Essential information for students
Can I work while studying?
Depending on the visa you hold, you may be allowed to take on part time work while studying. Check whether your visa permits you to work in the UK.

Do I need a visa to study?
Most international students need a Student visa to study at the University of Plymouth, but this will depend on your circumstances. Please read our international student immigration advice for more information.

Do you offer an airport pick up service?
We provide a Heathrow airport pick up service for new international students arriving in the UK every September. You will be given more information about this once you receive an offer from us.

How much does it cost to live in Plymouth?
You need to have a certain amount of money to support yourself each month throughout your studies – check how much money you need for courses outside of London. Plymouth is one of the least expensive student cities in the UK, but for students who are struggling financially, the University offers support with the cost of living.

What clubs or societies does the University have?

The Students' Union has over 160 clubs and societies. You can see the current list on the UPSU website.

Are there halal supermarkets and restaurants in Plymouth?
Plymouth has a wide range of supermarkets and restaurants to suit all diets, including halal. Our student advisors will be happy to recommend the best places for your needs when you arrive. 

How can I get information on places of worship in Plymouth?

Our pastoral and spiritual support team are available on campus. They provide support for people of any faith, or none, and can also direct you to places of worship within Plymouth.
How do I apply for a visa?
Follow our steps for applying for a Student visa.

How do I open a bank account?
During our international orientation programme, we will help you with this process. We have a bank on campus, and most other major banks are within five minutes walk from campus. Find help with banking, healthcare and wellbeing for international students.

How do I register with a doctor?

Our international orientation programme will help you register with a local doctor. We have a doctor's surgery and pharmacy on campus.

How can I find the shops I need?

We offer city tours during orientation, and the main campus is in the city centre, making it easy to quickly find your way around Plymouth. We have many international food stores in Plymouth and our advisors and current students will be able to help you when you arrive.

How can I travel to the campus and around the city?

You'll have the option to go on campus and city tours with the University when you arrive. Find out more about travelling to campus and around Plymouth.

How can I meet new people?

At our international orientation events, there will be opportunities to meet people from the UK and around the world. Our Students' Union, UPSU, also has a wide variety of clubs and societies that provide great opportunities to meet people from across the University.
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Please note if you have previously studied, made an application or an enquiry to the University of Plymouth and have since changed your nationality, you will be unable to enrol until evidence of your new nationality has been provided and verified.
Smeaton's Tower on Plymouth Hoe