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

Falmouth is for active people who love what they do but also enjoy having an amazing life – sandy feet, barbeques on the beach, surfing the sunrise…

Jenny Welwert Gil
BA(Hons) Fashion 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

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

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

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

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

What I liked most about Falmouth was the way it offered a bit of everything - you could walk into town and have everything on your doorstep, with the beach in walking distance the other way.

James Dance
BA(Hons) Film

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

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

Charlie Minnion

Charlie Minnion

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

Charlotte Jackman, BA(Hons) Fine Art

Charlotte Jackman

BA(Hons) Fine Art

2011 graduate Charlotte’s work has already been exhibited widely from London to Mumbai


I lived with film students, photographers, fine artists, illustrators and creative writers. It was great.

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

Chelsey Flood, BA(Hons) English

Chelsey Flood

BA(Hons) English

Chelsey’s debut novel is being published by Simon & Schuster in 2013

Anthony Greenwood, BA(Hons) 3D Design

Anthony Greenwood

BA(Hons) Sustainable Product Design

Anthony is a designer for Cloud Nine, helping design and market low carbon living products

Video about the FXU Students' Union

Find out more about the FXU

It's a chance to study somewhere with breathing space yet still be surrounded by art, music and culture.

Irfhan Mirza
BA(Hons) Digital Media