Concerning campus life.
What is the campus like?
The university campus is concentrated within a specific range. If you live in the halls, all the department buildings are within a walkable distance of a few minutes. Because the compus buildings are so near each other, it helps create a safer atmosphere.
How do I choose which hall to live in?
其實不同宿舍的設施及環境大同小異。基本上建議您使用校方網站上提供的Easy Comparison Chart稍微做比較。另外再觀賞網站上提供的影片及照片，再選出最適合自己的宿舍。只要您在校方規定的期限內提出申請並給付訂金，一定會申請的到。但因為申請人數非常的多，即使您填上了喜好順序，不一定會申請到您得頭號選擇。
There are no significant differences between the halls and the facilities that the halls provide. It is recommended that you use the Easy Comparison Chart and look at the pictures and videos provided on the accommodation website to help you decide which one to choose. If you send off an application before a certain date, and pay your deposit, then a room will be reserved for you. However, because the applicants for halls are voluminous, it must be remembered that you might not be assigned to the first choice that you picked.
What are the halls like?
The environment of the halls is extremely safe. It is located at the edge of the city centre, which means that everything you need is within a walkable distance. The location also guarantees a quiet environment, perfect for students. All three on-campus halls are located very close to the different departments. Whether you're concerned with commuting to class, purchasing daily needs, or entertainment, they are all within a reasonable distance to the halls.
Are there a lot of people from Taiwan on campus?
It varies from year to year. In general, approximately twenty to thirty students come to study at our university every year.
Is it difficult to make friends with the locals?
It all depends on your attitude. It is not difficult at all to make friends with English people. What is meant by attitude, is the confidence in your English ability. Be bold and take the first step. Once you do that, they will be more than happy to continue interacting with you. Many of them do not know much about Asian culture, and while you are gaining experience yourself, why not take the opportunity and introduce your own culture to the English!
Concerning city life.
What's the city like in general?
Liverpool is a city full of culture. For a city that is not too big, and not too small, the amount of cultural activities offered is more than abundant. Also, the people in Liverpool are extremely friendly and passionate. For a city that is capable of merging different cultures into one, it helps to make international students from all around the world feel welcome.
What's the transportation system like?
The places that you need to go on a regular basis are all within walkable distances. That includes the major tourist attractions in the city centre. If you need to, the buses also run quite frequently. As for traveling to other parts of the UK, the coach station and the train station are both in the city centre. The airport is also easy to get to on the bus or taxi.
Are there a lot of Chinese restaurants around?
The China Town in Liverpool is one of the oldest in Europe. Because of this, there are a lot of Chinese restaurants. Whenever you want a taste of home, simply choose one from all the different varieties of restaurants the city has to offer.
What are the people in Liverpool like?
The people in Liverpool are extremely friendly. They are also very passionate towards people coming from other places. If you ever need help, simply ask, and they will be more than happy to help you.
Is Scouse accent difficult to understand?
Scouse accent can be quite difficult to understand at first. It does take a little time to get used to. However, because Liverpool is a student city, which means that most of the people you will meet in your department, from coursemates to professors, are probably from elsewhere in the UK and do not speak with a Scouse accent. You are more likely to meet someone who speaks with a strong Scouse accent when you buy your daily necessities or if you have a friend who is a local Liverpudlian.
What is the expenditure like in Liverpool?
Liverpool is the second most cost efficient student city in the UK. Because of the high ratio of student population, many shops and stores sell items at a lower cost. Also, many shops offer discounts to students as well.
What's the weather like?
The weather in Liverpool is a lot milder than many other cities in the UK. It never rains for too long. It doesn't get too humid, nor does it get too dry. The winter doesn't get too intolerable either.
Concerning living issues in general.
What do I need to bring with me?
I would recommend that you bring with you a jacket when you arrive. Other winter coats can be shipped over. Because once August and September comes around, the weather will cool down significantly. For those of us who are coming from a mid-summer temperature in Taiwan, we will find the weather here rather chilly. A laptop computer is also a must. There is no need to worry about printers, as the library is quite equipted with printers. If you would like to bring your mobile phone over, you can, but please make sure before you bring it with you that the systems are compatible. For mobile phone chargers and laptop power plugs, usually no adapter is needed. However, you will need a special switch plug.
Do I need to bring a rice cooker?
It is not an absolute 'must', but there are many people who choose to bring it due to convenience and money saving factors.
How do I apply for a bank account?
It is extremely easy to open a student account in a bank here in the UK. All you need to do is ask for a letter from the university, once you have registered, to tell the bank that you are currently a student at the university, bring your passport over, and you are ready to open a student account.
How do I bring my money to the UK?
There are two ways that might be the easiest and most convenient way to bring money over to the UK. The first method is to wait until you have opened up an account here, then ask a family memeber to transfer the money you have prepared to your new account. The other method is to buy bank drafts. Bring the draft over, and give it to the bank when you open your account so they can save that amount into your account. The two fees come down to pretty much the same. No matter which method you choose to use, remember to prepare enough cash on you, just in case.