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

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

It is situated in a beautiful part of Cornwall, surrounded by a natural landscape, stimulating creative processes.

Piotr Macieszak
BA(Hons) Interior 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

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

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

There is a real feeling of support and fun amongst the student community and this is one of the really special things about studying at Falmouth.  It is a unique and wonderful place.

Emma Dibben
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 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

Charlie Minnion

Charlie Minnion

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

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


The student community at Falmouth is fantastic. I met a lot of interesting people from diverse courses and backgrounds and the possibilities for collaboration were endless. It was creatively inspiring and great for making contacts.

Tom Dymond
BA(Hons) Press & Editorial Photography

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

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

Performance Sportswear by James Kamo

James Kamo

BA(Hons) Performance Sportswear Design

James graduated in 2011 and works for surf, skate and clothing brand Hurley International in Costa Mesa, California

Still from Submarine by Warp Films

Lucille Sutherland

BA(Hons) Film

2011 graduate Lucille now works as a development assistant at Warp Films

Video about the FXU Students' Union

Find out more about the FXU

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