Local guide

A Student’s Guide to Plymouth

Our student accommodation in Plymouth is situated in the city centre just minutes’ walk from Drake Circus Shopping Centre and a few minutes walk from the lively Plymouth Hoe and Barbican areas. Beckley Point is perfectly located to explore the best parts of the city on foot.


Royal William Yard

20 minute bus from Beckley Point

Got a date? Fancy a more sophisticated night? Pop down to the historic Royal William Yard, beautiful and with some great places to eat and drink.



15 minute walk from Beckley Point

The best place to get breakfast for miles, you can choose from speciality breakfasts of over 25 countries! American Pancakes are our favourite.


Book Cupboard

15 Minutes Walk from Beckley Point

Not literally, a cupboard of books but instead a charming place to browse the classics and maybe take Mum & Dad on a visit to the Barbican.


Jakes Takeaway

5 Minute Walk from Beckley Point

It may not look like much, but mighty jakes will avoid that hangover the next day! Hasbrown-melt are the magic words.


Rockets & Rascals

15 minute walk from Beckley Point

If you want a quirky and chilled place to hang out or study, Rocket & rascals might just be the perfect place. Nothing beats their famous Carrot Cake.


Drake Island

10 minute boat ride from Beckley Point

A short walk to the harbour and a boat ride away! Drake Island is well worth a visit for the views of Plymouth and the haunted stories.. spooky.


Plymouth Gin Factory

15 minute walk from Beckley Point

Take a tour of the historic Black Friars Gin Distillery and they'll even throw in a free taster. Enough said? We think so!


University of St Mark and St John

30 minute bus ride from Beckley Point

If you're planning to study there you'll know Marjon is a little out of town, but at Beckley, you can roll out of bed and a bus that will take you almost door to door.

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Plymouth Life Center

20 minute bus ride from Beckley Point

A huge leisure centre only built in 2014, it's great for swimming, gym and team sports. The uni sports clubs often go here and Tom Daley dives here!



10 minute walk from Beckley Point

Every single student in Plymouth ends up on North Hill after every night out, Q is bursting with atmosphere, creative drinks and is great for a boogie!

Plymouth University

Plymouth University

2 minute walk from Beckley Point

If you like rolling out of bed and straight into lectures then Beckley Point will be a good choice!

Plymouth College of Art

Plymouth College of Art

5 minute walk from Beckley Point

Just a 5 minute (down hill!) walk away is Plymouth College of Art.

Drake Circus

Drake Circus

5 minute walk from Beckley Point

Drake Circus is Plymouth's largest shopping centre and it's only 5 minutes away!

Train Station

Plymouth Train Station

5 minute walk from Beckley Point

Connecting this lovely city to the rest of the UK is Plymouth's main train station. Hop on a train here to visit the South Coast's beautiful beaches.

Theatre Royal

Theatre Royal Plymouth

10 minute walk from Beckley Point

With all kinds of shows throughout the year the Theatre Royal in Plymouth is a great place to see live performances.


National Marine Aquarium

20 minute walk from Beckley Point

Sharks and turtles are just some of the residents here, be sure to walk through the underwater tunnel to get a view of tonnes of great creatures!

Vue Cinema

Vue Cinema

20 minute walk from Beckley Point

Playing the latest blockbusters, this is the best place to catch the newest films before someone spoils it for you!



20 minute walk from Beckley Point

Spread over two floors, and with five bars, this club is a great place to go for a night out with your new friends!



10 minute walk from Beckley Point

Relax Aussie style at this sports bar. Grab a cold beer, your friends and watch some sports on the massive screens!



11 minute walk from Beckley Point

Restaurant by day, club by night... Revolution's has two floors plus a club room for you to enjoy amazing cocktails and epic beats.



10 minute walk from Beckley Point

Here at Popworld there is something for everyone with brilliant drink deals & all kinds of music played throughout the night, our favourite - 90's!

Armada Centre

Armada Centre

3 minute walk from Beckley Point

Providing a great shopping experience in the heart of Plymouth, the Armada Centre hosts big chains as well as small independent stores.

Plymouth, ‘Britain’s Ocean City’, is the perfect location for students. You can expect all the usual fun uni things – and with all the perks of the seaside too! You’ll be spoilt.

Whether you’re attending Plymouth University or one of the city’s colleges, our Beckley Point student accommodation is super close to everything you’ll need, so you can easily get to lectures and across the city itself. The University is a speedy two minutes from your front door and City College Plymouth is just half an hour’s walk away.

The city is split into distinct areas, with The Barbican and The Hoe being the two most popular. The Barbican is the classier end of town, with plenty of bars, cafés, restaurants, galleries and shops alongside the old port and winding cobbled streets. The Hoe is the city’s alternative to a beach, where there’s always an event or some live music taking place, making it a proper student hangout.

While you may not be a pro surfer by the time you graduate, you’ll definitely be kicking yourself if you don’t try out at least one of the handful of watersports in between your studies.

Treat Yourself to a Coffee & Cake


If you’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth, you’re in luck, because Plymouth has plenty of cafés that beat your normal Starbucks hands-down. Indulge all of your chocolate and coffee dreams at Chocaccino, along The Barbican. As the name suggests, you’ll find plenty of choccie delights – you might even have a tough time choosing from their menu of homemade chocolates, cakes and real hot chocolates.

Or if chocolate’s not your thing (who are you!?) head over to RumpusCosy vintage tearooms in the ‘Radiant’ cultural space on Derry’s Cross – you’ll deserve a cake after a hard day of studying or revision. William’s Yard also has quite a few trendy cafés to enjoy.

Get your caffeine fix at the trendy YAY! Koffee & Laundry on Mutley Plain – you won’t have to make use of their laundry facilities though, as our accommodation has an on-site laundrette, but you can still enjoy a cuppa…Or head over to The Boathouse Cafe on The Barbican for a coastal view and chilled vibe.

And being by the seaside wouldn’t be complete without an ice cream (or three!). Aptly-named Blue Glacier Ice Cream Parlour, along The Barbican, is like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory for ice creams, with every flavour imaginable, including cherry choc brownie, gingerbread, candyfloss, and rhubarb and custard.

Toast to the Night


In Plymouth, you’re in luck when it comes to nightlife on a student budget. There are plenty of bars and clubs that won’t have you reaching too deep into your pocket. Switch is literally opposite Plymouth University’s campus – and you don’t need any excuse to take full advantage of their £1 pints on Mondays and 2-for-1 drinks everyday from 6pm-11pm. Then there’s CUBA right next door, which has plenty of the same kind of deals with £1 pints on Fridays – win!

For a full-blown club night though, head over to Prism (which has five bars across its two floors), Popworld for a cheesy ‘90s throwback, Revolutions (‘Revs’) for a cocktail, Walkabout sports bar, or The Mousetrap (£1 pints on Thursdays).

And when you’re walking back after a big night out, you’ll probably stumble upon Jake’s takeaway for a bit of a late snack.

Time for a Shopping Spree


If your student budget will allow for it and you feel like a bit of retail therapy, Drake Circus shopping mall has all your favourite highstreet brands in one place. Or get a spot of fresh air strolling along Plymouth’s Royal Palace for more shops and the Theatre Royal.

As for food-foraging there’s a Sainsbury’s just five minutes from Beckley Point, so you’ll never need to panic if you run out of bread or milk.

Book a Daytrip


The city has its own selection of cultural hotspots, so whether you’ve got a day off from uni and nothing to do, or your family are visiting for the weekend, there are plenty of ways to occupy your time.

On a quaintly British day with smatterings of drizzle, why not take a trip to the National Marine Aquarium for only £10.50 per ticket?! A bargain price for a day spent submerged underwater, with fascinating sea life from Plymouth’s own shores to the Atlantic Ocean. If you’re gasping to find out more about Plymouth’s expansive history, pay a visit to Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery just 10 minutes’ walk away. Or combine a daytrip with a tipple and enjoy the free tasters at the classic Black Friars Gin Distillery – we bet your mum’ll be a fan of this one!

Student Life in Plymouth


No doubt all of this has tickled your fancy and got you rather excited about heading over to Beckley Point from September 2017. Book your place straight away by heading to our location page and filling out the form at the bottom. We can’t wait to see you!