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Student Guide to Plymouth

Why study in Plymouth?

Plymouth’s electronic music scene is on the rise, with new nightclubs opening and an increasing number of nationally-recognised DJs and producers finding their way onto the calendar of clubs like THÊ DEPØ. With that development of the scene, more students are heading to Plymouth to study music production degrees. Being in a city that has huge plans for growth as well as a developing nightlife, certainly has its benefits. Here we take a look at some of the best areas, event spaces, pubs and restaurants in the city.

Panoramic view of The depo night club


Before most of it was destroyed during the Second World War, Plymouth’s Stonehouse district was the nightlife centre of the city, with almost 100 pubs in the area! After years of neglect, the area is slowly recapturing its reputation for fun and creativity with the opening of THÊ DEPØ, Leadworks and plenty of other pubs, clubs and restaurants.

Interior of the Cosmic Kitchen
Photo Credit: Cosmic Kitchen


The Barbican area of Plymouth is, by far, its most recognisable. The area is the historical and cultural centre of the city and has the largest concentration of cobbled streets in Britain, with 100 listed buildings. Come here for excellent food, culture and a great night out.

Tinside Lido at sunset
Photo credit: Tinside Lido

The Hoe

The world-famous Plymouth Hoe is a huge open space facing the sea featuring wide green spaces, the commanding Smeaton’s Tower and the Tinside Lido. It’s a great place to visit and chill out when the sun comes out.

Thistle Park Tavern
Photo credit: Thistle Park Tavern

East End

The ‘East End’ of Plymouth is largely residential and industrial, but its home to some of the biggest attractions and pubs in the city, including PRYZM, a busy skatepark, cinemas and the city aquarium.

A group of students on a night out, outside the Nowhere Inn, Plymouth
Photo credit The Nowhere Inn

North Hill

Most people know North Hill for its park, which is definitely worth a visit, but the area east of the city centre also features some of the best cultural attractions, bars and gig venues in the city. In the summer, there’s an amazing open-air cinema to check out too!

Wide shot of the Theatre Royal Plymouth at night
Photo credit: Theatre Royal Plymouth

City Centre

Plymouth’s historic city centre is the epicentre of the city’s shopping district. But, as well as that, it is the area where some of Plymouth’s most important cultural institutions are located, like the famous Theatre Royale and Guildhall.

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