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University of Plymouth

The University of Plymouth is a public research university founded in 1862 as the Plymouth School of Navigation. Granted polytechnic status in 1970, it became a university in 1992. Rated Gold across the board in the UK’s 2023 Teaching Excellence Framework, the University of Plymouth has a research-led culture, is ranked 69th in the Guardian UK University Guide 2024, 561st in the QS World University Rankings 2024 and is a three-time winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize, the highest national award for an educational institution.
Sustainability is a core principle of the university, its award-winning, climate-conscious campus achieving net zero three years early.
The university is right in the heart of Plymouth, a Student Crowd Awards 2022 top 15 best student city. As Britain’s Ocean City, Plymouth’s vibrant waterfront and centre offer a variety of bars, cafes, restaurants and shops and other attractions including theatres, museums, aquarium, and lido.


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Campus location

Main campus

Language prerequisites


united-kingdom (2)

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Founding year


Semester fees

8550 GBP

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Accommodation details

The University of Plymouth offers a range of accommodation options, including university-managed halls and private sector housing.

The halls provide a safe, supportive environment with various room types, all single occupancy, and include special provisions for international students, those with disabilities, and specific lifestyle preferences like quiet or alcohol-free living.
An accommodation guarantee is offered for new undergraduate students who meet certain conditions.

For students with families or other specific needs, the city of Plymouth offers diverse accommodation choices. The university adheres to the Student Accommodation Code to ensure high-quality standards.

Fall semester application deadline

May 31, 2024

Spring semester application deadline

November 4, 2023

Cost of living

1200 GBP/month

Major expenses

Monthly cost of living in Plymouth can be divided as follows:

  • On-Campus Accommodation £440
  • Transportation £55
  • Food £290
  • Utilities £205
  • Entertainment £73
  • Groceries £101
  • Clothes £40

More information on the cost of living in Plymouth can be found here.

Visa and immigration

The University of Plymouth provides comprehensive visa and immigration support for international students through its Student Immigration team. This team collaborates with the Home Office to offer free specialist advice on immigration matters related to studying at the university. The team can assist with various issues, including the EU Settlement Scheme, visa refusals, administrative reviews, short-term study visas, visitor visas, and Hong Kong BN(O) visas.

The Student Immigration team is accredited by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) and follows the OISC Code of Standards. They also adhere to guidance from the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) and the Association of International Student Advisers (AISA), ensuring reliable and up-to-date advice for international students.

Social and extracurricular activities

The University of Plymouth offers a vibrant array of social and extracurricular activities for students, primarily facilitated by the University of Plymouth Students’ Union (UPSU). UPSU, an independent charity, is dedicated to supporting students’ well-being and represents their views on various university, local, and national matters. It provides opportunities for socializing, skill development, campaigning for change, and exploring new experiences.

Students can join a wide range of student groups, including sports clubs and societies, catering to diverse interests like Tennis, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Choir, and Robotics. The university encourages students to get in touch with sports and societies teams for assistance or information. To join a Sports Club or Society, students must pay a subscription fee (£20 for sports clubs and £3 for societies), which is reinvested in supporting club activities, facilities, and events. Membership fees vary and are set by individual clubs or societies.

Additionally, the university’s location offers unique opportunities to explore the great outdoors. Dartmoor National Park, located near the university, provides activities such as hiking, wild camping, cycling, climbing, bouldering, and dining. The park is home to diverse wildlife, including rare birds, otters, and semiwild ponies, and offers conservation volunteering opportunities for students.

If you want to dig further on social and extracurricular activities, visit University of Plymouth’s Student Life website.

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Unfortunately, there is no financial support offered at this institution

Why choose University of Plymouth?

• Outstanding student experience

• Outstanding student outcomes

• Second carbon-neutral university in the UK. Verified to PAS 2060 standard (2023)

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