cheap things to do in Liverpool students


Freshers week is finally here and we are excited to welcome students old & new to the wonderful city of Liverpool.

Liverpool is often regarded as one of the top cities for students. Without being too biased, we have to agree! From the city’s culture to the nightlife and shopping, there are many reasons as to why Liverpool is THE place to be.

However, the cost of living crisis is still affecting our local communities, including students. Many young people will be nervous about controlling their finances and energy bills, whilst wanting to make the most of their university experience. We’re here to say that you can still have fun on a budget, especially in a city as vibrant of Liverpool.

We’ve put together a list of free or cheap things to do in Liverpool over the next few months.


Bold Street Charity Shops

Liverpool has a high proportion of charity shops, especially on Bold Street. They are known hotspots for students and you can often find items from high street brands at a fraction of the price. There is an Oxfam, British Heart Foundation, and an independent store called Take2. Treat yourself and grab yourself a bargain!



River of Light

The annual River of Light festival on Liverpool’s historic waterfront is set to return this November. Wonder around a wide range of immersive light installations from local, national, and international artists. It’s a wholesome, free event for group of friends or couples and perfect for a cost-friendly evening!



‘Fill A Bag’

Open Door are running their yearly ‘Fill A Bag’ sustainable shopping event on Monday 2nd October. Raising funds for The Whitechapel Centre, attendees can buy a ticket for £12 which allows them entry and a bag which you fill with pre-loved items.


Visit a Museum

Liverpool has countless museums to go to with your uni pals. Free museums include Liverpool World Museum, the Museum of Liverpool, and International Slavery Museum just to name a few. If you’re looking to spend a bit more money, why not try the Quirky Quarter? It is a mind-boggling, immersive museum serving a string of optical illusions and interactive displays.



Experience the street art in the Baltic Triangle

Not only is the Baltic Triangle the home of The Women’s Organisation but it also a hub of independent shops, cafes, bars, and a plethora of street art. Take a walk through the area to see colorful murals, graffiti and statues created by local artists. It’s the perfect place to have a mini photoshoot with friends and to get that perfect Insta shot!



Take a walk around Sefton Park

Just a short bus ride away from the city centre is the wonderful Sefton Park. It is a beautiful and spacious park, perfect for a leisurely walk, a picnic, or just relaxing with friends and fellow students. Keep an eye out for the Palm House, quarterly maker’s markets, and various sculptures throughout the park.



Explore Albert Dock

If you’re living in Liverpool, it is an absolute must to visit the Albert Dock! Not only is filled with quirky shops and cafes but it is also an area of historic significance locally, nationally, and internationally. Stroll along the River Mersey for free and you can even go to some of the free museums based at the dock.



These are just a few cheap things to do in Liverpool for students. As Liverpool is such a student-heavy city, many cafes, restaurants, and events will offer student discounts. There are many ways to navigate rising costs, you just have to know where to look!


We know how difficult it can be for students with handling their finances. You can get further support with our Mind and Money programme for those living in the Liverpool city region.


What is the Mind and Money programme and how can it help me?


Our Mind & Money programme is designed to help people in our local community struggling with the cost of living crisis and money management. If you are a student in Liverpool looking for support with their financial well being, get in touch today!

Email us at or ring us on 0151 706 8113.


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