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The Truro Campus

Outside view of Knowledge Spa building, Truro Campus Cornwall

The University of Exeter Medical School

Our Truro Campus is the base for University of Exeter Medical School students studying for a proportion of their Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) degree during years 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Students studying the BMBS programme at the University of Exeter will be expected to spend a portion of their degree studying in different locations across Devon and Cornwall and experiencing a diverse range of clinical and academic environments. This will include a minimum of one year and maximum of two years being based in the Knowledge Spa at the Royal Cornwall Hospital (Truro), which is a modern, multi-disciplinary building with its own specialist teaching facilities.

BMBS students have access to the lecture theatre, seminar rooms, a common room, the Cornwall Health Library, the Life Sciences Resource Centre (LSRC) and the Constance Fozzard Clinical Skills Suite. Other facilities include administrative and academic offices. Students based in Truro also have full access to the social and student support facilities and activities offered at our Penryn Campus.

The Knowledge Spa is also the Cornwall base for the Peninsula School of Dentistry and Nursing School which are part of Plymouth University.

The University of Exeter Medical School is based in:

Knowledge Spa
Royal Cornwall Hospital

University of Exeter Medical School Student Reception

Phone: +44 (0) 1872 255171



The Truro Campus is based at the Knowledge Spa on the Royal Cornwall Hospital (Treliske) site, on the outskirts of Truro. The Knowledge Spa is on the edge of the main hospital site, close to the roundabout on the main road; Reception is through the main doors in the centre of the building, facing the car park. 


Walk or Cycle

From Truro train station it’s a 25-30 minute walk or 10-15 minutes on a bike. Turn right out of the station, go up the hill, right at the roundabout and follow the main road along to the hospital entrance.

A taxi to The Knowledge Spa at Treliske from the station is roughly ten minutes.


From the main station entrance, cross the road to the bus stop. Most buses coming past the train station stop either within the hospital (Trelawny Wing main entrance) or at the lay-by on the main road just outside the hospital. Regular buses stopping at the Treliske Lay-By west bound from the station include 36, 40, 304 and east bound 36, 40, 304 494. Those stopping within the hospital include 304, 494, U1, U1A.

By car

Turn off the A30 at Chiverton Cross roundabout, onto the A390 signed to Truro. Follow for just under four miles, past Truro College, then at the next roundabout turn left into the hospital.


There is a paid car park at the hospital, but it's expensive and gets busy. There are a limited number visitor parking spaces - permits need to be reserved in advance.

It's very easy to use the Langarth Park & Ride, on the A390, before you reach Truro College from the A30. The Park & Ride bus goes about every ten minutes, and the bus comes through the hospital on the way into town or you can use the Park & Ride Treliske shuttle that just comes to the hospital.

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