From sunset beach barbecues, to off-the-cuff creative happenings, from a weekday surf before studying, to a weekend spent plundering vintage fairs and craft boutiques, Falmouth and Penryn have a unique vibe perfect for the creative and curious.

With a DIY mentality and a sense of creative freedom pulsing through the sister towns' cultural undercurrent, you'll find a buzzing bar scene, a vibrant mix of live gigs and a glut of events and performances on offer. All this set within a welcoming ocean-flanked town, where every street you walk down and pub you stop in you'll see someone you know.

Sound like your cup of tea? we'll don't just take our word for it. Here's what Falmouth's students have to say about living here...

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Student life: a film by Falmouth student ambassadors

Student life: a film by Falmouth student ambassadors

The Poly in Falmouth generally has something going on every evening, and is a really great place to go to watch new pieces of theatre, music acts, comedy nights or independent movies. They show a good variety of things, and with student discount it’s not expensive.

Jess Meyer
BA(Hons) Fine Art

Woodlane Campus

I loved the fact that I could walk around town and see someone I knew every few minutes, making me feel like part of a community.

Huda Aziz
BA(Hons) Graphic Design

Minack Theatre

There’s always something going on and people to go out with, whether it’s an open mic night or an exhibition. There are lots of festivals and carnivals all year round in Cornwall and many places to explore – one of my favourites is the Minack Theatre, a clifftop amphitheatre near Land’s End.

Mary Edwards
BA(Hons) Textile Design

Falmouth is a truly lovely place to study. It's a completely different environment to most universities - there's a diverse, friendly student population and lots of interaction between different students on different courses.

Gideon Goldberg
BA(Hons) Broadcasting

Prussia Cove

I chose Falmouth because of the sea, and because of Cornwall's extraordinary light. The slower pace of life provided the time and the space to develop as an artist. Falmouth was an exciting, stimulating and at times challenging place, with a strong sense of community.

Julie Umerle
BA(Hons) Fine Art

Students by Falmouth Harbour

I met my best friend at the welcome meeting on the Sunday, which I think is a great idea. I now live with three of the people I met that evening and they are all my closest friends. It’s easy to make friends if you take the time to do so.

Sammie Eidukas
BA(Hons) English

Due to the fact that Falmouth is small, the students do tend to go to the same bars and get to know each other fairly quickly. Overall the students are very open and friendly.

Isabel Heubl
BA(Hons) 3D Design

The beach is always my first choice in summer and the Poly arts cinema is good for a rainy Cornish afternoon.

Emily Platzer
BA(Hons) Fine Art

The Jacobs Ladder Inn, Falmouth

People here create their own social scene; from house parties to nights put on in disused fish factories, to bars which host art collectives and amazing pubs showcasing local bands. Students create a cultural buzz around the town; it's pretty special.

Sophie Glover
BA(Hons) Drawing

Students in Falmouth

I spent my three years at Falmouth working in Fat Face at the weekends. I loved it because I became a real part of the community and made friends who were not at university. Everyone in Falmouth is so friendly.

David Taylor
BA(Hons) Graphic Design

Charlie Minnion

Charlie Minnion

Animation graduate Charlie Minnion on why Falmouth makes him tick...

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Leong Darren Abriel

BA(Hons) Creative Advertising

Leong graduated in 2011 and is now working at leading international advertising agency, Ogilvy

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I spent as much time at college painting as I could but, admittedly, a fair bit of time drinking coffee and procrastinating; the gardens are a good place for this. Also if it all gets a bit too intense with all the creative vibes in the studio you can run away to the sea for a swim.

Emily Platzer
BA(Hons) Fine Art

The Stannary

Come the weekend you'll probably be heading down to the beach during the day, going surfing or, if you're like me, just jumping in the waves. Then in the evening there will always be a gig going on or a house party or just chilling out with mates down at the local. There's definitely something for everyone down here.

Lizzie Howe
BA(Hons) Creative Events Management

Glasney Student Village, Tremough Campus

Falmouth is a small town but it houses so many young and creative people. Therefore it is quite an unusual place; there is as much going on as in other student towns, but more condensed.

Emily Platzer
BA(Hons) Fine Art

The Klezbians, BA(Hons) Music

The Klezbians

BA(Hons) Music

This award-winning band performed at the Royal Albert Hall early on in their course

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Nicola Robey

Nicola Robey

BA(Hons) English

Nicola has written for the Telegraph, Jamie Magazine and been a columnist for arts website, Ideastap.

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Cornwall has an identity as a creative county in which extraordinary things can happen.

Sir Derek Jacobi