Choosing a University to study in the UK is a tricky choice. There are so many awesome cities to call home for the duration of your studies. But one often goes under the radar, Plymouth in Devon.
In fact, people usually confuse Plymouth with Portsmouth. Although they’re both similar, on the coast with a naval history, they are actually miles apart both culturally and in terms of lifestyle.
If you’re wondering about studying in Plymouth, this is why it’s an excellent place to call home.
Surf culture everywhere
Being on Devon’s south coast, there are lots of awesome beaches just a short hop from the city. In fact, with a car, you can be on a beach in about 15-20 minutes.
Surfing is a popular sport down in the westcountry, so you’ll find lots of opportunity to get involved, even if you’ve never done it before.
The best surf beaches close to Plymouth are Whitsand Bay, Mothercombe and Bigbury.
Sea air and views
Plymouth sits right on the Sound, which is one of the biggest natural harbours in the UK. Looking out into the English Channel, it’s a beautiful view and perfect for taking a stroll on a nice day, or even enjoying watching the waves on a stormy day.
From Plymouth you can easily take a boat to one of the nearby villages to really connect with the sea.
As a student, you want to be sure that you’re going to find some excellent places to party. And, luckily, Plymouth has plenty of pubs, bars and clubs to keep you distracted from your studies.
North Hill is where you’ll find most of the student bars. But the pretty Barbican is also a great place to drink and party the night away.
Students in big cities can often find themselves struggling with living costs. Plymouth has the added benefit of being student friendly with prices too. Housing is some of the cheapest in the UK, and there are loads of student flats to choose from.
Plymouth is also very compact so you’ll not need to use public transport or even a car to get around. All of this adds up to a very affordable lifestyle.
The University is great
OK, it’s not a red brick. But that doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on a great education. In fact, the University of Plymouth has been voted one of the best in the UK.
There are actually three further education establishments in Plymouth: The University of Plymouth, The College of St Mark and St John and Plymouth College of Art and Design.
So whatever course you’re looking for, you’ll find an option in the city.
We’ve mentioned the beaches, which are definitely a draw for living in Plymouth. But, besides that, you’ll find loads of opportunity to get outdoors.
There are coastal walks right from the heart of the city to as far as your legs can carry you. Dartmoor is right on your doorstep, so if you love the open wilderness, you can cycle or walk for miles.
You’ll also find opportunities for football, rugby, cricket, paddle boarding, surfing, swimming, skateboarding, sailing, running, martial arts, yoga, scuba diving and fishing. Basically, whatever you’re into, you’ll find it in Plymouth.
Great food and drink
Plymouth might have been a bit of a backwater for food and drink in recent years. But, if you’re a bit of a foodie, you’ll find lots to tempt you down in Devon.
The Barbican is home to some of the best fish and chips in the country. And in the city centre, there are plenty of new and exciting eateries opening up all the time. From Vietnamese and Thai to Polish and Portuguese. It can be hard to choose!
A compact city
Finally, Plymouth is a relatively small city, with 260,000 inhabitants. This means its really easy to get around on foot or bike, so you’ll never get lost.
So, if you’re looking for an awesome place to study, the University of Plymouth is a fantastic choice.