In the southwest of England is the port city of Plymouth. Known for its narrow, cobbled streets and maritime heritage, Plymouth is a gorgeous seaside town perfect for students who prefer to study away from the crowds of the city, while still experiencing a rich student culture. Check out what it’s like to live in Plymouth student accommodation.

Student accommodation in Plymouth at a glance

If you want your student accommodation in Plymouth to be right in the action, look at St Teresa House. This modern accommodation offers both studios and shared accommodation, both with ample study and storage area. It’s located right in the heart of Plymouth near great restaurants, cafes, and pubs, and is only a 10-minute walk to Plymouth University and Plymouth College of Art.

For spacious Plymouth student accommodation, check out iQ Astor House. This modern high-rise has lots of great studio options, each with its own ensuite and varying degrees of amenities. There are also great breakout spaces for when you want to hang out with friends, including a garden and a courtyard, a games area, and a top-floor sky lounge with amazing views of Plymouth – not many Plymouth student flats can say that! Location-wise, you’re right near the city centre, and less than a 15-minute walk to both Plymouth University and Plymouth College of Art. If you’re feeling homesick in your new student digs, it’s easy to make your uni room feel like home with a few cheap and easy changes.

In the heart of the ‘student quarter’ is The Old Dairy, a popular option for student halls in Plymouth. Offering both private studios or flats for 4, 5, or 6 with high-spec shared kitchens and communal areas, this accommodation is a popular choice amongst students. It’s only a 5-minute walk from Plymouth University and a 2-minute walk to Plymouth College of Art and has lots of cafes and restaurants close by.

For those who want their student accommodation in Plymouth a little out of the city, look at St Augustine’s House. Located north of the city centre in Mutley, this modern student accommodation is still only a 17-minute walk to the University of Plymouth but is also right by Mutley Plain, a busy high street with lots of shops and cafes. St Augustine’s House offers both studio and one or two-bedroom apartments, with an on-site gym and lots of communal spaces. Opting for student accommodation with a community feel is a great way to ensure that you’re looking after your  mental wellbeing at university.

Plymouth at a glance

  • Home to higher education establishments such as Plymouth University, Plymouth College of Art, City College Plymouth, and Plymouth Marjon University, all close to private student accommodation in Plymouth.
  • Plymouth is a Barbican district which is the reason the streets are narrow and cobbled.
  • The city has a rich history tied in with America. A group of English colonists, later called the Pilgrim Fathers, departed from Plymouth in 1620 on a boat called the Mayflower, and set up colonies in Northern America.
  • Smeaton’s Tower, an iconic lighthouse in Plymouth, is known for its architectural excellence and influential lighthouse design from then on.
  • For gin lovers, Plymouth boasts the oldest gin distillery in England and has been operating since 1793.
  • Being on the water, there are loads of watersports and activities to enjoy. Head to Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre and try your hand at sailing or kayaking.
  • See over 4000 species of sea animals at the National Marine Aquarium – they offer a student discount too!
  • If land animals are more your thing, head to Dartmoor Zoological Park. Here you can see big cats like tigers, lions, cheetah, jaguar, lynx and bears, as well as meerkats, monkeys, a fantastic collection of bugs and reptiles, and much more.
  • One of the best parts of student accommodation in Plymouth is being so close to the beach. Plymouth’s closest sandy beaches are Bovisands and Wembury, being just a 15-minute drive away from the city centre.
  • For a spot of culture, head to The Box, a major new museum, art gallery, and archive space in the centre of Plymouth.

Student travel around Plymouth

Plymouth has great transport links to get you around the city hassle-free. You can jump on a bus, train, bike, or even a ferry depending on where your day takes you. For details, schedules and tickets, click here.

By Bus

The main local bus service for Plymouth is City Bus. Download their app to find out times, tickets, and live updates. The closest stops to the University of Plymouth are James Street, University, and City Library & Museum. Check out where your Plymouth student flats are in relation to the bus stops to plan your best route.

By Train

Plymouth Railway Station is only a few minutes walk from the University of Plymouth. While there are other stops around the city, the train links are mainly used for travelling outside of the area, with easy and regular connections to London Paddington Station and other parts of the country. For information on trains in Plymouth, click here.

By Bike

Getting from your student accommodation in Plymouth to campus or social activities is easy when you have a bike. The city has great cycle paths that are regularly maintained as well as handy bike racks wherever you go. Check out the cycle paths here to plan your route. Alternatively, if you don’t own a bike, you can hire one from the local cafe, Rockets and Rascals.

By Ferry

The ferries in Plymouth aren’t exactly the best way to get to and from campus, but they are great for when you want to see the south coast by sea. There are some great day trip options that can take you to places like Mount Batton and Devonport. For more info, click here.

Where do students live in Plymouth?

Greenbank

A popular spot for Plymouth student halls is Greenbank, due to its proximity to both the University of Plymouth campus and also the city centre. That however means it does come with a higher price tag than other areas, but that isn’t to say the area isn’t affordable. The other good news is you have so much on your doorstep, with the Drake Circus Shopping Centre close by, as well as some great student bars and pubs such as the Seymour Arms and The Providence.

Lipson

A suburb further from Greenbank is Lipson, a popular place for Plymouth university student accommodation because of its cheaper price tag. Your commute is a little further, but only a 20-minute or so walk away. Unfortunately for shopping and nightlife, you will need to venture to other suburbs, but there is Salisbury Road which has a few bars and restaurants for when you want to stay local.

Mutley

If you want to be right in the ‘student hub’ of Plymouth, then Mutley is for you. Known to have the highest concentration of students, Mutley offers a unique atmosphere with lots of pubs, clubs, and restaurants. Check out the popular student eatery, Goodbody’s, or grab a drink at The Hyde Park or Fortescue. While Mutley isn’t really close to campuses, it does have great bus links to get you around the city.

Plymouth student accommodation FAQs

Is Plymouth a good place for students?

Plymouth is a popular place for students with thousands welcomed every year. It’s often rated highly by past students as it offers a buzzing student scene with great student accommodation in Plymouth’s popular student areas, like Greenbank and Mutley.

When is the best time to look for student accommodation in Plymouth?

Most students look for accommodation in Plymouth around the month of October, but student accommodation is something you can find any time. Check out our guide to applying for student accommodation for more information.

What is the best way to search for student accommodation in Plymouth?

The best way to search for student accommodation in Plymouth is using Mystudenthalls.com to find a range of accommodation options, including ensuites, studios and shared properties. Each of our listings has unique features and facilities, so it’s best to research the area  in relation to your university campus, as well as shops and amenities, when making your accommodation choice. Please get in touch if you have any questions about any of our student accommodation options.

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