• Birmingham

    Famous for its exuberant nightlife, vast shopping centres, cultural hotspots and historic landmarks. Birmingham is England's second-largest city, which suggests it's got everything that a student needs to have a good time!

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  • Bournemouth

    With 7 miles of beach, a pier and buzzing nightlife - what's not to love about this picturesque seaside town? Bournemouth also has a warmer than average UK climate - so you can really get your tan on during the summer months!

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  • Bristol

    The city is brimming with vibrant cultural hotspots, a buzzing social scene and an overall chilled atmosphere. Renowned for its music and art scenes, and its many festivals, you can expect to have a jam-packed diary all year around.

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  • Cambridge

    This small historic town has plenty to offer including punting down the beautiful river Cam and visiting the many museums of Cambridge. But if the party scene is more your thing, there are also plenty of bars and clubs to cater towards your tastes.

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  • Cardiff

    It's easy to see why Cardiff is the capital of Wales with it's beautiful historic castle and revitalized waterfront. There's always something for students to enjoy, including visiting the quirky comic shops, art centre and weekly farmers markets.

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  • Edinburgh

    Edinburgh, the Scottish capital is home to the much-loved and enjoyed Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It also has many student hotspots including Princes street where you can find all the trendy student shops and classy bars.

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  • Exeter

    Exeter is a city of history, architecture, and culture, with an abundance of shopping opportunities and foodie hotspots thrown in for good measure. What's not to love about this student city?

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  • Lancaster

    Lancaster knows how to spoil you with numerous shops, restaurants, bars and clubs. The city also has many historical hotspots and posesses one of the longest canals in the UK, stretching 43 miles all the way through to Preston.

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  • Lincoln

    Lincoln offers an experience rich in history combined with independent boutique shopping. The city is packed with restaurants and student bars and is surrounded in beautiful countryside. It's obvious why students love Lincoln.

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  • Liverpool

    Liverpool has an abundance of things to offer students such as shopping, unique restaurants and entertainment - including live music. Liverpool also has a nightlife scene with many bars and clubs dotted over the city - you really are spoilt for choice!

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  • London

    It's easy to understand why students love London. The city is made accessible by the underground and has everything a student could possibly want from the Uk's best shopping, restaurants, parks and museums to some of the most unique bars and clubs.

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  • Newcastle

    Newcastle has lots to offer including its historic castle and bridges, restaurants, bars, clubs and extensive shopping - including 600 shops in the city. It's simple to understand why students love this city!

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  • Nottingham

    Nottingham is known for its role in the great Robin Hood legend and sandstone caves underneath the streets of the city. Nottingham also has a beautiful castle to explore along with many shops, restaurants, bars and clubs.

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  • Plymouth

    What's not to love about Plymouth? The beautiful port city in Devon boasts an idyllic harbour, plenty of shopping areas, restaurants, bars and Barbican areas.

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  • Portsmouth

    If you love the sea - Portsmouth is a great choice! From eating and drinking out to shopping and exploring the historical dockyard - there's always something to keep students entertained in Portsmouth.

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  • Southampton

    Southampton is a bustling student city offering museums, music venues, art galleries, award winning parks and incredible shopping facilities. There are also plenty of student bars, clubs and a selection of eateries for you and your flatmates to try!

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10 Reasons to Study in Plymouth

Plymouth is the small but perfectly formed city with a large amount to offer students. Want to feel safe? Plymouth was recently voted the second-safest place to live in Britain. Want to get a good education? The University of Plymouth is ranked amongst the top 2% in the world. Want to make your student finance payments stretch further? Plymouth’s street food market can offer superb sustenance on a shoe-string. And if that’s not enough to convince you, then here’s some more great reasons to study in Plymouth.

     1. It’s a Safe Place to Live

We’ve already said this one, but let us elaborate. Moving to a new city can be scary, yet Plymouth is one of the warmest and friendliest of the lot. Especially now all the pirates have vanished into history. We’ve already mentioned that the city regularly gets voted one of the safest places to live in Britain in national surveys. It’s also considered the safest big city in South West England. It’s pretty safe, is the general vibe Plymouth gives off.

     2. It’s Also a Safe Place to Party

For those rare occasions when your heavy study schedule allows for an evening’s relaxation (humour us, your parents may be reading this), Plymouth’s nightlife is there to greet you with open arms. The campus is surrounded by bars and clubs with plenty of events (and deals) on every night of the week. Our accommodation is right in the center of these, by the way. And you’re also within walking distance of areas such as Sutton Harbour, which have plenty of club and pub action to offer.

     3. A budget-friendly city

Plymouth knows how to keep the 21,000 students who live and study in her salty sea air happy and solvent. When it comes to eating, for instance, there are plenty of budget-friendly options to choose from, such as cheap meals at the Student Union. You’ll also find many places in the city happy to knock a few quid off the bill when you offer up your various discount cards.

     4. Drake Circus

But forget your budget for a minute, because you’ll be living a stone’s skim away from Drake Circus, which has all the shops, restaurants, and cafes you could want. Great for retail therapy when stress is high, or window shopping when funds are low. And it’s an excellent source of flexible jobs that will fit in around your study schedule or support you through the summer. It’s also the perfect excuse your mum is looking for to visit you more often.

     5. Study by the sea

Are you drawn to the ocean? Well, Plymouth is about as close as you can get to it whilst staying dry, safe, and near a McDonald’s. The smell of salt is always in the air, and the sound of the waves is never far away. It’s an atmospheric background to your studies. In fact, if you close your eyes at night, you can almost picture Sir Francis Drake giving you the thumbs up from the deck of the Golden Hind.

     6. A cosy campus

Woken up late because you’ve been, erm, studying all night? No problem, because at Beckley Point you’re around the corner from the campus. Which means you’ll never be far from any of your lectures, seminars, or tutorials. Even your lazy mate wouldn’t bother getting a bus. And you don’t have to travel to different parts of the city for your various lectures either, as the campus is all based on one site.

     7. Devon and Cornwall on your doorstep

Well, not exactly on your doorstep, but if you woke up at 10am fancying a trip into the Cornish countryside, you could jump in the car and be there by lunchtime. Having Britain’s least typically-British-weather-y holiday county on your doorstep is no small advantage, particularly in the summer when lectures drop off and adventures get planned.

     8. The Barbican

This is the historic area of Plymouth, and it’s a real must-see. With over a hundred listed buildings, and enough cobbled streets to give you a limp, it’s got something for everyone. The perfect place to take visiting family and experience the real ‘being in a postcard of Plymouth’ historic beauty of the city.

     9. Water activities

Did we mention the sea is right next to Plymouth? You’re welcome to go there and get wet with one of the many watersports clubs at the Uni. Have you ever tried scuba diving? Underwater photography? Windsurfing? It’s a great way to see the city and the surrounding coastline.

    10. Food scene

Seafood? Check. The best fish and chips you’ll ever eat are actually five minutes from your accommodation. We mention the seafood options upfront because that’s what people expect to hear about, but there’s something for every taste. Supah’s Street Food Emporium is renowned for choice, taste, and value. And there are plenty of cafes, bars, and restaurants – such as Toot – that can offer amazing vegetarian and vegan options.

Stay in Plymouth with The Student Housing Company

Want to study in a warm, friendly, and fun city that mixes sea air and safety on a close-knit and welcoming campus? Finding the right uni city for your needs can be a tough choice, but Plymouth aces all the factors that we think are important. So discover why Beckley Point is the best place for you to stay whilst you’re studying in the city, and you may find yourself drawn in by the sense of history, the standard of learning, and the quality of nightlife that Plymouth has to offer.

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