The move we have been anticipating all year is here and I made sure I came armed with everything XL - 2L bottles of fairy liquid, 200 black bin bags and enough pasta to feed the entire campus.
This year I am privately renting in the city with my partner who is also starting his first year at Plymouth University. We moved down plenty early enough to settle in and see what the city has to offer and how it all works down here, and in typical British style we have seen some gorgeous sun but also monumental rain – and thankfully there are things to do in any eventuality.
As gin lovers, the first place we headed was the oldest working gin distillery in England which is conveniently nestled in the Barbican with a rather lovely retro cocktail bar attached that reminds me of something from the Great Gatsby. Of course, as a sensible student you must buy bulk where possible so I made sure we took home a small souvenir!
Just a short walk from campus is the beautiful open space of the Hoe. Warm summer evenings comprised of people having BBQ’s looking over to Mount Edgcumbe and Drake’s Island, skateboarders, runners and everything in between. Sat upon the lush green grass watching the boats sailing in the sound makes it quite hard to believe that it is situated just on the edge of a bustling city. Seeing the Plymouth Graduations on the Hoe is great to put everything in perspective, and comprehend that on the other side of all the hard work, we will be there.
A little further out is Royal William Yard, which has many great bars and cafés, and often lots going on with boat trips back to the Barbican (you can also go across to Cornwall by passenger ferry) giving you the chance to look back from the water at what a beautiful city this is.
The city seems to have adapted to its student population and with the use of the SU app, UniDays and the NUS card, discounts are easily found everywhere. It’s also worth asking in most independent cafes/theatres as there seem to be some not so well known discounts – such as The Theatre Royal offering a number of student tickets at £5 – and within Drake Circus the pretzel place who give us money off too – sorted!
I found the Plymouth University App to be a huge help, it provides information on everything from travel and lecture timetables to where to eat and drink on campus. I’ve lived here a month now and can honestly say that I have already fallen in love with the city.