So, why Plymouth?
“My first journey to Plymouth was when I came for an open day. I flew from Bordeaux to London and got a train from London Paddington to Plymouth.
“You will meet many people doing the same things as you. The lecturers are great, the facilities are amazing and the waterfront is the icing on the cake.”
“Being International, you really feel like you are contributing to something new, bringing new ways of thinking, speaking and studying while making university life more interesting and richer for everyone.
It is really interesting to meet so many people with a different culture and to share experiences and knowledge.
Yes, it is challenging and it can
be hard sometimes. But this will be the best decision of your life.
This is going to give you much more than a degree, it will give you new friends, a new cultural experience and so much more.”
Louise-Oceane's typical weekend in Plymouth
“On Friday night I pop to the Life Centre for a free-swimming session for students.
In the afternoon I relax at one of the coffee shops with some tea and cake.
During Saturday evening I walk along the Barbican, up to The Hoe and watch the sun setting behind Mount Edgecumbe, with a beer and a barbecue in summer months.
Louise-Oceane's favourite places to eat
B-Bar for the best Pad Thai and live music
Jacka Bakery for a nice Pain au Chocolat, croissant or toast for breakfast
The University Market for the best falafel wrap and the best brownies
The Himalayan Spice on the Barbican for the best Indian food
The Royal William Yard food market for everything there is to eat
Aroma Pizza for woodfire pizzas from an independent shop
Pub on the Hoe for the best veggie Sunday roast.
are some stunning places. My favourite beaches around Plymouth are Wembury, Bigbury and Whitsand
“Going for an early morning swim on The Hoe with friends when no one is there and the sun is shining (and the water freezing) is one of my best memories.”
Louise-Oceane's top tips
- 6 Join clubs and societies and get involved. Don’t be afraid of the cost, because it really is worth it
- 6 Open a bank account as soon as you arrive
- 6 Explore the city, explore the country
- 6 Talk to your course mates, you will be spending the next few years with them so the sooner you get to know them the better.
Study marine and coastal ecosystems in a global context
In this hands-on degree, one of the best in the UK and with an international reputation, you’ll tackle big questions, such as why are coral reefs so diverse, how do we best manage and conserve marine life, and how will climate change impact biodiversity? Fieldwork will be a key component of your studies, using the excellent marine and coastal habitats on Plymouth’s doorstep, as well as on residential courses in France and South Africa.