About Plymouth

On the south coast of Devon, right on the border with Cornwall is the port city of Plymouth. The city sits on the mouth of the River Plym and the River Tamar and has a population of over 260,000 which makes it the second largest city in the south west after Bristol. The city lies in the fabulous countryside of Devon, with Dartmoor national park just to the north and a number of areas of outstanding natural beauty in the surrounding area.

The city itself has lots to explore such as the National Marine Aquarium, the Royal Citadel, Mount Edgcumbe House, North Hill, Saltram House and Hoe Park (with the visually striking Smeaton’s Tower Lighthouse). The city has a rich maritime history ranging from the royal navy to pirates and smugglers, evidence of which can be seen dotted around the city.

Popular Student Areas of Plymouth


Home to the freedom fields park is the popular area of Greenbank. Well located for accessing both the city centre and the university which makes it convenient for students. The area is home to a number of student accommodation and house shares so there is a wide range of housing on offer. Drake Circus is also close which is the largest shopping mall in the area, offering all the shops and amenities you would expect.

Transport options are also great with the main train station within easy reach which links the city to the rest of the UK. The nightlife is also prepared for the student population and due to the proximity to the university there are often organised events in the area.


Slightly further east than Greenbank is the area of Lipson. Similar to Greenbank in a lot of ways but it is noticeably a bit further from town and the university. This can mean that prices are slightly cheaper but of course you would expect to travel a little further.

Transport options are still great so getting around really isn’t an issue and the area also has the amenities one would expect. Mainly a residential area but Greenbank and the centre can be reached easily for a night out.


Generally residential area with terraced houses and narrow streets. Further from the university than the other areas but still an easy bus ride away. The streets in Mutley connect to the popular Mutley Plain which is a bustling commercial road, so almost everything you need can be found here, including a number of pubs, bars and restaurants.

Top Universities in Plymouth

  • University of Plymouth