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How to get to and around LJMU

How to find us

Liverpool John Moores University is a thriving, vibrant university located at the heart of Liverpool. You are never far from us.

Use the map to find the locations of our buildings and detailed instructions on how to reach us by foot, car or public transport. If you cannot find the information you require, please contact the appropriate department.

Please note: The maps used within this site are provided by Google Maps, an external web site. As such, the university has no control over download speeds from this site.

Getting to Liverpool and LJMU

Take a look at your travel options for getting to Liverpool and LJMU, travelling around the region and where to stay if you're visiting the city.

How to get to Liverpool

Liverpool is located in the North West of England. The city benefits from excellent road, rail and air links. 

How to get to Liverpool by train

Liverpool is easily accessible by train from all major cities in the UK, the journey from London will take just over two hours. There are connections from both Manchester Airport and Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Once in Liverpool, the Merseyrail train network has good links to other parts of the city region.

How to get to Liverpool by air

Liverpool John Lennon Airport is only seven miles from the city centre and Manchester Airport is just a 45 minute drive.

How to get to Liverpool by car

Liverpool city region is well connected to the UK motorway network. From the M6 take the M62, M58 or M56 to reach the city centre.

Our campus

LJMU is divided across these sites:

City Campus

Located close to the William Brown Street area, near to St George's Hall, the Walker Art Gallery, the Liverpool Museum and Central Library.

Mount Pleasant

Located mainly between the city's two cathedrals. Most of this area is covered by designated conservation areas and several university buildings are statutorily listed as being of architectural or historic interest.

IM Marsh

Located approximately four miles away from the city centre, in the green suburb of Aigburth in South Liverpool.

Maritime Knowledge Hub

Built around the iconic Grade 2 listed Hydraulic Tower building, the Maritime Knowledge Hub is based in Birkenhead.

Find out more about the campuses

Useful travel websites

Travel websites to help you plan your journey into and around Liverpool:

How to get to LJMU on foot

Walking is an easy way to get exercise into your daily routine without you really even noticing. Plus there’s no better way to save on travel costs. All of our sites are accessible by foot so why not get your walking shoes on and make a difference. If more of us walked there’d be less traffic on the roads which would mean lower pollution levels, improved air quality and less stressed people.

Find your best route to LJMU using the urban walking planner Walkit.

How to get to LJMU by bike

Across our campuses we have a number of cycle storage areas (many of which are monitored by CCTV), as well as changing rooms and lockers for students, staff and visitors to use – check our map above to find these. Plus there is a dedicated University Cycle Route which offers a less congested route between the city centre and IM Marsh – the route takes approximately 25 minutes.

Citybike hire scheme

Citybikes can be hired for as little as £1 a day/£5 a week. If you join as an annual member for £55 you can make as many 30 minute bike rides you like for free (that’s as little as 15p a day). Citybike offer LJMU students a 50% discount on annual membership.

Citybike installations are positioned at key locations around the University:

  • John Foster Building/Liverpool Science Park, Mount Pleasant
  • Avril Robarts/Tithebarn Building
  • Barkhill Road entrance, IM Marsh

Visit the Citybike website.

How to get to LJMU on public transport

Liverpool has one of the best public transport systems in the UK, why not take advantage of this vast network. If you are unsure how to get where you are going, check out the Merseytravel journey planner app:

Buses

A good bus network operates in Merseyside and all of our sites are regularly serviced. Using the Merseytravel journey app will help you find the easiest and quickest bus route for your commute. You'll also find the links below useful:

Trains

Merseyside has a comprehensive rail service across the Liverpool City Region and the surrounding area, and is well-serviced from Southport, Warrington, Runcorn, Blackpool and Chester.

For University staff, students and visitors from Greater Manchester, TransPennine Express has an hourly service between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool which only takes 32 minutes. Students between the ages of 16-25 could get 1/3 off rail fares if using a 16-25 railcard.

Further afield, Liverpool can be reached by trains originating from Sheffield, Leeds, Nottingham, Stafford, Preston and Birmingham.

Ferries

If you're based on the Wirral, what better way to start your day than taking the famous ‘Ferry ‘Cross the Mersey’, especially when the weather is fine. There is a frequent weekday service with a journey time of around 10 minutes and the ferry terminal at Pier Head is a short walk to and from the City and Mount Pleasant campuses. There is a free park-and-ride at the Wirral terminal in Seacombe.

Visit the Mersey Ferries website.

Taxis

Take advantage of one of the least expensive taxi fares in the country. 

In Liverpool there are two types of taxis:

  • Hackney-style (black cabs) which you can flag down on the street or find at the ranks throughout the city
  • Private hire cabs which must be pre-booked

Useful links:

How to get to LJMU through accessible travel

 Accessibility information is available from the LJMU Travel Plan.

LJMU works closely with DisabledGo, which publishes detailed information on accessibility across all LJMU's buildings and sites. DisabledGo also provides detailed access information on the surrounding facilities such as student accommodation, cafes and restaurants, leisure facilities, cinemas, museums, places of worship and more. LJMU students who use DisabledGo are able to tailor their profile to suit them, incorporating bespoke and favourited sites and trips. The Disability Advice Team and Disability Coordinators will be able to signpost you to the website, but you can also access it here: Main DisabledGo website | LJMU platform

The accessibility section of the Travel Plan provides further guidance on how access is facilitated on Liverpool’s public transport systems, and additional guidance from Merseytravel and Merseyrail may be viewed here:

ComCab taxis has an extensive fleet of cabs which are accessible-friendly, including for wheelchair passengers.

LJMU offers provision of disabled car parking spaces across its sites.

Staff, students and visitors with an access query are encouraged to contact the Disability Advice Team.

Staying in Liverpool

Where to stay while you're in Liverpool

If you are looking for places to stay, whether it's overnight or for a longer visit, Visit Liverpool has a searchable database of hotels, B&Bs and self-catering options to suit all budgets and needs.