Merseyside

Merseyside is an area in the northwest of England, bordered by Cheshire to the south and Wales to the west. Stretching across both banks of the Mersey River and centred around the bustling metropolis of Liverpool, Merseyside offers a huge range of living locations, from city-centre to semi-rural. Despite being a heavily populated and urbanised area, Merseyside does have some greenbelt areas spread throughout the county, especially in the Wirral and around Southport that offer country living right next door to the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the UK.

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Best places to live in Merseyside

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Three Graces buildings in Liverpool

Where is Merseyside?

Merseyside is located in the northwest of England, bordering Cheshire to the south and Wales to the west. It comprises five metropolitan boroughs, including the City of Liverpool, which forms the heart of Merseyside, as well as Knowsley, St Helens, Sefton, and the Wirral.

Areas in Merseyside

While Liverpool might be the largest city in Merseyside, it is far from the only area of interest in the county.

Liverpool

The City Centre is full of bright lights and glitzy shops, with a large selection of restaurants that offer cuisine from all over the world. There’s also plenty going on at night including lively bars and busy live music venues for those who like their entertainment after dark.

The city was named the European Capital of Culture in 2008 and contains more galleries and national museums than any other city in the country outside of London. Perfect for your culture fix.

Evertonians will tell you there are no better pubs than those found near Goodison Park, while concert-goers can choose between two huge venues – Echo Arena or BT Convention Centre.

Knowsley

Knowsley offers a rural retreat just 20 minutes from the city centre. The borough is full of green spaces and country parks, perfect for those who love to get outdoors.

The main attraction in Knowsley is the award-winning Sudbury Hall – a stately home with extensive gardens that looks like something straight out of Downton Abbey.

St Helens

St Helens is the birthplace of poet Philip Larkin and home to Europe’s oldest horse racing track, Atherton Collieries.

The city centre is made up of a mix of quaint Victorian buildings with modern shopping centres nearby.

The area is steeped in history, with landmarks like Prescott’s medieval church and the Pemberton Clock Tower dating back to Victorian times.

Image of the Docklands in Liverpool

Merseyside universities 

As you might expect from a county that contains a major metropolitan centre like Liverpool, Merseyside is home to a number of world-class universities:

Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) 

Liverpool’s largest university after the merger of JMU and the Catholic, formerly Newman College, in 2012. It specialises in design and media; life sciences; health and social care; performing arts and events management and sport science

The University of Liverpool

One of the UK’s top research universities, it is home to a number of world-class departments including the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies and the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre.

Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool Hope University is located just outside the city and sits on top of a hill overlooking Liverpool. Liverpool Hope specialises in art and design, business, counselling and health care, education, English language teaching and international studies.

Merseyside schools 

It’s not just the universities that attract students to Merseyside from all over the UK – many local schools also rank highly on national league tables. For example:

Archbishop Blanch School

Archbishop Blanch School is a Church of England secondary school for girls. In 2016, it was ranked as one of the top 100 non-selective state schools in England for GCSE results by The Telegraph newspaper.

The Blue Coat School

The Blue Coat School is a co-educational grammar school in Wavertree. In 2016, it was ranked as the top non-selective state secondary school in England for GCSE results.

Wirral Grammar for Girls

Wirral Grammar for Girls has consistently achieved some of the best A level results in North West England and regularly places at the top of the A-Level Points per Pupil area league table for Merseyside.

Population of Merseyside

The population of Merseyside is approximately 1.423 million, with around 496,784 living in the city of Liverpool.Image of the Beatles statue in Liverpool

Reviews in Merseyside

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Short but sweet stay

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Review Date Sep 2022

Whilst I don’t require the use, very good public transport links with train station a stones throw away and a bus station within a short walk.
Various stores local with a convenience store a very short walk.
Parking is available for each house but no community parking which results in cars parked in street often and sometimes dangerously on corners.
Traffic noise is very low considering proximity to railway and M53.
Not much anti social behaviour but neighbours smoke cannabis so often strong smell which isn’t pleasant.

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I have only stayed here for short period but the one issue I had with house was resolved quickly. It is extremely easy to report issues and communicate with agency any time required. The house is a good size with more than adequate space in the master bedroom. The garden is suitable as well and gets sun all day long!
I feel the development is tucked in the corner and is nice and quiet due to this.
Property management is extremely easy to deal with.

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Wish I had known how difficult it was to get taxis in this area.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Was extremely easy to report issue and when I did I had constant communication from the management. Issue was resolved suitably.

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Great location, community and place to live!

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Review Date Sep 2022

Very desirable location. Close to the city centre, within reach of anything you could need. Lovely to be on the waterfront and a very nice private, secure location, away from the bustling nightlife, but close enough to easily join in.

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Nice community of people and management arrange social activities every once in a while. We attended a summer, all expenses-paid, BBQ and a mindful crafting evening, again, with complimentary drinks and snacks. These led to truly wonderful afternoons and evenings mingling with other residents. Looking forward to and hoping for more!
Also, a couple of days before we moved in, we were told that unfortunately there had been quite an unforeseen leak in the apartment. However, they and the maintenance team worked effortlessly right up until we moved in to ensure the apartment was in fit condition for us, to which we are truly grateful.
My partner and I have already started the proceedings of renewing our lease and would highly recommend anyway looking for comfortable rented accommodation to at least go for a viewing!

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Say hi to the staff every once in a while. They are friendly and looking for resident feedback and input.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

They are quick to respond and deal with the issue.

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My perfect home!

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Review Date Sep 2022

The Keel is walking distance to everything it’s amazing! Right next to the Albert dock and a short walk to Liverpool One. So good!!

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I love the design of the building – reception/communal area is the best place! I work from home so I find the work lounge so handy when I want to get out my flat.
Free coffee and too!
The design is so lovely and such a pleasure to walk through everyday.

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There’s nothing really I can say here!

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

The staff at reception have helped with any issues I have had!

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Review Date Sep 2022

Right in the middle of the baltic triangle there are countless bars, and restaurants and you are also no more than 10 mins walk from the docks and city centre, the area is clean and has an alternative artsy vibe to it compared to other parts of the city. There are always new places opening to try out and explore. Only downside is because the area is so busy there are no car parking spaces which are free so you need too pay for one within the building. The weekends it can be loud but that is to be expected if you live so central to town.

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Lovely building to call home, I have lived here for an overall year and love being here. At all points I have felt safe, The building requires key access at numerous points and they also have security at the weekends and bank holidays overnight.

The facilities are top-tier, and the gym is small but has a decent selection of equipment for a workout. it is normally quiet so you don’t have to wait around. The working office area is brilliant, It’s always really clean and they have cleaners who come every day. The coffee machine is also something I could never live without after having it in the building, this is all included in the rent base price.

Also, the building is dog friendly, this was a major selling point for us and there are a lot of dogs/cats who live in the apartment now and its a nice way to meet other neighbours, they also host a range of events ranging from Halloween parties to just get to know your neighbours days which is nice.

The apartments are not huge, but instead are compact and efficient. The property management allows you to book a sector of the office area for get-togethers with friends so if you need to host an event you can do so downstairs and not annoy your neighbours. Really happy with everything to date.

Chani and the facilities staff are super approachable and can help with any concern you may have.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

The area does have a lot of nightclubs and bars surrounding it, if you are sensitive to noise on the weekends it is something to consider.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Yes they have been able to resolve any of the issues we have had to date.

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