Kensington is a popular place for students to live as rent is amongst some of the cheapest in the city! Plus, it's ideal for those who attend LJMU or The University of Liverpool as it’s only a couple minutes walk to the city centre campuses!

There are lots of amenities nearby, including a Tesco, Lidl and Iceland, but for those who love a take-away (or three!), there are loads to choose from – including a McDonalds, Greggs and even a Dominos within walking distance. What’s not to love?!

Kensington’s streets are filled with traditional terraced houses that are home to a healthy mix of locals and students. It has the advantages of a city-centre location without the premium city-centre prices. Kensington Fields in particular is really popular and it’s actually one of the biggest Victorian housing estates outside of London!

Liverpool Shopping Park

Want some retail therapy but can’t be bothered with the hustle and bustle of Liverpool ONE? Liverpool Shopping Park on Edge Lane has you covered! Just a short walk from Kensington, the shopping park is the biggest retail park in Liverpool – boasting stores such at Outfit, River Island, TK Maxx, Wilko and M&S! There are also places to eat – you can grab a Maccies, Subway, Chiquito or even a Greggs.

Onya Bike

Bike riders, rejoice! Onya Bike is an amazing place over on Holt Road which, at the heart, is a community bike recycling project. They take in unwanted or unloved bikes and give them a new lease of life or strip them for spare parts. Plus, they also provide a repairs service! These guys run workshops to teach people basic bicycle repair skills as well as running a group called ‘The No Like Lycra Bikey Club’, aimed at getting you Onya Bike again. From everyday bike riders to cycling fanatics – this is definitely one for you.

The Croissant of Inequality

Just next door to Onya Bike is a fantastic little community cafe and events/training venue. A far cry from the many tasty takeaways and convenience stores peppered around the area, this cafe-come-meeting space serves some amazing veggie food and a great cup-o-joe. They’re open 11am-3pm, Monday to Friday (perfect for those days with morning lectures and free afternoons) and call their latte a “posh milky one.”

Kensington Bread Company

Newly opened in 2017, this amazing bakery is delivering lovely loaves to the community of Kensington. Baker Owen McShane has found a way to sell the same bread as those luxury bakeries in the city for a fraction of the price – perfect for impressing the parents when they’re over for lunch! You can grab any one of the five varieties of Sourdough for just £2.50.


Over on Prescot Road is Akshaya; an amazing spot for vibrant, delicious Sri Lankan and South Indian food. Don’t let the outside fool you, this isn’t just any old restaurant. You can grab yourself some incredible authentic grub for an absolute bargain. Known as a bit of a hidden gem, locals absolutely love this spot.

How to get to Kensington

By train

The nearest train stations are Edge Hill or Lime Street.

By bus

Buses that go near to the Kensington area include the 79, 10A or 61.

You can also use the Merseytravel journey planner by clicking here!

How far away is it from universities and student hot spots in Liverpool?

Kensington has great links to the well-known student areas and university campus’ in Liverpool, which we’ve set out below.

Smithdown Road

1.7 miles, which would work out as a:
• 7 minute car journey
• 21 minute bus journey via the 699
• 34 minute walk
• 10 minute bike ride

Liverpool Hope University

3.9 miles, which would work out as a:
• 14 minute car journey
• 26 minute bus journey via the 79 or 14
• 1 hr 6 minute walk
• 19 minute bike ride

University of Liverpool

0.7 miles, which would work out as a:
• 3 minute car journey,
• 10 minute bus journey via the 139
• 16 minute walk
• 5 minute bike ride

Liverpool John Moores University City Campus

2.1 miles, which would work out as a:
• 7 minute car journey
• 16 minute bus journey via the 8, 9, or 10
• 32 minute walk
• 11 minute bike ride

Liverpool John Moores University IM Marsh Campus

3.8 miles, which would work out as a:
• 15 minute car journey
• 40 minute bus journey via the 699
• 1 hr 12 minute walk
• 25 minute bike ride


1.6 miles, which would work out as a:
• 7 minute car journey
• 18 minute bus journey via the 139
• 25 minute walk
• 10 minute bike ride