Living in Plymouth as a student
Located 60km south-west of Exeter is the city of Plymouth, on the south coast of Devon in England. The city is situated in between the mouths of the river Plym and river Tamar, and is 4 hours away from London by train. Plymouth is home to over 263,000 residents who live and work in the city, with 21,000 students studying at the local University of Plymouth and 2,400 students learning at the University of St Mark & St John (commonly known as Plymouth Marjon University).
A popular trading port in the 11th century, Plymouth became a commercial shipping port during the Industrial Revolution. Popular landmarks include Smeaton’s Tower, the Royal Citadel, the Plymouth Naval Memorial, and the Mayflower Steps Memorial, which is where the Pilgrim Fathers left for the New World (modern day United States of America) in 1620.Sir Francis Drake, the Elizabethan navigator, was the mayor of Plymouth, and contemporary Plymouthians (or Janners) include swimmer Sharron Davies and diver Tom Daley. The city has a number of outdoor events and festivals, including the British Fireworks Championships, the Port of Plymouth Regatta, the Plymouth Fringe Festival, and the MTV Crashes Plymouth. As a naval port, Plymouth also has a number of historic nightlife spots, especially along Union Street, where sailors would seek entertainment, and still has many pubs and late-night spots that are very popular. Plymouth also has a number of theatres and cinemas, including the Theatre Royal Plymouth, which presents large-scale West End shows.
The University of Plymouth’s campus is located in Drake Circus, around the Rolle Building in city centre. University of St Mark & St John is a single campus university located on the edge of Plymouth, 6km north of city centre. Popular student accommodation options include Greenbank, Lipson, Mutley, and the new Beckley Point and Mary Parker House.