4.07 / 5

4.07 / 5

Plymouth

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By member511385
On 20th July 15

Living in Plymouth

Come to Plymouth and you’re quickly going to notice a definite naval theme. It started as a fishing village and is now a maritime port and lively waterfront city which is home to Plymouth University.

As well as being the home city of Sir Francis Drake, who defeated that Spanish Armada you learned all about in primary school (he was born just down the road in Tavistock), there’s still a huge naval base in Plymouth. You’ll see sailors on leave come into the city from time to time. You may also see some bizarre weather. Plymouth is famous for having a weird little micro-climate. It can be sunny on one side of the city and raining on the other, so best pack your brolly and your sunglasses, just to be on the safe side.

With such a big student population at the Plymouth University, there's easily enough nightlife to keep you happy, mainly located around Union Street and Northill, but what really sets it apart from more landlocked places is its cushy little spot on the south-west coast of England. If you’ve ever fancied trying out a water sport, now is the time to go for it because the ocean is literally right on your doorstep. Sailing, scuba diving, surfing and canoeing are all easily accessible from Plymouth.

Of course this hard-core sporting lifestyle also includes sun-bathing and sandcastle building. There’s some good beaches a mere stone’s throw from Plymouth itself.  Bovisand Beach is a lovely sandy one only twenty minutes away by car or bus, or if you were feeling really adventurous you could take the water taxi!  If you’re not quite so fussy about the quality of your sand, or like poking around in rock pools then Batten Beach is a little gravellier, but also a little closer.

If you want to go in another direction you could take the chain ferry across the river Tamar to Torpoint, where there’s woodlands or a sports ground, or you could head out north to Dartmoor National Park. It’s a huge space, and you can make your visit as active or as lazy as you like. Cycle or hike on the moors, or just chill out in a coffee house and take in the unique scenery. There’s usually guided walks and other events on, so it’s worth checking out their website for some handy advice.

One of the biggest selling points of Plymouth is simply how close it is to Cornwall, one of the UK’s top holiday destinations. Taking the ferry across to Cawsand Bay and the nearby Kingsand beaches makes a great daytrip, or you could even turn your visit into a long when you just have to get away from all that exam stress… or treat yourself once it’s over.

If your course is a bit too hectic for regular daytrips, don’t worry because there are some attractions closer to home. In the Sutton Harbour area you’ll find the National Marine Aquarium, the UK’s biggest, where you can see some more tropical examples of sealife than you’d find down at the beach. Most of the restaurants are located round here, as well as the Mayflower Steps in the historic Barbican area, from which some of the first settlers in American left the country in conditions which will make your student halls look positively luxurious. There’s also the Plymouth Gin Distillery, which does tours! What’s not to love about that?

Food and Drink:

  • West Hoe Fish Fryers: There’s usually a queue for this chippie, but that’s usually a good sign!
  • Hakka: Cantonese food with a seaside twist. Get your Catch of the Day with spring rolls on the side.
  • Rock Salt: A classy little café with a great atmosphere. One to visit with the parents.

Getting about:

  • Taxi: Tower Cabs.
  • Bus: To Bovisand Beach. There’s a special Target Travel bus in the summer, but the bus to Wembury runs all year round and will drop you off a short walk away. Get off at Down Thomas, the nearest village to the beach, and follow Bovisand Lane.


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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 20th July 15

Amazing

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 20th July 15

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.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 20th July 15

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

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 20th July 15

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

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 15th July 15

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

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 15th July 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 26th June 15

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

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 26th June 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 4th June 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 1st May 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 1st May 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 1st May 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 30th April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 30th April 15

busses and trains are great, shame airport still closed

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 30th April 15

Great city

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 30th April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 30th April 15

Great city, except the weather!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 30th April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 30th April 15

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!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 30th April 15

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.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 30th April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 30th April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 30th April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 30th April 15
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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 30th April 15
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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 24th April 15

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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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 23rd April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 22nd April 15
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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 22nd April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 22nd April 15

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)

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 21st April 15

Nice little city by the sea. Loads to do

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 21st April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 21st April 15

The sea-front is very pretty.

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