Lots to do especially if you like shopping, small friendly city yet a small ferry/bus/car ride to find some amazing countryside sites and beaches.

By member511379 On 20th July 15

Study in Plymouth

Plymouth is situated on the beautiful South Devon coastline, it used to be a fishing village but has developed into an important maritime port and lively city. It is home to the University of Plymouth and Plymouth Marjon University.

 

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University of Plymouth

The University of Plymouth is one of the biggest universities in South West England and is home to over 19,000 students. The university is particularly well known for its courses in law, psychology, geographical sciences, computing (including digital media) and computer science, fine art and art history.

 

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Plymouth Marjon University

Plymouth Marjon University, commonly referred to as Marjon is the trading name of the University of St Mark and St John, based primarily on a single campus on the northern edge of Plymouth. The university has high-quality facilities and speciality areas are in teaching, sport, health and wellbeing, social sciences, business and performing arts some of its specialties.

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Plymouth Student Life

There’s a big student population in Plymouth and has plenty on offer from outdoor adventures and culture to restaurants and nights out. It’s a big enough city to have lots going on and all the amenities you would want but small enough to make it a friendly and accessible place to study and live. 

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Great location near some amazing beaches and good cost of living.

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20th July 2015

The nights out are amazing…

The nights out are amazing there is such a wide choice and variety of places to go, they also stay open very late. 

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30th April 2015

Night life is good…

Night life is good and varied!

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30th April 2015

All the main bars are in one place…

All the main bars are in one place right next to the uni so there is always a great atmosphere any day of the week.

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24th April 2015

Friendly city with large student culture…

Friendly city with large student culture, very few clubs but a large amount of pubs. Pubs on the barbican are lovely, but very expensive.

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Plymouth is incredibly easy to get everywhere by foot from both university campuses. Despite being located far South West of England the city has good connections to the rest of the UK by road and rail, as well as being a short train ride from Exeter Airport. If you have time on your hands and want to save some £’s be sure to checkout Stagecoach and Mega Bus for great deals on coach trips to major UK cities. 

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Shopping

You will find all the high street favourites at Drake Circus, Plymouth’s most popular shopping destination. Make sure to check out their student nights, where you can take advantage of student discounts, live music and giveaways. If you are looking for something a bit more alternative head to Ebrington Street, which is known as the cultural and coffee quarter of Plymouth and is super popular with students. You can find independent boutiques, vintage stores as well as cool bars, cafes and restaurants.
 

 

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The Great Outdoors

Just north of Plymouth is Dartmoor National Park a vast wild open moorland, with forests, rivers, wetlands and tors to explore and their famous wild ponies roam. It is a stunning area to go for either a day’s hike or you can make it into more of an adventure by camping out. 

 

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Devon and Cornwall Beaches

Beach lovers are spoilt for choice in Plymouth! Nearby there’s Bovisand, Jennycliff and Wembury beach. If you are happy to travel a bit further afield then you have the pick of the bunch across Devon and Cornwall, which boast some of the best beaches in the country.

 

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The Hoe

Closer to the city is The Hoe, which is an open green space that has a spectacular backdrop of Plymouth Sound, one of the greatest natural harbours in the world. On a sunny day, it’s a popular spot for students to take a picnic, have a bbq or go for a walk or swim and enjoy a well-earned break from the books.

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Solid halls right on the hoe, great and helpful staff always giving out things for free and setting up events whenever they can. Its a walk away from ...

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Very social accommodation, very close to uni. May be known as the Ghetto but is really not that bad and in my opinion better than Robbins. It's very c...

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4th July 2021

Really nice area very...

Really nice area very clean and safe read more

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Most student accommodation...

Most student accommodation is expensive but there are flats that are quit cheap. There are lots of places to eat and get food delivered from, however only a few places are open late. There are lots of pubs and clubs around but it seems like most pubs shut at 11pm. There are lots of shops around the Drake Circus, however there aren't many big shops around the city centre. The only public transport I have used is getting a train from Plymouth to Essex and back but they are quite nice trains. There are lots of buses that drive around. There aren't many places to park unfortunately. read more

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18th June 2021

Current accomodation...

Current accomodation is expensive for what we are getting but next year is a lot cheaper if you look at private landlord accomodation, we have gone by clever student let's next year and is £40 a week cheaper. Everywhere is pretty cheap so can't complain. Shopping is all close about 10 minute walk away and 3 min from each other. Haven't used the public transport as everything is close. read more

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17th June 2021

Lots to do and offer....

Lots to do and offer. Plenty of transport to different areas. read more

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1st June 2021

City centre, so easy...

City centre, so easy to get around with everything on your doorstep and really nice being by the sea read more

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30th May 2021

Plenty of options for...

Plenty of options for wining and dining, whether it's the City Centre, the Barbican or Royal William Yard. A choice of nightclubs for nights out, and a range of affordable accommodation on offer. read more

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28th May 2021

Still just starting to...

Still just starting to experience the small city and hope to learn more about it. read more

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28th May 2021

Not much to say coz of...

Not much to say coz of COVID, so didn’t get a chance to go out read more

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26th May 2021

Lovely city terrible...

Lovely city terrible people. Loud rude violent and angry they will make you feel unsafe. The natural world of Plymouth paired with its various facilities do save it though. read more

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26th May 2021

Overall really good....

Overall really good. Plymouth is cheap, some clubs are expensive though but there are quite a few dotted around which was ideal. read more

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25th May 2021

I love it! The hoe and...

I love it! The hoe and the social life read more

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25th May 2021

City with the ocean!!!...

City with the ocean!!! Amazing for mental health.. read more

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25th May 2021

Plymouth is Britain's...

Plymouth is Britain's Ocean City and its bliss being so close to the sea but having all the benefits of city living. read more

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25th May 2021

Such a lovely city, nice...

Such a lovely city, nice green open spaces and lots of shops to choose from read more

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17th May 2021

Great for a night and...

Great for a night and and shopping. Always lots of lovely events going on down at the Barbican and royal William yard. Nice to have the sea so near. Never used public transport here other that the train so can’t really say if buses, taxis etc are good read more

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4th May 2021

I've lived in Plymouth...

I've lived in Plymouth for almost 5 years now and I can't actually imagine living anywhere else. read more

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2nd May 2021

Cheap, convenient, something...

Cheap, convenient, something for everyone and right by the sea. What more could you want? read more

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26th April 2021

Nice area, great places...

Nice area, great places to go for a night out and lots of landmarks to see read more

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22nd April 2021

Having moved from london,...

Having moved from london, plymouth is a great city if you're looking for a costal city. read more

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4th March 2021

Big shopping centre,...

Big shopping centre, Lots of bars and restaurants read more

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4th March 2021

student crowd could have...

student crowd could have customised the questions for COVID read more

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4th March 2021

The night in Plymouth...

The night in Plymouth is amazing, never a dull moment, so many great people and so many great places to eat and drink. read more

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4th March 2021

Really enjoyed my past...

Really enjoyed my past three years in Plymouth. read more

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4th March 2021

Public Transport is shocking...

Public Transport is shocking but living here isn’t too expensive read more

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3rd March 2021

I am happy with the cost...

I am happy with the cost of my living space. No doubt about it! High security and friendly staff members. I've rarely eaten out and pretty much never go out at night so I can't voice an opinion on that. Shopping is great since city center is so close to where I live. Iceland is where I do my shopping whilst if I need to get 1 or 2 items, there is a small Tesco nearby. Never used the public Transport here either. read more

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3rd March 2021

Plymouth is a great city...

Plymouth is a great city to live in. There are lots of places to walk and explore. It has lovely views across the hoe , it is a wonderful place. read more

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3rd March 2021

Plymouth as a whole is...

Plymouth as a whole is a lovely city and the surrounding areas are amazing read more

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3rd March 2021

Genuinely couldn’t ask...

Genuinely couldn’t ask to live anywhere better! City perks, the sea and plenty of green space too! so much to do here read more

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3rd March 2021

Plymouth has many things...

Plymouth has many things to offer such as the ocean, many restaurants and shops. There are a few nightclubs but other cities have a lot more choice of clubs. read more

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3rd March 2021

Plymouth is a great location...

Plymouth is a great location being in close proximity to the sea. Transport links are great, with the train station being very close to the university. It’s easy to find your way around with a good selection of shops and places to eat. Night life is good too. read more

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3rd March 2021

Plymouth is amazing in...

Plymouth is amazing in every way read more

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10th February 2021

Love living in Plymouth....

Love living in Plymouth. Amazing night life that can actually cater to different ages too, if you fancy something more upbeat there's clubs but also a really nice atmosphere on the Barbican in the summer for a few cocktails in the sun. Public transport within the city is mostly busses but the train station is centrally in the city making commuting further outside of the city nice and easy. Theres lots of lovely independent restaurants as well as chain restaurants. Many of which provide excellent food. The main shopping centre has some good shops however Plymouth does lack some more modern stores. There's nothing better than sitting up on the hoe in the summer with your friends and a bbq! read more

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20th December 2020

Plymouth is a lovely...

Plymouth is a lovely seaside city. Easy access to the moors and beach as well as being able to shop at drake circus. read more

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25th November 2020

Nice place to live for...

Nice place to live for students read more

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20th November 2020

It's average; not expensive...

It's average; not expensive and not cheap. read more

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17th November 2020

Affordable living with...

Affordable living with a variety of shops and restaurants available everywhere. read more

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17th November 2020

Everything is centred...

Everything is centred around the city centre, easy access to everything by walking or regular buses. You can always find something fun to do on a night out read more

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12th November 2020

Nice place to live, happy...

Nice place to live, happy with my choice read more

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10th November 2020

Lots of restaurants Easy...

Lots of restaurants Easy transportation Nice weather read more

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29th October 2020

Plymouth is a good place...

Plymouth is a good place to live. Cheap cost of living, offers an excellent restaurant and nightlife scene, plenty of options in terms of shopping (essentials, luxury items, etc). The public transport is okay: I have some issues with how quickly the public transport arrives at their allocated stops, but I only ever used one bus (Gold to Torquay/Gold to Plymouth) in Plymouth, and my score is only based on one experience, so I can't give more of a comment than that. read more

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21st October 2020

Plymouth is alright,...

Plymouth is alright, met my future husband here. So very happy about that. South west is great, especially having the ocean close by. Very rare grey sky, mostly nice weather! read more

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29th September 2020

I mean its just not the...

I mean its just not the best place to live, the college say theres an art scene, there isnt read more

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7th September 2020

Plymouth is not an expensive...

Plymouth is not an expensive place to live read more

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22nd August 2020

Loads of good, affordable...

Loads of good, affordable places to eat read more

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17th August 2020

Plymouth is such an amazing...

Plymouth is such an amazing city to live in, love it here and the sea is amazing! read more

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16th July 2020

A beautiful city that...

A beautiful city that makes you feel at home immediately. It is truly UK’s hidden gem. read more

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20th May 2020

Just a generally a great...

Just a generally a great city to live in! Super cheap and so close to the ocean. read more

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18th May 2020

Relatively cheap place...

Relatively cheap place to live, has all the shops, brands. restaurants you could need, close transport links. coach/bus/train station all within walking distance. read more

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13th May 2020

Plymouth is one of my...

Plymouth is one of my favourite places! It has everything I need and when I am there I feel so safe and welcomed. The restaurants, views and the town itself is so beautiful. read more

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13th May 2020

Very good night life...

Very good night life with lot of bars and restaurants but also many clubs read more

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13th May 2020

A relatively small town...

A relatively small town but by no means does that mean there is nothing to do! Something for everyone! read more

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13th May 2020

Love Plymouth as a city....

Love Plymouth as a city. Great for students. read more

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22nd April 2020

Student living is quite...

Student living is quite reasonable in Plymouth and if you search around you can find some wonderful properties for all budgets. The town is great, not too big but there’s many clubs, bars, restaurants and cafes for all audiences. As well as a decent shopping mall and retail parks. Nightlife is great for students and some cheap places. Many buses around and a coach station and train station in the city centre. Don’t forget about the ferry which is always overlooked, but a perfect and very cheap way to travel from one side of Plymouth to the other and to Cornwall too!! I love Plymouth. So great for students. read more

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18th April 2020

Great student city because...

Great student city because the uni is located in city center and so are most of the accommodation and shops. Aldi (2) and Lidl (1) all within walking distance of city center. Drakes Circus is a bit small IMO. You can walk virtually anywhere you need to go so you save so much money for not having to take public transport. If you do need to leave city center (not many interesting things, mostly residential) the buses are really expensive and sometimes have ridiculous delays (I've seen one at 45 mins...). I've bought a return ticket that was 5 something pounds - the journey was like 20-30 minutes one way... I don't go clubbing but from friends they seem to really enjoy themselves and in my opinion there's a lot of clubs for a small city (town I might even say). A range of restaurants (cuisine, price) but also a lot of takeaways and kebab shops. Lots of fish and chip shops near the Barbican that all taste so good! read more

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13th April 2020

Only one shopping centre...

Only one shopping centre in town, other small shops that help spread the choice. Nightlife all walking distance, no more than 20 minutes from campus read more

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18th February 2020

Great safe place with...

Great safe place with plenty to do Shame there’s a lack of swimming facilities in winter tho read more

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13th January 2020

Like this city but not...

Like this city but not relevant to Open University read more

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9th December 2019

Plymouth is a really...

Plymouth is a really student based city, and there’s loads things to do. read more

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18th October 2019

Not that expensive, but...

Not that expensive, but for a city the amount of shops is a bit poor. The buses are frequent and the train station is central. read more

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3rd October 2019

Nice city! short walk...

Nice city! short walk to the seaside/aquarium/barbican, and Drake circus (main shopping centre) is right next to the uni. Word of warning: bring a raincoat. It will rain nearly every day, most days pretty light but too windy for an umbrella, and all to frequently a downpour like you've never seen. read more

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17th September 2019

Easy reach to other cities....

Easy reach to other cities. Relatively lower livng cost and shopping availability accordingly. read more

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13th September 2015

From the perspective...

From the perspective of anew Outer London Lass, Plymouth is such a nice, clean, affordable place to live! I'd love to stay in the city after graduating. read more

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member1211653
28th July 2015

Good fun and a cheap...

Good fun and a cheap city to live in read more

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Similarlyunique
23rd July 2015

Love the area, convenient,...

Love the area, convenient, nice views, nice town and mall area read more

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member711523
23rd July 2015

You have the best of...

You have the best of both worlds, you have the hoe and the shopping centres, loads of beaches and places to explore around too. read more

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member1011381
20th July 2015

The nights out are amazing...

The nights out are amazing there is such a wide choice and variety of places to go, they also stay open very late. The city itself has pretty much any shop you could possibly need and it is very easy to get anywhere with so many buses running all the time. The train station is also very near the uni which runs all day and night to anywhere you could need to go. read more

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member511379
20th July 2015

lots to do especially...

lots to do especially if you like shopping, small friendly city yet a small ferry/bus/car ride to find some amazing countryside sites and beaches read more

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member611374
20th July 2015

Great location near some...

Great location near some amazing beaches and good cost of living. read more

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member911297
15th July 2015

even though it is a small...

even though it is a small city, we still have a decent transport system and everything is within walking distance anyways so it's not bad at all read more

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member109386
26th June 2015

It's an amazing city...

It's an amazing city and there's a beach... read more

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member58779
30th April 2015

busses and trains are...

busses and trains are great, shame airport still closed read more

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Joshua Stewart
30th April 2015

North Hill is the best...

North Hill is the best place if you're a student to go if you're on a night out, it's cheap and clubs/bars are very close together. Drake circus has most good stores that you might want to shop in. Plenty of good and cheap places to eat, caffeine club is a 24hr cafe and does food for a good price. read more

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member108693
30th April 2015

Great city, except the...

Great city, except the weather! read more

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member108683
30th April 2015

Something for everyone...

Something for everyone in Plymouth, always something going on down the Armada or at the hoe! The hoe is beautiful! As is the Barbican! Barbican has a whole different feel to city centre! Night life is good and varied! read more

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member128622
30th April 2015

It's a great place to...

It's a great place to live uni is in the centre so everything's within 10 minutes of campus. All the main bars are in one place right next to the uni so there is always a great atmosphere any day of the week. read more

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RedFox
24th April 2015

Friendly city with large...

Friendly city with large student culture, very few clubs but a large amount of pubs. Pubs on the barbican are lovely, but very expensive. read more

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member51717
22nd April 2015

Plymouth is literally...

Plymouth is literally the best city i have been to within the United Kingdom. Its big enough to have all the city esque things, small enough not to worry about serious crime and in one of the most beautiful settings you could wish for. (the only reason i gave transport a 3 star is because i personally have no experience for it as you can get to anywhere in Plymouth really fast on foot) read more

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member106363
21st April 2015

Nice little city by the...

Nice little city by the sea. Loads to do read more

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member121789
7th March 2015

Not such a big city but...

Not such a big city but you can get almost anything in here. Lovely seafront and a very quiet and safe city. read more

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A bit boring, not much going on

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