Whether you’re a student, a professional or a family, the centre of Liverpool is not out of reach. The rents are below the national average and well below London’s rates. If you want to be close to the action of the city centre, shop around and see what areas suit your needs. The city of Liverpool has undergone much rejuvenation, including the docklands area. The Liverpool One complex is just one example of this rejuvenation offering hotels, shops, restaurants and cinema. With three universities, a great sports presence and a legendary nightlife, it’s no wonder many want to call the city centre their home. Liverpool covers a large suburban area such as Smithdown Road and Kensington, both popular with the student population but a bit out of the way from the city centre.

As a student, you come for the university and stay for the convenience and the many offerings the city centre has. Getting to school is easy and going for a day trip around the city or a night of food, music and friends is easy too. If you’re worried about the cost of renting, the Commercial District, covering a large area from Leeds Street to the north down to the very core of the city, reaches Strand Street and the spectacular views of Pier Head and Albert Dock, and offers lets for around £650-850 a month. HMOs (House of Multiple Occupancy) also offer an affordable way for you to live in the heart of Liverpool.

Duke Street is another area that calls for a look. It runs into the Liverpool One all the way from the beautiful China Town Archway. It runs parallel to Bold Street, home of independent boutiques, restaurants, and cafes. It’s also home to FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), which means you’ll never have to look far for art exhibitions. The convenience of Duke Street’s location makes it an intelligent choice but you’ll have to shop around for a reasonably priced flat or HMO.

Professionals will enjoy the Duke Street area, as well. The proximity to bars, nightclubs, cafes and trendy shops is a bonus. There are high-spec apartments that you can call home. If you’re a professional looking for a grand area than, at the high end of the market, would be the docklands area. Don’t expect to pay less than £1,000 per month for two bedrooms, but there’s always room for flatmate to ease the burden of rent. Many buildings over a stunning view over the river Mersey, and all offer easy access to everything the city centre has to offer.