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Students working and relaxing in Quad Theatre Cafe

Marjon Students' Union is an essential part of your university experience, and it's not just about the social life. We sit on every major panel and decision-making board at the University to ensure the students always have a voice and that it is heard, and that your student experience is the best it can possibly be whilst you are here at Marjon.

We are an independent charity and have an extremely strong partnership with the University and we are always looking for that to grow. We know that everyone wants the same thing for our students, to help you to get the most out of student life, in terms of your studies, friendships, extra-curricular experiences and sport.

One of our favourite parts of our job is the planning of major social events including freshers' week, graduation ball, rag week, Leavers' Dinner and May Ball. We also oversee a very wide range of societies and sports clubs, and we are always encouraging the set-up of new societies so that there really is something for everyone.


We care about making a difference for our students and campaign for things you want. We were the first university in the UK to end period poverty,  and in every bathroom there are sanitary products for you to use, for free. We run the #NeverOk campaign which is tackles discrimination and harassment of any kind. It has developed and now has many branches including promoting safe sex and providing free condoms in bathrooms by Barjon. We also work with on campaigns around mental health and the environment, and we trialled the first ever meat-free Mondays in the Hub restaurant due to student demand!

At Marjon we can get to know you as a person. This goes both ways as you will get the chance to know us as well which makes it easier for you to come to us with problems. We look forward to welcoming you into our community.


Events and entertainment

The Student Union Bar (SUB) is a buzzing hub for anyone attending the University. It’s rarely quiet, and boasts some of the cheapest bar prices in Plymouth. The SUB does great food, too, offering up affordable items from its grill menu seven days a week. 


Freshers’ Festival 2022

Purchase your Freshers Pass (Discount) for JUST £28* and SAVE £££ (Normal price £32) off door prices (Which includes Free Transport to all our events & Free entry to Live gig playing on Friday 30th at Barjon featuring the Band "The Sound")
Whole week of night and day time entertainment, a variety of events brought to you by your SU. The pass also allows you to free transport to any of our events off Campus.
The Freshers Festival Pass will give you whole week of fun and entertainment, your SU President and Deputy President with the SU team are bringing you a fun packed week on and off Campus to help you make new friends and become part of the Plymouth Marjon University family.
Sunday 18th September 7PM - WHITE T-SHIRT NIGHT @ BARJON £2
Welcome yourself to Barjon on our unofficial night! All you need is a White T-shirt and a pen, then get signing on shirts. With drinks deals and great music , hopefully your top will be covered with names by the end of the night.
Monday 19th September 9.30PM UNIFORM NIGHT @ WALKABOUT £6
10PM Start. Buses 9.45 & 10.30PM. The official welcome party for all Marjon Students. This is always one of the biggest nights of the year and one you do not want to miss. Live music from local Plymouth band The Outlanders!
Tuesday 20th September 90s/00s PARTY NIGHT @ FEVER £4
Buses 9.45 & 10.30PM (ONE WAY ONLY)
Wednesday 22st September MAMMA MIA / GREECE NIGHT @ PRYZM £3*
Buses 9.45 & 10.30PM (ONE WAY ONLY) * (Average door entry)
Thursday 22nd Pub Sports Day/Quiz Night/Karaoke
There will be pool, darts, Fifa, beer pong tournaments in Barjon with prizes for winners. Your Deputy President Fletch will be hosting a Quiz followed by Karaoke.
Friday 23rd Silent Disco 9PM @ Barjon
Get your headphones on for a very special 'Silent Disco' in Barjon. DJs will be battling it out, playing different styles of music. Grab your friends, select your channel and dance the night away.
Saturday 24th Pub Golf
Pub Gold crawl starting at Barjon and finishing at Union rooms. Dress up like Tiger Woods and play along with provided scorecards - lowest score wins! Get to know your local pubs by following your bar crawl leaders. Dress up in your best golfing attire.
Sunday 25th September COMDEY NIGHT @ DRAMA THEATRE#
No need for laughing gas you will be belly laughing all through the night with a number of comedians to keep you laughing all night long!
Friday 30th September Live gig night Featuring the Band "The Sound"
Free entry for Freshers Band holders playing in Barjon!
You can purchase your Freshers Festival tickets on-line here MSU FRESHERS FESTIVAL PASS

Marjon Student Union Graduation After Party 2022

MSU Graduation After Party Wednesday 26th & Thursday 27th Open to all students!
Celebrate your time at Marjon with friends and family with the SU either at our Little Bash at Barjon on Wednesday 26th & Big Bash at Walkabout on Thursday 27th or come to both events!
Open to all students! You don't have to be a Graduate.
Tickets are £5 and grants entry to both events! Little Bash is £2 on the door without a ticket.
Tickets can be purchased from the MSU Admin Office Mon - Fri 10 - 2pm. Tickets bought on-line can be collected from the MSU office or on the the night of the event on the door.
Tickets can be purchased on-line here MSU GRADUATION AFTER PARTY TICKETS

Sport, this student can!

Given the University’s state-of-the-art sports centre and wide-ranging sports courses, it follows that the MSU oversees a huge range of sports clubs and activities. So whether you’re a netball fan, a budding badminton player, a football pro or a surfing enthusiast, you’ll find a sports niche for you through the MSU. We love encouraging people into sport, enriching their university experience and linking them to a wider social network. 



The Student Union Bar, Barjon, is the on-campus watering hole for students. MSU hosts frequent events in Barjon for students. These include live music, comedy nights and film nights, with drink and soft drink deals as well as special events such as freshers and refreshers celebrations, quizzes, beer pong championships and bar Olympics.

2017 MSU Logo

The MSU family

Plymouth Marjon University is pretty unique. Our campus means that most students get to know each other, through academic work, sports and societies or social life. The MSU can get to know you all individually, understanding your needs and ideas, and we’re looking forward to welcoming you into our tight-knit community. 


May Ball 2022

Arguably most students’ favourite event, the May Ball takes place annually and a lot of planning goes into making it the best night of the academic year. Dress code is black tie so students are encouraged to go all out! We set up a marquee on the quad and spare no expense in making the whole night (and it really is a whole night - 6pm to 3am!) one to remember. 

May Ball info for 2022 can be found here.

May Ball 2022 Facebook Group


Priority campaigns

The MSU takes its responsibilities seriously, and as part of that, we organise campaigns to raise awareness of various issues facing today’s students, such as safe sex, mental health, human rights and more. Our campaigns include debates, guest speakers, charity fundraising and social events. 


Varsity Week

Plymouth Marjon University enjoys a healthy competitive spirit, and Varsity Week is students’ chance to prove themselves against students from Plymouth University. Whether you’re part of a sports team or not, there’s something for everyone with big games held on campus and at major sporting grounds in the city. 


Clubs and societies

Find your fit. We’re big on getting people involved in their passions, so the MSU oversees a huge variety of clubs and societies. So whatever your fascination, be it sports, baking, music, pole dancing, LGBT+ awareness and much much more, you’ll find the society for you. In the rare instance that you don’t, talk to the team at MSU and you could soon be involved in setting up the University’s newest club!