Top Reasons to Attend University in Plymouth
- Population 256,000
- Student population 25,000
Plymouth is a vibrant waterfront city set amidst some of England's most glorious countryside. It is a popular holiday centre and also a naval port, where a rich maritime heritage meets the bustle of modern commerce. Plymouth’s rich sea-faring history includes explorer Sir Francis Drake and Charles Darwin. The Pilgrim Fathers departed from here in 1620 on their journey to the New World.
- Drive time from London is around three and a half hours.
- A Rapide luxury coach service from London’s Victoria Coach Station (via Heathrow) takes four and half hours. Telephone 08717 818178.
- Rail services from London (Paddington) to Plymouth take three and a half hours. Direct services also run from South Wales, the Midlands, the North of England and Scotland. Call Plymouth National Rail Enquiry Office on 08457 484950 (credit card bookings 08457 000125), or contact your local station.
- The closest airports are at Exeter and Newquay.
- Brittany Ferries sail from Plymouth to Roscoff in France and Santander in Spain. Contact Brittany Ferries in Plymouth on 08705 360360.
- For bus service information in the city visit the Traveline website or view the Council’s public transport webpages.
- There are Park and Ride sites at Coypool, near Marsh Mills roundabout, the George Junction, near Derriford and Milehouse – follow the signs to Plymouth Argyle. Park and Ride services do not operate on Sundays and there are no Saturday services from Milehouse when Plymouth Argyle are playing at home.
- Rail and Ride also operates from Ivybridge train station (just off A38) and from Liskeard and Gunnislake train station (on the Cornish side of Plymouth).
Attractions for students
- Bowl, ski, snowboard, ice skate, horse ride, rock climb on Dartmoor National Park, surf, sail, scuba dive or explore the UK's first artificial reef with the sunken HMS Scilla .
- The spectacular West Country coastline offers many opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts, from swimming and surfing to walking the miles of the South West Coastal Paths, while numerous pubs along the route provide a perfect halfway house for windswept students. There are several glorious beaches within ten miles of Plymouth, and the popular north coast of Cornwall, home to Newquay.
- Plymouth is home to Plymouth Argyle Football Team, Plymouth Albion Rugby Football Club and Plymouth Raiders Basketball Team.
Culture and nightlife
- Entertainment options are plentiful, with a museum, art galleries, theatres, cinemas, restaurants, bars and clubs.
- The nationally acclaimed Theatre Royal showcases some of the UK’s biggest and best productions throughout the year, whilst the Pavilions has leisure and entertainment under one roof with its packed event diary of live gigs and shows, ice rink and fun pool. The City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth Arts Centre and the Peninsula Arts venues offer art.
- A few minutes’ walk from the city’s modern centre is the Hoe, seafront and Barbican area, with its Elizabethan buildings and cobbled streets. The National Marine Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the UK.
- Plymouth is the largest centre for shopping in the South West, outside of Bristol, and features many independent retailers as well as national brands and high street names in its varied shopping areas.
- The city is mainly pedestrianised and well laid out with a range of shopping and restaurants to suit all tastes. An extensive range of independent and specialist retailers are found in the Independent Quarter, unique pieces of art can be obtained in the Barbican’s Historic Quarter. Plymouth’s landmark shopping centre is Drake Circus.
Proximity to city centre
- University of Plymouth: main campus in the city centre.
- UCP Marjon: a single campus a short bus ride from the city centre.
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Content was accurate at the time of compilation. Population figures are compiled from the 2011 censuses for England and Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.