Questions about living in Plymouth

How do I get to Plymouth?

By road, rail or air: for further details click here

How far is Plymouth from London?

Plymouth is 350 km from central London, about 215 miles.  By train it takes about 3½ hours, and by car or coach about 4½ hours.

Plymouth has excellent road and rail connections to the rest of the country, and ferry links to France and Spain. Low-cost airlines operate out of Exeter and Bristol Airport.

Why should I come to the South West?

 The South West offers an excellent quality of life. There are relatively low levels of population density and pollution. The air is clean and much of the countryside is beautiful and unspoilt. If you like the sea, the open country, or the moors, you’re in the perfect place!

To find out more about places to see in the region, click on South West tour.

What is there to do in Plymouth?

 With a population of around 250,000, Plymouth is the largest city in the South West. It’s an urban centre with shopping, entertainment areas, restaurants, theatres and cinemas. Plymouth is also a great place for watersports or just walking.

What's the weather going to be like?

 What you think about our weather will depend a lot on where you’re coming from. The South West has the mildest climate in Britain, which means it doesn’t get hot in the summer and daytime temperatures in winter are nearly always well above zero. We get plenty of rain and wind, but sunshine too. It can be nice or nasty at almost any time of year. The big seasonal difference is the length of the days – in December it gets dark at 4 pm but in June it’s light until about 10pm.

When the weather is cold outside, classrooms, student accommodation and host family houses are generally well heated and you should find you can adapt quickly to any change in temperature.

What should I bring with me?

 A waterproof jacket with a hood, and walking shoes that are waterproof are an excellent idea. It is better to bring layers of light clothes rather than a heavy coat. Here are some other things you could bring:

Electrical items such as a hairdryer, a radio or an alarm clock may make your life easier.
Sports shoes, clothing or equipment will be helpful if you plan to swim, use the fitness suite or the climbing wall. 

Typical items from your own country, especially music and pictures, to share with other international students, and possibly even a national costume to wear at social events such as International Night.

Where can I live?

Stay on campus, or with a British family and experience everyday British life. Click here for more information.

What will I eat?

 If you eat on campus: The Dining Hall offers a wide variety of freshly prepared meals, sandwiches and snacks including vegetarian and healthy options.

The Grandstand Cafe is the sports centre social point to relax and unwind after your work out or just somewhere to pop in for a coffee, light snack or meal.

If you live on campus you may also be able to cook for yourself, in which case you can choose what to eat. There are several international delicatessens in Plymouth and you may find ingredients to help you prepare dishes from home.

Each class has an appointed representative to talk to the Catering Staff. Our chefs are very flexible.

If you stay with a British family, it depends on the individual family. If after a while you miss your home dishes, why not offer to cook for your family?

How can I keep in touch with my family?

 When you enrol as a course participant you will have free access to the internet, so e-mail is the most favoured way to keep in touch. If you don’t already have an internet-based e-mail account (such as Yahoo or Hotmail) we advise you to set one up before you leave home, or as soon as you have access to the internet on arrival.


There is a number of things that you can do if you want to talk to your family back home, one of them is to use the following website

Will I find many compatriots in Plymouth?

Plymouth’s population includes significant Indian, Chinese and Muslim groups. Students of a wide range of nationalities studying in the city.