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Life as a student at our Penryn campus

Cornwall will appeal if you want to study in beautiful surroundings and live as part of a vibrant student community where you constantly meet people you know. You’ll find a fantastic student lifestyle in a safe and friendly environment, with plenty of opportunities for sporting and outdoor activities.

The campus is a few minutes’ walk from Penryn, home to a rapidly expanding collection of independent cafés, shops, galleries and restaurants, as well as Jubilee Wharf, one of the country’s leading zero carbon buildings. It provides an inspirational environment for artists, and a home for Miss Peapod’s café, which has great views and regular live music. Penryn’s railway station is a 10-minute journey from Falmouth and 20 minutes from Truro.

Falmouth is a vibrant town, thanks to the number of students in the area, with a wealth of bars, pubs and restaurants and a lively café culture. It’s the centre of Cornwall’s creative scene, with businesses, studios, shops and galleries, and great live music across the town. Falmouth’s seven beaches, beautiful rivers and the world-famous marina also make it a haven for those who love sand, sailing and surf.


Falmouth really delivers if you’re into independent shops, and it reflects the diverse student population we have here. Surfers and skateboarders are well catered. If you’re a fan of vintage clothing and accessories, or you want something unique, Falmouth has a few places you should set your sights on. Cornwall is packed full of foodies with a passion for local food and drink, and students here are really keen to support local producers. There are plenty of places around Falmouth that we’re all happy to give our custom to for the most flavourful and fresh food.

The Cornish are certainly partial to a festival. Combine this with Falmouth’s vibrant community of artists, watersports enthusiasts and students and you have a perfect recipe for variety. Here is a flavour of what students can experience durng there time studying at the Penryn Campus:


Music, Falmouth has a thriving live music scene. In fact, live music is pretty much an integral part of any night out in the town. Cinema and theatre, if you fancy a traditional cinema experience, the Phoenix in Falmouth – a modern cinema in a beautiful, converted old Drill Hall – offers big box office hits every day of the week. For more live action entertainment head to the Hall for Cornwall in Truro, with its varied and exciting line up of touring theatre, dance, comedy and big-name gigs. For an experience not to be missed, the Minack Theatre at Porthcurno never fails to astound, with panoramic views out to sea from an amphitheatre hewn from the cliff.


The Stannary, with a 1,300 capacity, is the social hub of the campus and is fast becoming one of Cornwall’s best venues, with gigs, comedy and a weekly club night. As its status grows, so does the profile of the acts performing, which have included Chase and Status, Annie Mac and Wretch 32. The best thing about Falmouth's nightlife is that each venue has its own personality, not to mention that even if you set off on your own, you’re bound to bump into someone you know. Living in an area with a big student art population guarantees loads of exciting art events all year round, and a wide variety of art galleries on your doorstep.

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Falmouth’s own National Maritime Museum has got all kinds of water-based offerings and students get a 30% discount. There's a series of talks and lectures available if you’re keen to learn more about Falmouth’s fascinating maritime history, and the Museum also features an Under the Sea display which offers you an underwater adventure without getting wet! It’s also used as a venue for plays; there have been spectacular renditions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Wind in the Willows, so there’s something for everyone.

Over in Truro, the Royal Cornwall Museum offers a traditional museum experience with collections from Cornwall, the UK and overseas, including archaeological and geological collections together with fine art and social history material.

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