Phone: +44 (0) 1326 370 400
Mail: University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE
The Penryn Campus
The Penryn Campus offers the very latest academic, research and residential facilities set in 100 acres of countryside close to the waterside town of Falmouth, with beautiful views over the Fal estuary.
Made up of around 4,000 students, it offers intimacy and friendliness, in an arrangement that is unique as we share the campus with Falmouth University; a leading specialist arts institution. This combination creates a vibrant community of students from science, engineering, humanities and arts backgrounds.
Though one of the smallest top ten university campuses in the UK, we excel in tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges through our research, which then informs our teaching.
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.
Our newest development, the £5.5 million Science and Engineering Research Support Facility (SERSF), builds upon the £30 million Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI), puts the University and Cornwall at the forefront of research into the solutions to problems of environmental change.
Recent improvements to the Campus include the new Exchange building which encompasses lecture theatres, an extended and refurbished library plus informal study spaces. A brand new (September 2016) sports centre, gym and nursery is also now open to staff, students, and the local community.
We share the Penryn Campus with Falmouth University and, between us, run a 50:50 joint venture called Falmouth Exeter Plus (FXPlus) who manage the campus's buildings, facilities and services.
You'll see references to CUC (Combined Universities in Cornwall) which is a partnership between Higher and Further Education providers, and it's one of the ways in which the EU and the UK government have invested in our facilities.
How to find us
The Penryn Campus is approximately two hours’ drive from Exeter. From the north, take the A30 west from Exeter until you reach the A39 signposted Truro. Drive through Truro, following the signs A39 to Falmouth. Follow the A39 towards Falmouth until you come to the Treliever roundabout, where you will see signs to the Penryn Campus.
Use postcode TR10 9FE. If your sat nav does not recognise this, please try TR10 9EZ; this will not take you directly to campus, but will get you near enough that you will be able to follow signs to the campus entrance.
Please be aware that this is a relatively new postcode and may not be recognised by your sat nav system if it is not up-to-date.
Please be aware that Google Maps currently incorrectly directs searches for the Penryn Campus postcode to our Streatham Campus in Exeter. We have asked for this error to be corrected but in the meantime we advise using the postcode TR10 9EZ when requesting directions from Google Maps.
National Express coaches stop in Penryn. For timetables, visit the National Express website or for passenger information phone: +44 (0) 08717 818181. The U1 bus service from Truro Bus Station drops you direct to the campus. For bus services within the southwest, visit the Traveline SouthWest website.
The Penryn Campus is approximately two and a half hours by train from Exeter. The campus is in Penryn, which has its own station. There is a frequent direct service to Truro from London, the Midlands and North and other major British cities. At Truro, change to the branch line service to Falmouth and leave the train at Penryn. The station is approximately a 15 minute walk from the campus.
For timetabling, visit the National Rail Enquiries website or phone: 08457 48 49 50.
NB: There is no taxi rank at Penryn station. Taxis should be booked by prior arrangement, phone: 01326 373007. Alternatively, the U1 bus service from Truro Bus Station drops you direct to the campus. For timetabling visit the Traveline SouthWest website.
The closest airport to the campus is Newquay. Flybe operates direct flights from London Gatwick with a flight time of approximately 70 minutes, as well as from Glasgow and Manchester; connecting flights are available to other destinations.
Car hire and taxi services are also available at Newquay Airport.
For public transport connections visit the Traveline website.
NB: Newquay Airport is approximately 40 km from Penryn. If you’re using public transport you'll need to take a bus from the airport to Newquay, and then another bus to Penryn (typical total journey time one and a half to two hours). The campus is roughly three quarters of an hour to an hour's drive by car from Newquay.
Abacus and Falmouth Taxis (01326 212141) are Falmouth's largest taxi firm and offer short and long distance journeys including airport transfers to UK airports.
For information regarding car hire companies in Cornwall, refer to the Visit Cornwall website.
Like many university campuses, the Penryn Campus has limited car parking. As such, potential car park users are encouraged to use alternative, sustainable transport. You can find out more about travel, transport and parking on campus and around the Falmouth and Penryn areas on the Falmouth Exeter Plus website. The campus operates an Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system in which you pay as you leave, with charges outlined below.
Monday to Friday, between 8am and 6pm (daytime):
- Up to 1 hour: Free
- 1 - 2 hours: £2.00
- 2 - 4 hours: £2.60
- 4 - 10 hours: £3.60
Monday to Friday, between 6pm and 8am (overnight):
- Free but ANPR system still in operation
Weekends (6pm Friday to 8am Monday):
- Free but ANPR system still in operation
Permits and salary sacrifice scheme
If you work or study at the Penryn Campus you may be eligible to apply for a parking permit. To apply for a permit, you'll need to log in to Falmouth Exeter Plus's online application and payment portal (for staff as well as students).
Details, FAQs and contacts for queries are all available here. (Information has changed for the year beginning 1 September 2014, so even if you're an existing car park user and / or permit-holder, it's worth double-checking the relevant pages.)