I posted on Facebook asking if anyone had experience of Liverpool Uni, Physics and the city and got this great response from Jay at Liverpool on 24th August which was much more than I could have expected. Some good insights for ANY student going to uni I have not edited the post in any way!
I studied Ancient History there - I graduated this year, and I'm staying on for an MA, because the Uni is excellent. In terms of real advice, I'm somewhat abnormal, but:
i) Don't drink too much - Liverpool is a big drinking city, and it's a common mistake to think 1st year doesn't count so you don't need to work. In my experience, people who didn't work for first year didn't understand 2nd/3rd year. That's unfashionable advice, but unfortunately it often comes down to a simple choice: drink or get a good degree. ii) Get into the music scene, Liverpool has a fantastic one, and make some good mates you can enjoy it with - the first people you meet will likely not last, but you'll find others during the year. Similarly pick up some hobbies, and test out a variety of clubs (they usually let you come for 3 weeks before paying to join). iii) Get to know the staff. I've seen so many people put in a bad situation and unable to appeal (for example, against plagiarism), because they don't know the staff. If you know & are nice to the staff it's not only going to make it easier to appeal against stuff, but it also tends to put your marks up a bit (though I really shouldn't say this). This is particularly true for Liverpool because the faculty-central admin division at the moment is leaving a lot of the decisions up to minor staff members. iv) Do your work early. This seems lame, but it really is easier and better. It takes the same amount of time to do a good piece late as it does early, and it's likely to be better if it's done early. That way it's out of the way and you can spend your time doing stuff that you want, and you feel good about yourself. I used to do mine so that it'd be finished a week or so early, then leave it until the day before and do a final proof read, maybe switch some things around. v) You should look into on-campus halls, they've built a new multi-million pound halls right next to the Sydney Jones Library, and it looks lovely. It's meant to have a restaurant, shops, etc, plus the rooms look very nicely built.