Student lifestyle and nightlife

Our large student population, active Students' Union, and abundance of student-led clubs and societies blend to create a busy and vibrant student scene. Clubs, bars, cafes, and live music, there's always something going on.
There’s lots of choice when looking for bars and pubs close to campus, whether you’re looking for somewhere to catch a game, some celebratory cocktails or casual drinks. Bar Rakuda is at the centre of the Barbican, with an abundance of covered outdoor seating, views over the harbour and live music. Rakuda is a popular spot no matter what the season! The Roundabout is a stone’s throw from campus, and a perfect spot to meet after your Friday lectures or to watch a football match with your mates. Switch and Air Plymouth are opposite campus on the renowned North Hill; together they make a popular spot with students, as both bars offer lots of drink deals, dancing opportunities, and are open until 6am!
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The Barbican, Plymouth. Getty Images
The Barbican isn’t just the place to sample freshly caught fish – its chic bars and cosy cafes are the city’s prime location for mates, dates, and nights to remember
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Late-night hangouts, festivals, open-air cinemas – Plymouth isn't a city that sleeps

There is a lot to do in terms of nightlife here. The Students' Union is a prime spot where there are loads of events that take place, and after dark it turns into a club, which is the best I've been to!

Plymouth's maritime history and coastal location have an undeniable influence on life in the city. The walk from our main campus to the seafront is only about one mile, providing loads of opportunity to relax and unwind during your studies. You don’t need to leave the city to get to the coast! Plymouth Hoe overlooks several beaches with easy access to the water. Otherwise, just off Royal William Yard, you’ll find Firestone Bay. This official bathing water is a popular spot for swimmers and paddleboarders alike.
Swimmers in the sea

Plymouth is so beautiful and things like going paddle boarding, wild swimming and watching the sunrise by the sea are actually the best things ever. I love it so much!

Somewhere you can be you

The city of Plymouth is lucky to be enriched by its multinational student community, diverse University staff, and the millions of tourists who visit each year.
Multi coloured shops line the cobbled streets of Plymouth's historic Barbican
Multi-coloured shops, cafes, bars, and galleries line the cobbled streets of Plymouth's historic Barbican

Plymouth is an intricate city filled with hidden gems such as antique shops, little cafes with reading corners and amazing food! My flatmates and I try to explore as much as possible, and it still feels like a little holiday every time.