Better through partnerships

The Partnerships and Community Engagement Team in the External Relations Development Office manage a number of mutually beneficial University partnerships. These not only enrich our students' experience, but they present a range of generous benefits for University staff.

For partnerships enquiries please email 

Life Centre free swimming

Swim for free at the Life Centre every Monday and Friday evening!

Ensure you take your staff ID or sports card to the Life Centre reception.

For times and further details please view our Plymouth Life Centre page.

Life Centre climbing - High Sports

  • £5 membership (compulsory and renewable annually)
  • £4.75 per session
  • free tuition.

For times and further details please view our Plymouth Life Centre page.

St Mellion International Resort

St Mellion golf, spa and leisure resort has introduced a Corporate Discount Privilege Membership for Plymouth University staff - 15 per cent discount against golf and/or Health Club membership packages.

They offer anyone interested in a membership, a complimentary seven day Health Club experience (this offer does not apply to Off-Peak Health Club Membership and to Intermediate Golf Membership).

To receive this discount please fill in an application form which can be downloaded from or alternatively call +44 1579 352022 or email

Plymouth Argyle FC

  • staff/student tickets to any* League Two home game: £14 (instead of £20)
  • vouchers may be purchased on campus from the UPSU shop which are redeemed for tickets at the Argyle ticket office.

*An upgrade charge of £1 is applicable to some matches (note this will be payable directly to Argyle FC when redeeming the voucher at Home Park).

For further details please view our Plymouth Argyle Football Club partnerships page.

Mountbatten Watersports and Activities Centre 

In the summer season staff have access to discounted sailing and wakeboarding. These sessions are on Thursday evenings and Saturdays. 

  • £6.50 sailing 
  • £7.50 wakeboard
Staff also get 25% discount off Mountbatten certificated National Governing Body courses and 10% discount for other Mountbatten Courses. You will need to present your staff ID card or payslip. 

For further details please view our Mountbatten partnerships page.

Staff funding for study 

Fees and reductions for staff enrolling on Plymouth University undergraduate courses and taught postgraduate programmes are available.

For more information about funding for staff please visit the webpage.

Apple Mac

Apple is working in partnership with Plymouth University to offer staff and students special discounts of up to 15 per cent off Mac products (3 per cent off iPad).

To take advantage of this offer, simply follow this link to the Apple online store

Plymouth University café loyalty cards and discounts

Use your staff card to pay for food or drink in any of our cafés to get 10 per cent discount on all purchases, excluding meal deals. Ask for a loyalty card at any one of our campus cafés to get your 9th drink absolutely free.

Learn more about our cafés on campus

Becoming a Friend of Drake’s Place

The fountains and tranquil community space of historic Drake’s Place Gardens and Reservoir were restored by the University with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund. As a Friend you have the chance to make informed decisions, attend meetings, events and have fun, while preserving the beauty of Drake’s Place.

To find out more information please view our get involved with Drake's Place page.

University of the Third Age 

Plymouth University enjoys a pioneering partnership with the University of the Third Age (U3A) and we encourage retiring members of staff to join Plymouth or other local U3As. To explore partnership opportunities with Plymouth U3A, email

For more information please view our partnership with Plymouth U3A page.

Santander Bank and Santander Universities

  • Plymouth University is an established member of the global Santander Universities Network.
  • Our staff can quickly and easily open a UK bank account at the dedicated Santander Universities branch on campus.

Visit the Plymouth University Santander webpage for more information on our partnership.

The Theatre Royal 

Plymouth University is a corporate member of the Plymouth Theatre Royal and they offer a dedicated booking line for Plymouth University staff by email to or telephone +44 1752 230382 Mon-Fri, 10:00-16:00. 

There is a £5 per ticket discount on most evening performances Monday to Thursday - take a look at

Simply make it clear that you are a Plymouth University staff member by stating the details of which performance, date and time you wish to book and provide your full name, email address and contact number. 


You then will receive an email with confirmation of ticket availability and clarification on whether they are subject to our corporate discount (seat allocation requests will be considered but cannot be guaranteed) – and they will ask if you’d like access to the Friends and Members area (if available).

Your tickets can be collected on presentation of your Plymouth University staff card from the Theatre Royal box office any time before the performance which is open Monday - Saturday, 10.00-20.00.

The Post Office

If you go to the bureau de change (take a ticket for travel services) and present Plymouth University staff ID, you will receive a money saving preferential exchange rate on Euros and US Dollars.

When you buy currency:

  • Euros and US Dollar notes only
  • no minimum or maximum spend
  • cannot exchange 500 Euro notes.

This is on sales of:

  • Euros and US Dollar notes
  • minimum spend £250
  • no maximum spend
  • US Dollar Travellers Cheques with a minimum spend of £250 and a maximum spend of £10,000
  • Euro and US Dollar Travel Money Cards minimum spend of £250, maximum spend of £750
  • top ups of Euro and US Dollar Travel Money Cards, minimum spend of £250, maximum spend of £5000.


Reserve a parking space

Demand for parking in Plymouth is very high, to make sure you get a space you can now reserve safe and secure parking around the University for as little as £3.60 for a day using JustPark. Plymouth University has also negotiated an exclusive 10 per cent discount on the cost of parking for students, staff and visitors. To use this discount just enter the code PLYUNI10 at the online checkout. You can only use this discount once. A map is available to see where the spaces are located.

JustPark is the UK's leading parking website with over 150,000 parking spaces available to reserve online. They find their users the best value parking, including parking spaces on people's driveways, in hotels and at private car parks.


Rent your parking space

If you have a driveway why not make some extra cash and list your parking space on the site too? Home-owners in the area make up to £1,000 a year, and again we've negotiated an exclusive code to give students, staff (and parents) that little bit extra. Add the code PLYUNIUPGRADE30 when creating your listing to receive £30 worth of free upgrades to help highlight your listing to potential customers.  

The University accepts no responsibility for the JustPark site, please note that you join and participate at your own risk.