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      26.09.2012 23:18

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      terrible

      JMU was not up to standard, I did Psychology and most of the lecturers were completely dull and uninspiring and I struggled to maintain concentration as a result. I found that there was little to no support despite the fact that many people struggled with assignments due to the poor teaching. I sincerely hope that the standard has improved since I attended several years ago. There were certain members of staff within the Psychology department who were severely lacking in people skills, which I hope has been addressed. I transferred to Liverpool Hope University because I was so dissatisfied and had a completely different experience. I started to actually enjoy the subject which I was reading and felt fully supported in all of the projects I was doing. I can't speak highly enough of Hope, JMU on the other hand was a different matter entirely. In a word, shocking. I knew several people who left and were still contacted for fees, they didn't even check their attendance. That sums up the university, money over people, they don't care how you are doing, if you are even attending as long as you paying. Absolutely disgusting.

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      15.12.2011 22:50

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      It is okay as long as you are made of money!

      I am currently in my 2nd year studying Sports Development, Physical Education and Inclusion. The student halls accomodation across the city I can not fault, it is lovely, well cared for and the staff who work within them are very helpful and welcoming, although it is very expensive (£92-160 per week). The campus itself is rather dated on the outside but inside is full of technology, it is in the lovely countryside although the local residents arent very welcoming of students. The course itself is very up and down, some modules are excellent and you cannot fault them, however for every good one there is one which is very pointless and no relevant (as far as myself and others can see/understand). The lecturers are up and down as well, some are really really good and very helpful, provide support for studies and home life, although on the other hand there are others that have the attitude you are grown up enough to look after yourself and can cope by yourself, but the ones who do care are happy to help. University provide an extensive support team at all the campus' which is a great support for anyone as they deal with a variety of issues and point you in the right direction if they cannot help themselves. LJMU offer a wide variety of societies and clubs, some are very cheap and accessable but others are rather expensive (a lot more than if you joined a local club). LJMU do offer some good job opportunites but only after you have finished your degree (WOW certificates and Graduate skills, as well as gradute job days). Also a lot of sports kit is very expensive and so are the books especially as they know you are students (the uni's answer is to use your student loan that is what it is there for! Most dont understand student loan doesn't cover your accomodation!) I would reccomend this uni if you are a very independent student and cope with little study support and enjoy nightlife.

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      12.08.2010 12:56

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      Well LJMU really was a let down even though I was not expecting much in the first place. I did a Masters here after doing my BA at Lancaster. This university fails to meet the status it projects. There were many areas in which it was weak. The library (if you are looking for a place to mingle and chat then this is the place and may have to be due to the LJMU bar being closed alot) the student union bar (was ok but was not open enough, closed as soon as it could the day after students break up, for a pub in Liverpool and one which serves 25,000 students this is poor), my specific course (some good teachers some bad, sometimes i wondered why they were teaching in the first place). If you decide to go then Good Luck!

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      05.10.2009 23:35
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      LJMU - know before you go

      I graduated from LJMU in 2004 after doing a BA there. I have mixed feelings about this university. Liverpool is great (I'm still here so it must be) but John Moores is only OK.

      It employs very aggressive marketing tactics, which I think is one of the reasons it has so mny students - about 20,000 when I was there.

      The course I was on didn't have all the latest equipment and facilties, though they weren't totally out of date. The lecturers were very mixed, couple of good ones, but some really bad ones too.

      The course wasn't always well organised, such as turnigng up for lectures and finding they weren't on!

      The libraries are pretty good, a decent amount of cimputeres, though you may have to wait for one when deadlines loom. They have good opening hours.

      The union was pretty good when I was there, we often went for a drink (OK maybe two) in there. It was pretty cheap too.

      I stayed in Cathedral Campus in my first year. These have the most uncomfortable beds in the world. I think I paid about £52 a week for the room, including gas and electricity, this ws 2001, so I dread to think what they cost now! I think all university halls of residences are total rip-offs! Good location though, excellent staggering distance to the city centre (including the brilliant Blue Angerl - a student must!).

      In general, I had a great time at uni, and I do have a good job now, but not sure that is particularly down to JMU! It did take me a while to find a job after uni.

      University is VERY exprensive (I still owe thousands) so try not to fall for the hype and make sure you go somewhere really good. It's not JUST about getting drunk after all!

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      02.01.2009 00:23
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      A great place to study with friendly people

      I currently study at Liverpool john moores university, although I do not live in I hear nothing but good things about the halls of residence, they are clean and in good condition but a bit noisy ... not a problem !
      With regards to facilities they seem to have everything for most subjects, I study construction and they have all of the up to date modern equipment and I have visited the arts and sports area which all seems state of the art.
      If I am completely honest the main problem with the university is tutors not turning up to lectures / tutorials with out any notice or prior warning which is rather annoying.
      The other main problem with the university is the cafes on campus that seem to be externally run and charge an arm and a leg for a cup of tea / coffee but being in restricted locations you have to pay the prices ! But overall a great place to study with great people.

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        20.12.2008 02:21
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        Visit an open day to experience

        I worked at John Moores Univeristy for 8 year's as a PA to various Directors within the school and I absolutely loved it. There is a special atmosphere within this University which is hard to explain. Maybe it has something to do with the fantastic Lecturing staff, the committed administrative staff and the fact that it is based in Liverpool City Centre which gives it a buzz all of it's own.

        I know for a fact that all the teaching staff and the administrative staff work very hard and have the student's best interests at heart at all times. People there really do care and it has a sort of family atmosphere to it. Both staff and student's are friendly and jolly with each other and the administrative staff are always at hand to help the student's in a panic especially when trying to get their final projects in. We truly understood how stressful student life can be and try our hardest to help them whether it be problems with their student grants or helping them with the binding of their final year projects!

        It has been some time since I worked at John Moores but it holds a special place in my heart because it is a very special place. I also write on helphound and ciao.

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          04.11.2008 18:28
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          Great university, lots of fun to be had....as long as you are prepared to work hard!

          Having just completed my Degree and Masters at Liverpool John Moores and now studying for a PhD at Loughborough with the two leading academics in my field, I would have to disagree with a review I just read indicating only people with no qualifications would go to John Moores, I did well in my A-Levels and could have chosen a different university with ease, however; the open day I attending at my department was really great and gave the image of a well qualified department that really cared about the subject they were delivering and about the students.

          I completed a sports based course at the I M Marsh campus set aside from the rest of the university. On reflection of my course and my time as a John Moores Ranger I can honestly say I had a great time on all accounts. My lecturers were very knowledgable and put a great deal of effort into ensurinf their knowledge was up to dateand current.

          I think any student gets out of their course exactly what they put in and so many students forget a lecturers job is to guide a student through the course and not spoon feed! It is also important to remember that this is my account of one department and I would presume each department would be different in how they operate and deliver their courses.

          I was not really involved in any of the sports teas though many of my friends were and they loved it. They had lots of team social nights out, Wednesday night being a big night becasue of sporting fixtures and again I really have very fond memories of my soical life.

          The facilities really need to be updated and some of the lecture rooms make it very difficult to participate ina lecture properly but these are only small niggles is what can only be described as a brilliant four years.

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            13.02.2007 20:08
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            Avoid JMU: just about anywhere else has to be better

            Most of the reviews on this page are written by the poor shmucks who for whatever reason decided to go to JMU (bad grades, bad luck, who knows).

            JMU is awful: generally recognised as about the weakest of the former polys, so desperate to recruit students it trawls the graveyards (only for the gravediggers I think - but that guy next to me in one lecture....).

            But seriously: don't fall for they hype. Liverpool is a great city to be student if you have the grades to go to a good uni. But that's the University of Liverpool. And whilst half the JMU graduates try to pretend they went there you just cannot fake the certificate. Let this one go. You can get a better education elsehwhere. Sure the staff are nice enough - but the facilities stink - and you always have the feeling that all the staff kind of wish they were somewhere else.

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              16.07.2003 23:01
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              PLEASE NOTE: lack of capital letters throughout the first part of this review are due to a fault with the website, and are not due to extremely bad punctuation on my part!! I have just completed my BA (Hons) Spanish and Combined Studies at JMU. I hope that this review will be useful to potential students wishing to make an informed decision at the University's School of Languages. The University offers quite a good range of course combinations. What used to be called Modern Language Studies is now called Applied Languages and usually involves studying two languages equally, although there is the option to major in one of the languages in the final year. Common combinations are French and Spanish, Spanish and German, French and German etc. Italian, Japanese and Chinese are also offered. If you only studied one language at A Level, there is the possibility of starting Spanish, German, French (and possibly Italian - although I'm not 100% sure about that) from scratch in the first year. This option is called 'ab initio' and means that you will have around 8 hours a week of language classes in your new language throughout the first year. At the same time, you will study your other language at Post A Level standard. This is good in theory and seems to work very well for most students who chose this option for Spanish, but I chose to learn German that way and found it was very difficult to reach the expected level in the time available. Perhaps this was because of the complexities of German grammar which I felt I needed longer to learn gradually and not have it all thrown at me at once. Also, the transition from first year ab initio to second year (when you are put in classes with people who have been learning the language for years), was very difficult for me. It seemed that we went from talking about our family, likes and dislikes etc to having to sit in lectures all in German about the 2nd World War. Having said that,
              if you manage to get through the second year (which some students consider to be more difficult than the final year), then the next year is the year abroad which, if used correctly, can really boost your language knowledge. I found my time in Spain really helped my Spanish, but my time in Germany could have been used more wisely and I spent a lot of time with English-speaking friends and not enough time improving my lagging German skills. In the end, I dropped German and made up the credits by writing a dissertation in Spanish and studying a couple of other modules in English. A lot of people I know, however, found the German ab initio course to be very useful and many people who started Spanish from scratch in the first year really do very well, especially after spending a year abroad. There is also the option of studying a language along with another subject such as European Studies, Business Studies, TESOL etc. If you go for that option, then the whole of your year abroad is spent in the one country and not split between the two. During the year abroad you have to prepare what is called an 'oral dossier' which is a topic of your choice (although it does have to be approved by your supervisor), one for each language, and you research it and gather authentic materials such as booklets, photographs, carrying out interviews, etc. You compile a dossier and then at the beginning of the final year you have to give a twenty minute presentation about your chosen topic in the foreign language and hand in your dossier(s). It still strikes me as a little odd that most language degrees consist of studying two or more languages or a language with another subject when this isn't the case with, say, English, Law, Psychology... Do they consider that learning one foreign language is not challenging enough? The language classes are taught at the John Foster Building on Mount Pleasant, which is a decent building, about 180 years old I hea
              r. The classrooms are mostly acceptable, although many have large windows, but don't have functioning blinds which can lead to problems when it's sunny and you are trying to read the information on the OHP screen. The canteen in the building is quite limited, but does its job and the Student Union building is just at the back of the building. The library building is very impressive, but I wasn't too impressed with the selection of language-related books. Also, sometimes a book would be recommended by a tutor and there would only be a few copies in the library. The computer facilities are excellent, with free internet access available to all students as well as your own email account. The administration of the School of Languages is not too hot. There used to always be long queues outside the language office. Their solution? They closed it! Now the language office has merged with the business office - the result being that you end up talking to someone who doesn't know who you are or anything about your course. The teaching in the language school is mixed. I really only had experience of the Spanish and German departments, but many of my friends were studying French. Overall I would say that the teaching standard of the Spanish department is not as good as it should be. Often senior lecturers would make mistakes, or tell you that something was wrong when it wasn't. Some of the staff specialise in linguistics or politics and on those subjects you can't fault their knowledge, but in terms of fluency of language and up-to-date knowledge of the language, they sometimes left a lot to be desired. It seemed that the best teachers were not used to their full potential - for example, we seemed to have the teachers with the worst language abilities in the final year. Also in the final year we had next to no opportunities to actually communicate in the language in class - the one class I had which was tau
              ght by a native speaker was mostly taught in English which seemed to be a wasted opportunity. Another teacher who was fluent in Spanish, having lived in Spain for nine years, taught practicall y none of the final year classes. In the second year we had Oral/Aural classes which were great. The idea was that we were split into mixed groups of English and Spanish speakers and we would work together inside and outside of the classroom to prepare presentations (one week in Spanish, the next in English). This not only provided us with an opportunity to use the language in a fun and communicative way, but also gave us the chance to get to know some of the Spanish students very well and to socialize with them outside of the classroom. Nothing like that was arranged for the final year, which meant that many of us felt that our spoken language really suffered. On the plus side, the course gives you a chance to develop presentation skills, which is useful for many jobs and also helps you to gain confidence when communicating to others in the foreign language. In the first year we did a course which was an introduction to study skills and IT skills, which really helped. In the final year we studied interpreting, which although it was extremely difficult (in my opinion, we should have been introduced to this skill earlier in the course), it is a very good skill to have. The language courses at JMU do not include the study of literature, which was one of the main reasons why I chose it above Liverpool University. However, with hindsight, the study of literature, even in small amounts, can be a very useful way of improving your vocabulary and knowledge of grammar. There was a lot of emphasis on translation and critique of translation which I personally enjoyed and found to be very useful. There is a small amount of flexibility in terms of choosing modules, but not a great deal. In the second year you can chose one elective for each of the tw
              o semesters, but it's difficult to focus on the subject you chose, because your main subject always takes priority. I took an elective in basic French in the first semester and one in Italian i n the second. There were other, non-language related subjects too, such as Parapsychology! The organization of the French and German departments seems to be a lot better than that of the Spanish department. Those of us studying Spanish were only left wondering what exactly was expected of us and what we needed to do and when. Also, certain teachers didn't seem to be very enthusiastic about their teaching and would frequently cancel classes or use old smudged OHP sheets to present information (whilst at the same time expecting us to immaculately present our assessed presentations). Having said that, the majority of the teaching staff are very approachable and each student is assigned a personal tutor who is supposed to be with them for their entire course (although mine changed three times). The course does focus on modern, current aspects of the country/countries in which the language(s) are spoken instead of medieval literature and linguistics. Current affairs, politics, social issues and the like were given importance, but sometimes you are left wishing there was a bit more variety - the option to study more traditional, 'academic' aspects of the language. Here are my PERSONAL marks out of ten for MY COURSE (Spanish and Combined Studies) Course structure: 6.5/10 Facilities: 7/10 Teaching: 6.5/10 Support: 7.5/10 Overall: 6.5/10 .

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                23.07.2002 02:57
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                liver pool john moores uni is the best uni around and i was spoilt for choice wen i applied their last year. i have been on lots of trips with the uni on my course that is sociology and crimminology, we have been to a prison to look at offenders and their mentals states. their are load of clubs to join like jazz club and table tennis that i'v joined this year we have played in one national tornament between all the unis in the north of egland and we came second and were given free shampaine. their ius a good student union with a great community atmospere which is the main reason i like liver pool john moores apart from that the course is really recognised by employers if you get a degree here you will be in with a good chance for getting a job.

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                  11.09.2001 18:07
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                  I have just returned to university this morning after a long break over the summer, I must admit I was feeling aprehensive and didnt really want to come back but now I am here I am raring to go. I am currently studying part time on an applied microbiology degree and I am about to start my Third year, with a full time job and two young children, a house and a fiancee I think I have achieved quite a lot if I do say so my self. But I do find the work takes up a lot of my time and I have very little time for other things like going out all weekend like I used to do, but on the up side when I have finnished I will have a great qualification that I gained in a great atmosphere, that is Liverpool John Moores University. The university itself has many different buildings in locations all over the city, with a huge variety of courses to tempt anyone interested in Higher education. I find the choice from the school of biomolecular sciences very wide and offered the best course for me. Once enrolled its great you have full use of the computer systems, your own email and internet access, and microsoft office for writing up all those assignments. A very well stocked library which has more books on your chosen subject than you will ever imagine, I was shocked the first time I saw it, its huge. The tutors are very approachable and always willing to lend a helping hand wether it be personal or course related. The student bar is always a winner with cheap prices on many drinks, personally I dont use it that much because more often than not I will drive here. The university is very accesible from the M62 but the lack of inner city parking at reasonable rates is very few and far between and is usually very expensive, (I pay £3.20 to park opposite the building for over 4 hours) I would recommend the train as this arrives in Lime Street station, most university buildings are only a few minutes walk from here. <
                  br>Overall the atmosphere is friendly and helpful and if you have the desire to head off into higher education I would recommend that you checked out John Moores university, they offer many courses that can be studied part time and they are not all degree courses. Dont be put off by the fact that you may think you are too old to go back to education, no-one is ever too old, the university has a diverse population of students and I could guarantee that no matter what course you choose there would be at least one mature student in the group. Myself I am approaching 27 yet I do not feel intimidated by all the younger students, sometimes I feel wiser and more prepared and this helps me settle in easier. So if you are reading this considering trying something new, phone Liverpool John Moores University and ask for a prospectus you never know you may find a whole new beginning to your life and unlock skills you never knew you had. Just give it a go, I did.

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                    27.10.2000 22:01

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                    I'm studying at LIPA on the management route. We are part of the John Moores University in Liverpool and a Performing Arts School. Anybody who is interested in becoming a performer or to just get involved in the entertainment business should definitely check out this school (and I'm not advertising here). I can only tell you about my management course. I have been working in the music industry for 3 years before I came here and wasn't aware of all the things I still don't know about. It gives you all the skills and tools you'll need to become successful out there and to do what you want for the rest of your life, if that is what you want.

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                    10.10.2000 00:51
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                    When it came to deciding which university I was going to spend the next three years I considered the cities themselves as much as I did the courses. If I was going to spend 3 years in a city it may as well be somewhere that could offer me more than just good academic qualifications. I wanted to experience life, and that means bars, clubs, people, art, football and culture. Being a Northerner I decided against the expense of moving 'down south' and so looked to the big cities; Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle. For reasons no better than the fact I once had a blinding night in Liverpool once, I choice JMU or as it was known then - Liverpool Polytechnic. Best choice I ever made! I started off by moving into Parkside Halls Of Residence, which on first impression looked a right dump. But after a few heady trips to the Aigburth Arms (as featured in Red Dwarf) for a spot of Karaoke I soon found it was occupied by some great people: Mixer, Chinny, Micky Deans, Blue, Squirt, Viv, Wendy, Jane, Biffa, Al, Sarah, Rachael... We soon bonded over many lagers and snake bites and some of us remain best of friends till this day. As time went by we soon got to know the city and discovered there are some great places. At the time Cream had just opened (the Quad was about to close down) and we discovered dance music - raving on a Saturday night. We also used to go to clubs now closed (Planet X, Macs, Mardi Gras) and had a many a good night in the Student Union. Since then Liverpool has maintained it's great rep for being an excellent place to go out. The bars and pubs in the city centre stay open until 2am - which is great, I just wish the rest of the UK's boozers would stay open until the same hours. In recent years there has been an explotion of bars in Liverpool. Money has flooded in from Europe and the once slightly dog eared city is now packed full of neon fronted trendy bars and clubs – it’s like Ibiza with better kebab shops. The live
                    music scene has and is always vibrant; hip hop, soul, rock and indie all have healthy scenes and there are plenty of venues catering for live music. Small local bands in the Lomax and Heebiejeebies to bit concerts in the L2 and The Krazy House. The city as whole has a great attitude. Most scousers are great people - passionate, funny and usually a good laugh. Like anywhere you do get the odd dodgy scally, but these can be avoided (if required). Saying that I did get broken into twice. Liverpool has a couple of fine art galleries, most notably The Tate down at Albert Dock (where Richard and Judy first presented This Morning with Fred weather man). Great shops, including Quiggins, an indoor market full of second hand gear and interesting nik naks and The Palace, another small shopping centre - a bit like Afflecks Palace in Manchester with Arc clothing, record shops like Probe and Ape clothing - the best skate/surf wear shop in the UK! The course at JMU was OK. It was under funded and over crowded but isn't just about everywhere? There were too many people on the course but the lecturers great. (I did Sociology). The student union held some fine nights and was pretty cheap for beer. You've also got the 'proper' university which, if you've got your wits about you, you can usually get into it. JMU also has a good student radio station on which I did the first broadcast. I'd recommend JMU to anyone looking to have a good time when they go away to uni. I learnt much in Liverpool and not just at the university. In fact I loved it so much I ended up staying there for 7 years. Oh and I got a 2.1, which aint bad, all things considered.

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                    Looking back at my time in the School of Biomolecular Sciences at LJMU, I can safetly say that those 6 years were some of the best years of my life to date. My days in LJMU started in 1992 where, as a young 18 year old, I went from my home town of Leeds to study on the Biophysics degree course. I was so in love with the institute that I stayed on for an extra 3 years to study further for a Ph.D. in Biophysics. The school itself is very integrated and not only do you meet people from your own course but you interact greatly with many other students from a whole spectrum of biological science courses. The B.Sc. in Biochemistry is by far the most popular course having well over 100 applicants. With purpose built extra-large laboratories, students can learn a variety of techniques that can subsequently be taken into many areas of the industrial sector for future employment purposes. The style of teaching is very relaxed with many small group tutorials allowing much more in-depth study and a great deal of help to students should they need it. Each academic year has an overall year head whom students can report to in times of difficulty. This leads to a feeling that whatever the problem there is always someone to turn to. I would say to anyone thinking of studying at LJMU in the School of Biomolecular Sciences to go for it. Not only will they have a great time in one of the most exciting cities in the UK but they will come out from 3 years of study with a real sense of achievement.

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                      06.07.2000 20:22
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                      I was at LJMU a few years back now, I started there whilst it was still the old Liverpool Poly. I did an IT related course in the Business School on Mount Pleasant. I had my reservations at first, I didn’t know if student life was for me but it soon became apparent that it was going to be the best time of my life! Liverpool is a fantastic city, rich in culture, the people who live their are great (and despite what they say on the tele, most Scousers don’t have perms, moustaches and say - 'eh eh calm down!’) and the number of bars/clubs/restaurants is phenomenal. Added to this of course, it has the best football club in the country. The course I took was great fun, hard work in the final year but it was worth the tremendous buzz you get receiving your degree. The lecturers were some of the top 'brains' in the world in their fields and with other support such as their IT infrastructure, learning centres and libraries, this made LJMU a fantastic place to go and study. The night life in Liverpool is fantastic - home of the universally renowned club night 'Cream'. If you go to Liverpool and end up bored, you must be in the wrong city as Liverpool is electric. The LJMU student union provided some great nights too! Cheep beer - can’t complain at that. If you are looking for somewhere to study this summer, I suggest that you look no further than LJMU!

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