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Article: 2024 A Guide to Second and Third Year Life at the University of Plymouth

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Are you a second or third year student in Plymouth?

If you’re a second or third year student at the University of Plymouth, you’ve probably already experienced some of the challenges and rewards of university life. As you move into these later years of study, your choices become even more important when it comes to friends, accommodation, and locations. In this guide, we’ll discuss some of the key factors to consider when navigating second and third year life at the University of Plymouth.

Choosing Friends

Choosing the right friends.

Choosing the right friends can make a big difference in your university experience. Second and third year students have likely already formed some friendships, but it’s never too late to expand your social circle. Joining societies or clubs is a great way to meet like-minded people who share your interests. Attending events or social gatherings can also be a good way to get to know new people. Having a close group of friends can provide support when things get tough, and can also make the most of the university experience by exploring the local area and trying new things together.

Choosing Accommodation

As a student in Plymouth, finding the right accommodation is a top priority.

By second and third year, many students have moved out of university-owned and/or halls of residence accommodation and are looking for private rentals. When choosing accommodation, it’s important to consider factors such as location, price, and amenities. Living with other students can be a good option, as it can help to share expenses and provide a built-in support system. There are many different types of accommodation available, from shared houses to studio apartments, so it’s worth exploring all the options before making a decision.

Choosing Locations

The location of your accommodation can have a big impact on your university experience. Some popular areas for second and third year students in Plymouth include North Hill, Mutley, and Lipson. These areas are all within walking distance of the university and offer a variety of local amenities such as shops, restaurants, and bars. North Hill, in particular, is known for its lively student scene and is home to many popular pubs and clubs.

Student Communities and Help

Loneliness can be a real issue for students who are away from home for the first time. However, there are many resources available to help combat this. Joining a society or club can provide a sense of community and belonging, while seeking support from university resources such as the student support team or counselling service can also be beneficial. There are also many initiatives aimed at combating loneliness, such as the “buddy scheme” which pairs up new students with a current student who can provide support and advice.


Navigating second and third year life at the University of Plymouth can be both exciting and challenging. By choosing the right friends, accommodation, and locations, and by seeking out student communities and help when needed, you can make the most of your university experience. Remember to take advantage of all the opportunities available to you and to have fun along the way!

Author: Jonathan

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