The beautiful waterfront city of Plymouth is jam-packed with historic landmarks, beautiful scenery and countless exciting activities to fill your days and evenings. From stunning beaches to amazing food and drink, plus a fun-filled nightlife scene, Plymouth has everything you could desire for your time as a student. Here’s the ultimate guide to this breathtaking coastal city in 2019.
Stunning Local Landmarks
You’ll want to make Plymouth Hoe one of your regular haunts. This picturesque natural harbour offers up stunning views, plus features the famous Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse, an art deco swimming pool and huge events such as MTV Crashes and Race For Life. The Barbican is another must-see destination, featuring the UK’s largest aquarium and the oldest working gin distillery in England.
Around-The-Clock Cafe Scene
Beckley Point is right at the heart of all the most vibrant cafes, bars and restaurants in Plymouth. Caffeine Club is a student-favourite from morning until night, whether you want a light snack or a full pre-night-out feast. It’s open 24 hours so it’s a great place if you’re pulling an all-nighter for your studies and want to be around like-minded people. A bit further north you’ll find Goodbody’s cafe - another 24-hour venue - where you can try their legendary three-pint milkshakes.
Plymouth has an amazing number of gorgeous beaches just a hop, skip and jump from your new home. Bovisand Beach is hugely popular with locals, especially if you fancy some snorkelling. A little further south is the picture-perfect Wembury Beach with amazing views out across the ocean. And if that isn’t enough, head west for the jaw-dropping Whitsand Bay - three miles of sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs. Your postcards home will be the envy of all your friends.
When it comes to nightlife, you’re in luck - all the best clubs and late-night bars are within walking distance of Beckley Point. Pryzm is the biggest nightclub in the city, with four awesome rooms to dance the night away - head over on Mondays and Wednesdays for student nights. Q Bar is even closer - you can get there in under five minutes - and is hugely popular with students. Looking for something a little more sophisticated? Treasury Bar is a more upscale option, with a superb range of cocktails.
Perfect For Culture Vultures
If you’re a fan of live shows, the Theatre Royal Plymouth will become one of your regular spots. It’s one of the biggest venues in the South West and hosts everything from stand-up comedy to live music and highbrow theatre shows. A bit further out you’ll find Royal William Yard, home to a bunch of great restaurants and bars, which also hosts cinema showings and open-air Shakespeare plays in the warmer months.
But this is just a small number of what Plymouth has to offer. And at Beckley Point, you’re at the heart of it all. Find out more here.