LIVERPOOL mayor Ned Mannoun says the possibility of a university campus opening in the area's central business district is more solid than ever.
He said recent discussions with the University of Western Sydney had been very positive, with Professor Andy Marks making a presentation to the council's economic development committee late last year.
"They're very keen to open a campus here, but it may still take a few years," Cr Mannoun said.
"Having a campus here would mean that students would do less travelling, which would give them a better quality of life.
"It would also support business because it would attract a lot of people to the area."
He said the ideal location for the campus would be in the southern end of the CBD.
"It could bring the area around the top end of Macquarie Street back to life."
Liverpool youth council member Sarah Yahya, who is due to start studying journalism at the University of Technology Sydney next month, said having a campus closer to home would make a big difference.
"It's going to take me two hours to get to Central and back each day and the University of Western Sydney campuses can be difficult to get to on public transport," she said.
"Also, they will see a campus near their home and be inspired to work towards getting a higher education."
A UWS spokeswoman said while building a campus at Liverpool was the subject of serious consideration, "no firm decisions or commitments have been made at this stage".
Liverpool councillor Wendy Waller said while any new educational facility in the area was a good idea, having a physical campus in Liverpool may not make much difference to most students.
"We already have a university presence in Liverpool through the hospital and most things now can be studied on the internet," Cr Waller said.