27 Reasons Students Love Living on Smithdown Road

27 Reasons Students Love Living on Smithdown Road

With an ever growing number of great restaurants, pubs and bars, combined with the friendly student community and cheap accommodation, Smithdown Road is the perfect place for students.

To show our love for this great street, we’ve come up with 27 reasons why students adore living on Smithdown Road.

Eat the best cheesecake in the world from Dafna’s

Dafna’s Cheesecake Factory has become famous for their amazing cheesecakes, delicious cupcakes and sweet treats.

27 Reasons Students Love Living on Smithdown Road


You’ll always be able to catch the 86 or the 699 to uni

Plus the 86 now runs all night long, so you don’t have to fork out for a taxi on nights out.

Smithdown Road Festival shuts the whole street down for one big party every year

Last year the legendary Craig Charles headlined and they’ve already confirmed it will be back next year.


You can get the best kebab in Liverpool from Friends

Friends Kebab has officially been voted the best kebab in Liverpool on Tripadvisor, fact.

27 Reasons Students Love Living on Smithdown Road


Plenty of great places to grab a slice of pizza

From Tribeca to the Pizza Parlour and of course the faithful Pizza Hut, you’re spoilt for choice.

27 Reasons Students Love Living on Smithdown Road


You’re just a short walk from Sefton Park, the perfect place for BBQs

The beautiful Sefton Park is the ideal spot for sunbathing, BBQs and there are loads of festival held there every year.

If you love live music, you’re in luck

Loads of venues put on live music along Smithdown, the best are Kelly’s, The Brookhouse and the Willowbank.

27 Reasons Students Love Living on Smithdown Road


Vintage shopping on a budget

An array of charity shops and fashionable vintage shops are at your fingertips and one of the best is Mooshy La La’s.

27 Reasons Students Love Living on Smithdown Road


There are loads of places to get your hair, nails and make up done

Why not go and get the traditional scouse curly blow and feel like a glamorous celeb.

27 Reasons Students Love Living on Smithdown Road


You can eat the best breakfast in Liverpool from the Tavern Co

Officially voted as the best meal to start your day, their full English breakfasts are legendary.


Known for the great house parties

You’ll never be short of options if you walk down the road on a Saturday night, just follow the music.

You’re very close to the famous Penny Lane

For all you Beatles fans.

Accommodation is cheap and cheerful

Smithdown Road is renowned for its massive, affordable student houses and cost of living is much cheaper than in the city centre.

Source: Sanctuary Students

You’ve got access to the biggest selection of craft beers in South Liverpool

Craft Taproom has one of the biggest selections of beer we’ve ever seen, they also have a great live music space too.

Easy to find a quiet cafe or hubs to catch up on uni work

With the uni deadlines looming and the library feeling all too far away, Smithdown Road offers some of the best peaceful cafes that are great for writing an essay or two.


You can sample cuisine from all over the world from the many restaurants

From the brand new Mexican Mesquite, to the all time favourite Caribbean Raggas and the delicious American style food from Portland Street 358, it’s foodie heaven.


The Brookie quiz on a Monday night

The Brookhouse is a firm favourite with students, hosting a range of brilliant student friendly nights everyday of the week. One of the best is their quiz night on Mondays that focuses on general knowledge and of course a music round.

There’s a massive Asda and Aldi

Both are cheap and not far from the main student housing. P.s get used to calling it ‘The Asda’.


Town is just a short taxi ride away

If you don’t fancy the bus, a taxi fair into town isn’t much at all and only takes around 10 minutes.

Source: Liverpool Taxi Company

There are plenty of takeaways to cure that hangover

We all crave a greasy take away after a night out and Smithdown Road is the perfect place to find exactly what you’re looking for.

There’s a brand new micro-brewery in the old Handyman’s supermarket

The exciting new venue will play host to live music and an independent cinema.

27 Reasons Students Love Living on Smithdown Road


Along Smithdown Road there are plenty of places to get a term time job

Perfect for keeping you out of your overdraft.

The chances are your mates will live around the corner from you

There is a fantastic, friendly student community down Smithdown Road.

You might spot the Pope!

Well, you probably won’t but he did visit Smithdown Road in the 1980s.


There are plenty of quirky pubs to get a cheap pint

The famous Brookhouse have a night where every pint is a pound, the Willowbank is a cosy option which is popular with the locals and Kelly’s is always a good shout for a cheap night out.


Great for veggies and vegans

There are plenty of veggie and vegan restaurants, one of our favourites is Evil Eye Burrito, plus Purple Carrot is a vegan only supermarket that is always stocked full of healthy goodies.

27 Reasons Students Love Living on Smithdown Road


And there’s still loads more to come!

With new restaurants planned to open like Little Furnace and talk of Leaf owners opening a new venue, it’s clear that Smithdown Road is definitely on the up.

27 Reasons Students Love Living on Smithdown Road


If you’re a student that has just moved to the city, check out our No.1 Survival Guide for Students in Liverpool.

Let us know in the comments if there are any more reasons you love Smithdown Road! 

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