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Moving to Liverpool

Are you moving to Liverpool? Situated in north-west England, Liverpool is one of England’s core cities, and one of the fastest growing in the UK.  During the 19th century, Liverpool was the second port of the empire and handled more goods than elsewhere in Great Britain, outside of London.  Famous in its own right as the birthplace of the Beatles and Cilla Black a host of other singing sensations and comedians also hail from Liverpool.

Our free, in-depth Moving to Liverpool report includes info on:

• The best areas to live
• The good schools
• The average monthly rental prices
• The excellent public transport system in the city

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Putting Liverpool on the Map

Facing Birkenhead and Wallasey across the River Mersey, the city is situated on a ridge of hills, rising to a height of approximately 70 metres above sea level.

Well located at only 35 miles from Manchester and 178 miles from London, the transport links are excellent.  The Liverpool John Lennon airport is in the heart of the city and the Port of Liverpool is close-by, with citizens from Ireland and the Isle of Man frequenting the port often.  The Merseyrail urban network serves the city, with sections in the city centre underground.

The main railway station is Lime Street which connects to the rest of the country.  This station was opened in 1836 and is the oldest grand terminal mainline station still being used in the world.  The four main stops serving four key areas are Lime Street, James Street, Moorfields and Liverpool Central.  All are operated by Merseyrail, each station links the centre with all the other Merseyside areas, and the services run every 15 minutes.

Virgin Trains also offer some train routes around the city.

There are three tunnels connecting either side of the River Mersey, the Mersey Railway tunnel, and the two road tunnels, the Queensway and the Kingsway.  The ferry connects a vital link between the Wirral and Liverpool.

The local bus service runs all its routes to and from Paradise Street and Queen Square.  Mersey Travel runs a late-night bus service on Friday and Saturday nights.

As the third most traffic-congested city in the UK, after London and Manchester, research has shown that drivers spend 39 hours a year gridlocked in peak-hour traffic.  So it’s a much better idea to avoid driving and use the efficient and cheaper public transport which probably drops you closer to work than from wherever you can park.

An initiative, The 20 Effect, encourages people to cycle or walk to work.  According to them, it is quicker to bike through the city than it is to drive.  Not to mention all of the benefits for your health and state-of-mind.

The Areas

Waterfront properties are the most sought-after, with their more modern and stylish buildings and proximity to all the amenities of the city centre.  These homes are quickly snatched up when they come onto the rental or buyers’ market.  The majority of old maritime warehouses and dockland buildings have been converted into apartments, and have a hefty price tag.

Immediate city boroughs are mainly blue collar areas of terraced houses and flats, with the more desirable Knotty Ash, Childwall and West Derby being the exceptions.  Offering attractive terraced, semi-detached and detached houses, with good amenities and schools, these areas are popular for commuters and families.


As always, living in the centre of a city is generally more expensive, but it is extremely popular with young professionals, students, and even some families.

The excellent transport links, convenient and modern apartments, and the vibrant social life may be costlier here, but Liverpool is reasonably inexpensive when compared to other northern cities like Leeds or Manchester.


This UNESCO World Heritage Site includes the Albert Dock and Pier Head.  Converted factories that are now spacious, modern and well-equipped apartments, are the norm.  An excess of bars, restaurants and museums offer attractions to a wide section of the population, and while accommodation is more expensive here, it is still relatively affordable for Great Britain.  Younger people and professionals are the typical residents.


Its proximity to the centre of Liverpool, along with many good schools, make this popular for young families and commuters.  Mainly detached and semi-detached houses, many fully renovated and with gardens, are common here.

The marine lake and miles of sandy beaches appeals both for the views and the relaxed lifestyle.  An abundance of independent shops, including the immensely popular Pritchard’s Bookshop and Satterthwaites Bakehouse, plenty of good restaurants, and  the lakeside adventure centre, ensure that there is always something to do for the whole family.


This leafy suburb was named after its huge green area, Sefton Park, which was included on the National Heritage List for England.  Close to good schools, with easy access to the city, make this area popular and pricey.  The high-end shops and restaurants attract well-to-do families and young professionals.

A varied area full of local character, Sefton Park draws people from all walks of life.  Mainly traditional terraced houses dominate the area, but some large Victoria mansions can also be seen around the park, and the modern and converted apartments are always popular.

Lark Lane with its bohemian fusion of bars, restaurants, shops and the regular Farmers Market, add to its atmosphere, along with several well-known sporting venues.


This estate, built on the edge of Croxteth Country Park, falls in the West Derby postal code area.

The mainly modern housing appeals to older couples, families and young professionals. The proximity to the massive green area of the Grade II listed Croxteth Country Park is a huge attraction, with its 500 acres of farms and playgrounds.  Also tempting are the well-kept streets with neat gardens, a safe environment, a better quality of life, good schools and sporting facilities.


One of the more affluent and sought-after postcodes, with both John Lennon and Paul McCartney growing up here, the charming large terraced, detached and semi-detached houses along with the leafy streets are appealing to young families.  Allerton Road is a busy street with a multitude of shops and bars tailing off to the residential area.  Allerton’s claim to fame is being home to Penny Lane, an actual street featured in the song written and recorded by the Beatles.  John Lennon was born on October the 9th 1940 in the middle of an air raid, at Oxford Street Maternity Hospital.


This historic suburb, dating back to the Iron Age, also has a claim to fame in  a Beatles song.  Eleanor Rigby is reputed to be buried here in the local churchyard.

Among the more prestigious areas of Liverpool, this pretty urban village was the first to win the Britain in Bloom “Best Large Village” award.  Green areas include Woolton Woods, Black Woods, Reynolds Park and Camp Hill, all very inviting to young families.  Restaurants, wine bars and a traditional cinema and other entertainment facilities line the streets, and with excellent roads and transport links, the city is easily accessed.


These four small suburbs are on the eastern edge of the city, close to the end of the M62.

Page Moss and Dovecot are close to each other with largish 20th century townhouses.  Closer to Knotty Ash one finds larger, semi-detached properties.  Dovecot has a park and a library.

Broadgreen is mainly semis and detached houses, but with the convenience of a railway station and a hospital.  Knotty Ash, made famous by Ken Dodd as the home of the Diddymen, is better known and has been described as a stable residential suburb, but is much the same size and nature as its neighbours.

Who Lives and Works in Liverpool?

876,000 people live in the urban area, with 2,241,000 in the metropolitan area.  With its status as a busy port, the population has been drawn from a variety of people, religions and societies, but mainly from Ireland.  It has the most established community of Chinese people in Europe and is one of the largest black African communities in the country.

The service areas, banking, insurance and finance, are among the fastest growing areas, with investment in the city from JP Morgan Chase Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, Bank of Ireland and Barclays. They’ve all recently expanded or opened new sites, including a number of call centres and professional advice depots.

There are over 37,000 active business in the city, with more than 100,000 jobs in the health sector.  Since the recession, growth has been shown in the scientific and technical, professional, and administration and support service sectors.  Job losses also resulted in that period in the construction, manufacturing, and financial and professional service areas, with two thirds of the manufacturing jobs having been recovered since.

In terms of an educated workforce, Liverpool has seen a 25% increase in level four qualifications, from a low of 20% in 2004.  This due to the considerable improvement in GCSE attainment across the city.

The Best Bits

Locals of the city are generally called Scousers or Liverpudlians.  The nickname scouser is derived from a traditional stew called lobscouse.  With reasonably inexpensive living costs, and renovations still on-going, Liverpool is a popular city with plenty to do.

  • The Albert Dock, full of renovated red-brick old dock buildings, is home to tenants such as the Beatles Story, Tate Liverpool and the Merseyside Maritime Museum, as well as a host of pubs, restaurants and cafes.
  • One of the best football cities in Europe, Liverpool and Everton football clubs both feature in the English Premier League. The rivalry is evident, whoever you speak to.  Local matches between the two teams are known as the Merseyside derby.
  • The annual Grand National steeplechase takes place at Aintree Racecourse.
  • The UNESCO World Heritage Site was awarded in 2004. The Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City includes the Albert Dock, William Brown Street and the Pier Head, incorporating the most famous landmarks.
  • Liverpool holds the Guinness Book of Records title, the Capital of Pop. More musicians from this city have had number one hits than any other area.  Clearly, the Beatles, who changed the face of popular music, are the most famous of them all.  One of the top attractions is the Cavern Club, where it all started.
  • The Walker Art Gallery houses one of the best collections of European art outside of London.
  • The Pier Head hosts the Liver Building, the Port of Liverpool Building and the Cunard Building, which are referred to as the Three Graces.
  • The historic sites, religious buildings, museums, and theatres, beautiful parks and beaches ensure non-stop entertainment. The bells at Liverpool Cathedral, when combined, are the heaviest in the world.  The largest, Great George which weighs 15 tons, is bigger than Big Ben and has to be rung with a hammer.
Bringing the Kids

Liverpool is a sprawling city, with some really good schools.  It is a friendly city with plenty of entertainment and is a great place to raise the kids.

  • Liverpool has three universities and a number of colleges.
  • The state schools run on a catchment system. Should you plan on using the state schools it is important that you reside within the catchment area.  These schools are free of fees.
  • Liverpool boasts 135 state primary and junior schools and 31 state secondary schools.
  • There are six private schools, some of which span both primary and secondary years.
  • Six international schools offer a variety of curricula and charge quite substantial fees.
Relocating to Liverpool

This friendly, growing city has a rich history of culture and music.  The UNESCO World Heritage Site, amongst the famous docklands, is educational and historic.  Liverpool has strong influences in finance, administration, tourism and the health sector, perfect for expats.  With a variety of accommodation choices, from city condominiums to Victorian mansions – and plenty in between, it can get really confusing.  Should you need to find a home close to both work and good schools, it is recommended to use the service of a relocation agent who specialises in the area.  The unfamiliar rental contracts, which can prove tricky and need to be negotiated, plus all the necessary forms that the local government requires are best tackled by an expert.


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Average Monthly Rent - Liverpool
Apartment 1 bedroom in city centre £650
Apartment 1 bedroom outside of centre £470
Apartment 3 bedrooms in city centre £1,033
Apartment 3 bedrooms outside of centre £676
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