As some of you will already know I currently live in Falmouth, a seaside town in Cornwall, where I'm studying BA Textiles at the university. I thought it might be interesting for those of you applying to university who are considering Falmouth or even Exeter, who we share the campus with here, to hear what I have to say on the town and surrounding area and what it's like to be a student in the west country. I'm planning on writing a separate post on the BA Textiles course here which I will link to once it is up. Hope you enjoy this slightly different than usual post on my blog!
Chilled out best sums up the town and the bars and restaurants all have that 'Shoreditch cool' feel which personally I love. If you want a proper night then you'll have to venture further afield... ie. Newquay where you'll find plenty of clubs. On campus (which is actually in Penryn) we have a joint university student union bar which is a massive deal here and very popular. They host parties fortnightly which are always worth going to if you are quick enough to get your hands on a ticket. Truro, which is about 20 minuets away by train, has a larger shopping center so the lack of highstreet stores here isn't that bad... infact not having a Topshop in Falmouth has undoubtedly saved me ALOT of money.
I like to go to the beach as often as possible because it is so beautiful and such a fun relaxing day out and there are so many water sports clubs and societies to get involved with like sailing and surfing. I have to say don't be put off by how isolated being this far west may come across. Yes my train journey home takes around 8 hours but honestly being independent is a great thing. When you live too close to home you don't get that. Instead focus on how outstanding the universities are here and the added benefits of having two different ones.. it's so diverse. This area of the country is obviously beautiful and I count myself lucky to live here. I had hoped to study in London originally because I thought the courses would be worth the lifestyle and economic drawbacks but I was completely wrong, the university is now the top in the country for arts so I haven't had any compromises. If you have any questions about Falmouth or anything else related ask in the comments and keep a look out for my response!