Things To Do in Plymouth as a Student

Things To Do in Plymouth as a Student

There is absolutely nothing more exciting than a city you can wholeheartedly explore, so buckle your seat belts because we are about to take you on a grand tour of the most interesting things to do in Plymouth. Hopefully, these recommendations will help you find friends, experience the culture and maybe even save some money in the process.

Museums and galleries

Plymouth is an amazing port city full of historical heritage, so why not take some time to learn more about this fascinating city?  First off, as Britain’s Ocean City we must mention the National Marine Aquarium.  Home to over 4000 marine animals and housing the deepest tank in the UK (containing 2.5 million litres of water), it is well worth a visit.

Although Plymouth’s main Museum and Art Gallery are closed right now, that doesn’t mean you should give up right away and go to the pub. Why not visit the Mayflower Museum on the Barbican and learn about how the Pilgrims Fathers set sail from Plymouth on the Mayflower?

Smeaton’s Tower is worth a visit and a climb if you’ve got a head for heights, and the Merchant House is a fine example of a building still standing from the 16th/17th century.

If you are an artsy student, then you will thoroughly enjoy a string of art galleries, including Peninsular Arts and Plymouth Arts Centre.

Plymouth understands that students are on a tight budget, and many of these art centres and museums offer free public activities all year round. These include open-air cinemas and even arts and crafts markets.

Sports and outdoors

If you are not really into culture and history, then how about taking part in some sporting activities?

There are many places which offer all different kinds of activities, and many of them provide student discounts as well. The University of Plymouth even has a partnership with Plymouth Life Centre, so students can go swimming for free.

If you’re feeling really adventurous you should also check out the Mountbatten Centre.  They provide a range of exciting activities from paddleboarding and kayaking, to caving and powerboating!

Of course, if budgets are tight, you are always free to go on a hike or a bike ride. Plymouth is surrounded by wonderful wilderness with a cycle & walking trail from Saltram House (near Marsh Mills) all the way to Clearbrook on Dartmoor, so outdoorsy students will enjoy themselves all day long.

Pubs and nightlife

If you are looking for a place to let go and dance till you forget when your exams are, then look no further!

Plymouth City Centre offers many late night pubs, clubs and bars that you can visit with friends. Furthermore, there are many waterfront bars on the Barbican which offer local ales and a beautiful harbour views.

If you are into live music and burlesque, visit Annabel’s Cabaret. If not, then nightclubs like Revolution and Pryzm may be more your scene.

There are also plenty of clubs and bars on the stretch from North Hill to Mutley Plain, where you can bump into many university students with all kinds of musical tastes.

If you would rather stay on campus, the University of Plymouth Students Union also has loads going on all week.

Popular events

A foodie’s paradise, Plymouth offers various eating events, including Flavour Fest, The Royal William Yard Good Food Market and Plymouth Seafood Festival.

Flavour Fest is extremely popular and attracts a lot of visitors. In addition, the Seafood Festival celebrates the city’s sea connection and the traditional seafood dishes.

Every summer MTV Crashes Plymouth on the Hoe which always has a good turnout.

However, probably the most popular annual event is the Plymouth Christmas Market in the city centre. It starts on 30th November and hosts 50 log cabin style stalls selling a variety of food, drinks and unique gifts.  If you find yourself getting a bit chilly walking around the market, head to the Bavarian bar where you will find heated seats!

Plymouth student life is never going to be boring if you explore the city just a little bit. Hopefully, these recommendations will jump-start your greatest university adventures.


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