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Plymouth, Britain's Ocean City!

Plymouth is located in the south-west of the UK in between the sweeping landscapes of Dartmoor and the pristine waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

With a population of 260,000, it’s big enough to be cosmopolitan but small enough to be friendly. You are sure to feel safe in Plymouth with a low rate of crime compared to large metropolitan areas.

Being a coastal city we have some of the best beaches in the UK with reefs and sunken ships making it the perfect place for scuba diving and Cornwall only being a short journey away you might also want to try surfing!

The best part is, you won't find the stereotypical gloomy weather here! As the one of the southernmost UK university, Plymouth enjoys some of the mildest winter temperatures in the UK. Summer days in Plymouth are long, warm, and sunny, with an average temperature of 20 degrees Celsius. Perfect for exploring the award-winning sandy beaches of Devon and Cornwall and Dartmoor National Park.

The University of Plymouth is located in the city centre so you are a short walk from the fantastic shopping and accommodation. Plymouth enjoys superb travel links to other UK cities through its excellent and affordable range of transport options. London is approximately three hours away, enabling you to visit family and friends when your study schedule permits. Plymouth also has its own ferry port, with regular sailings to France and Spain; and is just an hour away from Exeter International Airport, giving you the opportunity to explore the UK and beyond.

Do you love a city lifestyle?

As the largest city in the region, Plymouth has a lot to offer. The city centre has excellent shopping, dining and leisure facilities, providing amenities within easy walking distance from the university campus and student accommodation.

Whether you're dining with friends at one of our many restaurants and cafés around the city's Barbican, grabbing a coffee and enjoying the coastal view along the historic Hoe, shopping at Drake Circus or visiting the National Marine Aquarium (the largest UK Aquarium), you'll soon feel right at home.

Plymouth Pavilions is the city's main entertainment venue. In the past few years, it has hosted concerts by some of the world's biggest stars from A-list musicians to award-winning comedians.

Are you more of an outdoors person?

If you love sport, you've chosen the right city! The city's football team, Plymouth Argyle, are the biggest club in the south-west and have several international stars that attract an average crowd of around 7,000 each week.

Plymouth University also has its own on-campus sports centre, at the Nancy Astor building, including a multi-purpose hall and superbly equipped gym. As a UPIC student, you can join any of the Student Union's sports clubs. Plymouth Life Centre comprises some of the UK's most advanced and modern aquatic sports facilities and is accessible for all University of Plymouth students. It also plays home to Olympians Tom Daly and former UPIC student and Kenyan Olympian, Issa Mohamed.

If you’re interested in watersports, we have some great locations where you can try everything from sailing and canoeing to scuba diving. How about trekking along the coast for a weekend? Or walking in Dartmoor?

In Plymouth, there is something for everyone!

Fast Facts

Population: 260,000
Student population: 25,000
County: Devon
Currency: UK Sterling (£)
Time Zone: GMT
Electricity: 230V
Language: English

Did you know?

  • Plymouth is home to largest operational naval base in Western Europe.
  • Sir Francis Drake, who was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the world, was born in Tavistock, just outside Plymouth.
  • The Pilgrim Fathers left for the New World in 1620 from the Mayflower steps in the historic Barbican area of Plymouth.
  • Plymouth was host to the 2011-12 America's Cup World Series.