Student Life at the Penryn Campus

What's on campus?

Studying the Humanities in Penryn, Cornwall is a uniquely rewarding experience. Situated just outside Falmouth, the modern, purpose-built campus offers an unrivalled location for study. Our courses aim to reflect the stunning location and the distinctive spirit of the Cornish peninsula. The educational experience in Cornwall, with its intimate, small-group teaching and close contact with academics, is incredibly well suited to studying Humanities. Emphasis is on innovative learning and teaching in a flexible, personal atmosphere.  

The Penryn Campus offers the very latest academic, research and residential facilities. Made up of around 4,000 students, the campus gives you intimacy and friendliness, in an arrangement that we think is unique as we share the campus with Falmouth University; a leading specialist arts institution. This combination creates a vibrant mix of students, with a diverse range of interests and backgrounds.

The environment and sustainability underpin much of the ethos of the Penryn Campus. These themes consequently recur throughout our degree programmes as well as in student societies, clubs and the running of the campus.

As a student in the College of Humanities, there are a number of different buildings you may be based in, depending on what you study.

If you want to see where the buildings are based, check out our Penryn Campus map. You can also explore our main buildings through virtual tours of our Penryn Campus. English and History are both based in the Peter Lanyon Building. This modern building houses most of the lectures and seminars, convening around a central study space in close proximity to academic offices on the 1st and 2nd floor. If you are able to visit us, the best way to familiarise yourself with our buildings is to come along to an Offer-Holder Visit Day.

You can also find out more about studying in the College of Humanities at Penryn by visiting our Facebook and Twitter pages. As a Penryn Offer-Holder you can also join our 2018 Facebook group.

You don’t have to be a Modern Languages student to study a language. The Foreign Language Centre provides all students with the opportunity to study either French or Spanish.

Being able to speak multiple languages is empowering – you can broaden your future employment prospects, access different cultures, and increase your personal development and understanding of the world. So many employers are seeking graduates with additional language skills! There are levels at Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. You could choose to start a new language from scratch or develop an existing one.

You can also take language modules as part of your degree so you can graduate with the language in your degree title (you would need 60 credits in a language with 30 credits at Intermediate or Advanced level to achieve ‘with proficiency in …’ on your degree title).

On our Penryn Campus, you have plenty of options for eating out and students are exempt from paying VAT on hot food. We have our own student bar, The Stannary Bar, and a variety of eating outlets. The Stannary Kitchen offers freshly cooked dishes at breakfast and lunch and is a great place to stop by for a Full English or to grab a lighter breakfast on your way to lectures. They do a range of meals from Asian inspired dishes, to jacket potatoes, salads, home-made soups and locally made pasties. For coffee or hot drinks, you can stop in at Koofi, Amata Cafe or the ESI cafe to satisfy and caffeine cravings.

For filling up your cupboards without having to step off campus, The Shop is packed with a range of general and seasonal items, including food, drinks, cleaning products and toiletries, stationery, newspapers and magazines.

While studying, health and wellbeing are so important, and it’s tough to fully enjoy your student experience when personal difficulties, health anxieties or emotional worries arise!

We highly recommend that when you arrive, you register with a GP at the Penryn Surgery and you will then be able to see a doctor at our Student Health Centre on campus. The Wellbeing team offers counselling and there are plenty of online wellbeing resources.

The Student Services Centre in The Exchange and the Tremough Annexe are also here to help you with a wide range of enquiries. If you have a child between six weeks and five years old,you will find Little Wonders Nursery as part of the sports centre on-campus to help with your childcare needs.

If you need support, help, need advice, and/or are worried about anything at all, we’re here for you every step of the way.

Without even having to step off campus, you never have the opportunity to be bored. Our campus is jointly shared with Falmouth University meaning there is plenty of arts and culture events to get involved with run by fellow students. 

The Academy of Music and Theatre Arts is a purpose-built live venue which has a programme of in-house productions, local shows, drama, opera, music, dance, comedy and family theatre.

On Saturdays the Upper and Lower Stannary is converted into Cornwall's largest nightclub and live music entertainment venue, having experienced the likes of Radio One DJ Annie Mac, Wretch 32 and Scratch Perverts. For slightly quieter evenings, the Stannary also runs open mic nights and fantastic quiz nights. 

On campus you'll find our new £4 million Penryn Campus Sports Centre, which includes a four-court sports hall, available to hire for a variety of sports and events and is the focal point for a variety of exercise classes, including aerobics, cardio kick, kettlebells, pilates and yoga. Find out more about our excellent sports facilities on the Sports Park website.

Sports clubs

There are over 20 sports clubs to get involved with, and over 40 sport societies registered and running sessions through the FXU, offering something for everyone. The clubs are open to all students, whether you are an aspiring professional or interested in trying something new. You'll find dance societies, martial arts clubs, water sports to the more unusual Snorkel and Dive, Shinty and Tang Soo Do - there will be a society for you here. 

Watersports

If you're a keen watersports enthusiast then our Penryn Campus is the place for you - find out more about the watersports available in our 'Life in Cornwall' section. 

At the University of Exeter, you are spoiled with award winning grounds and gardens. There are beautiful and diverse grounds and gardens to explore including the grounds of Tremough Hall, which is a stunning Grade II listed building. If you visit us soon and are keen to explore the beauty of the campus, check out the FX Plus website.