“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.”
Friends for life
“I found it easy to meet new people as the majority of students in my class are international. Try to be open and forthcoming with people when you first meet them as the first impression makes a big difference. Plymouth has something for everyone, whether it would be partying, sports, art or simply making friends and contacts. In addition, it is close to the sea which is great for anyone who loves sailing.”
“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.”
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.”
“It's good, I feel welcome”
Oliver talks to us about life as an international student at the University of Plymouth.
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