Francis Drake halls of residence
Francis Drake Hall is ideal for those looking to be in the heart of it all, offering 315 en suite rooms. This Hall of Residence is located in the middle of the vibrant University campus, only seconds away from Drake's Kitchen, the Students' Union, library, gym, and lecture theatres.

The is now open for bookings for September 2024! Book your room before 17:00 on 4 July 2024 to benefit from our Accommodation Guarantee.


Francis Drake Hall tour


Join BSc (Hons) Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology student Sarah on a tour around Francis Drake hall of residence.
"I've made so many new friends living in halls, it's the best way to meet people when you start University."
Katie Bradley, University-managed halls resident

Room types and prices

There are two types of rooms available to book in Francis Drake: you can either book a standard en suite room or an en suite room within a three bedroom flat.
Please note that all prices listed below are correct for the 2024-25 intake.
Room type – standard en suite (288):
  • Cost: £199 per week. Total annual rent: £8,159 (for a 41-week licence).
  • Floor size: approximately 12m².
  • Bed size: single bed (can be 6’9” to 6’10” long) with under bed storage.
  • Facilities: shelving, wardrobe, desk, chair and notice board, en suite bathroom with shower (wet room).
Room type – en suite room within a three bedroom flat (21):
  • Cost: £200.50 per week. Total annual rent: £8,220.50 (for a 41-week licence).
  • Floor size: approximately 12m².
  • Bed size: single bed (can be 6’9” to 6’10” long) with under bed storage.
  • Facilities: shelving, wardrobe, desk, chair and notice board, en suite bathroom with shower (wet room).
*Rooms may vary.

Location

Francis Drake Hall is located over three blocks and is conveniently situated in the middle of the vibrant University campus. The hall is only five minutes away from the city centre and seconds away from the Students’ Union, library and lecture theatres. It also benefits from having the popular campus restaurant Drake’s Kitchen right opposite, so if you fancy a break from cooking it is the ideal place. There are also other cafés close by, including the Reservoir Café with its lovely view and garden area.
Address: Francis Drake Hall of Residence, James Street, Plymouth, Devon PL4 6AP.

Number of flatmates

Between three and ten students share a flat in Francis Drake Hall.

Benefits and facilities

  • Located in the heart of campus.
  • Lift access to all floors.
  • Laundry facilities on site.
  • WiFi included.
  • Contents Insurance included
  • 24-hour campus security.
  • Residence Life events supported by Student Hall Ambassadors.
  • Halls Duty Team on site from 11am–9pm.
  • Utility bills included (water, gas, and electricity)*.
  • Bike and water sports storage facilities available.
  • Kitchens include an oven, hob, microwave, kettle, toaster, and ironing board. Double facilities are provided in the flats of more than six people (two fridges and two ovens).
* TV Licence not included

*This floor plan is a representation of a typical flat. The drawing is not to scale and should not be relied upon when making decisions about your accommodation. Please note that the images above are examples and not all rooms and kitchens will look like this.

Prepaid catering package

Forget about cooking, food shopping and washing up this year, and enjoy the benefits of a flexible prepaid way to eat while studying at the University of Plymouth.
Enjoy sustainable, locally sourced, fresh food from a range of our award-winning campus cafes with our prepaid catered halls package. Available to those living in University-managed accommodation, this package spans over 35 weeks of the year, providing your breakfast and a two course dinner from Monday to Friday, excluding the Christmas break and Bank Holidays.
Cafe JBs on the Derriford campus

Residence life: optimising your student experience

Moving away from home can be daunting, which is why everyone living in University-managed accommodation is welcome to join our Residence Life community. It’s a programme of events, activities and giveaways designed to help you meet new people, make new friends and try new things.
Do you love rock climbing and ice skating? How about cinema trips and pottery painting? What about ghost tours, sunset cruises, escape rooms or coach trips to explore around Devon and Cornwall? Residence Life is a great way to meet people who love the things you love. Best of all? It’s totally free!
Flatmates at a Residence Life welcome event