• Location: Seaside, City

Student life

We are a campus university right in the heart of the city with everything you’ll need as a student within walking distance. Devon and Cornwall’s stunning coast and Dartmoor’s spectacular countryside are just a short distance from the city making our location the perfect blend of inner-city excitement and outdoor adventure! 

Plymouth is an incredible seaside city steeped in history and culture with a vibrant nightlife, surging numbers of independent bars and restaurants, all whilst being one of the safest cities in the UK (Complete University Guide, 2023). 

The University of Plymouth’s Students’ Union (UPSU) is the hub of the campus. There are over 120 societies to join, providing the ideal place to meet like-minded students and make lifelong friends. The award-winning bar is host to weekly events and the highly anticipated Summer Ball(!), not to mention volunteering opportunities and student support. 


Visit University of Plymouth to see what life is like on campus.

What's it like to live in South West?
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The South West of England is made up of seven counties, with rural areas surrounding key student cities – from Plymouth and Bournemouth up to Bath, Bristol and Cheltenham & Gloucester.

You'll find many a festival – including the world-famous Glastonbury. And if you're a cider or cheese buff, you'll have plenty to try in the South West. You can always walk it off in Dartmoor and Exmoor national parks, or beautiful countryside from the Cotswolds to Land's End.

Cornwall, Dorset, and Devon are big coastal favourites, with idyllic beaches and waves to test the bravest surfers.

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What's it like to live in Plymouth?
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Study by the sea in ‘Britain’s Ocean City’ – a port city that's known for exploration, gin and sealife.

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Campus and facilities

We’re serious about ensuring you have the best facilities, environments and collaborative spaces to learn the theory behind your subject and put that into practice, and we are continually investing in our campus to give our students the best possible university experience. 

We have superb immersive facilities such as our navigation suite for students studying marine subjects, clinical wards for health professions such as nursing, and business start-up spaces to name just a few. Adding to this, we’ve just opened exciting new buildings for our design and engineering students, and for students studying subjects in the health professions.  

Our University-managed halls are a big hit with our students – with organised events, a dedicated support team and 24-hour security. They’re a great place to start building friendships in a safe and supportive environment.  

Course locations

Plymouth Site

Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA


WESC Foundation, Topsham Road, Countess Wear, Exeter, EX2 6HA

Main Site

Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA

Truro, Cornwall

Knowledge Spa, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, TR1 3HD