How would you spend £100 on culture?

They say the best things in life are free. But if you’ve ever tried that line at your local cinema or concert hall, you’ll know it rarely applies to tickets.

Rarely – but not never. Because right on the campus at Plymouth University is one of the leading contemporary art spaces in the southwest, Peninsula Arts – and all students receive at least £100-worth of tickets for free. 

That means you can take your pick from a wildly varied mix of classic movies, cutting-edge performance and eye-opening exhibitions, all without opening your wallet.

The venue includes the largest contemporary art gallery in Plymouth, exhibiting work from international and local artists, students and graduates, as well as a full-sized cinema and theatre. Highlights over the last few months have included author Matt Haig, a horror film night with Reece Shearsmith, creator of cult TV show The League of Gentlemen and Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore.

On the calendar for 2016 is a Shakespeare season with music, talks, films and performances, a special film screening at Plymouth Lido and a performance of big band jazz classics.

“Peninsula Arts offers a whole range of culture right on your doorstep,” says Sarah Chapman, Director of Peninsula Arts. “You can see an international dance company, for free, without even leaving campus.”

Find out more about the Student Participation in Arts scheme.

Student Life magazine: Spring 2016 issue 2