chat with you about general issues of concern. If the issue is broader than just one module, it is worth talking to your Personal Tutor, Year Tutor or Programme Leader, as they will have a broad overview of the programme. Whether it is an academic problem or if itâ€™s more personal, they will be able to help you and, if necessary, direct you to relevant support staff in the University. If you are not sure who to speak to, pop into the Student Zone of your local LRC and staff there will be able to advise you.
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES YOUR UNIVERSITY
Additional Support Services Specialist study support is available for students with disabilities, specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, or mental health or medical conditions. So donâ€™t struggle on without support or leave things until just before the exams to seek help. Visit your local Student Zone for more information. Specialist support for disabled students is arranged via the Disability team. For more information visit www.ljmu.ac.uk/ disability Phone 0151 904 6052 or email disability@ ljmu.ac.uk
SETTLING INTO YOUR NEW HOME YOUR UNIVERSITY
SETTLING INTO YOUR NEW HOME Liverpool is a fantastic student city and no matter what you are into, arts and culture, clubbing, shopping or music of all genres, you’ll not be disappointed by what’s on offer. You can also elect your own Hall Reps, a team of students whose role is to make other students feel welcome and supported as they move into their new home and settle into life at LJMU. Contact the Liverpool Students’ Union - www.liverpoolsu.com for more information. Whether you choose to live in LJMU-approved student accommodation, in a flat or shared student house, you should take the time to get to know every nook and cranny
so that, in the event of an emergency, you know exactly where to find what you need. Pay particular attention to the location of fire exits and windows, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, rubbish and recycling points. Next you’ll need to explore your local neighbourhood and find out where the nearest shops are.
Where is the best café for breakfast? Or a newsagent that’s open 24-7 for that emergency pint of milk or packet of jaffa cakes? »
SETTLING INTO YOUR NEW HOME YOUR UNIVERSITY
SETTLING INTO YOUR NEW HOME » Once you have your bearings, find out where you need to go for your University induction sessions. Take the time to walk the route; that way you won’t have to worry about getting lost when you are making your way to your first session. Getting used to living in Liverpool may take some time but walking around and getting your bearings will make your feel more at home more quickly. Just remember to always take precautions when you are out and about. Stay safe, have fun and soon you’ll be an expert on your new home town.
If you have any queries about your accommodation or any aspect of University life, contact the Student Zone of your local LRC, call 0151 904 6055/6056/6057 or email studentadvice@ljmu. ac.uk 35
BE A GOOD NEIGHBOUR YOUR UNIVERSITY Your 2011 elected Sabbatical Officers represent your views on key LJMU committees.
BE A GOOD NEIGHBOUR Being a student isn’t all about studying. It’s about making new friends, having new experiences and taking on new challenges. But please remember that you are part of a wider community, made up of people from different backgrounds, cultures, ages, with jobs to go to, families to look after. The University works closely with Liverpool City Council, Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire Service and other organisations to support and maintain positive community relationships. Liverpool is a great city and it’s even better if everyone can live in harmony. We want you to enjoy your time here, so please do everything you can to be a good neighbour.
If you’d like to get more involved with your local community, contact the Liverpool Students’ Union: www.liverpoolsu.com
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY YOUR UNIVERSITY
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
Most students have to learn to live on a tight budget but that doesn’t mean life has to be boring.
Take the time to sit down and work out exactly what you have to pay for every week – that includes rent, food, utility bills, travel and your mobile phone. Then you’ll know exactly how much money you have left for the fun things in life, like going out, having a drink with friends or going shopping.
By managing your money properly you’ll be able to enjoy student life without worrying about where your next meal is coming from or how you are going to pay your bills. You will face two main expenses while at University - tuition fees and your living expenses. You can receive help for both in the form of grants, bursaries and loans. If you are worried about how you’ll make ends meet as a student, don’t be afraid to talk to LJMU about it. The University has a dedicated team of staff that can offer you confidential advice on how to manage your finances and ensure you maximise your income while you’re a student.
Sticking to a budget doesn’t mean that you have to be miserly with your money – or your lifestyle. If you want to avoid a sky-high overdraft, budgeting is the only way to go. So take a deep breath, hide the credit cards, work out your budget and stick to it; you could be surprised just how far your money will go.
To find out more call 0151 904 6056/6057, email student firstname.lastname@example.org or ask for help at your nearest LRC.
Student funding is paid in three instalments which makes budgeting even more important. You may be tempted to blow it all at once but don’t.
If you haven’t applied for your student finance yet, log on to www.direct.gov.uk/ studentfinance and apply today.
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY YOUR UNIVERSITY
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
There are lots of ways you can save money. Be green and buy secondhand books, go retro and choose charity shops instead of designer threads, eat in with friends instead of dining out on your credit cards. Make sure you use your LJMU student ID card to get cut price tickets to cinemas, exhibits, restaurants and much more. You can also get a raft of extra benefits and discounts by buying a NUS Extra Card. Benefits include discounts on travel, electrical goods, fashion, music and other student essentials. The NUS Extra card costs just ÂŁ11 for one year and you can add ISIC for another ÂŁ1.99. Order yours from the LSU, or buy it online from www.nus.org.uk 41
STAY HEALTHY YOUR UNIVERSITY
STAY HEALTHY As a student you are responsible for your own health but that doesnâ€™t mean that you are on your own. LJMU employs staff who can advise you on all aspects of University life, including your physical and mental health. If you are ill and unable to attend University, please inform your tutor or your local Student Zone as soon as possible. Did you know that as a student you may be entitled to full or partial exemption from prescription, dental and optical charges? To claim exemption, complete a HC1 application, which is available from the Student Advice and Wellbeing team, contactable via your Student Zone, your GP or dental surgery. 42
HEALTH TIPS YOUR UNIVERSITY
HEALTH TIPS Keep your mind and body in tip top condition. Register With a GP If you are from outside Liverpool don’t wait until you are ill to register with a doctor. Do it as soon as you arrive. You can find a GP in your area by logging on to www.nhs.uk or by ringing 0845 46 47. Get Enough Sleep Most people need 8 hours sleep a night. Sleep helps learning, memory, immunity and mood. Try to get to bed at a regular hour. Eat Healthily Food is fuel for the brain and body, So whether you’re grabbing a quick bite on the run or 44
preparing a meal, make sure you choose healthy options whenever possible. Exercise It’s a great way to relieve stress, socialise and feel good about yourself. Plus LJMU students qualify for free offpeak membership to Lifestyles fitness centres across Liverpool, so there’s no excuse for not keeping active. Reduce Your Risk If you are going to drink alcohol, do it safely. Alternate your boozy beverage with water or some other non-alcoholic drink.
HEALTH TIPS YOUR UNIVERSITY
HEALTH TIPS Eat before you go out. Don’t mix alcohol with other drugs, even over the counter ones. Get Immunised Universities are full of people and infections can spread quickly. Make sure you’ve had all your required immunisations before you come to LJMU. Talk to your GP if you think you are missing any shots. Register with a Dentist Don’t wait until toothache strikes before registering with a dentist. Go to www. nhs.uk for a list of local dentists.
Have Fun and Socialise Life is about balance. Meet new people. Join a club. Stretch yourself to new things. Ask for Help We all get a little bit overwhelmed at times. If you’re feeling down, stressed, homesick or you wonder where your life is going, talk to a friend or tutor, or contact LJMU’s Student Advice and Wellbeing, or Counselling staff.
LET’S GET PHYSICAL YOUR UNIVERSITY
CITY-WIDE SPORTS FACILITIES All LJMU students can apply for free off-peak membership to Liverpool City Council’s Lifestyles fitness centres from September 2011 onwards. Discounted peak rate membership will also be available. Facilities include top-of-therange gym equipment and fitness suites, swimming pools - including the Olympic-sized Liverpool Aquatics Centre in Wavertree, a tennis centre, two golf courses, squash and badminton courts, fitness classes, steam and sauna rooms, grass pitches and all weather pitches, weights rooms and an athletics track.
For full details on how to get your free off-peak membership plus more on what’s open and when, go to www.ljmu.ac.uk/ sport
BEATING THE COMPETITION YOUR UNIVERSITY
BEATING THE COMPETITION Whether you want to be a nurse, scientist, teacher, artist or your own boss, LJMU can help you achieve your ambitions for the future. LJMU’s degrees are deliberately designed to make it as easy as possible for you to gain the skills and experience you’ll need to climb the professional career ladder after you graduate. Irrespective of the degree you study, you’ll have lots of opportunities to become expert in up to eight graduate skills and complete some form of workrelated learning. Each Faculty also has placement officers or work-related learning co-ordinators to help you secure relevant projects, volunteering, internships or placement opportunities where you can put everything you’ve learnt on your degree into practice. You will also be encouraged to take your work-related skills up to the next level. LJMU calls these ‘world or work’ or ‘WoW’ skills and these have been identified, not by LJMU but by leading national and international
employers and business experts. No other university, either in the UK or internationally, offers you the chance to develop these WoW skills or gives you the opportunity to have your abilities verified by employers. Whatever your age or work experience, presenting the right skills and attributes is essential. The earlier you start planning for your future, the better placed you’ll be to beat the competition when applying for work after graduation.
To find out more about career planning, placements, WoW and much more, go to www.ljmu.ac.uk/ wow/ or contact the Student Employability Team on 0151 231 8099
STUDENT PROFILE YOUR UNIVERSITY
My student experience was a great balance between academic work, school placement, playing for the University football team and having fun.
Gemma Adderley BSc (Hons) Primary and Secondary Education in Physical Education
WORKING PART-TIME YOUR UNIVERSITY
WORKING PART-TIME Financially a lot of students have no choice but to work part-time while they are studying.
If you are looking for part-time work make sure you visit the University’s vacancy website http://gdc. ljmu.ac.uk/jobs/ to see what’s on offer from local employers. WorkBank is a commercial employment agency that works with LJMU to give our students
access to better paid part-time work across Merseyside, in retail, administration, postal services, secretarial, call centres, computing, translation and marketing.
WorkBank is located in the LSU’s Haigh Building, and can be contacted on 0151 231 4964, email: liverpool@ theworkbank.co.uk
STUDENT PROFILE YOUR UNIVERSITY
My goal is to be the next Dermot O’Leary on X-Factor but I also want to set up my own PR and music management company.
This degree covers everything I need to know about the business.
BA (Hons) Business Studies and PR
GET INVOLVED YOUR UNIVERSITY
GET INVOLVED Liverpool Students’ Union or the LSU is managed by students for students and is there to help you get the most out of your LJMU student experience. LJMU students automatically become members of LSU and this entitles you to a wealth of benefits, entertainment, support and opportunities. The LSU organises lots of social events that are the perfect opportunity for you to see what you might like to get involved with while you are at LJMU.
Choose from over 80 sports clubs and societies. The whole point of Welcome Week is to let you see just what’s on offer. From football to cheerleading, trampolining to women’s rugby, there are a whole host of Clubs and Societies to join. Plus you can
find out what Liverpool has to offer in terms of bars, pubs, student nights and much more. More seriously, through its Better Union, Better City and Better University forums, the LSU regularly canvases students for opinions on issues impacting on their student experience. Effective student representation is core to what the LSU is all about and you can play your part by attending the monthly forums, becoming a Course Rep or even standing for election as one of the Union’s elected student officers. The LSU also operates an independent Advice Centre specialising in academic matters, such as Academic »
Appeals, Complaints, Fitness to Practice, Academic Misconduct and more. For advice, call 0151 231 4900, or email your query direct to email@example.com
To find out more about the LSU, go to www. liverpoolsu.com or alternatively email Sam Norris (s.norris@2007. ljmu.ac.uk) for more information about Clubs and Societies.
USEFUL LJMU CONTACTS YOUR UNIVERSITY
USEFUL LJMU CONTACTS Accommodation Telephone 0151 231 4166 Email accommodation@ ljmu.ac.uk Blackboard Website http://blackboard. ljmu.ac.uk Computing Help Telephone 0151 231 3179 Website www.ljmu.ac.uk/ offcampus/helpform. asp Counselling Telephone 0151 904 6123 Email counselling@ljmu. ac.uk 60
Course Information Telephone 0151 231 5090 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Freedom of Information Requests Telephone 0151 231 3116 Email email@example.com Graduate Development Centre Telephone 0151 231 8099 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Liverpool Studentsâ€™ Union (LSU) Telephone 0151 231 4900 Email email@example.com
USEFUL LJMU CONTACTS YOUR UNIVERSITY
USEFUL LJMU CONTACTS LJMU vacancies Website http://gdc.ljmu.ac.uk/ jobs/ Occupational Health Telephone 0151 231 3319 Email OHAdmin@ljmu.ac.uk Off Campus Support Telephone 0151 231 3179 Website www.ljmu.ac.uk/ offcampus/index.htm Student Administration Support Telephone 0151 231 3289
Student Advice and Wellbeing Telephone 0151 904 6055/6056/6057 Email studentadvice@ljmu. ac.uk Student Complaints Telephone 0151 231 3087/3367 Email complaints@ljmu. ac.uk Study Support Telephone 0151 904 6066 Email studyguidance@ljmu. ac.uk
USEFUL LJMU CONTACTS YOUR UNIVERSITY
USEFUL LJMU CONTACTS Learning Resource Centres Aldham Robarts Learning Resource Centre Student Zone Telephone 0151 231 3179 Email AldhamRobarts StudentAdmin@ ljmu.ac.uk Avril Robarts Learning Resource Centre Student Zone Telephone 0151 231 3179 Email AvrilRobarts StudentAdmin@ ljmu.ac.uk
I M Marsh Learning Resource Centre Student Zone Telephone 0151 231 3179 Email IMMarsh StudentAdmin@ ljmu.ac.uk
You Are Here
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YOU ARE HERE YOUR CITY
YOU ARE HERE Welcome to Liverpool, one of Britain’s most vibrant cities. This is the UK’s only city outside London to boast three Universities and with over 50,000 enrolled, it’s safe to say you’ve arrived in student central. Church Street and the new Liverpool ONE Centre offer hundreds of places to make use of your student discount.
Spirited nightlife means you won’t be short of a quality student night without the budgetary hangover, whether you want a quiet pint or a birthday to remember. A legendary musical scene continues to gain strength and Liverpool’s cosmopolitan outlook and diverse population can provide whatever your ears want, including some of
Europe’s biggest musical events. Scousers are friendly and outgoing, proud of their city and known for their ready humour and quick wit. A cheerful and hospitable atmosphere means you’ll make friends quickly, both with locals and other freshers.
It takes time to get used to any new city, but Liverpool’s open atmosphere will make it easier than you may think, even for those living away from home for the first time. We hope this handy survival guide will help you settle in and this great city will feel like home before you know it. With the new experiences, people and good times ahead of you, the years at uni will just fly by – make the most of them!
BUILDINGS Liverpoolâ€™s rich and varied heritage is visible everywhere, but particularly in its buildings. A city built on trade from distant shores it draws on influences from far and wide. Take a walk around the city and look closely at the architecture and you will see for yourself. Here are some of the most impressive.
BUILDINGS YOUR CITY
The Three Graces
Liverpool’s pier head is home to three of the most famous buildings in the city. ‘The Three Graces’ as they are known consist of the Royal Liver building, the Cunard building and the Port of Liverpool building.
The Cunard Building, former headquarters of the Cunard Line shipping company, was constructed between 1913 and 1916, and is a grade 2 listed building. Designed by William Edward Willink and Philip Coldwell Thicknesse, the building’s style is a mix of Italian Renaissance and Greek Revival, and its development was particularly influenced by Italian palace design.
The Royal Liver Building The Royal Liver Building was constructed between 1908 and 1911 and was designed by Walter Aubrey Thomas. The grade 1 listed building is known for its two clock towers on which stand the mythical Liver Birds. There are numerous myths and legends surrounding the Liver Birds. According to popular legend they are a male and female pair, the female looking out to sea, while the male looks towards the city.
Local legend has it that the birds face away from each other as, if they were to mate and fly away, the city would cease to exist. They are reputed to have been designed to watch the City and the Sea. The building is the headquarters of the Royal Liver Friendly Society.
The building was the headquarters of Cunard until the 1960s, when they relocated their global headquarters to New York. The building is owned by the Merseyside Pension Fund and is home to numerous public and private sector organisations.
Port of Liverpool Building Built between 1904 and 1907, it stands at an impressive 220ft tall. Designed in Edwardian Baroque style it is noted for its large dome, the focal point at the top of the building. The headquarters of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board for 87»
BUILDINGS YOUR CITY
» years, from 1907 to 1994 when they relocated to new premises, the building has seen major restoration and is now used as residential and office space.
Anglican Cathedral Completed in 1978 after 74 years, the largest cathedral in the UK and the fifth largest in the world, towers over the city and can be seen from miles around. In 1902 an open competition was held to design the Cathedral. This attracted great interest from architects as not only was it one of the largest building projects of the 20th century, but this was only the third opportunity to build an Anglican Cathedral in England following the Reformation of the 16th century. Entrants included noted architects such as Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Charles Herbert Reilly. However it was controversially won by 22-year-old student Giles Gilbert Scott who not only had no previous buildings to his credit but was also a Roman Catholic.
Metropolitan Cathedral Known locally as ‘Paddy’s Wigwam’ or the ‘Mersey Funnel’, the original designs for the Cathedral were completed on commission by Sir Edwin Lutyens in the 1930s.
Lutyens design would have created a massive structure that would have become the second largest church in the world. Work began on the Cathedral in 1933 however by 1941 the restrictions of World War II and rising costs forced construction to stop. In 1956 work recommenced on the crypt and finished in 1958, but the project was deemed too expensive and the crypt remains the only part of Lutyens design to be completed. In 1959 a competition was held to design a cathedral to accommodate the existing crypt and the winning design, by Sir Frederick Gibberd, is the Cathedral we see today.
Albert Dock These 19th-century warehouse buildings are the biggest group of grade 1 listed buildings in Britain, converted into an awardwinning attraction. The Albert Dock is a stunning architectural triumph. Opened in 1846, it soon became a treasure house of precious international cargoes. Today’s redevelopment has seen it transformed into a top heritage attraction and stopping for a break in one of the restaurants, bars and cafes that punctuate this attraction is well recommended.
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St George’s Hall In the early 1800s, a venue for music festivals was sought by the people of Liverpool. At the same time, the civil and crown courts were due to be built and it was decided that one building would serve both purposes.
Now regarded as one of the finest Neo-Classical buildings in the world, St George’s Hall is a grade I listed building. St George’s Hall fell into disrepair in the 1980s, but now refurbished, it is a focal point for cultural, community, civic, corporate and performing arts activities.
The Imperial Arch This Arch is the largest outside China at 15 metres tall. It was shipped from Shanghai piece by piece and placed at the entrance to Chinatown in accordance with the principals of Feng Shui.
TOURS YOUR CITY
TOURS Taking a walking tour of the city or hopping on a tour bus will give you a knowledge of the city as well as helping you find your way around. Liverpool’s tourism industry is expanding, offering more unique ways to view, and learn about the city. The Yellow Duckmarine amphibious tour will take you on both land and water to see the sights, while the Shiverpool tour takes you on a chilling journey around Liverpool’s most haunted spots.
The Slavery History Trail offers the chance to see how slavery shaped the city. In addition to city tours, it is worth visiting the many landmarks and attractions which offer their own tours. From Cains Brewery to the former homes of The Beatles, the city has a wealth of experiences for you to enjoy, while also engaging in the fascinating stories of the people of Liverpool.
Yellow Duckmarine If you’ve spent any time in Liverpool then the enormous, bright yellow ‘duckmarine’ is unlikely to have escaped your notice. Looking like something from one of The Beatles more psychedelic videos, the Yellow Duckmarine offers “a unique one hour amphibious city sightseeing tour of Liverpool’s historic waterfront, city and docks”.
City Explorer The city explorer tour takes place on an open topped bus, allowing a great vantage point on your way around the city. With stops including the Albert Dock, the Cathedrals and the Cavern, and the ability to ‘hop’ on and off the bus during your tour makes this a great way to see the city.
Williamson’s Tunnels This labyrinth of tunnels beneath the Edge Hill area was built under the direction of the eccentric and wealthy businessman Joseph Williamson between the early 1800s and 1840. It is believed that he wanted to provide an income and a focus for local men struggling to find work. The tunnels were excavated and opened to the public in the late 1990s and the tour provides a fascinating insight into the mind of this well-meaning individual.
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Red Jack Tour A traditional walking tour taking in all the main sights, this 3.5 miles 2 hour long tour is a leisurely way to see the city.
The Shiverpool Ghost Tour Shiverpool Ghost Tours are taking the tour industry by storm with their guided ghost walks revealing Liverpool’s hidden mysteries and its supernatural secrets. Visiting a variety of “haunted” sights around the city, they use a combination of storytelling and performance to bring the tales to life and “dare you not to be scared”.
59 Rodney Street Step back in time on a tour of the Liverpool photographer, E. Chambre Hardman’s, Rodney Street studio and home. This incredible time capsule tells the tale of an outstanding local photographer, his loyal and like-minded wife and their life together from photographing Liverpool’s elite to burying boiled eggs in the sand.
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Radio City Tower: The former revolving Tower Restaurant is now home to Liverpool’s biggest commercial radio station.
The Beatles’ Houses 20 Forthlin Road and Mendips, the childhood homes of Sir Paul McCartney and John Lennon, are now looked after by The National Trust and the tours provide an insight into the early lives of two of the four most famous sons of the city.
Old Dock Experience Preserved beneath the Liverpool ONE development is the world’s first commercial enclosed wet dock, discovered during excavations in 2001 after being buried since 1826. The tour gives the first opportunity in centuries to see the bed of the ‘pool’ from which Liverpool took its name.
Everton FC & Liverpool FC Stadium Tours
Whether you’re a Red or a Blue (or neither) the Anfield and Goodison Park stadium tours allow ‘behindthe-scenes’ access to the city’s football clubs. A must for any visiting fans.
Cains Brewery Tour
Mersey Tunnels Tour This ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour is a unique opportunity to view an engineering masterpiece. The 2-3 hour tour takes you beneath the city to view the inner workings of the Queensway Mersey Tunnel.
Slavery History Trail It is universally acknowledged that, as a large shipping port, much of Liverpool’s wealth is derived from slavery. This tour will give you an opportunity to see how slavery shaped the city and to “view history through the eyes of the oppressed”.
A fascinating insight into Merseyside’s rich brewing heritage. Take a tour around this Victorian brewery, learn about a process which has remained largely unchanged for centuries, then round it off by enjoying your complimentary pint of Cains award-winning ale.
FAMOUS SCOUSERS YOUR CITY
FAMOUS SCOUSERS Despite being a relatively small city Liverpool has had more than its fair share of influence in world affairs. From politicians to pop stars, footballers to filmmakers, there seems to be a Scouser on every page of the history books.
Politics William Ewart Gladstone served as Prime Minister several times during his political career, and his Liberal values made him popular throughout the world. In recent times Merseyside has given us politicians such as former actress Glenda Jackson MP, born in Birkenhead, and the current Shadow Health Secretary, Andy Burnham MP.
Music Even if there had never been a band called The Beatles, Liverpool musicians would probably have made it into most people’s record collections. Before the Merseybeat sound of the 60s, Billy Fury and Frankie Vaughan were the idols of the day.
Since then Merseyside has given us great music from the likes of The La’s, Echo & The Bunnymen and The Zutons.
Film & Theatre James Bond star Daniel Craig was born in Chester and raised in Hoylake on the Wirral. Liverpool’s Everyman and Playhouse Theatres have been the birthplace of many careers. Legendary writers such as Carla Lane and Willy Russell began their writing careers here.
Sport Liverpool FC and Everton FC have been playing top class football for over 50 years. Everton FC, formed in 1878, was a founding member of the Football League in 1888.
Television Leonard Rossiter, one of TVs finest comic actors, was from Liverpool, as are former Dr Who Tom Baker and ‘Skins’ stars Stephen Walters and Joe Dempsie. Also, ghost-botherer Derek Acorah is from Bootle.
SHOPPING YOUR CITY
The are hundreds of shops in Liverpool City Centre. Here is a selection of those that have the most to offer students. The Met Quarter
discerning shopper with a vast range of diversions. The Bold Street Festival (pictured) is held each year and coincides with Liverpool’s Fresher’s Week, and FACT is just around the corner.
Cavern Walks The Metquarter is situated in the heart of Liverpool and plays host to aspirational brands that also offer student discounts such as Café Rouge, Diesel, Firetrap, Sasoon Salon and Timberland. Additional brands that offer value for money are the likes of MAC, Hugo Boss, Jo Malone, A|X Armani Exchange, All Saints and more. www.metquarter.com
Bold Street Bold Street’s diversity means that everything from fashion to food, and culture to coffee is catered for, with shops and cafes such as Matta’s, Oxfam, News From Nowhere, Utility, LEAF, Soul Cafe, Bench, Giancarlo Ricci and Ran providing the
Situated on Mathew Street, in the heart of Liverpool’s historic Cavern Quarter, Cavern Walks is Liverpool’s only boutique arcade and home to the most unique collection of independent retailing in the city and the greatest designer brands. Cricket, Vivienne Westwood, Kids Cavern, Boudette, Boudoir Boutique, Weavers Door, Lola Loves, Soley Shoes, Christopher James, Enigmatic, Nail Nation, Hi-Brow and Cavern Hair Boutique create a unique mix of outlets in historic surroundings and in the perfect city centre location. Cavern Walks also boasts two excellent cafes, Lucy in the Sky and Chantilly: perfect for a coffee break during your busy day. www.cavern-walks.co.uk
St Johns Centre St Johns is the largest covered shopping centre in Liverpool and is located right in the heart of the city centre underneath St Johns Beacon, one of Liverpool’s most recognisable landmarks. The centre boasts over 100 shops on two levels and includes popular chains such as Argos, Wilkinson, Aldi, Home Bargains, Poundland, Beaverbrook’s and Thornton’s. It also has a number of independent retailers and an indoor market on the third floor. www.stjohns-shopping.co.uk
Clayton Square One of Liverpool’s most established shopping centres, and iIdeally situated at the top of Church Street, the centre is bright and airy and set on two levels offering more than 30 shops including Boots, Clas Ohlson, Body Shop and Game. There is a wide selection of fashion outlets and an internet cafe on the upper level sandwiched between two excellent coffee bars. www.claytonsquare.co.uk
HEADSPACE YOUR CITY
HEADSPACE Liverpool is a vibrant and lively city, with lots to offer in the name of entertainment, culture, nightlife and shopping. But what if you don’t want to be entertained from dusk ‘til dawn, and beyond? What if you fancy some peace and quiet? Liverpool has some great open spaces (many of them significant parts of the city’s rich history) for you to relax in. You are also lucky enough to have moved to (or grown up in) a city surrounded by beautiful countryside and a dramatic coastline, which doubles up as an exhibition space for Anthony
Gormley’s “Another Place” installation. The Wirral peninsula is also just a bus, train or ferry ride away. There you’ll find open countryside and great beaches. West Kirby is a particular favourite for anyone looking to chill out with an ice cream - or even walk across to Hilbre Island. So, whether it’s green space, beautiful woodland or beaches you’re looking for you’ll find them all easily within your reach.
Abercromby Square Abercromby Square is right in the heart of the University of Liverpool, bordered by Oxford Road in the city centre. Abercromby Square Gardens is often used by students as a place to meet and hang out or study with friends in the sunshine.
Falkner Square Falkner Square is an area of great historic value and interest, as it was one of the earliest public open spaces within Liverpool. It still retains its original elegance and similarity to many London squares and is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of
the city and just relax, or do a bit of reading.
St James’ Gardens Occupying ten acres of cemetery land behind the Anglican Cathedral, this beautifully idyllic space is the ultimate city centre hideaway, accessed by a winding walkway that curls under the cathedral grounds and brings you out into a secluded, walled garden. It really doesn’t feel like you’re in town at all, and you may lose hours enjoying its calming and restorative effects.
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OUT OF TOWN Princes Park A grade 2* listed historic park at the end of Princes Avenue, in Toxteth, Princes Park is a real green haven just outside the city centre. The park is probably the only one in town with a donkey’s gravestone; commemorating ‘Judy’ who, during her 21 years service, gave rides to many local children.
Sefton Park Sefton Park is arguably the best known and most loved park in the city. This magnificent 200 acre Park looks like a natural
landscape rather than a manmade park, and is always a popular spot with students.
Calderstones Park This 94 acre park is a favourite with its variety of attractions including a botanical garden and places of historical interest. The botanical garden contains almost 4000 species of plants brought from all over the world by merchants and travellers.
A favourite with kite fliers, this wide open space is perfect for a picnic with a view of the Mersey.
Crosby beach forms part of the now permanent residence of Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’; 100 cast-iron, life-size figures made from casts of the artist’s own body are spread out along three kilometers of the foreshore. Stretching almost one kilometre out to sea, they appear to be staring at the horizon.
Whether it’s a walk in the pine woods, a stroll across the sand dunes, relaxing on the beach or maybe even catching a glimpse of the rare red squirrel, it’s all on offer at Formby. Owned by The National Trust, this beautiful and well looked after part of the coastline is well worth a visit.
The work is seen as a poetic response to the individual and universal sentiments associated with emigration - sadness at leaving, but the hope of a new future in another place.
Southport With attractions including a fun fair, beaches, indoor water park, marine lake, miniature railway and not forgetting the British Lawnmower museum, Southport has something for everyone.
LIVERPOOL CITY CENTRE YOUR CITY
LIVERPOOL CITY CENTRE Liverpool city centre has over 1,200 retail outlets, 4 theatres, 3 museums, 2 art galleries and a thriving night-time economy. It is also one of the safest city centres in the UK, with the lowest recorded crime figures for 10 years.
Each year Liverpool City Council and partners commission an annual perception survey where some 1,600 people are asked how they perceive the city centre in terms of cleanliness, safety, lighting and travel. Last year the feedback was more positive than ever; 81% if people interviewed during the day positively rated the cleanliness of the city, representing a 51% annual increase. Perception about maintenance of pedestrian areas increased by 13% to 81% of people rating it positively.
Feelings of safety across all times of the day have again increased. The percentage of people who feel safe during the day is now 99%. 93% believe that Liverpool city centre is a vibrant place. 91% positively rate the retail shops in Liverpool city centre. Liverpool is in the top five retail destinations in the UK 8 out of 10 people believe that Liverpool city centre has improved over the last twelve months and 9 out of 10 are confident about its future. 8 out of 10 people agree that pedestrian areas in the city centre are well lit at night. The result was even higher among people who say that they use the city centre at night (91%). 84% agree that the pedestrian areas in the city centre are welcoming which represents a 33% increase since the question was first asked in 2007.
RULES IS RULES YOUR CITY
RULES IS RULES Like any major city Liverpool has its rules. Here are a few of the major rules we think you should know about.
need to do it’s best to go down that route. Giving out flyers on the street can carry a fine of £150.
Drinking In Public
If you are a smoker you’ll probably be spending quite a bit of your time outside. All public buildings, including all bars clubs and venues in Liverpool adhere to the law unequivocally. Luckily, most buildings do have designated outside smoking areas and these are usually sheltered – it won’t stop you getting cold though.
Carrying bottles and drinking alcohol in between bars in Liverpool city centre is quite a serious offence and can carry a fine of up to £500.
Littering Spot fines are issued to anyone caught littering. Even if you throw a cigarette butt on the street you can be charged £75 by one of the many litter patrol officers. This is non-negotiable.
Fly-Posting & Flyering If you decide to run an event and you think it’s a good idea to flypost the walls of Liverpool then think again, this can generate a fine up to £2,000 per poster. Liverpool runs a legal fly posting scheme so if it’s something you
Parking Double Yellow Lines If you leave your car unattended you can be ticketed immediately. In fact you can be given a ticket just for waiting - it does happen.
Single Yellow Lines These lines are usually accompanied by a sign on a nearest lamp post indicating a timed parking restriction. If you leave your car unattended within the restricted times you can be given an instant ticket - just like with double yellow lines. And the same rules apply for waiting - you can be given a ticket - but usually on a single yellow you will just be told to move on.
Parking Zones If you are caught in one of the parking zones without a valid ticket you can be given an instant ticket.
Bus Stops & Disabled Zones Never park or even stop at bus stops or in disabled zones. Get caught in either and you can forget traffic wardens, the Police themselves will gladly stop and paper your windscreen.
Driving Liverpool has its fair share of bus lanes and speed cameras. Special permanent cameras are set throughout the city to catch speeders and bus lane users and mobile cameras are often set up at busy times. The advice is simple - donâ€™t speed and keep out of bus lanes, or your driving will get much more expensive.
NOISE ADVICE YOUR CITY
NOISE ADVICE It is a fact of life that we all make noise: whether we are talking to others, playing music, entertaining, driving in our cars or just going about our daily business. What is a nuisance to one person may be pleasurable to another.
Everyday Living Take into account who your neighbours are. Some may lead lives very different from you and may keep very different hours. It is always worth getting to know your neighbours so that you can understand each other better and iron out difficulties as they arise, or better still, avoid them altogether.
Noise In The Street Be thoughtful as you go home after a night out. Laughing and talking loudly in the street at night when everything else is asleep can cause real annoyance.
The Law Noise is a very subjective thing, and affects people in different ways. At the moment there is no legal level at which noise becomes a “nuisance”. Any noise which is loud or obtrusive enough enough to affect someone else’s enjoyment of their property can be a nuisance. If Environmental Health Services have evidence that you are causing statutory nuisance a legal notice may be served on you under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. If you carry on in breach of this notice you can be taken to court and fined up to £5,000. Your sound equipment can also be confiscated.
If you require any information of the work of the Environmental Health Services please visit their website: www.liverpool. gov.uk/environment/ pollution/noise
Parties If you’re having a party. . . Tell your neighbours in advance. You could even invite them! Suggest that they let you know if they have any problems while the party is on. Tell them what time the party will end (or at least when the music will be turned right down). Make sure you stick to this time. Control noise levels as much as you can and position speakers carefully away from noise sensitive rooms. Keep all windows and doors closed if possible. Control your guests – particularly at the end of the party. Don’t let the party overflow into the street. If you get a visit from the Police or Environmental Health Services, do as they ask.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT YOUR CITY
PUBLIC TRANSPORT Getting around is important and Liverpool, like all big cities, has a wealth of public transport to get you from A to B.
Buses Liverpool City Centre has two major bus stations - Paradise Street and Queen Square. Other main bus stops can be found at Victoria Street, Sir Thomas Street, London Road and Renshaw Street. Some services run all night. For details of Merseytravel’s night buses go to: www.merseytravel.gov.uk
Trains Liverpool has one of the most frequent commuter services outside London. The Northern Line connects Liverpool with Ormskirk, Kirkby, Southport and Hunts Cross, while the Wirral Line links Liverpool with West Kirby, Ellesmere Port, New Brighton and Chester. The local trains serve Liverpool City Centre at four stations: Liverpool Central, Moorfields, James Street and
Lime Street, which is the City’s main train station, serving local and national routes.
Tickets If you are going to be using public transport regularly then it’s worth considering buying passes, which will make your travel cheaper. Saveaways are cheap, one-day tickets that you can use for travel on buses, trains and ferries in Merseyside at off-peak times.
Season Tickets Depending on the type of transport you use, Merseytravel has a variety of season ticket options:
Bus journeys only A Solo ticket lets you travel on any bus at any time of the day (excluding night buses). You can buy Solo tickets weekly, monthly or annually, the longer you buy, the more you’ll save. The areas they can used in is split up across Merseyside, letting you choose exactly where you want to
travel, and at the right price. They can even cover all of Merseyside.
Rail Journeys only If you frequently travel on the Merseyrail network then a Railpass is the ticket for you. Like other tickets, a Railpass can be bought to use in specific zones and areas, weekly, monthly and yearly, letting you tailor the ticket to suit you best. Tickets can be bought from any staffed Merseyrail station.
Bus, rail or Mersey Ferries journeys A Trio pass can be used on buses, trains and Mersey Ferries (excluding river cruises) in Merseyside. Tickets can be bought for a week, month or year â€“ the longer you buy it for, the more you save. You can buy one from any staffed Merseyrail station or Merseytravel Centre. Information courtesy of Liverpool City Council and Merseytravel. Go to www.merseytravel.gov.uk
TAXIS YOUR CITY
TAXIS The taxi service in Liverpool is fast, reliable and most of all cheap. It’s been estimated that there are more taxis in Liverpool per head of population than any other city in the UK, so there are more than enough to go around.
If you call a taxi at 9.30pm on a Saturday night wanting to be in town for 10pm chances are you’re going to be late. Pre-book if you need to get somewhere urgently (if you’re catching a plane or train, etc) and allow yourself an hour’s grace. Planes and trains won’t wait for you, so it’s better to arrive early. Never call more than one firm and jump in the first car that arrives. This may work a few times but your address will soon be blacklisted by the taxi firms meaning that you will have either a lower priority or no priority at all. If the embarrassing situation of two taxis turning up arises both will leave and you will be stranded.
Seatbelts Always wear your seat belt, even if you’re in a hackney cab. If there is an accident not only does it reduce your chances of serious injury but not wearing a seat belt will affect your ability to claim accident compensation afterwards. Never pick up a private hire taxi from the street without prebooking it. Not only is it illegal but you will also be uninsured.
Accidents We all have few too many drinks from time to time. But what happens if you are sick in a taxi?
Well, you shouldn’t be driven to the nearest cashpoint and relieved of £100+ for ruining their night! There’s a standard fee, usually about £35, which covers the cost of cleaning the taxi.
Black Taxis You can pick up a Hackney cab at designated ranks or you can hail one off the street. If a black taxi has its orange light on the driver is obliged to pick up anyone who flags the cab down.
Some cab drivers use busy periods or bad weather to try to negotiate with potential customers before a journey. This is illegal and should be reported - you can find their plate number on the back of the taxi.
Fares On the top left corner of a black cab’s meter you will see the number (or “Trap”) 1,2 or 3. These numbers are very important. They represent the speed of the price change on the meter: 1 being the slowest and 3 the quickest rate of change. Trap 1 is the daytime rate, Trap 2 the night time rate (after midnight) and Trap 3 the out of town rate. Some drivers might try and switch to a rate that increases your fare, especially if you are a bit drunk.
If you are unhappy with your driver for any reason either call the taxi firm or the taxi police on 0151 233 3000 and report them. Their taxi badge showing the driver’s photograph and number, should be displayed on the dashboard or in the panel behind the driver’s seat.
SECURING YOUR CAR YOUR CITY
SECURING YOUR CAR Believe it or not, most cars are stolen because they are unlocked. Donâ€™t make it easy for thieves. Keep valuables out of sight and avoid parking in quiet back streets with poor lighting.
Older Cars It may be your pride and joy, but cars made before April 1998 are easier to steal and therefore more attractive to thieves so always use a stop lock.
Newer Cars No car made after April 1998 can be stolen without the keys - so your key is as valuable as your car. Never leave keys lying around on view or in the ignition, even if youâ€™re just paying for petrol.
PLACES OF WORSHIP YOUR CITY
Places of Worship Anglican St James Church Corner of Upper Parliment Street & Park Road, L8 Tel. 0151 708 8559 Anglican St Brides Church Corner of Percy Street & Catharine Street, L8 Tel. 07932 543 900 Roman Catholic Philip Neri Church Philip Neri House 30 Catharine Street, L8 Tel. 0151 709 3858 Evangelical Frontline Evangelical Church Corner of Lawrence Road & Wellington Road, L15 Tel. 0151 733 3373 Methodist Princes Park Methodist Church Beaconsfield Street, L8 Tel. 0151 727 2035 Jewish Childwall Hebrew Congregation Dunbabin Road, L15 Tel. 0151 722 2079 Jewish Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation Princes Road Synagogue, L8 Tel. 0151 709 3431
Muslim Liverpool Al-Rahma Mosque 29-31 Hatherly Street, L8 Tel. 0151 709 2560 Muslim Liverpool Mosque and Islamic Institute 8 Cramond Avenue, L8 Tel. 0151 734 1222 Sikh Guru Nanak Gurdwara & Sikh Community Centre 16 Wellington Avenue, L15 Tel. 0151 327 6710 Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas 3 Berkley Street, L8 Tel. 0151 709 9543 Gospel Liverpool Chinese Gospel Church 11 Great George Square, L1 Buddhist Duldzin Buddhist Centre 25 Aigburth Drive, L17 Tel. 0151 726 8900 Quaker Quaker Meeting House 22 School Lane, L1 Tel. 0151 709 6957 German Church German Church of Liverpool Canning St & Bedford St, L8 Tel. 0151 677 2024
We at City Central Business Improvement District (BID) welcome you to Liverpool. Over the next three/four years you will come into contact with us many times, as it’s our job – among many other things - to entertain you and keep you safe across the retail heart of the city centre (which covers more than 60 streets). We do this in partnership with agencies such as Merseyside Police, Liverpool City Council, Enterprise Liverpool and the 630 businesses and organisations we represent. As a student who may have never been to Liverpool before you’ll find the city centre an extremely vibrant place with many free events and festivals taking place most weeks of the year, many of which City Central BID will be either organising or supporting.
We want you to have a safe time in Liverpool and are proud of the fact that the city centre has a 99% safety rating for the daytime and is one of the few in the country to have achieved Purple Flag status for its night time safety record. To further support this amazing track record City Central BID have, with our partners Land Securities, also delivered the first privately funded city centre cop shop in the UK. It’s at St Johns Shopping Centre on the Queen Square side. With this peace of mind we hope you enjoy your student years in Liverpool. And to make your time here even more enjoyable, visit our website www.citycentralbid.com and join us on Facebook as you’ll find some amazing offers/discounts and competitions there courtesy of our members – which we hope you’ll also frequent on a daily basis.
Let’s Go Out ENTER-
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Let’s Go Out Have a Plan Six Of The Best Club Nights Culture Music Venues Smaller Gigs Festivals Theatres Live Comedy Galleries Cinemas
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LET’S GO OUT ENTERTAINMENT
LET’S GO OUT Bars, Pubs, Clubs & Cafés There are over 300 bars, pubs and clubs in Liverpool. In this section we feature a selection of those that have proved most popular with students in recent years.
The venues mentioned are predominantly situated in the Hardman Street, Seel Street and Concert Square areas of Liverpool city centre and these are almost certainly the most student-friendly areas in town. It is important to remember, however, that even though certain bars and areas of town are regarded as student-friendly you may still encounter problems such as violence, theft and muggings so you always need to be on your guard and preferably with a group of friends.
Collectively the bars featured offer a wide range of experiences catering for pretty much all tastes and budgets. We’ve separated these venues into ‘six of the best’, in our humble opinion. These cover subjects such as where to watch live sports, the city’s ‘Hidden Gems’, ‘Loud and Lively’ bars, ‘Real Pubs’ for a quiet pint, ‘Café Bars’ for when only a cake and coffee will do, our favourite clubs, gay bars and places to take your parents.
Hopefully the info will give you a good starting point for planning some great nights out in Liverpool, so you can maximise your enjoyment.
HAVE A PLAN Where Are You Going? Plan where you are going and how you intend to get to and from - if you’re travelling with friends by taxi who is paying? Sort this out before you get in the cab and make sure everyone has change. If travelling by bus or train remember not to annoy fellow passengers - you might be happy and excited about the night ahead - they might be going to work. If you have planned to get a taxi and need to be somewhere at a certain time it’s a good idea to prebook. This will get you on the system earlier and give you priority over people that ring when they need one.
Budget What do you intend to spend? What can you afford to spend? Go to the cash point during the day and only draw out what you intend to spend. Top tip - have an emergency £10 squashed into a tight compartment of your wallet
- make it difficult to get so it doesn’t just become part of your normal spend.
Don’t Forget... Get cash before your night out and leave your cards in a safe place at home. You might want to take your mobile phone with you, remember to charge it before you go out! If you use your mobile while you are out, make sure you are aware of your surroundings and keep a firm hold on the phone.
Getting Home Before you go out it’s worth giving some thought to how you’re going to get home. Sounds boring but a bit of forward planning could help you avoid being stuck in town.
Walking Use your common sense. Do you know the way? Is it a reasonable distance to walk? Don’t forget it will take longer once you’ve got a few drinks inside you. Stick to well-lit paths and close to main roads.
HAVE A PLAN ENTERTAINMENT
Getting a Lift Someone volunteering to be the designated driver is great, so long as they stick to the deal. If you are in any doubt that they are sober don’t get in the car no matter how tempting that lift is. If someone offers you a lift who you don’t know, say no. You might be stuck and just want to get home but there are taxi ranks open all night. If you’re tempted just try to imagine any sensible reason why a normal person might want to drive around town at night offering people lifts. See, you can’t.
Buses It sounds obvious but make sure you check the number of the bus before you get on. You don’t want to get dropped in the middle of nowhere. It’s worth checking before you go out that the bus you get into town also operates at night. If not you might need to plan an alternate route.
Taxis The only taxi that’s legal to pick up at the roadside is a black cab. Mini cabs are only insured to carry you if pre-booked. If you get into a cab alone or put your mate into one, take the driver’s number. This will be on the badge on the glass divider in the taxi. Let the driver see you do it, a responsible driver will welcome it.
SIX OF THE BEST ENTERTAINMENT
Six Of The Best:
REAL PUBS So Liverpool has loads of
great bars and clubs where you can stay out all night and dance till the sun comes up but sometimes you just want a quiet pint in a proper pub. In all the hustle and bustle Liverpool hasn’t forgotten about the good old fashioned pub, there are many well loved and well-established watering holes around the city, in all different shapes and sizes. Here is a pick of the best.
The Swan Inn
86 Wood Street Liverpool L1 4DQ Tel. 0151 709 5281 The Swan attracts a fiercely loyal clientele due to its fine selection real ales (Marston’s Pedigree, Wobbly Bob and Old Rosie Scrumpy as well as the supplementary guests brews) and best rock’n’roll juke box in the city. However, don’t expect to be listening to your choice of music within at least three or four pints of paying your quid. There’s a hefty backlog, but that’s just a good excuse to stay even longer.
34 Pilgrim Street Liverpool L1 9HB Tel. 0151 709 2302 Situated over two floors, The Pilgrim has long been a favourite with students. Its downstairs is set out into diner-style booths with a jukebox in each one (sadly ornamental now) and has a real cellar bar feel, but without the dank atmosphere. The well priced beer and spirits make for a lively and friendly ambience and reasonably priced food is offered throughout the day, from breakfast onwards.
The Ship & Mitre
133 Dale Street Liverpool L2 2JH Tel. 0151 236 0859 Hidden away at the bottom of Dale Street, in the shadow of a busy flyover, sits a glorious pub that proclaims on it’s sign to have the best range of beers in Liverpool. With ten hand-pulled real ales we’d find it hard to argue with that claim, and the atmosphere is great too.
77 Seel Street Liverpool L1 4BB Tel. 0151 708 8301 Pogue Mohone is situated at the top of Seel St and oozes Gaelic
charm. Run and managed by Irish staff, the bar has a real traditional wooden look and has the fine distinction of serving the best pint of Guinness in the city.
36 Hope Street Liverpool L1 9BX Tel. 0151 707 2837 Serving up to 10 real ales, with frequently changing guests from a seasonal ale list. The pub is a grade 2* listed building (with grade 1 listed toilets!) and it was John Lennon’s favourite pub, of which he famously said, ‘the price of fame is not being able to have a drink at The Phil’.
5 Sugnall Street Liverpool L7 7EB Tel. 0151 709 0303 How would you like to sit in a pub that was as comfy as your nan’s living room, with a lovely open fire, relaxed atmosphere and (here’s where it may differ from your nan’s house) a cracking selection of guest beers on tap? Well, The Belevdere could be the solution. Tucked away on Sugnall Street, just off Falkner Street, in a Grade II listed building, The Belvedere was closed for years before it was rescued and refurbished. Well worth a visit.
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If there’s one thing better than being in the pub with your mates, it’s being in the pub with your mates watching your favourite team playing. Liverpool is a city that really loves sport and there are loads of great pubs and bars that cater for those of you who just can’t get enough of the beautiful game. Here are six of the best venues for watching the match and enjoying a drink.
17-21 Fleet St Liverpool L1 4AR Tel. 0151 709 3498 Envi is one of the best places in the city to watch live sport. All major events are covered in this huge 750 capacity venue. You can choose from either the giant screen, visible from anywhere in the main room, one of the five plasma screens dotted around the place, or maybe you prefer things a little cosier - in which case one of the communal booths with private screens will suit you better.
85-89 Hanover Street Liverpool L1 3DZ Tel. 07833 092770 The Abbey is a lively and bustling bar on Hanover Street, in the heart of Liverpool’s shopping district. It makes a good place to watch the football with mates, or stop off for a quiet pint after Uni.
24 Arrad St Liverpool L77JE Tel. 0151 706 0345
35 Hardman Street Liverpool L1 9AS Tel. 0151 707 6485 A well-established pub on Hardman Street, best known for the electric atmosphere when it screens the football. If you can get a seat on match day, watch one (or all) of the six screens in relative comfort on pew-like wooden benches. There’s cheap pub grub and a range of beers.
Situated in the centre of Liverpool student life the Font is an easy going fun student friendly bar. Over 40 cocktails ranging from £2-£3 won’t hurt the pocket. Happy hour (5-8 pm) with all sports shown on large screens and even pro-evo soccer on the biggest. Its extensive food menu is served till 7.30pm, with a free quiz every Thursday in term time, plus Sunday roasts.
Hope & Anchor
Maryland Street Liverpool L1 9DE Tel. 0151 702 7911 This is a great student pub. Great value offers, especially on Thursday and Saturday nights. The staff are friendly and the Sunday night quiz is good fun. Serves a great strawberry cider and has a very comfy couch to watch the match from.
Lord Nelson Hotel Liverpool L3 5PD Tel. 0151 709 5161 Located underneath the Lord Nelson Hotel on Hotham Street, the Dugout Bar has Sky Sports and a variety of events such as quiz and karaoke nights. In addition to wines and spirits, the Dugout serves a wide range of beers from around the world.
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If you’re tired of the same old places and the busy club and pub district and fancy somewhere slightly off the beaten track here of some of the cities ‘hidden gems’.
22 Colquitt Street Liverpool L1 4DE Tel. 07866 468417 Aloha is Liverpool’s first and finest (not to mention only) ‘Tiki’ bar. If you’ve never been to one, here’s what to expect; to drink beautiful exotic cocktails served in pineapples and volcanoes (amongst other things) by friendly bartenders clad in strangely alluring Hawaiian shirts; to listen to reggae and rock & roll in equal measure, and expect to partake in the occasional limbo and conga whilst enjoying the best atmosphere in the city. They open at 8 every night, and get very busy at the weekends, so get in early and enjoy this tropical hideaway!
33 Wapping Liverpool L1 8DQ Tel. 0151 709 3116 Liverpool’s only surviving Sailortown pub, the Baltic Fleet is a cosy pub and microbrewery in the heart of the Docklands. Within striking distance of the Albert Dock and Echo Arena it’s the perfect place for a relaxed drink or something to eat.
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33-45 Parr Street Liverpool L1 4JN Tel. 0151 707 1050 33-45 Parr street describes itself as “a central social oasis designed for creatives and situated in the heart of Liverpool city centre and housed inside the famous Parr street recording studios“. This members’ only club is free to join and provides an intimate and exclusive experience with regular live music and DJ sets.
33-45 Parr Street Liverpool L1 4JN Tel. 0151 707 1050 Studio 2 is one of the Liverpool’s finest venues. This is the studio where Coldplay, Take That, Stereophonics, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Smiths, Diana Ross and Elbow, amongst many
others, have recorded and now has been converted into “one of the UK’s top 50 bars” (The Independent Magazine 2009).
13 Rice Street Liverpool L1 9BB Tel. 0151 709 4171 The watering hole of a certain Mr Lennon during his art college days, Ye Cracke is a charming, rough round the edges pub with a varied and ever popular jukebox where you can go from Leonard Cohen to Nick Cave in less time than it takes to sup your first pint. A truly historic building, there’s been a pub on this site for over 150 years, is full of interesting nooks and crannies including the 1900s ‘War Room’ where drinkers would discuss Britain’s overseas military operations.
60 Roscoe Street Liverpool L1 9DW Tel. 0151 708 6870 This back-street establishment is one you are unlikely to stumble upon by accident as it’s in a quiet part of town away from the main drag. Don’t let this put you off though; it’s well worth a visit. The delightfully shabby interior, with many original features, creates a warm and cosy atmosphere.
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TAKE THE PARENTS
When your parents come to stay and you’re taking them out for a drink you probably want a gentler night out than you might have with your mates. There are a variety of bars in Liverpool that cater for all tastes and here are some you can all enjoy.
15 Victoria Street Liverpool L2 5QS Tel. 0151 236 1999 The Living Room, in Liverpool’s business district, has a well deserved reputation for mixing fantastic cocktails, consistently high standards in food quality and service and a great atmosphere. It is one of ‘the’ places to be seen in Liverpool. By night their resident musicians play a mixture of eclectic tunes to create the perfect atmosphere. The stylish bar and restaurant is ideal for sipping one of their delicious cocktails with friends or just enjoying the fantastic food.
Alma De Cuba
Paradise Lane Liverpool L1 4BH Tel. 0151 702739 Winner of Best Bar, Best Restaurant and UK’s Best Venue, this is a must visit destination with a spectacular bar area downstairs, including a real altar (it’s in an old church) and a beautiful restaurant on the upper floor. There is live music in the week, as well as gospel choirs and Brazilian dancers at the weekend. There are petal drops every Fridays and Saturdays.
The Officer’s Mess
9 Victoria Street Liverpool L2 5QA Tel. 0151 2362240 A tastefully decorated basement bar in Liverpool’s business district, The Officer’s Mess stocks a range of interesting beers and spirits. There is also a great food menu, with seasonal changes, gourmet evenings and culinary special events.
Britannia Pavilion Liverpool L3 4AD Tel. 0151 702 5840 A tasteful, dimly lit bar in the city’s popular Albert Dock complex, the PanAm is the place to go if you want to do some
celebrity spotting. This is a classy place that you wouldn’t mind your mum thinking you visited all the time.
12 Stanley Street Liverpool L1 6AF Tel. 0151 255 0808
Friendly door staff, great decor and one of the longest bars in Europe (Dads love useless facts). This place is sure to be a hit with your folks. Try the food if you get there early, apparently the shepherd’s pie is as good as any nan could knock together.
85 Bold Street Liverpool L1 4HF Tel. 0151 708 5508 New York style bar on Leece Street, where the bar staff will mix great cocktails, even going off-menu for the odd request. The staff are all really friendly and the roof terrace offers great panoramic views of the city.
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LOUD & LIVELY
So you’ve had a few drinks in a pub or bar but you’re not quite ready for a club. Liverpool has a host of noisy and energetic bars, each to suit different tastes, for that part the night when you’re ready to start upping the tempo. Here are six of the best we think you’ll enjoy.
17-21 Fleet St Liverpool L1 4AR Tel. 0151 709 3498 Envi is situated half way down Fleet Street near the busy Concert Square area. Since opening 18 months ago Envi has proved to be a massive hit with students, playing uplifting chart dance with the odd pop classic thrown in for good measure. The 750 capacity venue is open until late 7 days a week and boasts an extensive range of special drinks offers. With free entry Sunday to Wednesday you don’t have to dip too deeply into your student loan to have a good time.
20 Colquitt Street Liverpool L1 4DE Tel. 0151 709 6116 Comfortable surroundings, classic grooves and very competitively priced drinks. If you like to boogie to everything from retro soul to cutting edge cool beats, this could be the bar with the vibe for you.
Back Berry Street Liverpool L1 4BB Tel. 0844 549 9090 Have you ever been in a bar that was playing such amazing tunes that you had to keep asking the DJ what they were? If that sounds like you then your days of traipsing to the DJ booth could well be over. Mojo’s USP is that they have big screens telling you the name of the track you’re listening to, so you can just sit back and relax with your pint and pretend you knew who the Electric Prunes were all along.
43-5 Fleet Street Liverpool L1 4AR Tel. 0151 708 8673 Baa Bar is half way up Fleet St at the corner with Slater St and was established nearly 20 years ago. Back then it was the first
of a new generation of trendy bars that came to dominate Liverpool’s nightlife. Hi-tech design in all areas from comfy sofas to industrial plan seating and tables. The bar boasts an extensive selection of drinks and enough special offers to ensure having a few drinks is not a traumatic experience.
21-23 Slater Street Liverpool L1 4BW Tel. 0151 707 8281 The ‘world famous’ Jacaranda Club was originally opened in the 50’s by Allan Williams, the Beatles first manager. Today the bar offers quality and fairly priced beers, and an atmosphere that is both lively and friendly. The bar is on three floors with the basement open Thursday to Saturday.
18 Hardman Street Liverpool L1 9AX Tel. 0151 707 9902 A firm favourite with students and locals since it opened in the early Noughties. The front and back bar are bustling on Friday & Saturdays playing indie, funky, retro and modern. The area downstairs has a wall of pictures that will keep you entertained for ages.
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So you’ve tried all the bars and now you’re ready to go and dance your pants off in one of Liverpool’s many nightclubs. Here’s our guide to six of the best clubs in the City centre.
10 Mathew Street Liverpool L2 6RE Tel. 0151 236 1965 ‘The world’s most famous club’, situated on Mathew Street next door to the original cellar bar where
theBeatles first used to play. The Cavern is literally a dark cavernous brick cellar, which gets very hot and sweaty when full. The Cavern hosts live music on various nights, but most weekends you can usually catch covers and tribute bands, as well as original bands.
90 Seel Street Liverpool L1 4BH Tel. 0151 707 6171 The Masque, born out of the ashes of the old Barfly, has been refurbished from top to bottom, creating a spanking shiny new building. Capacity has increased enormously in the Theatre, Loft & Ink (a tattoo studio inspired rock’n’roll bar). Ink is home to Shakedown, one of Liverpool’s freshest alternative club nights. Free entry before 11.00pm on Thursdays.
62 Duke Street Liverpool L1 5AA Tel. 0151 709 6508 Indiecation on Friday nights and Liquidation on Saturdays; Le Bateau is an indie kid’s dream night out. Downstairs there’s a DJ playing all the best in Indie music - and even taking a few requests. Upstairs you’ll hear 60s rock and old soul floor fillers.
106-108 Seel Street Liverpool L1 4BL Tel. 0151 709 1535 Affectionately known as The Raz, this largely student filled club is all about dancing like a clown and having a laugh! Whenever
you hear someone mention the Raz the words ‘oh no’ usually follow in the sentence. You either love it or hate it, but can you ignore it? Bustling crowds every week suggest you won’t.
18 Wood Street Liverpool L1 4AQ Tel. 0151 707 1933 Good music, housed in a cavernous Arabic-flavoured den. Tables and sofas are kept intimate by lattice shutters and simple candlelight, drapes swathe the ceiling and lanterns keep the bar visible. Upstairs there’s a room for lounging, but the whole place has a relaxed vibe. Camel Club plays a fusion of r ‘n’ b, funk, jazz and new soul.
The Krazy House
16 Wood Street Liverpool L1 4AQ Tel. 0151 708 5016 One of the longest running and most successful rock clubs in the city, situated on Wood Street, the club runs nights over three floors, offering different music policies on each. The club really does attract a mix of people depending on the night - from goths and nu-metallers, indie kids and musicians, to students and locals.
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Stanley Street, Cumberland Street, Victoria Street and Eberle Street are where the bulk of the gay bars and clubs are located in Liverpool. There is a thriving gay community and clubs and bars to suit all tastes. Here are some of the best.
1-3 Eberle Street Liverpool L2 2AG Tel. 0151 236 4416 The matriarchal figure of the Liverpool Gay scene for 15 years and has only got better with age. Situated on Eberle St the G is a truly unique venue, from its inimitable interior to its diverse events and clientele! The legendary ‘Breakfast Bar’ session was Liverpool’s original Afterhours event, bringing in International DJs such as Funkagenda, D.Ramirez, Mastiksoul and Tim Sheridan to name but a few over the years, keeping your Saturday Night going until 7am Sunday morning.
10 Cumberland Street Liverpool L1 6BU Tel. 0151 236 7786 A longstanding favourite, Masquerade is the perfect place to start an evening of fun and frolics. DJs and drag hostesses will do their very best to help your evening go off with a bang, and it’s definitely the sort of place that will appeal if you like a down-to-earth bar with friendly staff and fantastic banter.
8-10 Eberle Street Liverpool L2 2AG Tel. 0151 236 3307
The Poste House
23 Cumberland Street Liverpool L1 6BU Tel. 0151 236 4130 A tiny pub, full of life and with a very cosmopolitan clientele. The younger crowd tend to be upstairs, while the older regulars prop up the downstairs bar. You’ll always find someone to talk to here, as the place is too small to ever be on your own.
25 Stanley Street Liverpool L1 6AA Tel. 0151 236 6011 An intimate bar, run by Cassie & Becky, two ex-bartenders from Masquerade, Puzzle Bar shows a warm welcome to anyone who can ‘Be Nice Or Leave’ as the sign above the bar clearly says.
Superstar Boudoir If you like your clubs loud, proud and disgracefully naughty, this is the one for you. The door policy tends to favour glam rather than exclusively designer labels, which helps keep the atmosphere more fun than posey or intimidating. The music is house, funk, garage and party anthems, with the emphasis on hi energy dancing.
22-24 Stanley Street Liverpool L1 6AF T Tel. 0151 236 6001 If you’re ever passing Superstar Boudoir, expect to be tempted inside by the drag hostesses at the door. The DJ is a flamboyant drag queen, whose deliberately cheesy music attracts not only Liverpool’s gay community, but also hordes of local girls with boyfriends in tow.
CLUB NIGHTS ENTERTAINMENT
CLUB NIGHTS Mellowtone
Various venues/dates: Mellowtone’s dreamers and schemers are on a nomadic quest to spread good times through intimate soirees with a heartbeat of live acoustic music. It’s a laid back affair, and though the night is predominately acoustic in outlook, their focus is on showcasing the best music around, in a variety of interesting and innovative venues. www.mellowtone.info
Wolstenholme Square Liverpool L1 4JJ Tel. 0151 709 1161 Every Wednesday During Term Time Medication is one of the UK’s biggest student nights, taking place every Wednesday at Nation (the home of the world famous Cream) in Liverpool during term time.
Le Bateau 62 Duke Street Liverpool L1 5AA Tel. 0151 709 6508 Every Friday “Liverpool’s premier weekly indie night”. For students bored of the typical club-land sounds two floors of indie tunes ranging from Joy Division to Kings of Leon and a friendly atmosphere all make for a great night out.
CULTURE Music, Theatre , Cinema & Art Music is part of the fabric that makes up Merseyside. Everyone you meet is either in a band or is friends with a band. It’s no surprise then that the Guinness Book of Records described Liverpool quite rightly as the ‘Capital of Pop’. I think there is something in the water, and believe it or not, there was life after The Beatles in Merseyside. One of the best music venues in the city (and probably the country) is the Royal Philharmonic Hall on Hope Street. Liverpool also has some great music festivals, such as Africa Oyé and The Mathew Street Festival. These provide great opportunities for locals, tourists and students like you to come
together and hang out in the sunshine, listening to some great music and generally leaving all your cares behind. If it’s cinema you’re after then you’re in the right place. We have a brand new multiscreen cinema in LIverpool ONE, a multimedia arts complex at FACT, on Wood Street, and a few independent cinemas too, such as the Crosby Plaza - run by volunteers as a charity and showing some great art-house films. Liverpool is home to several great theatres too. The Playhouse, Everyman, Empire and Unity all cater for very different audiences, so whether it’s panto or Pinter that floats your boat you’ll definitely find something to go and enjoy.
Culture Vultures: Take a seat in one of Liverpoolâ€™s fantastic theatres, and concert venues and enjoy a bit of live entertainment.
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MUSIC VENUES The Royal Philharmonic Hall
Hope Street Liverpool L1 9BP Tel. 0151 709 3789 Home of the famous Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (OK, you might have guessed that), this is the venue for classical and world music. Housed in an elaborate art deco building the company prides itself on taking “an imaginative approach to programming which has seen the orchestra collaborating with an eclectic range of artists from Sir Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello and Toumani Diabaté, to accompanying the City’s best pub singers in concert”. You will be well catered for if you’re looking for after show food and drink too, with a wide range of pubs and restaurants right on the Phil’s doorstep.
Kings Dock Liverpool L3 4FP Tel. 0844 8000 400 Although only opened in 2008
it’s difficult to remember a time before the Echo Arena came to grace the Liverpool waterfront. A legacy of Liverpool’s year as Capital of Culture and the first port of call (excuse the pun) for all mega stars playing in Liverpool, the arena offers all you would expect from a venue of its size and magnitude. The 10,600 seat arena also boasts a 1600 space car park, bike racks and a drop-off point making it simple however you travel there.
11-13 Hotham Street Liverpool L3 5UF Tel. 0844 477 2000 This 19th century former warehouse has fast become one of the major players in the live music circuit attracting internationally acclaimed artists including, in recent times, local boys Gomez and The Real People. Further contributing to the Liverpool music scene the Academy also hosts regular club nights to suit most musical tastes.
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SMALLER GIGS The Picket
61 Jordan Street Liverpool L1 0BW Tel. 0151 708 6789 Since opening at its new location The Picket has presented Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint, Billy Bragg, The Mighty Diamonds, The Wombats, RZA, Ladytron, The Rascals, Damien Dempsey, Ian McNabb, John Peel Memorial Concerts, Dry Bar gigs for Liverpool’s young musicians and bands, and events by mUmU, Circus, Chibuku, Carnival and Quadrant Park DJ’s. The Picket regularly promotes benefit concerts for local and national community organisations to assist with fundraising and awareness.
43 Seel Street Liverpool L1 4AZ Tel. 0151 707 0633 Tucked away on Seel Street and easy to miss if you don’t know it’s there, this relatively small venue is one of the best gig venues in the city. Playing host to touring bands, and giving opportunities to unsigned bands too, you may well
stumble upon the next big thing. The venue holds about 300 people and the layout means you’re never far from the stage or the bar. Hot and sweaty but worth it to see up and coming talent.
90 Seel Street Liverpool L1 4BH Tel. 0151 707 6171 The Masque is quite a small live venue but hosts some huge nights, including Chibuku, Circus, Generate and Slide. DJ Yousef keeps the punters on the floor, with guest DJs and cool bands.
St Bride’s Church
Percy Street Liverpool L8 8LT Tel. 0151 475 8888 This forward thinking, practising church which has opened its doors to the Liverpool music community makes for an interesting and unusual venue. There are a number of local bands who use the church as rehearsal space and put on gigs in this 1830’s building. The Church continues to offer rehearsal space for hire and this looks like one venue which will continue to develop over time.
FESTIVALS Africa Oyé
Sefton Park Africa Oyé is the UK’s largest free celebration of African music and culture and takes place annually in Liverpool. Beginning in 1992 as a series of small gigs in the city centre, this great event has gone from strength-to-strength, moving to its present Sefton Park home in 2002 to cope with demand.
Mathew Street Music Festival
Mathew Street The annual celebration of one of the city’s cultural cornerstones – music. This free two day event will be 18 years old in 2010, with over 80 hours of live outdoor music; it celebrates cover, original and new bands which attract local people and guests from all over Europe. Held over the August bank holiday weekend in Liverpool City Centre, six outdoor stages showcase live music from 11am until 6pm. Bands perform from as far as USA, Brazil, Argentina, Japan, Switzerland, Russia, Sweden and Scotland.
Street Festival The Liverpool International Street Festival kicks off with a truly amazing carnival costume and music performance. A visual canvas of cultural celebrations the opening ceremony will be held Liverpool’s Contemporary Urban Centre, hosting performances from all 23 international companies taking part in this year’s festival plus local arts engagement work developed within outreach contexts.
Various Venues Homotopia presents a high quality annual festival of gay culture every November, with trailblazers throughout the year. They also have a groundbreaking social justice and youth engagement programme which is all year round. The festival programmes and commissions a wide variety of art & artists, including a Grand Vogue Ball and appearances from such luminaries as Armistead Maupin & Sarah Waters.
Williamson Square Liverpool L1 1EL Tel. 0151 708 3700 With great names such as Robert Donat, Michael Redgrave, Rachel Kempson, John Thaw, Anthony Hopkins, Noel Coward, to name but a few, treading the boards, this Grade II listed theatre has an illustrious history. Things looked gloomy when the theatre closed for a brief spell in the 1990’s however since reopening under the same management company as The Everyman, The Playhouse has built a strong reputation for new productions, mainly of old plays. 1 Hope Place Liverpool L1 9BG Tel. 0151 709 4988 Renowned for showing “innovative, high quality work in a friendly and enthusiastic atmosphere”, the Unity has remained steadfastly determined to offer opportunities to new writers and companies, showing contemporary work alongside classics.
1 Roe Street Liverpool L1 1HL Tel. 0870 787 1866 The Royal Court first opened in 1826 as Cookes New Circus and underwent several name changes before acquiring its current moniker in 1881. Since then it has largely operated as a theatre venue, apart from a brief spell as a rock venue in the 1990’s (yes, I really did say rock venue). Over the last three years the theatre has seen a real renaissance and now prides itself of showing quality theatre produced in Liverpool, starring Liverpool actors, by Liverpool writers. Lime Street Liverpool L1 1JE Tel. 0844 847 2525 The largest 2 tier theatre in the country, The Empire is known for its gigantic productions mainly of a musical nature. In recent years it has played host to an array of dazzling shows including Hairspray, The Rocky Horror show and The Sound of music.
Envi 17-21 Fleet St Liverpool L1 4AR Tel. 0151 709 3498 There’s a new comdey venue in town and it’s not where you’d expect. Envi, on Fleet Street, known more for its club nights and live sport, is running regular open mike comedy nights every Sunday. ‘Hot Water’ is ideal if you’re looking for a night of great comedy without the big ticket price (it’s just £3 on the door). There are also keenly priced drinks promotions for anyone wanting to chip in for a pitcher of beer. There’s a resident compere who is very funny and October 4th sees a ‘Best Of The Best’ night, so even if the usual open mic acts make you wince with embarrassment you should be guaranteed a good laugh at one of those selected for a repeat performance.
LIVE COMEDY Laughterhouse The Slaughterhouse 13-15 Fenwick Street, L2 7LS Tel. 0151 231 6881 Lenny’s Bar & Smoke Grill 7-11 Sir Thomas Street, L1 6BW Tel. 0151 227 1079 Starting out as a comedy night at The Slaughterhouse on Fenwick Street, its popularity meant a rapid expansion and Laughterhouse now operates every Friday and Saturday across two venues. The second venue, Liverpool’s only purpose built comedy club, is located in the basement of Lenny’s Bar and Smoke Grill on Sir Thomas Street. Two headline acts play every Friday and Saturday night, performing at both venues on each of the two nights.
Royal Court Theatre 1 Roe Street Liverpool L1 1HL Tel. 0870 787 1866 Rawhide comedy is a well established Liverpool favourite. In recent years Rawhide has played host to the likes of Peter Kay, Johnny Vegas, Dara O’Briain and Jimmy Carr on their way to the
top. Now running every Friday and Saturday in the Downstairs Bar at Royal Court Liverpool you can be entertained in one of Liverpool’s finest original art deco bars.
Baa Bar 7 Myrtle Street, L7 7DN Tel. 0151 707 0610 Only the bravest or most deluded newcomers to the circuit need apply. This open mic night, complete with clapometer and a baying crowd challenges budding stand ups to beat the gong to complete their set. You could witness the beginnings of the next big name in comedy, or not. Every Tuesday night at The Baa Bar on Myrtle Street.
Baby Blue Albert Dock, L3 4AE Tel. 0151 702 5831 Beneath the Blue Bar & Grill lies Baby Blue, a beautiful 19th Century basement vault, home to Comedy Central. The venue showcases local and international comedians every Thursday, Friday and Saturday as part of the Albert Dock’s diverse range of attractions.
88 Wood Street Liverpool L1 4DQ Tel. 0151 707 4444 FACT is the UK’s leading agency for the exhibition, support and development of artists’ film, video and new media projects as well as the force behind the major new centre for film, art and creative technology, in Liverpool. A unique blend of innovative technology and artistic ideal, FACT, as much an interactive experience as it is a visual one, is very much an institution of the future.
Walker Art Gallery
William Brown Street Liverpool L3 Tel. 0151 478 4199 Discover over six centuries of art at the national gallery of the North. The Walker holds one of the finest collections of fine and decorative art in Europe. It has inspired and delighted visitors for over 120 years. This great Liverpool gallery has recently undergone a major £4.3 million refurbishment programme.
These improvements, part of the National Museums of Liverpool Into the Future project, include new special exhibition galleries to display touring shows of national and international importance, an extensive re-hang of the permanent collection, displaying many works not seen for decades, more 20th century and contemporary works on display to better reflect the breadth of the collection, the refurbishment of the 17th century European galleries and a new Craft and Design gallery of decorative arts. So now is the ideal time to visit the Walker and find your new favourite work of art.
Albert Dock Complex Liverpool L69 Tel. 0151 702 7400 The largest gallery of modern art in the country outside London, over 6 million visitors have passed through its doors since opening more than 10 years ago. In recent years it has shown work by artists as diverse as Rene Magritte, Nam June Paik, Mark Rothko and Peter Blake.
88 Wood Street Liverpool L1 4DQ Tel. 0151 707 4444 A modern cinema for the moderna age, FACT shows a range of mainstream and more offbeat films in a contemporary setting, with the smallest of the screens containing sofas rather than traditional cinema seats. The building also houses a bar, where you can buy drinks to take in to the screening, a café and an art gallery. A typically inclusive Liverpool outlook means you can choose between the likes of a foreign subtitled film or Sex and the City under the same roof.
Odeon Liverpool ONE
14 Paradise Street Liverpool L1 8JF Tel. 0871 22 44 007 Spread over three floors and housing 18 screens this giant has everything a modern cinema can offer. All the new releases are there and they even have an Imax screen. For a more upmarket experience there’s an upstairs ‘gallery’ - a swanky cinema with comfier seating and its own bar, though at £16 a ticket (including refreshments) this is a pricier affair than the screens downstairs.
13 Crosby Road North Waterloo, Liverpool L22 0LD Tel. 0151 474 4076 Walking in to this community cinema, run as a charity by volunteers, is like stepping back in time. From the old fashioned tickets at the single window box office to the refreshments displayed under the glass counter you are taken completely away from the glitz of the multiplex to an altogether more relaxed affair.
Woolton Picture House
Mason Street Liverpool L25 5JH Tel. 0151 428 1919 This is a 1920s gem retaining all the old-fashioned glamour of the art deco period in which it was built. The single screen cinema provides movie-goers with a cosy and intimate experience often lost in the larger multiplexes. Showing all the latest releases this is the perfect place to unwind in comfort and relive a bygone era where small local cinemas were the standard.
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YOUR HOME Who do you choose to rent from and how can you make contact with them? Where do you begin looking? What should you look for? For students, there are two places we suggest you begin with: Liverpool Student Homes’ website and Liverpool City Council’s Student Accredited Landlord list. Liverpool Student Homes is the official accommodation service for students and is funded by your University or College. All landlords who advertise through Liverpool Student Homes have signed up to a code of practice. Liverpool City Council runs a voluntary Landlord Accreditation Scheme known as “CLASS”. If you live in CLASS accommodation, it means that your home provides decent and safe living conditions. For details go to: www.liverpool. gov.uk/Housing/Private_housing Remember: Healthier homes, Healthier lives. The condition of your home plays a big part in your health & well-being.
The property you rent must be free from avoidable hazards. Would you know what the top five hazards are? They are: Excess Cold, Damp & Mould, Falling on Stairs, Falling on Level Surfaces and Flames and Hot Surfaces. If your Landlord takes a deposit from you, make sure it is protected. A landlord is required to give you information within 14 days of receiving your deposit as to where it is held. If a landlord fails to protect your deposit in one of the statutory schemes, you may seek an order from the court and this may result in compensation. Avoid signing up to a tenancy without viewing the property first. Remember, a tenancy agreement is a legally binding document. Having an inventory (sometimes called a statement of condition) helps to protect both you and your landlord and can provide evidence to prove the condition of a property at the time it is let. An inventory should be agreed with you before you move in and a separate list held by each party.
LIVERPOOL STUDENT HOMES ACCOMMODATION
LIVERPOOL STUDENT HOMES Liverpool Student Homes (LSH) was established in 1992 by Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Liverpool to assist students wishing to rent accommodation in the private sector. Since then support for LSH has widened to include Hope University, Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts and Liverpool Community College. The service is unique in that it is the only official university department designated to help raise standards in student accommodation and provide a centralised location for students to find a suitable home. The choice and variety of accommodation advertised through the service is unbeaten in the city and allows students to have the best informed choice in respect of price, location and standards.
All landlords/owners registering with LSH have given an undertaking to manage their accommodation and tenancies in accordance with the Liverpool Student Homes Code of Practice for Liverpool Student Landlords. By using this FREE service to students you will: » gain access to the largest source of information about available student accommodation in Liverpool » search for your next home using information presented in a user friendly way » make ready comparisons between a wide variety of student accommodation » be able to give feedback on your landlord’s performance » have the reassurance of support if you are unhappy in your tenancy
How to look for your accommodation The best way to get started when looking for accommodation is to view the LSH website at www.lsh. liv.ac.uk or www.ljmu.ac.uk/lsh/. The website provides you with an opportunity to search for the type of accommodation that you want. You can look for accommodation in the areas that suit you most and search for those that meet your budget.
What can I expect from renting a ‘Registered Property’ through LSH? All landlords who register their accommodation with Liverpool Student Homes are committed to our Code of Practice standards. This means that your landlord is offering accommodation which is safe, good quality and managed appropriately. New landlords applying for registration are required to have a property assessment carried out to ensure that the standards contained in the Code of Practice are being met before their property is released for advertising. Each landlord registered to advertise with LSH is required to provide the following as a compulsory requirement for each of their properties:
» Gas safety certification » Electrical periodic inspection report » HMO licence (if required for the property) » Working smoke detection system » Carbon monoxide detector » Hand held fire extinguisher and fire blanket in kitchen The Code of Practice which landlords agree to follow contains a wide variety of standards pertaining to the property and how they will manage the tenancy while you live there. Some of the contents of the Code relate to: » Provision of adequate space and equipment » Providing accurate information regarding the property » Issue tenants with a contract » Carry out repairs in a reasonable timescale » Provide tenants with 24 hours notice if access is required » Ensure they behave in a professional and fair manner towards tenants
HOME SECURITY ACCOMMODATION
HOME SECURITY It’s a sad, though not entirely surprising, fact that student homes are some of the commonest targets for burglars. Here’s how to make sure yours isn’t one of them. Put simply, your home represents far richer pickings than a suburban family house even though you have less actual money. Students own more small, expensive and easily sold consumer items like phones, MP3 players, cameras and laptops and a student house of five is likely to contain five of each.
If you’re careful you won’t be an easy target. For a start, you don’t have to bring everything to your new home – leave some stuff behind. Keeping windows and doors secure is an absolute must. In
3 out of 10 burglaries, thieves don’t have to use force, they get in through an open door or window. If you live in halls, lock your door whenever you leave your room, even if you’re only going down the corridor.
It doesn’t take long to run in and pick up a mobile phone or MP3 player. If you live on the ground floor of student halls you have to be extra careful about windows to avoid opportunistic thieves. Friends and acquaintances will be coming and going at all hours of the day so don’t forget to check that all doors and windows are shut and locked, especially if you have been drinking or are going out. If your accommodation has shared access, be careful who you let in to the communal areas and always be wary of people following you in. Never let strangers in without checking
they are who they say they are, reputable trades people will carry ID and won’t mind being asked to show it. If you are in any doubt, don’t let them in.
When renting a house check the locks before you move in. Pay equal attention to both front and back doors. A high percentage of break-ins are through back doors as they are often less secure.If you aren’t totally confident in their security, you’re within your rights to ask your landlord to install some deadbolts. Most insurance companies specify that, to make a successful claim, you must have a lock on your bedroom door, even if you are in a shared house. If you don’t have internal locks or adequate security, tell your landlord – you are entitled to decent home security. If you have outside space make sure fences and gates are secure before you move in. Keep expensive stuff
out of sight and shut your curtains when you go out. If you buy new expensive items break the packaging down and take it to the tip, don’t leave it in or by your bin and advertise to potential thieves. Make a note of serial numbers and keep receipts in case you need to make a claim. Expensive or valuable items should be kept well hidden in a safe place if you don’t want to risk losing them. If there are alleyways to the rear of your property make sure they are kept locked. You need to take extra care during holidays as student areas are often targeted during these times. If you can, take all of your valuables home with you and leave as little as possible in the house. It’s also worth leaving lights or a radio on a timer so it seems like you are in. Finally, always make sure your possessions are insured. If the worst happens you’ll need to replace your stuff. Many insurance companies offer student rates so shop around.
HOUSING KNOW-HOW! or nearer the buzz of city life. So many choices and like anything in life, standards of student housing vary greatly. Not all potential student accommodation is as safe and good for your wellbeing as others. Follow our guide to choosing the right home to avoid a housing-headache.
One of the most exciting things about going to university is moving away from home, but it can also be a daunting experience. With around 7,000 private landlords in Liverpool, there’s no shortage of accommodation on offer, whether you want to be as close to campus as possible,
Does the property you are looking at have three or more floors?
This property may not need to be a licensed House in Multiple Occupation (HMO), but it still must meet the standards set out by the City Council. Go to Step 2
Look for a property that is CLASS accredited by Liverpool City Council. This means the City Council has checked that the property is safe. Go to Step 3
Then you need to look for a house that is licensed as a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) and ideally has CLASS accreditation. Go to Step 2
Are you planning to live with at least four other people?
Step 2 Find out more about HMOs: Visit: www. liverpool.gov.uk/Business/licences-and-permits/ hmo-licences Call: 0151 225 4901 The City Council HMO webpage provides a link to the register of licensed HMOs in Liverpool – so if you think the house you want to move into should be licensed, check the register before you sign a contract.
Step 3 Don’t settle for less – choose CLASS! Liverpool City Council runs a voluntary landlord accreditation scheme known as “CLASS” – Citywide Landlord Accreditation Safety Scheme. CLASS gives you peace of mind that your uni home is properly looked after, provides decent and safe living conditions, and that the landlord will treat you fairly. It is a voluntary scheme and is free for landlords to join. CLASS Standards include: Making sure that the property is free from hazards (e.g. mould, damp, trip hazards). Gas and Electrical safety certificate checks. Ensuring appropriate fire detection and escape route. Good quality, well managed accommodation.
Top Tips Always view the property before signing an agreement – contracts are legally binding. Check if rent includes your fuel, TV licence etc. Budget thoroughly. Take an inventory of furniture and conditions when you move in and out. Deposits – make sure it is protected by one of the statutory schemes and that your landlord tells you where it is being held within 14 days of paying it. Look for the tick!
For more information please contact the Landlord Accreditation Team: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Call: 0151 233 3007 Visit: www.liverpool.gov.uk and search CLASS
The accommodation that you live in is not provided free of charge! It is important that you understand fully when and how your rent is paid. Remember you have signed a legally binding tenancy agreement which entitles the landlord to seek legal remedies for loss of rent. This may be after an eight week period of rent arrears where the landlord would be entitled to serve a Notice Requiring Possession of the dwelling. The correct procedure must be followed but you should be aware that landlords will often pursue loss of rent through a Small Claims Court if deemed necessary. Make sure that if the landlord or landlords representative is going to collect rental cheques on a termly or monthly basis that everyone is sure who that person is and ensure that you have full details of the date and time when they will be visiting.
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When you open a student bank account don’t be swayed by exciting free gifts. Small overdraft fees are much more valuable to you. Most banks will offer students interest free overdrafts, so if you can stay within the limit you can use your overdraft without being charged. If yours doesn’t it may be time to see if you can change banks. Don’t be tempted to think that you will be able to open loads of accounts and take the best bits from each. You will need to pay any funding you get, i.e. your student loan and the bank can close your account if you don’t.
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One way of doing this is using UNIAID’s online calculator www.studentcalculator.org. uk/. UNIAID is a charity set up to offer advice and support to young people and their website www.brightsideuniaid.org/ also contains some useful advice for students about finance. Your major outgoings will be tuition fees, accommodation, and living expenses. Living expenses will include: insurance, TV licence, food, laundry, travel, books and stationery. Once you’ve accounted for all of these things you might find you don’t have much left over which is when you might consider getting a job. You need to make sure you pay your rent as soon as your student loan arrives so you know how much you have left. It can be useful to set up direct debits so you don’t have to remember to pay things out.
MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR CASH Getting a job can save you money, enhance your CV and introduce you to new people.
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Look for student offers in places such as shops, restaurants, theatres and cinemas. Liverpool has a huge student population and there are lots of businesses who want to encourage you in.
Buy A Travel Card If you’re using public transport a travel card will save you a fortune. It’s also paid for up front so if you have no money you can still get around.
Spend Wisely Only buy the books you really need and look after any books you buy as you can re sell them at the end of your course.
Buy Own Brand Don’t go food shopping when you’re hungry and remember to look in the reduced section as you can often find real bargains that will help you avoid living on beans on toast forever.
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Don’t use the cash machines that charge you to take out your money. It’s pointless to pay for something you can get for free and could leave you with an amount too small to withdraw next time.
Store Cards Don’t take out store cards, this is one of the most expensive ways of borrowing money and an easy trap to fall in to.
Credit Cards Avoid taking out credit cards. They are often easy to get as a student but once you start using them you will be paying interest on top of what you spend.
Pace Yourself Your student loan can seem like a lot of money, but it has to last a whole term. You’ll get the money in installments at the beginning of each term, so try to avoid spending it all on day one.
You are less likely to spend money if you’re working and it looks good on your CV if you work while you’re at University.
Better GP services… GP services in Liverpool are improving, making it easier and more convenient to seek medical advice and treatment. Did you know: • GP surgeries are open between the hours of 8am and 6.30pm, Monday to Friday. • You can receive a telephone consultation with a health professional, where appropriate, by calling your GP surgery. • You can get a same-day urgent appointment, where appropriate, by calling your GP surgery. To ﬁnd a local GP visit www.nhs.uk
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REGISTER WITH A GP Your GP is your main link to health services in Liverpool and should be your first point of contact when you are ill. It is important that you register with a local GP when you start college or university and you can still visit your family doctor when you go back home during vacation. Once registered, if you need medical treatment you can call your GP surgery 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for advice and access to health services
Questions to consider when choosing a GP: Are they close to where you live? Do their opening times fit around your timetable? Would you prefer to see a male or female doctor? To find a local GP visit www.nhs. uk and type in your postcode.
Help With Healthcare Costs Make sure you fill in your HC1 form to apply for help with health costs such as prescriptions and dental care. If you are aged 19+ you are not automatically eligible. HC1 forms are available from your GP or at: www.nhs.uk/ healthcosts
Online Advice Visit: www.nhs.uk Go online to: Check symptoms to see if you need medical attention Get answers to common health questions Enquire about nonurgent health matters Find local health services such as dentists and opticians
Common Health Problems Pharmacies offer advice and treatment for common health problems, without an appointment. Ask about Care at the Chemist- a scheme that offers some free medicines without having to see a GP. To find your local pharmacy visit: www.nhs.uk
Find An NHS Dentist Don’t wait until you need emergency treatment before seeing a dentist. A check up only costs £17 and you may be entitled to help with payment for all or part of your treatment. To find a local NHS Dentist or for more information about costs visit: www.nhs.uk For dental emergencies call NHS Direct.
Minor Illnesses or Injuries Walk-in services are available to treat cuts, strains, itches and sprains with no appointment needed. City Walk-in Centre (WiC) 52 Great Charlotte Street L1 1HU Mon-Fri 7am-10pm, SatSun 9am-10pm. Old Swan WiC 70 Banks Road L19 8JZ Mon-Fri 9am9pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm, Mersey View GP-led walk-in service Everton Road Health Centre, 45 Everton Road L6 2EH 8am-8pm daily
Sexual Health To access free, local sexual health advice and services such as free contraception and Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) or pregnancy testing, ask your GP or visit: www.nhs.uk/sexualhealth
You’re Not Alone Leaving home to go to college or university means big changes, such as living in a new area, making new friends, managing a budget and starting your studies. If you feel constantly unhappy or that you can’t cope, don’t keep it a secret, speak to your GP or university counselling service.
Emergencies - Critical and Life-Threatening Situations The Royal Liverpool Hospital’s A&E department offers emergency care. This includes:
Choking Blacking out Chest pain Heavy blood-loss ONLY dial 999 if you need an ambulance in an EMERGENCY
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VACCINATIONS: ARE YOU FULLY PROTECTED? Mumps At University you may be at an increased risk of contracting mumps. This is because you, or your fellow students, may not have had your MMR vaccinations as a child or may have only had one dose. The MMR vaccine provides protection against mumps, measles and rubella. Mumps is a highly infectious disease which spreads from person to person by coughs and sneezes. Although for most people mumps is a mild illness which lasts for about 7-10 days, it can lead to serious complications, including meningitis. In a small number of cases it can even lead to infertility. Universities are a common setting for mumps outbreaks. If you do get mumps you’ll be advised to limit your contact with other people until you’re no longer infectious (which
could put a serious dampener on your social life). People with mumps are most infectious just before they become unwell and for 5-10 days afterwards. Make sure that you’re protected against mumps by checking that you’re up to date with your MMR before you start University, or when you register with the University’s medical practice or a local GP.
Symptoms: Fever and headache for a day or two. Swelling and soreness of the parotid salivary gland (located at the angle of the jaw, in front of the ears). Flu like illness.
Meningitis Meningococcal infection is a relatively rare but potentially fatal condition that can cause meningitis (infection and inflammation of the lining of
the brain), blood poisoning (septicaemia), or both. The infection can be spread from person to person by prolonged close contact such as living in shared accommodation or kissing. It is important to keep a look out for common early symptoms, although they don’t all develop straight away. If you think you or someone you know may have meningitis you should seek medical help immediately. If you haven’t previously been vaccinated against Group C meningococcal infection, you should consult your GP about having the vaccine before arriving at University or as soon as possible afterwards. This is a very important vaccine. However it does not protect against other groups of meningococcus bacteria, such as Group B meningococcal infection, so it will still be necessary for you to be aware of the common signs and symptoms of the potentially
deadly infections that these harmful bacteria can cause.
Symptoms: High temperature or fever. Vomiting. Neck stiffness. Muscle or joint pain. Severe dislike of light. Disorientation. A bruise-like rash that doesn’t fade under pressure.
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Why register with a GP? • Your GP is your main link to all health services in Liverpool. • Once registered, you can contact a GP by phone to access advice or treatment by local health services 24 hours-a-day, every day. • You can still visit your family GP when you go back home during vacation. When choosing a GP, consider if… • they are close to where you live; • their opening times ﬁt your timetable; • you prefer to see a male or female doctor. Finding a GP is quick and easy; just visit: www.nhs.uk
CONTRACEPTION Let’s face it, your time at University will be a rollercoaster ride of easy-going good times and difficult, stressful times. Deadlines, dissertations and exams are hard enough to cope with when you’re really on top of your game. The last thing you need is to make things even harder by getting yourself or someone else pregnant. Many clinics suggest using condoms as well as another method, such as the combined pill, to be doubly safe and to avoid sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Here are some of the options available to you.
Condoms A condom is a sheath made of latex or polyurethane that covers the penis during sex. It must be rolled on very carefully when the penis is erect and before the penis touches the other person’s body. Sharp nails or jewellery can easily damage condoms, as can anything oil-based such as hand cream or Vaseline. There is also a female condom that can be worn inside the vagina. Condoms are the only contraceptives that also protect against most STIs. You
can buy them from chemists and supermarkets, or get them free from health centres and sexual health clinics.
Combined Contraceptive Pill These are pills containing oestrogen and progestogens that prevent the female body from releasing eggs. Most brands are taken daily for 21 days, followed by a 7-day break. However, these may be made ineffective by vomiting or diarrhoea. If you have either of these symptoms use additional contraception like condoms, whilst vomiting and diarrhoea is happening and for 7 days after, until you’re protected again.
Progestogen-Only Pill These are pills which contain progestogens and must be taken daily to remain effective (there is a 3 hour window for some and a 12 hour window for the most common one). As with the combined pill, they may be made ineffective by vomiting or diarrhoea.
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CONTRACEPTION Contraceptive Injection or Implant
Contraceptive hormones injected into the female body or placed surgically under the skin. These are useful for women who can’t take the combined pill or who forget to take their pills regularly. They can cause irregular bleeding.
If you’ve had unprotected sex in the last five days, you may still be able to get emergency contraception. However, you must get to a doctor or sexual health clinic quickly. The post-coital pill (or ‘morning after’ pill) is still effective up to 72 hours after unprotected sex, but the sooner it is taken the more effective it is. It can be prescribed free by GPs or sexual health clinics, or you can buy it over the counter at certain chemists. Follow the instructions carefully, and if you have sickness or diarrhoea after taking them, speak to your doctor or the chemist to see if you need to take more. There are other methods of emergency contraception. Contact your GP or your nearest sexual health clinic for more information about contraception, pregnancy and STIs.
Intra-Uterine Device or Coil lUDs are devices placed inside the womb as a long term method of contraception, mainly to prevent conception from occurring. Prevention of implantation is a secondary action. They can be effective for up to five years.
Cap or Diaphragm A barrier placed inside the vagina to prevent sperm reaching the cervix. Use it with spermicide for extra protection. They should be inserted before sex and left in place for six hours afterwards.
For advice go to: Brook Liverpool 81 London Road Liverpool L3 8JA Tel: 0151 207 4000 Abacus Citrus House 40 - 46 Dale Street Liverpool, L2 5SF Tel: 0151 284 2500 Great Charlotte St Sexual Health Service Unit 4 Charlotte Row Great Charlotte St Liverpool L1 1HU Tel: 0151 233 3058 GUM Clinic 1st Floor Royal Liverpool Hospital Prescot Street Liverpool Tel: 0151 706 2620 For more information, support and a list of pharmacies offering free emergency contraception visit www. sexualhealthliverpool.co.uk
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SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS These are some of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs). If you have any worries concerning STIs, consult your doctor or medical practitioner.
Herpes Herpes, also called genital herpes can only spread if the infection is active, and is caused by the herpes simplex virus. The symptoms of Herpes usually appear within a week after sexual intimacy and contact with a person who is infected. You may contract a mild fever, which may be accompanied with sore and painful itching in the genitals, blisters can then follow. Broken blisters can cause much pain and discomfort. The infectious virus can also spread to the bloodstream and affect other internal organs.
Gonorrhoea Gonorrhoea is a bacterial infection that infects the genital and non-genital orifices of the body. Gonorrhoea spreads in the reproductive system, and via the bloodstream can infect other body parts. While most gonorrhoea symptoms are similar in men and women, a few are different to each gender. Men experience a burning sensation when urinating, painful or swollen testicles, and a yellowish white discharge from the penis. Women experience a vaginal discharge that is yellow or occasionally bloody, a burning sensation when urinating, Infections in the throat cause few symptoms. Even if you donâ€™t have symptoms, gonorrhea can be transmitted to others; anyone at risk should see a doctor for a test
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Chlamydia Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It is very easy to treat and cure. It is believed that one in ten sexually active young people have Chlamydia. If left untreated it can cause painful complications and serious health problems such as infertility. For some people there are no symptoms unless the infection has reached an advanced stage. Women experience bleeding after sex, pain and/or bleeding during sex, lower abdominal pain (pelvic pain), unusual vaginal discharge and pain when passing urine. Men experience white, cloudy or watery discharge from the tip of the penis, pain when passing urine and possible pain in the testicles.
Genital Warts Genital warts are mainly small, flesh-coloured bumps. In women it occurs on the vulva and perineal area in the vagina and on the cervix. In men it occurs on the area near the anus, the penis, or between the penis and the scrotum. If genital warts are not treated they can cause cancer of the cervix in women and cancer of the penis in men.
Men experience genital warts on the penis or underneath the foreskin, in the urethra (in most cases at the very end of it) and the area around the rectum. Women experience genital warts on the lips of the vulva, in the vagina, or by the urethra. Genital warts can also appear in and around the rectum.
HIV/AIDS There are four main ways in which the virus can enter the body: 1. Sex Rectal intercourse is a very â€˜efficientâ€™ way of spreading the virus from one person to another. But the majority of infections worldwide are caused by vaginal intercourse with a person who has the virus. 2. Sharing needles Drug users are in the high risk category, if they use needles that have already been used by someone who has the virus. 3. Infected blood products. In some parts of the world blood intended for transfusion is still not tested for HIV. However, this is NOT the case in the UK. 4. Mother to baby infection.
In addition to sexual activity, the virus can also be spread through infected breast milk, and other bodily fluids such as vaginal fluids and blood. The earliest symptom of this infection is a short, fever like illness with swollen glands in the groin, armpits and neck and a sore throat. HIV infected people may not show symptoms for some time, as much as eight to ten years after being infected. As the HIV virus destroys blood cells, it lowers the body’s immunity making it susceptible to weight loss, fatigue, coughs, chills, night sweating, fever, and many other infections. The HIV virus, eventually, takes over the nucleus of a white blood cell (CD4 lymphocyte), constantly reproducing and releasing more of the virus into the blood stream. A very small number of cases can occur for other reasons, for example, as a result of an organ donation or a sperm donation from a person who is HIV-positive.
Vaginitis is associated with an irritation or infection of the vulva. Signs and symptoms vary depending on what type of Vaginitis you have but may include vaginal discharge; itching, burning, foul odour or general vaginal irritation. It can also occur in the male penis, prostate gland or urethra. Candidiasis (or »
This infection is caused by a sucking lice that looks very similar to head lice. They mostly live in the pubic hair, as the moistness of the area helps them to thrive and multiply. They are easily treated, but can cause a lot of itching and discomfort at night.
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum. It is often called “the great imitator” because so many of the signs and symptoms of the disease are identical to those of other diseases. Syphilis is passed from one person to another through direct contact with syphilis sore. Sores arise mostly on the external genitals, anus, vagina, or in the rectum. Sores also can arise on the lips and in the mouth. Spread of the organism occurs during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. If pregnant women have this disease they can pass it on to the babies they are carrying. There are myths about Syphilis, here are the facts. Syphilis cannot be spread through contact with toilet seats, doorknobs, swimming pools, hot tubs, bathtubs, shared clothing, or eating utensils.
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Hepatitis Hepatitis refers to viral infections of the liver. There are several types of hepatitis, but here we will discuss the most common - Hepatitis A, B and C. Different types of hepatitis are transmitted in different ways: Hepatitis A is transmitted through oral contact with contaminated faeces. It can be passed through sexual contact, especially in men who have sex with men, or by coming into contact with contaminated food. There is a vaccine for Hepatitis A. Hepatitis B is highly contagious and usually contracted through sexual contact with an infected partner or through contact with an infected personâ€™s bodily fluids. There is a vaccine for Hepatitis B. Hepatitis C is more difficult to acquire than other types of hepatitis and is most commonly transmitted through blood-toblood contact as can happen when injection drug users share needles. There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C and it can often be incurable. Hepatitis symptoms vary in intensity from person to person but commonly include:
Fatigue, at times severe enough to make it difficult to get out of bed Loss of appetite Nausea and vomiting that gets worse as the day progresses Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice) Darker urine than normal and sand coloured faeces Dull pain in upper abdomen (Hepatitis A) Most STIs can be prevented, if one uses condoms as a precaution; however, as said earlier, it may not stop the spread of most STIs. Except for HIV or AIDS, most STIs can be treated and cured.
However, timely intervention, diagnosis and medical attention are very imperative. Most treatments depend upon the type and severity of the STIs. See page 167 for where to get advice.
Chlamydia Ð are you infected? A URINE SAMPLE CAN HELP STOP THE SPREAD OF CHLAMYDIA. OFTEN WITH NO SYMPTOMS, CHLAMYDIA IS EASILY PASSED ON THROUGH UNPROTECTED SEX. LEFT UNTREATED, IT CAN LEAD TO INFERTILITY.
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ALCOHOL ADVICE YOUR HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Having a drink is an important part of socialising for many people. It is important that you know the facts about alcohol, so that you can drink responsibly. Here are a few hints, tips and facts about alcohol. Make sure you’ve eaten before you drink alcohol. Drink plenty of water or soft drinks in between alcoholic drinks – remember alcohol dehydrates you. Don’t be tempted to buy large glasses of wine or double measures just because bar staff offer you them. Never leave your drink unattended – always get a friend you trust to mind it if you go to the toilet or outside.
Never drink and drive. Keep track of how much you have drunk and pace yourself – don’t feel you have to drink just to keep up with friends.
Drinking can lead to anti-social behaviour, road accidents, crime and domestic violence – be aware! Don’t be pressured into buying alcohol for under 18s hanging around outside shops – this is illegal and you could face a fine of up to £80 from the Police. The UK has one of the highest rates of binge drinking in Europe. The Government daily guideline is 2-3 units for women and 3-4 units for men – get to know the unit contents of your favourite drinks so you can monitor your drinking.
Up to one in three adults is at risk of developing alcohol related liver disease. Drinking heavily increases your calorie intake and is frequently associated with obesity. Alcohol isn’t a stimulant as most people think – it is a depressant – this is why drinking too much can often lead to violent behaviour and impaired judgement. The ‘beer belly’ look doesn’t just apply to men, women can develop
a belly too. A bottle of wine has 40% of the daily recommended calories for women. This is comparable to three Mars Bars, a Big Mac burger with medium fries or six jam doughnuts. Too much alcohol can cause ‘moobs’ (man boobs) and penis shrinkage!
Alcohol is responsible for more deaths than all illegal drugs combined. 80% of disorder crimes are alcohol related. On average, 13,000 alcohol-related violent incidences take place outside UK bars and pubs every week.
Binge Thinking Remember to eat before you drink alcohol. Don’t save up your weekly spends and blow it in one drinking session. Be aware that many pub measures are large and you may be drinking more units than you think. Pace yourself, decide how many units you want to drink in an evening and stick to it!
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So you’ve thrown some shapes on the dance floor and no one noticed. Your chat up lines were all rebuffed and the cool approach sitting quietly didn’t work either. Now everyone’s walking home it’s your last chance. It’s time to show off. Show everyone how dangerous and wacky you are. Every year young people are seriously injured and even die trying to show off to their friends. And usually drink plays a major part in these activities. So - no car dodging, no Scaffold climbing. And definitely no jumping in the Mersey.
It is becoming more and more common for people to attempt to video dangerous situations when they should be trying to run away from them.
Don’t Walk Away Alcohol is a poison and can have adverse effects on the body if consumed in large quantities. Make sure you keep and eye on your mates and if someone is taken ill call an ambulance and stay with them. Don’t walk away!
Always put safety first and never put yourself at risk to get the number one video of that day. You may inadvertently be the star of some else’s video of the day. So Remember: Take care of yourself and those around you. Do not leave a friend alone after drinking alcohol as it is dangerous. Always call 999 if your friend is unwell/unconscious after drinking alcohol. Basic First Aid can help save your friends life.
DRUGS You might think that people who talk about the risk of drug use are scaremongering. Talk of people going mad, moving on from occasional use to more frequent use of harder drugs, it might all seem extreme but there are genuine risks attached. Drugs are unpredictable and illegal drugs are unregulated so you can never really know what you’re getting. Drug use is common in young people and this includes the student population. Some people try drugs and decide it’s not for them, some people use drugs occasionally and can take or leave them and others go on to become more frequent users. Around 50 per cent of young people admit to having tried at least one recreational drug, most commonly cannabis. It’s likely that you will be offered drugs at some point in your life, if you haven’t been already and it’s important to remember that it’s your body and you have to decide for yourself how to treat it. Whether you choose to take drugs or not, other people you know might. Understanding the law, the effects and the risks could enable you to help yourself or someone
else who is in trouble. These factors all increase the risks when using drugs. A history of mental illness. Any physical health problems. Using in unfamiliar surroundings. Going off on your own to use drugs. Buying drugs from strangers. Using needles, especially shared ones. Mixing different drugs. Taking large amounts of drugs in one go. Some drugs are stronger when they’re added to other ones making mixing drugs extremely dangerous. Certain combinations mask the symptoms of an overdose and even prescription drugs mixed with recreational ones can pose huge risks, including death.
The Law Surrounding Drugs ’Supply’ doesn’t just mean dealing or selling drugs in large amounts. It also includes selling tiny amounts of drugs to friends or giving them away for free.
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Having drugs on you or at home is classed as possession, that includes storing or carrying them for someone else. Being found with a large amount of drugs on you carries more serious penalties.
Driving under the influence applies to drug driving as much as drink driving and you can be charged under the Road Traffic Act 1988. Letting people to take drugs in your house can get you a conviction, even if you don’t take any yourself. You could get thrown off your course at Uni if you get caught with drugs. If you get a major drug conviction it can affect your future job prospects. Major drug convictions can also affect your freedom to travel in the future.
Class A Drugs Ecstasy
Pure Ecstasy is MDMA, a stimulant with very mild hallucinogenic effects. It is mainly sold in pill form and newer pills contain less MDMA so are more likely to contain other drugs.
It is also referred to as E, pills, tablets, XTC or names based on the pictures on the pills. Although ecstasy is usually swallowed it is also sometimes snorted or smoked. It takes about 30 minutes to ‘come up’ and these effects usually last three to six hours with a gradual comedown. Side effects can include anxiety, panic attacks, paranoia, epileptic fits, dehydration, overheating and collapse, death.
The long-term effects of ecstasy are uncertain, but may include memory loss and depression. Cocaine This stimulant made from leaves of the coca shrub is sold in wraps of whitish powder and is also known as coke, charlie, powder, beak or gack. It is most commonly taken by being chopped into lines on flat surface and snorted although it is sometimes injected. The risks include psychological dependency, damage to nose, heart attacks, overdose, anxiety, depression and sexual dysfunction. Overdose is more likely when injected.
Crack A smokable form of cocaine which is sold in small lumps and is also known as base, wash, stones, or rock. It can be smoked in pipe, glass tube or on tinfoil and the effects are similar to cocaine but more intense and short-lived. The risks include cravings, addiction and overdose.
LSD Lysergic acid diethylamide is a hallucinogen which is sold dotted onto paper squares, or in tiny tablets or capsules also known as acid, trips, tabs, which are swallowed. It takes around twenty minutes to an hour for effects to be felt, and a trip can go on for twelve to twenty hours.
The risks are panic or paranoia which can lead to accidental or deliberate injury. Users can also suffer flashbacks, where part of the trip is relived, weeks or months and in some cases even years after taking acid.
Magic Mushrooms Most commonly Psilocybe semilanceata mushrooms, which grow naturally in Britain and can be either picked fresh or bought
dried. They are also known as â€˜shrooms, mushies, majicks and are eaten raw, cooked or made into tea. It takes about thirty minutes for a trip to begin which can last up to nine hours. The risks are picking the wrong type of mushroom and being poisoned, bad trips, diarrhoea, flashbacks.
Possessing raw mushrooms is not illegal. If they are prepared for use they are Class A. Heroin This drug made from morphine, extracted from opium poppies is also known as Brown, smack, H, horse, skag, gear. Medical grade opiates tend to be white powder, street heroin is brownish in colour and can be smoked, snorted, or injected.
It gives the user feelings of comfort, relaxation or sleepiness and can also cause sickness and vomiting. Risks of heroin use include overdose, constipation, coma, infection, physical dependency, abscesses from injecting and sharing needles, as well as the risk of HIV/AIDS.
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Methadone A synthetic opoid used in the treatment of heroin addiction. It gives the user feelings of wellbeing, relief from physical pain and psychological unease which is why methadone is primarily used to ease heroin withdrawal.
The effects are similar to those of heroin but can last up to 24 hours, longer meaning heroin users attempting to withdraw do not need to take methadone as frequently. The withdrawal symptoms are slower to develop but last longer than heroin. Methadone is a powerful drug, excessive doses can lead to overdose or coma. Misuse can also be fatal. It is a very addictive drug, and tolerance will increase with use. Class A also includes any class B drug prepared for injection Maximum penalty for possession: Seven years in prison and an unlimited fine. Maximum penalty for supply: Life sentence and an unlimited fine.
Class B Drugs Amphetamines Synthetic stimulants, up to 95% impure sold as an off-white, greyish or pinkish powder that may contain small crystals, or small pills and known as speed, whizz, or uppers. The risks include irritability, aggression, paranoia, psychosis, overdose and addiction. Injecting makes overdose more likely and increases the risk of HIV and hepatitis infection.
Cannabis The leaves or tips of the Cannabis sativa plant which contains the active ingredient THC.
It has many other names including marijuana, weed, hash, grass, dope, draw and can be smoked as a joint, smoked in pipe or eaten. The risks include paranoia, anxiety, nausea and heavy use may affect short-term memory. Strains of cannabis are getting stronger leading to its reclassification from C to B.
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Maximum penalty for possession: Five years in prison and a fine. Maximum penalty for supply: Up to 14 years in prison and a fine.
Class C Drugs Ketamine
An anaesthetic with painkilling and hallucinogenic properties, it comes in tablet, liquid or powder form. The drug is intended to be used by vets as a sedative and anaesthetic. It may also be known as Green, K, special K, super K or vitamin K. Common effects include out-of-body experiences, hallucinations and temporary paralysis. As with LSD and other hallucinogens, the effects of taking ketamine are influenced by the user’s mood and environment. Because ketamine numbs the body, users run the risk of serious injury without even realising they’ve been hurt. Because of it’s dissociative effects, a ketamine hit can be an alarming experience, even for those used to taking other drugs. Excessive doses can cause serious breathing problems, unconsciousness or heart failure.
Mild Tranquillisers Tranquilizers are designed to have a calming effect but should only be used on prescription. Tolerance will build meaning the need to take more to achieve the same effect. It is also to become dependent and withdrawal can be very difficult. If combined with other drugs, especially alcohol, fatal overdose can occur.
Anabolic Steroids Designed to treat muscle weakness after surgery, sports enthusiasts claim steroids make them able to train harder. If they are taken as part of a strict exercise regime, they can help build muscle mass. They can also help users recover from exercise faster. Maximum penalty for possession: Up to two years in prison and a fine. Maximum penalty for supply: Up to five in years prison and/ or a fine.
Penalties These are the maximum penalties and given in a Crown court, they don’t usually apply to first-time offenders or people caught with tiny amounts of drugs. In a Magistrates Court, where less
serious offences are dealt with, the maximum sentence is six months imprisonment and a £5000 fine. In court, the sentence given will also depend upon: The drugs involved. Any previous criminal record (not only drug related). Your personal circumstances (i.e. being a single parent). The attitude of the magistrate/ judge to drugs. Your attitude in court.
Drug First Aid If someone is taken ill while you’re in a club, try to find the first aider and if it appears serious call an ambulance. Here are some tips that may help you deal with some of the common side effects of drugs but if in doubt you should always call for help. If someone is freaking out and showing signs of anxiety or panic, lead them away from bright lights and loud noises. Try to calm them down by talking to them and reassuring them. If you are unable to get through to them you need to call for help. Many drugs, like alcohol can cause dehydration. Couple this with the temperature in a crowded club and it’s easy to overheat. The signs include dizziness,
tiredness, cramps in arms and legs, dark urine and difficulty urinating. If someone appears overheated sit them down in a cooler, quiet place and get them to sip a pint of water very slowly.
Splash a little tepid water on their face or neck or wipe them down with a damp towel. If someone collapses it should always be treated as an emergency and an ambulance should be called. Try to gently bring them round but don’t shake them hard and loosen any tight clothing they’re wearing. Check to see if they are breathing, and, if they are breathing put them into the recovery position on their left side with their right arm and leg bent, making sure their head is back and their airway is open. If they are not breathing, they need mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. If you don’t know how to do this, put them into the recovery position and wait for help to arrive.
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CALM DOWN, IT’S NOT WORTH IT Violence and aggression is now considered one of the most serious occupational hazards facing staff in the healthcare sector. The North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust, which covers the Merseyside area, is actively tackling this problem in order to protect its staff. The North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) actively promotes its ‘Stop Abuse’ campaign in Liverpool, and across the rest of the North West, which aims to raise awareness of the violence and aggression that can be directed at ambulance staff and reinforces that it will not be tolerated. It is delivered in partnership
with Merseyside Police, Cheshire Constabulary, Greater Manchester Police, Lancashire Constabulary, Cumbria Constabulary and numerous Pub Watch schemes operating in the region. The scheme was piloted here in Liverpool city centre in December 2007 and has now been developed across the North West region. ‘Pub Watch’ or as it is known in Liverpool, Licensees Watch, is a national voluntary organisation set up to support existing licensees and encourage a safe, secure social drinking environment in all licensed premises, helping to reduce drink-related crime. It’s supported by police forces in the area it operates.
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» Most of the pubs in Liverpool will be members of the Licensees Watch. The ‘Stop Abuse’ partnership works together to alert the public of the unacceptable behaviour of individuals who assault ambulance crews and encourages ambulance crews to report assaults both internally, and via the Police and Pub Watch. If an ambulance crew is subjected to a physical or verbal assault inside a licensed premise, then the offender may find themselves being issued with a banning order by that particular Pub Watch membership. The banning order can be given irrespective of whether any criminal sanction is given by the police.
The banning order will see them excluded from all other pubs and clubs within that particular area where the Pub Watch Scheme is operating. The banning orders can be for a minimum of three months to a maximum of twelve months but this can be extended if required.
If you would like more information on the campaign, please go to: www.nwas.nhs. uk or call 0845 112 0999
CALLING 999? Toothache? Sore throat? Hangover? Split Condom? These are just some of types of 999 calls received by North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) that affect its ability to respond to urgent calls. That’s why NHS Northwest are urging the public including yourself as students whilst you are studying here in Liverpool to ‘Choose Well’ during your time at University. Choose Well is an established NHS Northwest and Department of Health campaign which was initially developed to help educate the members of the public on how to stay safe and look after their health by making the most appropriate choice of care when in need. NWAS has shown support for the Choose Well initiative and has adapted the messages to be more appropriate to ambulance usage. Whilst you are out and about in the city; going to a lecture or going
for a sociable drink with friends you may be able to spot ‘Choose Well’ posters on some Emergency Ambulance and Patient Transport vehicles. For most of you, this may be the first time you have lived away from home and you may find yourselves at some point not feeling very well or in need of medical advice. The Choose Well campaign aims to encourage you as a member of the public to consider alternatives to calling the 999 number and A&E such as phoning NHS Direct, or going to minor injury units, walk-in centres or your own GP’s surgery. This campaign will be promoted to the public and will assess your awareness at a variety of events across the North West, including Liverpool, throughout the year so please don’t forget to tell you friends and families about the Choose Well initiative. For more information please visit www. nwas.nhs.uk
CRIME DOESNT PAY YOUR HEALTH AND WELLBEING
CRIME DOESNâ€™T PAY
Merseyside is a safe place to live, work, visit and study. We are working hard to tackle crime and disorder. In fact, Merseyside is one of the safest metropolitan areas in England and Wales with lower levels of recorded crime than similar police forces. Merseyside Police covers the areas of Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens, Knowsley and Wirral. These areas are split into neighbourhoods that are policed by a team led by an Inspector. Details of the team that police the area that you live in can be found on the Merseyside Police Website www. merseyside.police.uk. The website contains lots of useful information about what is happening in your area and tells you how to contact Merseyside Police and your Neighbourhood Team. If you do not have access to the Internet you can telephone our central number 0151 709 6010. I hope you do not need to call on our services too often, but
if you do you will be treated with dignity and respect by professional police officers, police community support officers and police staff.
We recognise that like most communities the student population consists of a wide range of different diverse groups Unfortunately, there are instances that people from minority groups are subjected to inappropriate behaviour, threats or worse. In most instances this will be categorised as hate crime. It is very important to us in Merseyside Police that such incidents are reported to enable us to investigate such matters and prevent further reoccurrences. In the unlikely event of you becoming a victim of crime, and in particular, a Hate Crime, we would like to encourage you to report such incidents/crimes to us.
Hate Crime is defined as any offence where disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender is the motivating factor. Hate crimes are investigated vigorously by Merseyside Police’s dedicated Sigma (Hate Crime Investigation) Units. It is unlikely that you will become a victim, or indeed witness such an offence but if you do, it is important that you report it to us. Superintendent Kevin Johnson who heads the Diversity Team said: “Merseyside Police recognises the impact hate crimes can have on victims and we take such crimes extremely seriously. We want the message to be clear to victims and offenders that offences involving disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender will not be tolerated by Merseyside Police.”
Remember - if you witness it or experience hate crime report it Within the Diversity Team at
Merseyside Police it is our aim to make communities aware of the action they can take if they are a victim of hate crime or witness such offences, or any other offence that may take place.”
If you feel you have been a victim, or have witnessed a hate crime, or just want advice call you local sigma team or your local neighborhood policing teams on 0151 709 6010, or visit our web site on: www. Merseyside.Police.Uk We recognise the fact that not every one is comfortable reporting hate crimes to the police. Therefore we are working closely with the independent charity stop hate uk.
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FIRE SAFETY YOUR HEALTH AND WELLBEING
FIRE SAFETY ADVICE What You Should Know…
Smoke Alarms Save Lives!
Landlords have an obligation to keep your home safe from fire. If you live in privately rented accommodation, your landlord has to meet certain safety obligations under the law, including ensuring all gas and electric appliances are safe and in good working order. Your landlord must show you safety certificates so you can see when gas and electrical appliances were last tested. Your landlord should supply a carbon monoxide detector and test it regularly. You can’t see, feel or smell carbon monoxide, but it can be fatal if you breathe enough of it. If you are worried that your landlord isn’t doing enough to ensure your safety, contact the Environmental Health Officer at your local council.
You are advised to test your alarm once a week. Strobe light and vibrating pad alarms are available for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Contact Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service for further details. Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service will come to your accommodation and give you free fire awareness advice and where necessary, fit new alarms.
Call 0800 731 5958 Plan An Escape Route Make sure everyone knows how to escape – it could save your life. Keep all fire exits clear and keep all fire doors closed. They help to slow down the spread of fire and will give you extra time to escape.
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In The Kitchen Cooking and drinking alcohol never mix. If you want something to eat and you’ve been drinking, make a sandwich or buy something on the way home. Never leave cooking unattended. Keep tea-towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob. Double check that the cooker is off when you have finished cooking
Chip Pans & Deep Fat Fryers Take care when cooking with oil, it sets alight easily.
If the oil starts to smoke, IT’S TOO HOT. Turn off the heat, leave it in situ and wait for it to cool down. Use a thermostat controlled electric deep fat fryer. If they are working property, they can’t overheat.
Inform your landlord straight away if you are concerned about the electrics in your property and never fix faulty electric items yourself. Stop using them, inform your landlord or call a qualified electrician.
Stay Safe With Candles And Cigarettes Make sure cigarettes are put out properly. Never empty an ashtray into the bin before you go to bed, fill it with water and leave it overnight. Be careful with candles and tea lights. Avoid placing them near material that could burn or catch fire.
If you have any questions about the issues raised in this guide please contact Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.
Be Extra Careful With Electrics
Avoid overloading sockets, keep to one plug per socket. Never use heaters for drying clothes and always keep them a safe distance from other items that may catch fire.
0800 731 5958 www.merseyfire.gov.uk/hsa
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