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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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


The beach is always my first choice in summer and the Poly arts cinema is good for a rainy Cornish afternoon.

Emily Platzer
BA(Hons) Fine Art

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

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

Image of Ed Smith

Ed Smith

BA(Hons) Press & Editorial Photography

Ed was named in the Magenta Foundation’s top emerging photographers in the UK, Canada and the USA

Huda Abdul Aziz, BA(Hons) Graphic Design

Huda Abdul Aziz

BA(Hons) Graphic Design

2009 graduate Huda is now working for Agency Republic in London

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