The birthplace of The Beatles is a lively place to live as a student. It has an unusually high concentration of universities for its population, so the city has a distinctive and diverse student energy. BPP’s Liverpool campus is slap bang in the city centre, right along the River Mersey.
Class sizes are small. A GDL insider says that the “tutorials are cosy”, but at the same time, they’re “non-intimidating” – which sounds like a good balance between close tutor attention and pressure to contribute in small seminar sessions. A more personal study environment gives students more opportunities to ask questions in class. Indeed, the tutors are “informative” and “supportive” – quite useful given that there are some tricky hurdles to jump on the GDL course.
The Liverpool campus shares a careers service with BPP Manchester’s centre, which isn’t far away. Across both centres there’s “weekly presentations, networking events an careers talks”. Be sure to make the most of these.
The campus sits handily in the heart of Liverpool’s legal district. Next to the Crown Court, the school is also a stone’s throw from various law firms: DLA Piper, DWF, Weightmans and Brabners all have offices in the city centre. If you don’t yet have a training contract or pupillage up your sleeve, it’s a good idea to spend as much time as possible around lawyers.
If you need a change of scene, head to Liverpool’s central library to revise. The building itself is stunning, and inspires study. The outside is grand and classical, while the interior looks like a spaceship. The Picton Reading Room looks like somewhere Hermione Granger would hang out. And, if you take the stairs to the roof terrace, you can soak in the city skyline. There’s even benches up there, so you can really spend some time in the sky.
Student life in Scouseland is relatively cheap (offsetting those hefty LPC fees!). And if you’re a culture nut, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Live music, theatres, bars and galleries fill the city. Highlights include Tate Liverpool for modern art, The Everyman for iconic plays, and The East Village Arts Club, where there’s always something exciting and musical going on. And if you just want a night out, serving some of the cheapest pints in the city, The Pilgrim is a particular student favourite.