University of Plymouth


  • Location: Seaside, City

Student life

Located on the south-west coast, Plymouth is surrounded by the sea and Dartmoor national park. The friendly city is compact yet diverse in its amenities, with a reputation for safe nights out. Best part? Our campus is located right in the heart of it all!  

“Some people suggest picking your university 100% based on the course or rankings. NOT AT ALL. University is so much more. It's about exploring and experiencing to make memories that last you a lifetime.” Kelsey, BA (Hons) Geography and International Relations 


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 key student cities including Bristol, Plymouth, Bournemouth, and Bath.

This largely rural corner of the world is a go-to for those seeking peace, tranquility, and mindfulness. That said, it also hosts Glastonbury – ideal if the festival is on your bucket list.

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

Cider and cheese buffs will be more than content, with both produced locally. You can always walk it off in Dartmoor and Exmoor national parks – but watch out for the ‘Beast of Exmoor’, an elusive big cat spotted roaming the wild terrain since the 70s.

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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 with a zeal for exploration, and just an hour from holiday favourite Cornwall.

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Campus and facilities

Your Students’ Union will help you to settle in and to feel at home here. Join sports clubs and societies, get involved with volunteering opportunities, or even take up a part-time job behind the bar. Your SU has opportunities to meet new people, develop skills, campaign for change and try something new.  

Our halls are conveniently based on campus or within the nearby student village. We also have a Halls Team who will help you settle in offering welfare support, Residence Life social events and 24/7 security to help keep you safe.  

Course locations

Main Site

Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA

Truro, Cornwall

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

Plymouth Site

Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA


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