Liverpool is a great place to study. I'll focus particularly on the Life Sciences department as what department you study under makes a big difference to you academic life. The research at Liverpool is world renowned for quite niche disciplines (I studied Tropical Disease Biology). Which makes it interesting but tough when the guy who wrote your textbook is the one giving you the exam. Lectures where a mixed bag: almost always a darkened warm lecture theatre threatening to lure you into a deep sleep. But the support is incredible and we always recorded our lectures and shared them. We had individual exam feedback from heads of most of my modules. There are also plenty of opportunities to email or make appointments with lecturers to explain things. The facilities where average when I went but there was a bit of a building/renovation boom during my last year (2014). There is a new students union and even more study areas. Two libraries: the Harold Cohen and the Sydney Jones, the latter was far superior to the former. But again this was all being refurbished during my time there. There are onsite cafes, costa, subway a Tesco Metro, a pub, book shop, gym and a Starbucks. Plenty of places to eat near by and town is about a 20 minute walk down mount pleasant (a massive hill). Liverpool is probably one of the most friendliest places in the UK (this is coming from a Londoner). Everything is ridiculously cheap. Especially if you opt to live outside of halls house shares where as low as £50 a week (excl. Bills) in a 6 bed house on Smithdown road. My parents where so shocked when i booked a taxi and it cost us £2.50 to be taken into town. The university automatically asses you're financial status with info from the student loans company and I was allocated a £4000 bursary in my first year and given £700 in my second to cover costs. Students where all a bit crazy. But VERY competitive. It probably boils down to you're cohort but people were constantly comparing grades and hours spent studying in the library. The nightlife is also really intense and the few times I did go out I had tonnes of fun. There are a ridiculous amount of societies and you will probably find yourself juggling between your friends from halls, from your course and whatever from society(ies) you decided to join. I found with Liverpool you get out however much effort you put in. And that goes for both your uni work and your social life.