Being brought up in the city, I am used to trains and buses being packed with people always in a rush, no matter where you are. Once I knew that I wanted to go to university, I knew that I wanted to be outside of London. People don’t realise that “London” is a culture; you get so caught up with the lifestyle of moving fast, trying to keep up with trends, and with the lifestyle of what you should “be” while living in London. Moving out of London to Plymouth was the best decision I have ever made.
I love everything about Plymouth. I would have to say that the Barbican and Royal William Yard are my favourite places to be. There are so many cute independent stores and coffee shops, that you just would not find if you were in London.
I find that being by the sea is so calming and relaxing, so after a study session, going for a walk can make the day feel so much better! The people are so friendly, and me being a person who loves to talk, meeting different kinds of students is great. I would say that I have learned a lot more while being outside of London than staying back there for university.
One of the places I miss while being at placement is the student union within the university. They hold so many events during the year to accommodate for the variety of students, and you can meet so many people. Whether it is to catch up over course work or even just to play some pool after a long day, I feel that without the student union, my university experience wouldn’t be as great.
Another thing which I like about Plymouth is how close everything is. I never have to take a bus anywhere, unlike in London. The accommodation I stayed in during my first and second year was not far from campus, and town was only 10 minutes away! I really love how local everything is.
Meeting up with friends doesn’t get any easier, with so many coffee shops and independent cafes all over Plymouth, there is always a great pick even when family and friends come to visit! I really enjoy studying here and haven’t looked back.