LIFE IN CORNWALL

Our Penryn Campus is based in Cornwall, a county on the beautiful southern coast of England renowned for its stunning landscapes. The campus, shared with the leading specialist arts institution Falmouth University, is home to a vibrant international community of around 5,500 students from science, engineering, humanities and arts disciplines.

A hub of research and featuring the latest academic and research facilities, Penryn Campus excels in tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges, focusing on the environment and sustainability. Home to the £30 million Environment and Sustainability Institute, Penryn Campus puts the University and Cornwall at the forefront of research into solutions to environmental change.


On campus there is plenty to do, with a joint University of Exeter and Falmouth University body called FXPlus running all the facilities you need. Student accommodation is just a couple of minutes’ walk from academic and social facilities; you can eat, drink and socialise at one of the several cafes and canteens on campus; and there is a shop providing all your essentials from snacks to toiletries and more. The Fitness Centre caters to students of all abilities, with dozens of different ways to get involved, from weight or cardio training to sports clubs. The library is also on campus, meaning you can pick up books or pop in for a study session between lectures.


FXU is the joint University of Exeter and Falmouth University Students’ Union on Penryn Campus, run by students, for students. It runs hundreds of student sports clubs and societies, as well as hosting dozens of events yearly, from the summer ball to sustainability week, yoga classes to alumni meetings.


In nearby Falmouth there are gorgeous cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy an afternoon with a book or an evening with friends. Gylly Beach is one of four local beaches and a real sun trap, with golden sand and crystal blue water. It’s a popular place for picnics, surfing and paddle boarding, with equipment available to hire from the beach front itself. You can also hike along the cliffs. Pendennis Castle, just up the road, is another local tourist spot, and nearby is the Maritime Museum and high street shops.