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

It sounds clichéd, but there really is something for everyone in the area. You can surf by day and go clubbing at night. There's a diverse music community too, with live bands on almost every night in the town, not to mention lazy afternoons spent on Gylly beach.

Ryan Tym
BA(Hons) Graphic Design

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

Charlie Minnion

Charlie Minnion

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

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Beatrice Jarvis, BA(Hons) Choreography

Beatrice Jarvis

BA(Hons) Choreography

Beatrice is a curator and choreographer who has worked at Frieze, Zoo and Jerwood Space

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Falmouth is the place to be. It's a uni with a difference that's for sure. It might not have a club on every corner but we make up for that in other ways. You definitely won't be stuck in the house being bored.  It's a bit like living on a permanent holiday, there's always something fun to do, come rain or shine.

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

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

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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Katie Sims

BA(Hons) Fine Art

2010 graduate Katie was named one of the Independent's 'Artists to Watch 2011'

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The FXU is brilliant; there are so many different clubs to join. I’m a member of the Afro-Caribbean Society, the International Society, the Poetry Society and the Badminton Society. I like being sociable!

Christine Pigott
MA Television Production