Aerial view of Plymouth Hoe
Coming to an open day provides the perfect opportunity to have a look around the city and get a feel for what Plymouth has to offer. 

The day before

Arriving the day before an open day provides the perfect opportunity to explore our ocean city ahead of your event. 
Take a walk
Head out for a walk along the waterfront and take in the sea views from Plymouth Hoe – every student’s go-to place when the sun is shining. Just down the road, you can stroll through the cobbled streets of Plymouth’s old town, the Barbican
Grab a bite to eat
Staying close to campus will place you in the heart of the city with many restaurants, bars and takeaways accessible within a 10-minute walk. For a vibrant, casual dining experience we recommend Manuka Bar & Eatery just across the street on North Hill, a great place to immerse yourself in the student scene. Further into town is the Barcode, which is home to chain restaurants we all know and love including Las Iguanas, Nandos and Five Guys. You could even watch a movie at Cineworld or try activities like karaoke and augmented reality axe throwing at Boom Battle Bar. 
Explore Plymouth - top 15 best student city. Students enjoying a night out in a bar
Students on Plymouth Hoe


Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and in Plymouth you’re spoilt for choice. Our open days start at 09:00, but we know some places that are worth getting up early for.  
The Early Bird is a firm favourite in the city, with two locations to choose from, so factor this in depending on where you are staying. A café inspired by Australia’s vibrant brunch culture, you can expect all your favourite breakfasts and a huge selection of baked treats too. 
For a stunning view over King Point Marina, The Dock has a huge breakfast menu ranging from Danish pastries to omelettes and the Full English. Our students also love going to Boston Tea Party, which serves eco-friendly, instagrammable breakfasts and amazing options for vegans.
Coffee o’clockStart the day with a well-made cappuccino or fresh fruit smoothie at the Real Food Kitchen on the Barbican, while sitting in the sun and enjoying the view.
Plymouth Barbican

The evening after

After your open day take the time to explore some more and try the cultural experiences on offer. 
The Box – Plymouth's award winning museum and art gallery – is open daily until 17:00 and is free to visit.
Theatre Royal Plymouth – one of the UK's largest regional producing theatres – hosts some of the best shows from the West End, including Six, Heathers and Shrek the Musical. Keep an eye out and see what's showing during your visit.
If you’re looking to wind down close to campus, bars like The Roundabout, Switch and Air are all popular student spots. They offer deals just for students and have a real student community vibe. A short walk from campus, and next to the Business school, you can explore Ebrington Street. Whether it’s enjoying spoken word and live music at the Bread and Roses or grabbing a bite to eat at Kyowa, you can discover more of Plymouth’s alternative scene.
If you’re up for going somewhere a bit further from campus, we recommend Royal William Yard – accessible on foot, by bus, boat or car – where you’ll be surrounded by stunning ocean views and a number of top restaurants.

A visitor's guide to all things Plymouth

The vibrant waterfront and town centre are home to a wide range of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, while other attractions include theatres, museums, an aquarium and lido. Our campus is based right in the heart of the city, which means you’re never too far away from the action and there is a real sense of community.

Plymouth named in the top 15 best student cities in 2021 and 2022, Student Crowd Awards 2021 and 2022, as voted by students.

Get to know us at open day events throughout the year