Applicant days

2019 applicant days

Applicant days are invite-only events. Once you have been made an offer from the University of Plymouth, you'll receive your invitation to select your preferred applicant day.

Our applicant days are extremely popular, so be sure to book your place early to secure your preferred date.

Please note that not all subjects are present at all of the dates. If your course is not listed, please search for an alternative date where it is listed. If you are unsure please contact where the team will be happy to help.

If you haven't already applied for a course with us at the University of Plymouth, visit our course pages to find out more about your study options available.

2019 applicant day dates

  • Saturday 26 January 2019
  • Saturday 23 February 2019
  • Saturday 16 March 2019

Booking for these events will open November 2018.

View our frequently asked questions section to see if any of your queries have already been answered.

If you'd like to know more about applying to the University of Plymouth, please visit our applicant journey pages for further information.

What is an applicant day?

Applicant days are subject-specific days which offer you the opportunity to discover your chosen course in much more detail. Tailored exclusively for those applicants who have received an offer to study with the University of Plymouth, the days are an essential step in your applicant journey. 

Applicant days take place from January through to March. They offer a wide range of activities and information to help you make an informed choice about where to study. At an applicant day you'll be able to:

  • access more details about your chosen course
  • speak with the professors and academic staff who will guide you in your learning
  • take part in interactive workshops and subject-specific activities
  • explore the city, campus and our state-of-the-art learning facilities
  • chat to current students about their experiences at university
  • meet other applicants who are considering studying at the University of Plymouth
  • learn more about your accommodation options
  • see your Students' Union first hand and discover more about your sport and leisure opportunities, societies and available support.

There's also the chance to find out more about:

  • fees and finance
  • learning and disability support
  • employability services and part-time work opportunities

Why come to an applicant day?

Visiting us is the best way to get an impression of what it feels like to be part of our student community. You may have already visited us at one of our open days but the questions you have now will be very different to the ones you had before making your application and initial choices. Your tailored applicant day is designed to help you make the right decision about your university. 

We know you'll be seeking the advice and guidance of your parents, family and friends when making your decision, so we are pleased to extend our invitation to them too.

To make sure that our visitors have the best possible experience of the University of Plymouth, we negotiate a number of travel and accommodation deals with Great Western Railway and local hotels.

Great Western Railway offer

The offer is a 20% reduction in our Advance Purchase fares which are available on most GWR mid and long distance GWR routes to your local station. The same discount can be obtained for any other passengers that are booked at the same time, and the discount is combinable with a 16–25 Railcard discount*.

Book your special offer train tickets now


Parking is available in the city centre close to campus, but traffic can become busy during events. There are various park and ride locations on the outskirts of the city that can be used as an alternative to the central car parks.

Find out more about parking

Hotel accommodation offers

The New Continental Hotel – Millbay Rd, Plymouth, PL1 3LD

Situated in the heart of Britain’s Ocean City and easily accessible; we offer an unbeatable location and the warmest of family welcomes. Surrounded by iconic architectural, cultural landmarks and Plymouth’s sensational attractions and events; this Grade II listed, Victorian hotel is the perfect place to explore Plymouth, plus ample on-site parking makes us the premier destination for convenience and service. The New Continental Hotel not only offers 99 bedrooms and ample city centre parking, but also a leisure complex, restaurant, elegant functions rooms, meeting spaces and conference facilities as well as a bar and super fast, enterprise-grade Wi-Fi throughout.

  • Double or twin room B&B: £80.00
  • Single room B&B: £68.00

Copthorne Hotel – Armada Way, Plymouth PL1 1AR

Go onto and sign up for a MyMillennium loyalty account or log into your existing loyalty account to receive 10% off the best available rate at Copthorne Hotel Plymouth when booking directly. Book a room only flexible or advance purchase rate directly on the website and quote ‘University of Plymouth’ on check in to receive complimentary breakfast. Please note that this discount is not available if you book via a third party website, and if you book a breakfast inclusive rate no refunds will be issued.

Crowne Plaza – Armada Way, Plymouth PL1 2HJ

15% discount on our Best Flexible rate of the day which includes breakfast.

Student blogs

Our #MyLifeWithPlym student blogs give you an insight into what it is really like to be a student with the University of Plymouth.
Meet our bloggers

Your applicant day with the University of Plymouth

"The applicant day gave the seal of approval for us – the current students were really warm and friendly."

– Jack & James Henniker, BSc (Hons) Business Management

Watch the video and find out from our current students how to make the most of your applicant day.

Applicant day survey competition

Following our 2018 applicant days we sent out surveys to all students and parents/guests to gain valuable feedback on the events. To say thank you for taking the time to complete the surveys we enter all participants into a prize draw to win an Amazon or Waterstones voucher (one per student and parent/guest).

Recent winners:

  • Elsa Lamb (student winner – attended the March applicant day)
  • Stephen Pitchford (parent/guest winner – attended the February applicant day)

*GWR train offer terms and Conditions

  • The Open Days GWR travel offer is only available for travel on GWR services only. If travelling from or within a region of the country that is not part of the GWR network you may need to purchase separate tickets to the chosen destination.
  • The destination must be relevant to the University you have received the link from, i.e. Plymouth for the University of Plymouth, etc. 
  • Origin of journey must be within the GWR network, but please note that Advance Purchase tickets are not available for short distance journeys.
  • The scheme is only available for use with Advance Purchase tickets. These set times and dates of travel and are non-exchangeable and non-refundable.
  • The Open Days GWR travel offer is available for the dates provided by each university and the week that the event takes place, running Saturday to the next Sunday. So stay for more than a day to get a feel for the local scene.
  • The scheme is combinable with the 16–25 Railcard. Simply tick the box on the page by “Passengers” and select from the drop down box.
  • The booking link URL is unique to the University of Plymouth and cannot be used for destinations other than specified.
If you have any questions or queries regarding this offer, then please email

GWR train offer FAQs

What is an ‘Advanced Purchase Ticket’?
‘Advance Purchase’ refers to a ticket that can be purchased up to 18:00hrs (6pm) the day before travel, subject to availability. Once purchased, it is non-flexible (ie. unable to change times or dates travel) and non-refundable.

I cannot see the discounted fare.
‘Advance Purchase’ for the student fare are denoted by a small cross against the ticket price. If there is no red cross shown, then the ‘Advance purchase fare for that day may have sold out. Once the discounted fare has been chosen an asterisk ‘*’ will be displayed underneath the fares section.

The link to the booking page does not work. Where can I get assistance?
You may need to update your internet browser, we advise using Google Chrome or Firefox. There may be a need to clear your ‘cookies’

I cannot see the promotional fare.
Travel is only available on GWR routes, check the entirety of the journey is on GWR. Please also check the booking horizon. Sales open for Advance Purchase 12 weeks before travel.

I still cannot see or book the student discount fare.
Please call the GWR call centre for advice on 0345 700 0125, options 2, then 2 again.

Event photography and video
Please be aware that some of the University of Plymouth's public events may be attended by University photographers and videographers, for capturing content to be used in University online and offline marketing and promotional materials, for example webpages, brochures or leaflets. If for whatever reason, you or a member of your group, do not wish to be photographed, please make yourself known to staff working at the event on arrival or to the photographer.