Compact and cultural, Liverpool city centre offers renters everything from contemporary waterside skyscrapers to loft-style warehouse conversions.
Shiny and new or gritty and industrial, take your pick from different developments across this famous northern city’s exciting residential zones. Live in a quiet spot overlooking the River Mersey or in a buzzy one overlooking streets packed with people.
Wherever you choose to set up home, you’ll be within walking distance of amazing architecture, endless bars and restaurants, and a prestigious cultural scene that earned Liverpool the title Capital of Culture 2008.
Here we explore four great places to rent in Liverpool city centre. Each one will put you right in the heart of this historic and forward-thinking city.
This slice of Liverpudlian cultural heaven is the city’s most stylish residential area. Once home to the city’s 19th century elite, its beautiful Georgian architecture has kept its elegant reputation intact.
At its heart is Hope Street, winner of an Academy of Urbanism Award for being one of the best streets in Europe. Lined with stunning buildings and independent restaurants, it’s a truly sophisticated place to set up home.
Also known as the Hope Quarter, it’s where you’ll find the world’s second largest cathedral standing proud on Hope Street. Close to this stunning Gothic building, you’ll find more gems including the Everyman Theatre, Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and the 180-year-old Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.
Choose to rent an apartment in the Georgian Quarter and you’ll also be close to Liverpool University. It’s popular with academic and arty residents who appreciate its grandeur, history and vast choice of bars and bistros.
Grand white-rendered residential properties are the name of the game here. The streets radiating from Hope Street and Rodney Street are all lined with gorgeous terraced houses.
And to the east of the area, you’ll find Falkner Square, a hugely popular place for property with a growing buzz around its chilled-out central green space.
These elegant Georgian townhouses have largely been converted to apartments, offering spacious rooms, high ceilings and imposing front doors. Get lucky and you’ll also be enjoying original features such as fireplaces, sash windows and internal shutters.
Expect to pay between £600-£900 pcm for a 1-bed Georgian Quarter apartment and £900-£1100 pcm for a 2-bed. A top-end 2-bed period conversion on Falkner Square will cost you substantially more at £1500 pcm.
You won’t find a train station in the Georgian Quarter. Instead, use your feet to walk west towards the Mersey and the central shopping district. Or choose from numerous buses that serve the area.
To the west of the Georgian Quarter, you’ll discover Ropewalks, a bustling, lively area of the city overflowing with bars, restaurants, live music venues and clubs.
Given its name from the rope-making industry that once dominated its streets, it’s home to young professionals and students keen to live in the heart of the action. Stroll its cobbled streets in the day and you’ll be spoilt for choice for independent places to eat, drink and shop.
Browse around Duke Street and Bold Street to discover all things quirky and vintage, from galleries and street art to pop-up shops and specialist coffee shops. And if you need any of the big high street names, they’re just a couple of minutes’ walk away.
At night, Ropewalks is still bursting with energy. Enjoy a drink or three with friends, take your pick from endless tempting restaurants, settle down to watch a movie at FACT or enjoy a performance at Bluecoat, a 300-year-old listed building which hosts visual art, music and dance.
Rent in Ropewalks and you’ll also be close to Liverpool’s Chinatown, one of Europe’s oldest and largest Chinese communities with all its foodie indulgences.
There are rental properties for every taste in Ropewalks. Choose from characterful warehouse conversions and sleek new-build developments.
Expect to pay £600-900 pcm for a 1-bed apartment in Ropewalks and £900-£1200 pcm for a 2-bed.
Staying in the city? Ropewalks is just a few minutes’ walk from Liverpool One’s retail temptations, the charms of the waterfront and the central business district.
To the north of the Ropewalks area is Liverpool Central, one of the city’s underground train stations. Hop on to reach the wider conurbation and get further out to Southport, Chester and Ellesmere Port.
Known locally as the Baltic, this thriving corner of Liverpool city centre has been named one of the hippest places in the UK to live by TravelSupermarket.
South-west from Ropeworks, it’s the place to be seen with a growing number of independent businesses setting up home here. It’s a hubbub of bars, cafes and live music venues with exhibition spaces, an urban garden and inspiring co-working spaces.
Just a decade ago, this was a forgotten and run-down former industrial zone. Certainly not somewhere to go hunting for your perfect Liverpool rental property.
But since 2012, over £128m has been invested in the Baltic with former warehouses now housing young professionals, students and numerous businesses in the digital and creative industries.
It’s got a raw, urban vibe with plenty of quirky alternative venues for drinking, dining and dancing. Fast-growing and exciting, it’s the place for you if want gritty rather than polished, unique rather than mainstream.
The Baltic Triangle has quickly become one of Liverpool city centre’s most sought-after residential areas with property prices rising by 25% in just five years.
Hundreds of new apartments have been built alongside the old commercial buildings, many of which have now been converted into stylish residential developments. There’s also a small selection of townhouses in the area for those searching for more space.
Expect to pay between £600-£1000 pcm for a 1-bed apartment, rising to £900-1200 pcm for a 2-bed in this exciting creative quarter.
The Baltic Triangle doesn’t boast its own train station but you’ll be right next to the A562 out of the city which is served by many helpful bus routes.
Liverpool ONE, Europe’s largest outdoor shopping complex, is just a 15-minute stroll or £3 taxi away and, of course, you can simply walk to your favourite bars and restaurants.
Fancy looking out at one of the UK’s most famous rivers from your apartment balcony? The waterside lifestyle of The Docks area will definitely float your boat.
Regeneration began here nearly 40 years ago when Albert Dock lay abandoned and derelict. By the end of the 80s, it had been transformed into a cultural and residential hub with warehouse apartments, office space and tourist attractions such as the Merseyside Maritime Museum.
Fast forward to the 21st century and this waterside enclave is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is still hugely popular with renters. The area has spread its tentacles with the choice of property growing all the time. Move in round here and you’ll not only be next door to the River Mersey but also Tate Liverpool, the Echo Arena, The Museum of Liverpool and The Beatles Story.
And you’ll have a wide choice of enticing bars and restaurants right on your doorstep.
This area is all about waterside living, a slice of calm in the city. It’s also a development hotspot with major construction projects underway along the banks of the river.
For example, major regeneration project Liverpool Waters will eventually have 9,000 apartments in multiple converted and new-build blocks.
Expect to pay between £700-850 pcm for a dockside 1-bed apartment and between £800-1200 pcm if you need two bedrooms.
Living by the River Mersey, you will of course have easy access to ferries across to The Wirral. James Street station is right next to Albert Dock to link up with all Merseyrail services and you’ll be just a 15-minute walk away from the main shopping streets of the city.
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