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    Welcome to Plymouth University

    As a world-class institution and one of the top ten modern universities in the UK, Plymouth University has a huge range of courses and opportunities in a wide variety of study areas.

    The university puts your student experience at the heart of what they do and there are so many reasons why students love studying with Plymouth University.

    A truly innovative institution, striving for excellence in their teaching and research, employability is at the heart of Plymouth University's unique student experience. They have developed deep and lasting partnerships within industry for the mutual benefit of the university, the city, the region and the global economy.

    Award Winning

    The university recently leapt 22 places in the Times Higher Education world rankings (to 278th, their highest position yet), placing them among the top 40 universities in the UK and within the top three in the South West.

    Plymouth was also the first university in the world to receive the 'Social Enterprise Mark' for organisations that put people and planet first.

    Sustainability is embedded across all operations and the university was proud to have been named ‘Greenest UK University’ by the People and Planet Green League 2014.

    Excellence in teaching and research

    Plymouth students benefit from extremely high standards in teaching and world-class research as verified by independent assessment.

    As a measure of the professional standing as educators, Plymouth University has 18 National Teaching Fellows - a prestigious, UK-wide award that recognises outstanding learning and teaching in higher education. 48% of Plymouth academic staff are Higher Education Academy Fellows: the national average is 28%.

    Nearly two-thirds of Plymouth University’s research has been graded as world-leading or of international quality, according to the nationwide review of research standards across the higher education sector.

    From agriculture to art and design, clinical medicine to mathematics, earth sciences to education, the University improved its scores across the board in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

    Overall Plymouth had more than 63% of its research graded at three and four-stars – nearly double the score achieved in 2008, when the previous assessment exercise was conducted. It means the University retains its place in the Research Fortnight Power League top 50.

    For more information please visit their website.

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    Courses and fees

    Subject areas / courses

    Plymouth is known for its innovative courses covering a wide range of subjects including:

    • Architecture, Building and Construction
    • Art, Design and Media
    • Biological and Environmental Sciences
    • Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences
    • Business and Management
    • Computing, Mathematics and Statistics
    • Geography and Earth Sciences
    • Education and Teaching
    • Engineering and Robotics
    • English and Humanities
    • Hospitality, Tourism and Events
    • Law and Criminology
    • Marine and Maritime Sciences
    • Medicine and Dentistry
    • Nursing, Midwifery and Health Professions
    • Psychology
    • Social Science and Social Work
    • Theatre and Performance

    You can search through the wide range of courses by visiting the undergraduate courses pages or you can browse by general interest area by visiting the schools pages.

    Fees and funding

    Visit the university's fee pages to find out exactly what you'll need to pay if you are a new undergraduate student beginning study in 2015.

    Fees should not be a barrier to your studies; the University has generous support packages to help before and during your time at university, as well as after graduation.

    General funding available to our students includes:

    • Maintenance loan towards living costs of up to £5,740
    • Maintenance grant of up to £3,387 if your household income is under £25,000 or partial grant if your income is under £42,620
    • Supplementary grants for students with child and adult dependants.

    Scholarships and bursaries

    Plymouth University offers a wide range of scholarships and bursaries including sporting excellence scholarships and care leavers bursaries. The sporting excellence scholarship offers four different levels of scholarship to students aspiring to excel in a recognised sport and can range from £1,000 to £9,000. For further details please visit their website.


    Vibrant and beautiful location

    The campus is at the centre of a thriving ocean front city in one of the UK’s most beautiful regions. Plymouth has everything you would expect from the largest city in the South West – major high street stores, theatres, multiplex cinemas, art cinemas and a wealth of small clubs and venues.

    With excellent national transport links, great shopping culture and nightlife, top sporting opportunities, pristine seas and south coast-sunshine, Plymouth will provide you with an unrivaled location to live and study. For further information, please visit their website.

    Campus facilities

    Plymouth University's growing international reputation is matched by some exciting campus developments including a £4.85 million new Marine Station plus the recently opened £7 million performing arts centre ‘The House’.

    These exciting developments form part of the £300 million which has been invested in Plymouth's campus to date, with further investment planned to support the student experience and ensure that Plymouth University maintains a contemporary and fit-for-purpose campus with inspirational surroundings.

    For more information, please visit the Campus Developments webpage.

    The Students' Union runs over 140 clubs and societies covering every interest you can think of, plus there are a number of services to support you with your learning and student life, such as the Student Funding Unit, 24 hour Library (open every single day), Get Active Service, Disability Assist, Plymouth Award, IT services and the Student Gateway.


    Plymouth University has a dedicated Careers and Employability Gateway to offer you support with all aspects of your future career.

    They are there to help you with:

    • Placement and work-based learning opportunities
    • Career direction
    • Postgraduate study options
    • CV or application checks for specific graduate or placement roles
    • Interview techniques, advice and mock interviews
    • Course change/withdrawal support
    • Support with extra-curricular activities.

    Engaging with employers is key to understanding what they want in a graduate, which is why the university put on careers fairs, bringing a raft of high profile and local employers to campus to meet you.

    For more information on the careers and employability service, visit the university's website.

    Student life

    Plymouth is one of the largest and liveliest universites in the country. As a Plymouth student you will have access to an amazing range of social, sports, leisure and extra-curricular activities to help you relax, unwind or engage with people outside of your study time.

    Join in with the Student’s Union - UPSU

    The award winning Student’s Union (UPSU) is an independent registered charity that seeks to represent all the students of Plymouth University. You may want to join one of the 140 clubs or societies – or set up one of your own; raise money for charity; represent your fellow students in parliament or the course rep system; create content for the SU newspaper and radio station; take a job in the bar; spend a placement year working for the University or; just enjoy a coffee, a beer and a good night out. The Student Union is there to help you make the best of your student experience! Please visit the university's webpage for more information.


    Plymouth guarantees university-managed accommodation to all applicants who choose Plymouth University as their firm choice institution, and complete their application before the specified deadline. To find out more details about their guarantee and their application process visit their website.

    The Student Accommodation Code

    Plymouth University have signed up to the Student Accommodation Code developed by Universities UK and GuildHE to ensure that you get the best quality accommodation. The Code is managed by an external group who inspects their halls to ensure they are in tip-top condition.

    Their accommodation portal will be open in the spring for halls of residence applications for 2015/16.

    Plymouth Studentpad, the University's database of student private housing, is now open to current Plymouth University students, so that you can look for your new home for the next academic year.

    Residence life

    Plymouth University understand the importance of finding a friendly, safe, and comfortable place to live while you study. That is why the University has worked hard to develop a residence life experience within their halls which they believe is of the highest quality and also unique in terms of the level of support, engagement and year-round, fun activities provided. Living away from home for the first time can be daunting, but Plymouth make it their business to ensure that no-one feels alone.

    Their Residence Life team of Hall Co-ordinators and Resident Assistants are carefully selected to provide a network of support and friendship, with your wellbeing as their number one priority. When they say 'Welcome to Plymouth University', they really mean it!

    For more details regarding accommodation, or any aspect of residence life including prices, and to see images and floor plans of all the halls please visit their dedicated webpage.

    Your accommodation options

    Pilgrim Hall

    Pilgrim Hall is centrally located in the student quarter and is only minutes from the University campus and city centre.

    Pilgrim is made up of 237 standard and large en suite rooms ranging in price from £130 to £150 a week. The rooms are divided into flats of between three and eight students with shared kitchen facilities. There is rental storage available here if you have a bike or water sports equipment.

    Find out more about Pilgrim Hall

    Radnor Hall

    One of the largest halls, Radnor Hall has 408 standard and large en suite rooms costing between £130 and £150 a week. The hall is broken up into flats of six students each. With just a two-minute walk to the main campus and the city centre, Radnor Hall is a good choice for those who want to make the most of all that’s on offer. There is a courtyard which makes a good social centre in the summer months.

    Find out more about Radnor Hall

    Mary Newman Hall

    If having a good view is important to you then Mary Newman Hall will be on your shortlist. The top floors of this 11-storey building provide excellent city or sea views. Mary Newman Hall has 157 regular, large and extra-large en suite rooms broken out into 5- and 10-bed flats. Rooms cost between £131 and £143 a week. The hall is conveniently located at the centre of the campus and is only a five-minute walk from the city centre.

    Find out more about Mary Newman Hall

    Robbins Hall

    Robbins Hall makes up part of the student quarter, directly opposite the University campus and close to the city centre. The 430 rooms include interior rooms with skylights and standard rooms which share bathroom facilities, and some en suite rooms, costing between £98 and £124 a week. Rooms are separated into flats of between four and eight rooms each and some of the flats even have a balcony to enjoy the views. There are two central courtyards which are popular places to hang out in the summer.

    Find out more about Robbins Hall

    Francis Drake Hall

    If you fancy living in Francis Drake Hall then you’ll need to be quick off the mark as it’s the most popular choice of hall. Perhaps that's down to its location: close to your lecture theatres, the popular Drake’s Café is right opposite and not forgetting the views from the upper levels. The campus-located, modern building houses 329 rooms including standard and large en suites as well as studio flats. The en suite rooms are grouped into flats of between three and ten students who share kitchen facilities. Rooms cost between £131 and £150 a week with all bills included.

    Find out more about Francis Drake Hall

    Gilwell Hall

    Gilwell is the most affordable hall of residence. As is often the case with the more budget university accommodation, what it lacks in luxury it makes up for with its friendly, sociable atmosphere. The hall has 200 standard rooms, each including a sink and a desk, and costs start from £91 a week. Gilwell's location is also very handy, being conveniently located in the student quarter, directly opposite the main campus and with the city centre close by.

    Find out more about Gilwell Hall

    Alexandra Works

    Located in the popular Mutley Plain area of Plymouth, Alexandra Works has an array of cafes, restaurants and shops on its doorstep and is a 15-minute walk from the campus. For those needing to get to Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, it's just a ten-minute hop on the bus. There is also limited on-street parking available in the area which could come in useful if you want a car whilst at university. There are 246 en suite rooms available from £118 a week, grouped into flats for four, five or six students with shared kitchen facilities.

    Find out more about Alexandra Works

    Astor House

    Astor House is the newest and largest hall of residence. If you’re after city living combined with the height of luxury then this hall is ideal for you, as it is situated right next to the gorgeous seafront area of Plymouth Hoe and close to the lively Barbican area. You are also only a ten-minute walk from the University campus. Astor House provides 450 en suite rooms (£125 to £146 a week), divided into flats of between three and nine students sharing kitchen facilities as well as 68 studio flats (£151 a week). This new hall offers a unique top-floor common room, known as the Sky Lounge which provides a communal area to meet, chat, watch films or just take in the view. Bike and water sports storage space is available to rent here if you need it.

    Find out more about Astor House

    Frobisher House

    Frobisher House is very popular with students from the Faculty of Business, due to its convenient location next door! All the rooms are en suite with some studio flats available and cost between £134 and £149 a week. Rooms are grouped into flats of between four and 11 students. This hall offers impressive facilities including a communal lounge with a 52-inch TV and the blue sky study space which you can use if you want a change of scene from your room. It’s centrally located in the student quarter and only a five-minute walk from the city centre.

    Find out more about Frobisher House

    St Teresa House

    St Teresa House sits within a popular student area, giving it a great community feel. It compromises of 108 standard rooms (£107 a week) divided into flats, each with between five and seven students in them. There are also three self-contained studio flats (£142 a week). This is a very sociable hall of residence which shares a new common room with St Thomas Court next door. At only a five-minute walk to the Business School and a short walk to the main campus and city centre, St Teresa House has everything close by.

    Find out more about St Teresa House

    St Thomas Court

    Offering the same easy access to campus and the city centre that St Teresa House does next door, St Thomas Court is a good choice if you are looking for a sociable place to live, with the added comfort of en suite rooms. The large courtyard becomes a busy meeting place, particularly during Freshers' Week. All 227 rooms in St Thomas Court are en suite (£123 a week) and organised into flats with between five and seven students in each. There are also nine studio flats (£141 a week), which are fully self-contained with their own facilities.

    Find out more about St Thomas Court

    Central Point

    If you want quick access to everything the city has to offer then Central Point is a good choice. You are based right in the centre of the city with a ten-minute walk to campus or to the seafront. The accommodation has recently been updated and has a modern, contemporary feel as well as the addition of a new common room and vending machines in case you need a late night snack! En suite rooms are available from £129 a week, £159 a week for a studio flat or you can upgrade to an extra large studio flat for £169 a week.

    Find out more about Central Point

    Discovery Heights

    If you want everything at your fingertips you should look at Discovery Heights; directly opposite the campus and only a three-minute walk to the city centre with the added bonus of a small supermarket on the ground floor. There are 214 en suite rooms (£129 a week) which are grouped into flats of between four and seven students sharing.

    Find out more about Discovery Heights

    Central Park Towers

    With the unique benefit of a games room, private meeting rooms and a garden with BBQ area, Central Park Towers is more of a complex than a simple hall of residence. The student common room includes a large flat-screen TV complete with Sky TV package. It’s a ten-minute walk from campus and the city centre, and you can stroll to the Plymouth Life leisure centre just as quickly, useful if you’re a regular swimmer. There are 200 self-contained studio flats available, each at £126 a week.

    Find out more about Central Park Towers

    Open days

    The best way to really find out what's on offer at Plymouth is to come and see for yourself. Bring your family and friends along to one of Plymouth University's open days. You can meet some of the current students who'll tell you what life at Plymouth is really like.

    Plymouth University open days offer you the chance to:

    • gain a first-hand insight into what student life is like
    • find out more about their courses, facilities, welfare and support services
    • take a tour of the campus and the city
    • discover how they can help develop your skills for future success in employment and further study
    • see examples of student accommodation.

    And much more!

    To book your place on the next open day please visit their website where you can register to attend.

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