About LJMU & Liverpool

About LJMU



LJMU stands for Liverpool John Moores University, to give it the formal title, but most people opt for the simple LJMU acronym. The University took its name from Sir John Moores, the founder of the Littlewoods empire, which has been synonymous with Liverpool since it began in 1923. Sir John was a great believer in the creation of opportunity for all which embodies the ethos of LJMU in providing educational routes for people of all ages and from all backgrounds.

Where from?

Originally from a small mechanics library established in 1825 to provide educational opportunities for the people of Liverpool. The institution grew over the centuries by converging and amalgamating with different colleges and eventually became the Liverpool Polytechnic. In 1992, the Polytechnic became one of the UK’s new generation universities.

Where to?

LJMU is a large city-based university with over 22,000 students studying over 300 courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The University has played a vital role in the cultural renaissance of Liverpool and, together with other educational establishments, has taken an active part in the regeneration of the city. New advances in digital technology and science have placed the University at the forefront of exciting developments in areas such as multimedia and space exploration.

Why choose LJMU?

LJMU is one of the largest and most progressive education establishments in the UK.  LJMU has a number of outstanding centres of excellence as recognised by a dozen top-rated teaching assessments and one of the best sets of research ratings among the new universities.  With an enviable reputation for developing programmes that meet the current and future needs of business, it's easy to see why 94% of our students secure graduate jobs or pursue further studies within six months of graduation.

LJMU is a forward-thinking university offering opportunities for educational, recreational, and cultural development.  Ours is an environment in which students are challenged to extend and enhance themselves intellectually, professionally and creatively, in which they are inspired, supported and encouraged in their endeavours, and one in which we enable our graduates to be prepared for the demands of the future anywhere in the world.

With our state-of-the-art facilities, international reputation for quality teaching and research, and £24million+ investment programme underway, now is the time to Dream Plan and Achieve with LJMU. Being a student in the UK means that you can access many places of interest, receiving discounts for services, restaurants and shops.  Living in Liverpool is considerably cheaper than living and studying in cities in the South of England, and there are many activities in the city which are priced with the 'student budget' in mind.

The quality of teaching at LJMU is consistently praised by independent and impartial inspectors during the subject assessment exercises, which are conducted by the British Government to provide quality benchmarks for teaching in UK Universities.


LJMU - How to Find Us - Location & Maps

How to find us - location & maps: This section of the website is designed for visitors to the University - browse through the links to find out the locations of our buildings as well as detailed instructions about how to reach us by foot, car or public transport (Click link to open a new window).

About Liverpool



From its famous waterfront and sporting talent, to its historic buildings and popular culture, Liverpool is known across the globe. What isn't so quite well known is that Liverpool is a major centre of higher education with a population of over 45,000. Every year the city and Liverpool John Moores University extend a warm welcome to students from all over the world.


The city is located in the north-west region of England (click here to see the location of Liverpool on a map). With direct train links it takes less than three hours from London and only 45 minutes from Manchester International Airport, Liverpool is easily reached and very well connected for travel around the UK and to countries abroad.

A Multicultural City

As a major trading centre, Liverpool has for centuries been one of Britain's gateways to the world and the peoples of all nationalities have settled here including Caribbean, Indian, Parkastani, Bagladeshi, Nigerian, Vietnamese and we have the oldest Chinese community in Europe. All of this makes Liverpool a truly multicultural city.

Sporting Choice

Watching sports especially football is hugely popular in Liverpool, as the city is home to two world-famous Premiership football teams, Liverpool FC and Everton FC, who have fans drawn from all over the world.

Liverpool is not only famous for football, but each year holds the world's most famous horse race, the Grand National.  The North West region also plays host to the British Open Golf Championships and to many world-class sailing and water sports events.

Where are we?

Based in the north west of England, Liverpool is a compact city, making it easy to get around.  It has good rail and bus links taking you to and from the city, an expanding airport, is well positioned to travel around the local regions and is less than three hours away from London. 

The city has many buildings of interest, a world famous skyline and waterfront, and also has over 2,000 acres of parkland, making it a city that has something to offer everyone. 

For information on what is happening in Liverpool  please see the following link http://www.visitliverpool.com/whats-on


Page last modified 15 January 2014.

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