Plymouth is fantastic for shopping, with some fine shopping experiences awaiting any students lucky enough to be living there - read on to find out the best stores around...
Plymouth shopping centre? Well, it has to be Drake Circus. Situated in close proximity to Plymouth University campus and Plymouth College of Art, this shopping outlet has all the favourites for you to choose from. Offering late night shopping, a scattering of food and coffee options and a varied selection of shops from H&M to Waterstones.
If you are looking to do some late-night shopping in Plymouth, Drake Circus, the indoor shopping complex popular for shops and restaurants, stays open until 8pm on Thursdays.
With shops galore ranging from the big popular brands to unique independent stores like those listed below, Plymouth is the perfect destination for getting your Christmas shopping done. If you are a student living in the city, getting your Christmas shopping done in Plymouth before heading home for Christmas is a great idea - there's a huge amount of choice which makes it one of the best UK destinations for buying gifts for the family for Christmas.
If you are busy during the day, late night Christmas shopping in Plymouth is the perfect solution - and you can also take in the city's fantastic Christmas lights.
Despite cutbacks leading many town and city councils to cancel their Christmas lights for 2023, luckily Plymouth's shoppers have avoided the same fate. Crowds gathered in Plymouth City Centre to see the spectacular Plymouth Christmas lights switched on for the first night of late night Christmas shopping in Plymouth, which was on Thursday 17th November 2022.
And Plymouth shops stay open late every Thursday night until Christmas - simply unmissable if you are staying in or just visiting the city during the festive season.
There's nothing like a traditional Christmas market to make Christmas shopping an extra special experience, and Plymouth Christmas Market is no exception. Officially opening on Thursday 30th November 2023 and running until Sunday December 17th 2023, Plymouth's 2023 Christmas Market is thought to be the biggest ever, with the shopping public in the mood to get out and be festive following years of COVID-19 disruption to the usual Christmas shopping traditions.
In addition to a wide range of stalls selling Christmas gifts and decorations, there's a fantastic selection of food stalls too, where you can sample a huge range of festive cuisine - and festive drinks too.
Plymouth Christmas Market is located in the heart of the city at The Piazza in Armada Way.
Specific opening times are yet to be announced - below shows the 2022 opening times for Plymouth Christmas Market, which stayed open latest on Thursdays to tie in with the city's late night Christmas shopping days:
2023 opening times are likely to be similar to the above.
Shopping in Plymouth isn’t all about the shopping mall though. There are a number of treasures to discover for a local, independent shopping experience. Need that perfect gift to take home to the parents for birthdays, Mother’s or Father’s Day, or as a ‘just because’ kinda gift? Look no further!
As well as some fantastic shopping, Plymouth also offers a fantastic range of student-friendly restaurants, bars, and places to enjoy an afternoon tea. And if you happen to be a student looking for a place to rent in the city, we can help you out there too - take a look at our Plymouth student accommodation available to lease now!