Oliver Libeak

I chose Plymouth as I had a keen interest in the subject and friends and colleagues who attended the same course recommended it to me. My first journey to Plymouth was quite hectic as I was carrying all my stuff from Norway. 

I stayed at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel, where I spent five days walking around the city and exploring the campus.

By chance, the hotel’s bartender was a student at the University, and he helped me get settled

Fortunately, there are other students from Norway at the University of Plymouth, so I had no problem making friends. The teachers and staff were also accommodating when I first started my studies.”

Enjoy a Sunday roast with friends


“Plymouth is quite different from Norway, but the weather is similar, except for the winter season. Plymouth is a student city, so the nightlife is active, fun and sprawling with students.

A typical weekend usually involves hanging out with friends, having a couple of pints on The Hoe and then out to a nightclub such as Fever, Switch or Pryzm. On Sundays, going for a walk or playing football on The Hoe is a good way to recuperate.”


“If you want to treat yourself or someone else, I would recommend Fletchers Restaurant

It’s a Michelin-starred restaurant located on a quiet corner site in the city centre behind Theatre Royal Plymouth.

If you want something sweet, cheap, fast and delicious take a trip to Mrs. Brown which has great paninis, cakes, and sweets.”

“The most exciting thing we’ve done so far has been the fieldtrips to Brittany Ferries, where we got a full inspection of the vessel and got to eat delicious food.”

Time to explore

“My favourite thing to do is go for a bike ride on Dartmoor National Park, it’s the most beautiful place I’ve visited in Plymouth. Its forests look and feel like they’re lost in time. Cornwall has many sandy beaches, picturesque cliffs, and perfect surfing spots.”

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