The 120,000 Chinese students are an important source of income for universities because international students pay fees two to three times higher than UK students.

The figures are startling. Since 2014-15, the number of Chinese students in the UK has grown from 89,540 to 120,385, compared with 26,685 students from India.


The University of Liverpool has been one of the most successful in recruiting from China, which now provides almost one in five of its students. More than a decade ago it was involved in creating a new university in the city of Suzhou, near Shanghai. Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University runs degree courses which involve students coming to Liverpool for two years. By the end of the decade, the joint venture is expected to have grown to almost 30,000 students.

Reasons to study in Liverpool

If you choose to study in Liverpool then you’ll enjoy the relatively low cost of living. Rent is cheap and food and drink is inexpensive, so you’ll be able to save your money and spend it on fun activities. You can also find lots of bargains in the city’s department stores, like Home & Bargain, and there are often special offers for students. What’s more, everything in Liverpool is within walking distance so you won’t have to spend lots of money on transport — walking around is also a great way to get to know the city!

Fascinating history

Wherever you go in Liverpool, you are surrounded by history. Beyond the stunning waterfront (a UNESCO World Heritage site), you can explore 800 years of the city’s past. Protected historic areas, such as the Albert Dock, can be found across the city, and one of the most recognisable landmarks is the Royal Liver Building. The liver bird is the city’s emblem, and the 2 liver birds on top of the Liver building are there to watch over the city. Legend says that if these birds ever fly away, then the city of Liverpool would disappear!

Great culture

Liverpool’s arts scene is thriving. The city’s theatres host fantastic performances throughout the year, and it boasts more galleries and museums than in any other city outside London. Contemporary spaces like Tate Liverpool, and traditional galleries, such as the Bluecoat, are just some of the places that help to make Liverpool the dynamic, cultural place that it is.

Interested in studying in Liverpool? Find out more about the University of Liverpool, or the pathway courses on offer at University of Liverpool International College which could help you qualify for entry to the University.