Plymouth University is located right at the heart of this historic port city in South Devon, putting it within easy reach of great shopping, dining and nightlife, not to mention the spectacular scenery, historic and cultural attractions for which the area is known.
The campus boasts excellent transport links both within the city and further afield, with rail, air, road and ferry connections all allowing students to make the most of this great location – whether you simply want to explore the city, or head out to wander in the surrounding countryside. Read on to find out more about the best ways to travel to and from Plymouth University.
How to get to Plymouth
By train, coach or plane
Plymouth is well connected to cities throughout the UK by rail, with regular services to London Paddington and other popular destinations. The city's railway station is only a few minutes' walk from Plymouth University campus – ideal for students who may wish to journey home for weekends or holidays, or commute from Exeter or other nearby cities.
Similarly, National Express
both offer regular coach services between Plymouth and numerous other cities throughout the UK. The Plymouth Bretonside Bus and Coach Station is located in the city centre, about ten minutes' walk from campus.
For staff and students travelling even further afield, there are both coach and rail connections to the airports at Exeter, Bristol and Newquay, plus longer transfers to London Gatwick and London Heathrow.
By car or ferry
Plymouth is easy to reach by car from the north along the M5 motorway and A38 Expressway, then exit at the March Mills interchange and follow the A374 into the city centre. If approaching from the west, leave the A38 at the Manadon interchange and follow the A386 into the city. The sat nav reference for Plymouth University is PL4 8AA.
There are also regular car ferries between Plymouth and Roscoff in France or Santander in Spain. Visit the Brittany Ferries website
for more info.
Commuting to Plymouth University by bus, car or bike
Plymouth University is dedicated to promoting green travel and encourages both staff and students to take advantage of public and active transport options when commuting to and from campus.
For instance, staff can take advantage of the Plymouth Green Travel Pass
, which allows for unlimited, discounted bus travel on a range of services in the Plymouth area (including First, CityBus, Target Travel and Western Greyhound), and staff and students alike are encouraged to take advantage of the local Park and Ride
If you prefer to cycle, there are a number of bike racks on campus, plus lockers and shower facilities in the uni sports centre – cycle route maps
are available from Plymouth City Council.
Car shares to Plymouth University
Alternately, if you're driving from Exeter or other nearby destinations (or even within Plymouth itself), why not organise a lift share with other people from your class or department? Sharing a car helps cut travel costs still further, reduces congestion and carbon emissions and can perhaps even introduce you to a whole new group of friends. Plymouth University has limited parking spaces available, so fewer cars making the journey also makes it more likely you'll find a spot near the campus.