Enjoy life in a vibrant and diverse city
Known as Britain’s Ocean City, Plymouth offers an a exciting mix of intriguing maritime history and modern cosmopolitan living.
A vibrant and diverse city, Plymouth boasts a fantastic range of sights, activities and attractions. What’s more, it benefits from an exceptional location, being within reach of stunning beaches, the wild and wonderful Dartmoor National Park, and the sensational countryside of Devon and Cornwall.
These many qualities, combined with the excellence of its university, have made Plymouth an enticing destination for students. The city’s student area in the North Hill district has developed into a vibrant and exciting environment. With a range of cafes, bars and restaurants there are plenty of opportunities for fun and recreation.
Sights and attractions
Plymouth is blessed with an abundance of beautiful and interesting places of interest. A short walk towards to the south of the city centre will lead you to the world-class Hoe and Barbican. Plymouth Hoe affords spectacular views out to the English Channel, plus a chance to see where Sir Francis Drake famously played bowls before defeating the approaching Spanish Armada. It’s also home to Plymouth’s iconic Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse. The Barbican takes you back in time, with its quaint cobbled streets and historic Mayflower Steps, from which the Pilgrim Fathers set sail to settle in America. You’ll also find the UK’s National Marine Aquarium here.
Nightlife and food
There’s a huge variety of pubs, clubs and restaurants where you can socialise and enjoy nights out in Plymouth. The North Hill area around Plymouth University has a number of lively student-oriented venues, including Cuba!, The Roundabout and The Skiving Scholar. A walk further into the city centre reveals a huge variety of other nightspots, from the popular clubs of Union Street, historic English pubs on the Barbican and the upmarket venues of the Royal William Yard.
Plymouth also has no shortage of places to eat, from traditional fish and chip shops and bakeries selling traditional Cornish pasties to restaurants offering cuisine from around the globe, including Indian, Mexican, Spanish and Italian eateries. to restaurants offering cuisine from around the globe, including Chinese, Indian, Mexican, and Italian eateries.
Plymouth’s conveniently pedestrianised city centre boasts a large and diverse selection of shops, all within a short walk of your student accommodation. A couple of minutes’ walk away from Plymouth University, you’ll find Drake Circus, a chic undercover mall featuring a range of top brand stores. The West End and Plymouth City Market are great places to find one-off, specialist and independent shops. You’ll also find a range of supermarkets and convenience shops throughout the town for all your day-to-day purchases.
Arts and entertainment
Plymouth is home to a fantastic range of venues where the creative arts can be enjoyed. The city has a choice of cinemas and theatres, including Theatre Royal Plymouth, where the country’s major stage productions can be enjoyed. And Plymouth Pavilions attracts world-class live pop music acts and comedy performers. Pubs and clubs throughout the city feature a quality selection of artists from the local music scene. You’ll also find a range of art galleries, including Plymouth University’s own acclaimed Peninsula Arts gallery.
There is a wealth of great places to visit within an easy reach of Plymouth. The south-west region features many miles of beautiful coastline, which includes rugged cliffs and sandy beaches. Dartmoor National Park, just to the north of the city, is a vast, wild landscape. There are also a number of fantastic visitor attractions, including zoos, cultural and heritage centres and parks, including the world-renowned Eden Project in Cornwall. Plymouth city centre is well-connected by transport links, with bus stops and for longer trips, a train and coach station, allowing trips to London and other UK destinations.
Sport and Leisure
If active pursuits are your thing, Plymouth and the south-west are served by a wide range of sporting facilities. Plymouth Life Centre, located a short distance from your accommodation, offers an Olympic-standard swimming and diving pool, and a range of indoor sports. You can also find numerous opportunities to play football, rugby, tennis and many other outdoor sporting activities. Throughout the south-west region, there are sites that support a variety of specialist sports, from water sports at the Mount Batten Centre, sailing, climbing and surfing on Cornwall’s legendary beaches.