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...

Students by Falmouth Harbour Image of surfers Martin Creed, Work No 210, at Tate St Ives The Asylum from Kneehigh The Flaming Lips at Eden Sessions Port Eliot Festival Students by Falmouth Harbour Woodlane Campus Two Little Birds, Falmouth No 20 Wine Bar, Penryn Students by Falmouth Harbour Discovery Quay, Falmouth Band at the Fish Factory. Port Eliot Festival. Students enjoy the sunshine on Praa Sands beach. Students enjoying cycling along the Cornish lanes. Painting at the quay.
Student life: a film by Falmouth student ambassadors

Student life: a film by Falmouth student ambassadors

My three years at Falmouth were the best of my life. Open minded people, excellent facilities and regular surfing, which helped me gain a spot on the national team for the European Championships. It's a unique mix that makes this place really special.

Hannes Simon
BA(Hons) 3D Design

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 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

Friends and I would swim in the sea before our morning lectures. It's only in Falmouth we could have done that before class.

Katharine Morling
BA(Hons) Contemporary Crafts

Cornwall beach

An idyllic weekend in Falmouth is to go surfing in the morning, then spend the afternoon browsing the local shops and meeting friends for drinks in the local cafes. The freshers' fair at the beginning of the year always offers a wide range of societies for students to join so there's always something to do at the weekend.

Emma Ford
BA(Hons) Fine Art

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

The music scene here is really good, catering for everyone’s taste.

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

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

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

Charlie Minnion

Charlie Minnion

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

Tom Raffield, BA(Hons) 3D Design

Tom Raffield

BA(Hons) Sustainable Product Design

Tom’s pioneering steam-bending technique for wood has gained him clients from Brad Pitt to Liberty


It's the general lifestyle of Cornwall that really makes Falmouth stand out as a great place to study. The weather, location and atmosphere of the town are great. I always enjoy the annual events like the Oyster Festival and the Beer Festival.

Emma Ford
BA(Hons) Fine Art

Loading Cafe, Falmouth

My favourite bar is Loading on Quay Street. They have new and old games to play on a huge TV, an arcade table, Ben and Jerry’s milkshakes and their own games-based cocktails and shooters. You get to choose the music too - it’s a great place to kick off a night or hang out with friends.

Aislinn Toye
BA(Hons) Graphic Design

Jam Records, Falmouth

Living in town is brilliant because you're right in the heart of it. Falmouth really is a student town with loads of cafes and bars. The music scene is awesome, lots of different kinds of bands and DJs and everywhere you go you see people you know.  Plus you're right by the beach. What more could you want?

Nicole Gomes
BA(Hons) Fashion Photography

Omari McCarthy, Study China visit

Cultural Learning

Encouraging our students to study abroad is vitally important. A trip like Study China offers the educational and cultural experience of a lifetime.

A-Side Studio

Ross Imms

BA(Hons) Graphic Design

Ross and Alex set up A-Side, a design studio in Falmouth with clients from MTV to Sony

Video about the FXU Students' Union

Find out more about the FXU

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