Tomas van den Heuvel

BA History (Penryn Campus)

I immediately fell in love with the small, remote and local atmosphere of Falmouth, an atmosphere you don’t really get anywhere else. The course seemed different from any kind of history degree I'd come across so far, and the module of Public History was also a great factor in my coming down here.

If you're looking for a more avant-garde course, ranging from environmental history to social and public history, this is the place to be. The modules tend to be intellectually stimulating, and the lecturers are passionate as well as knowledgeable about their subjects.

One of my favourite aspects of studying at Penryn has been the local, cosy atmosphere, the ‘we’re-all-in-the-same-boat’ feeling that makes for great camaraderie among students. Falmouth and Penryn are lovely towns, and sharing a campus with Falmouth University provides a great blend between academic and creative ideas, views, and people.

As an international student, I found myself unexpectedly dealing with a culture shock, making it difficult to build relationships with my fellow students in first year. Luckily, the many societies on campus were there to help me meet like-minded people, many of whom have now become good friends.

I am, for example, now a member of the Expedition Society, which does hikes and walks in and beyond the local area. For me, and many others, this has been a great chance to get out and see Cornwall (which, by the way, is a beautiful county: whatever else you do here at uni, give yourself time to go around and explore. Trust me, it’s worth it).

Falmouth and Penryn are absolutely great, if you know where you’re going. You’re going to a small, local and fairly remote town, which has great surroundings and a free, relaxed atmosphere. The course focuses on modern history, and often on fairly niche and avant-garde topics or ways of thinking. If that’s what you want, I highly recommend this campus. I have, however, heard a lot of people complain about the lack of wild nightlife or other things people traditionally associate with uni life. If you’re looking for that, you should go to Streatham Campus.

(Also, the lack of crazy nightlife means that you have to put a bit more effort into going out and meeting people, but once you’ve figured that out you will have a great time)