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

Cornwall gives you the space and peace to create something. Studying here is a marvellous opportunity in a truly marvellous place.

Tim Shaw
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

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

It's not big. The setting's nice, being in the countryside, having a lot of green space.  It's got everything you need.

Alexander Loudon
BA(Hons) 3D Design

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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Jemma Westing

Jemma Westing

BA(Hons) Illustration

2010 graduate Jemma works as a book designer for Dorling Kindersley

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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

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

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

Richard Child, BA(Hons) 3D Design

Richard Child

BA(Hons) Sustainable Product Design

3D Design graduate Richard now works in R&D in the medical and healthcare sector

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Charlotte Wadsworth

BA(Hons) Animation & Visual Effects

Charlotte is an assistant producer at Spider Eye, working on an animated show for Disney

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Falmouth is a perfect mix of scenic countryside and lively alternative social scenes.

Ella Ravilious
BA(Hons) Fine Art