Falmouth and beyond
Penryn might be home of the Penryn Campus, but you’ll find that most students pass their time in nearby Falmouth. Penryn is a small, developing town, 15 minutes bus ride away from Falmouth. Penryn comes equipped with its own Costcutter, pharmacy, doctor’s surgery, bank and post office, plus its own swanky local bar, Number 20. It’s great for your bare essentials but not the kind of place to go shopping crazy. It’s a nice hang-out spot, with cool digs like Miss Peapod’s Cafe, that offers Salsa classes, Yoga, live music and just a tranquil vibe.
It’s the gateway to London and everywhere else in the UK, and also great if you want to experience a city vibe in Cornwall. Truro houses a huge selection of restaurants and pubs, cinemas and art galleries, including the Lemon Street Gallery. Every Wednesday and Saturday there's a farmer's market on Lemon Quay, selling the finest in local produce and some of the best brownies in Cornwall!
In terms of shopping, it's definitely the place to be – some people visit Truro purely for the Topshop! There are also loads of high street stores such as Accessorize, HMV, and Marks and Spencer, plus pretty much anything else you could want, from arts supplies to electronics.
There’s a pretty cool music scene in Truro, every year Event Cornwall puts together MusicTruro, which sees plenty of talent strutting their stuff to cater for any music taste around venues in the big city. Also check out the busker’s competition.
St Austell is famous for the Eden Project. Housing many plants from all over the world, it also has breathtaking scenery and some seriously intricate architecture. Eden doubles up as a top venue for some of the biggest acts ever; the acclaimed Eden Sessions have featured The Kooks, Kasabian, Paul Weller, Amy Winehouse, Florence and the Machine, plus others. The scenery makes any gig there a truly electrifying experience.
Aside from being an airport town, Newquay is well known for its clubbing experience. There’s a lot of diversity in the places you can go, with the nightlife catering for every mood from chilled out and quiet, to crazy fun. Bertie’s nightclub has seen the likes of Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills.
If clubbing isn’t your thing there’s also a variety of activities, including extreme sports. After all, it is a holiday destination for people all over the UK! The Adventure Centre at Lusty Glaze (Newquay) is a good place to start, perfect for all your adrenalin-hunting needs. Or pay a visit to the Extreme Academy at Watergate Bay to try everything from surfing to mountain boarding.
It’s pretty easy to get down to if you don’t want to drive. Simply take 6 friends in a taxi and you’ll only be paying £10 each, which is a bargain for a mini holiday!