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Arrival and Orientation

The International Hub offers new students a very warm welcome and we aim to make you feel at home here. We will help you settle in and before long, you will be taking advantage of all there is on offer at Liverpool Hope 

 

Arrival Dates 

ARRIVALS DAY for students living in Halls of Residence is Saturday 23 September 2017 


The ORIENTATION PROGRAMME starts on Monday 25 September 2017 

 

Important:

  • all international students should aim to arrive for the start of the International Orientation Programme (see below) 

  • if you will be living in Halls of Residence, you should arrive on the official Arrivals Day and go straight to the campus where your room is located

  • if you are unable to arrive on the official Arrivals Day, please contact internationalhub@hope.ac.uk to let us know your arrival date and time
     
  • Study Abroad and American Exchange students can book an Airport Collection using the Request Form. All other students should refer to the travel advice in the tab ‘Preparing for Your Journey‘

  • for students living in Halls, we will meet you on the day after you arrive to show you around the local area and accompany you into the city centre using public transport

  • students living in private accommodation should make their way to Hope Park to join the Orientation Programme (see below)

Orientation Programme

The International Hub offer a bespoke International Orientation Programme which includes a Welcome and Information session and a range of activities to help you to feel at home.  

During the week after your arrival, we will help you with registration, course choices, document checking, ID card collection, Library Induction, financial planning and you can visit the Freshers’ Fair where you can join the Student Union clubs and societies. We will introduce you to our Chaplaincy Team and make you aware of social events where you can meet other students and make new friends.

 

Social Life, Trips and Events

On Campus

We have an exciting programme of events on campus throughout the year – these can be found on the Monthly Events Planner available around campus, or watch out for information by email or on the International Buddies Facebook page. From quiz nights to comedians and acoustic nights to themed fund raisers there is always something to do - for further information click HERE

Chaplaincy is a lovely social space for anyone who wants to relax in a quieter location – you can drop in at any time and use the space to cook some food, make a hot drink and spend some time chatting to whoever is there – a great way to meet new people. Don’t forget to go for the £1 Lunch on Mondays at 12.30pm – great food and great company – there is always someone new to talk to.

At Aigburth Park, the Trinity Building offers a central hub of activity where you can chat to friends, have a game of table tennis or pool or even play the piano! A computer room, laundry room and vending area, plus the stylish decor and relaxed seating make this a great place to socialise. With a choice of film nights, quizzes, competitions, bring-a-dish events and themed parties throughout the year, you don't have to go far from your room to be entertained.

 

Going Out

Soundcity FestivalSocial Life in Liverpool is as exciting or as chilled and laid back as you want it to be. The city centre has a plethora of sophisticated bars, traditional English pubs, night clubs and theatres, from vibrant dance clubs to laid back acoustic venues. You will never be short of somewhere to go!

Of course, Liverpool is famous for its music heritage and attracts world-renowned artists to its Echo Arena stadium and the many other theatres around the city, not to mention the Music Festivals and outdoor events which take place in the docklands area and parks.

If you love art or history, there are many galleries and museums for you to browse – most of them are free to enter. You can also explore our historic buildings, such as St George's Hall or visit our two Cathedrals.

If you will be living at the Aigburth Park Student Village you will love the local night scene, especially around Lark Lane – only a few minutes’ walk from Aigburth Park, you will find many small restaurants, wine bars and traditional pubs, almost on your doorstep.

 

Travel

Aeroplane flying in the skyYou may like to travel around the UK and some of you may want to venture further afield to the many beautiful cities in Europe. Liverpool has its own international airport and flights to Europe can be booked at very reasonable prices - you can be in Paris or Madrid within a couple of hours!

If you want to travel somewhere which is not accessible from Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Manchester International is only a 45 minute ride away and has a much wider range of destinations.

Liverpool is very well placed for travelling to the most popular UK destinations – Edinburgh (Scotland), Dublin (Ireland), the Lake District National Park, the Cotswolds, Derbyshire and Wales are only a couple of hours away and London can be reached by direct express train in only two and a half hours.

Flights and hotels can be booked via agents such as ebookers, Expedia, Travel Supermarket and Trivago.

Train availability and prices are available at Trainline

 

Trips

Yorkshire Sculpture Park The International Hub offers a great programme of events and trips throughout the year - you can enjoy travel by air conditioned coach to historic castles, stately homes and Roman towns. Last year we travelled to Chester, Warwick Castle, Bakewell, Chatsworth House and York. 

The Residential Life Team, Chaplaincy and Students' Union may also offer trips, so watch out for further information on the International Buddies Facebook page.

Look on the Online Store for the new Trips Package, which allows you to pay for a number of day trips in advance - this saves you having to find the money after arrival and maybe you can persuade a loved one to buy the package for you! Just go to Product Catalogue/Field Trips/International. If you only want to book on one trip, check availability by contacting internationalhub@hope.ac.uk - there may be some individual seats available to purchase if you don't want the whole package.

These trips are a great way to get to know other students, as well as seeing some beautiful parts of the UK - not to mention some great photo opportunities so you can show your family and friends back home where you have been.