Booking your place

2019 applicant days

Our applicant days provide the perfect opportunity to find out more information about your subject area, explore the campus and city, meet current students and talk with our student support areas and teaching staff to get any of your questions answered.

Applicant days are invite-only events held specifically for applicants who have received a conditional or unconditional offer to study with the University of Plymouth for an undergraduate degree.

If you do experience any issues with booking your place please email your details, the date you wish to book and number of guests you will be bringing with you to

2019 applicant day dates

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.

After you've booked

Once you’ve booked your place at your chosen applicant day, look out for an email containing your personalised QR code and attendee number. You will need to bring these with you to your applicant day as part of your registration, this will speed up your registration process. If you have any further questions about the day, visit our frequently asked questions page to find out more. 

Programme for the day

The programme will be available for download on this webpage and will also have be emailed to the email address you provided in your booking form.

Arrival and registration

Registration will be open from 09:00 in the Roland Levinsky building.

On arrival please make your way to the registration point, and check in with one of our helpful student ambassadors. They will provide you with your full printed programme and schedule of the day, a welcome bag containing useful information, and advice and guidance about the day. They will also be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Refreshments and food will be available from Student Service Village, cafés and restaurants.

Your applicant day checklist

  • ~ Travel arrangements booked
  • ' Accommodation booked (if choosing to stay overnight in the city or region)
  • . Write down your UCAS Personal ID and your University of Plymouth student reference number if you have it
  • Z Gather any Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)(previously CRB) or health check documents you have been asked to bring with you
  • ) Make a list of any questions you would like to ask our staff and student ambassadors
  • b Look through your programme and schedule of the day to familiarise yourself with the day's activities
  • / Remember to bring your email with your QR code and attendee number with you to registration
  • ( Don't forget to report to the registration point as soon as you arrive on campus

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*.

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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 ambassadors

To provide you with the best possible experience and to assist you throughout the day, we invite current students to take part in our applicant days. They will be easily recognisable to you by their blue t-shirts, and will be helping to check you in at registration, guide you around the campus, and share their experiences of the University of Plymouth.

We encourage you to ask as many questions as you can think of throughout the day, and approach any of our friendly students for advice or assistance.

What our applicants say

We believe that visiting us is the best way to find out what it's like to be part of our institution – and so do the applicants who visit us.

"After attending an applicant day for ocean science at Plymouth, there was no way I could consider choosing anywhere else! From the moment I stepped on campus I was greeted by helpful and supportive staff and students who made me feel incredibly welcome."

"The day was well structured, so I could attend all the sessions I wanted, and had plenty of time for talking with academics and current students."

"It was a real eye-opener, and talking to the students gave me a great perspective into the Plymouth lifestyle."

"I thought it was the best I had been to compared with other universities. I was extremely impressed with the entire day, and because of that I made the University of Plymouth my first choice."

"The day was well organised and covered everything I needed to know in order to help me make my decision."

"To have the chance to visit the University again was really useful, as it gave me the confidence that I had made the right decision in choosing Plymouth as my firm choice. I have completely fallen in love with both the city and the University, and cannot imagine completing my degree anywhere else."

"It was possibly the best applicant day I've been to. The staff couldn't have been more hospitable."

"I found it very useful that there were so many opportunities to ask questions, and that a combination of staff and students were on hand to help."

*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.