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I put down Exeter University as one of my UCAS options. I'm very happy with the course and I think that if I get an offer then I'll be putting it down as my first choice.

However, studying for my course means that I'll be living in the Penryn Campus which is in Cornwall, almost a 2 hour drive from the main campus in Exeter.

The campus in Cornwall seems quite small compared to the main campus, and potentially isolated from the rest of the UK. I'm worried the campus will simply be too small and cut-off to be a fully enjoyable place to spend crucial years of my life.

Can any of you who have studied or are studying there please comment on my impressions? Can you confirm them, or am I being a pessimist?
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I put down Exeter University as one of my UCAS options. I'm very happy with the course and I think that if I get an offer then I'll be putting it down as my first choice.

However, studying for my course means that I'll be living in the Penryn Campus which is in Cornwall, almost a 2 hour drive from the main campus in Exeter.

The campus in Cornwall seems quite small compared to the main campus, and potentially isolated from the rest of the UK. I'm worried the campus will simply be too small and cut-off to be a fully enjoyable place to spend crucial years of my life.

Can any of you who have studied or are studying there please comment on my impressions? Can you confirm them, or am I being a pessimist?
Have you asked in the Exeter forum?
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Penryn campus is quite remote. It is a hillside campus just outside Penryn and about 4 miles from Falmouth. There are regular buses to Falmouth and other towns like Truro. It is a beautiful campus very green. It is shared with Falmouth university who have more students there than Exeter. Depending on your preferences you are likely to either live it or hate it. Falmouth is a small town and reminds me of Aberystwyth or Bangor. Some love them. Others find them too small. It depends what you want. Do you want a beautiful campus near a historic seaside town or are you looking for a more lively city. Its location can be a strength and a weakness and it is some way from most parts of the UK.
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I don't study at Penryn but I live in Cornwall. You might like studying here or you might not. It just depends on what you like. Personally I love living in Cornwall but I know people who can't wait till they leave for uni.

What type of place do you want to live in? If you want a place with a lively atmosphere then Cornwall most likely isn't for you.

If you have any other questions about life in Cornwall I'll be happy to answer them.
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Oh there's a forum! I'm completely new to this site. I literally only made an account to ask that question, but yeah I'll check there
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I don't study at Penryn but I live in Cornwall. You might like studying here or you might not. It just depends on what you like. Personally I love living in Cornwall but I know people who can't wait till they leave for uni.

What type of place do you want to live in? If you want a place with a lively atmosphere then Cornwall most likely isn't for you.

If you have any other questions about life in Cornwall I'll be happy to answer them.
Many thanks for the help. I'm definitely not into lots of partying and nightclubs, although I know I would enjoy a little bit of nightlife every now and again. What should I expect?

If I get an offer, hopefully there will be an Applicant Day where I can visit the campis - that seems to be what is most recommended.
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Penryn campus is quite remote. It is a hillside campus just outside Penryn and about 4 miles from Falmouth. There are regular buses to Falmouth and other towns like Truro. It is a beautiful campus very green. It is shared with Falmouth university who have more students there than Exeter. Depending on your preferences you are likely to either live it or hate it. Falmouth is a small town and reminds me of Aberystwyth or Bangor. Some love them. Others find them too small. It depends what you want. Do you want a beautiful campus near a historic seaside town or are you looking for a more lively city. Its location can be a strength and a weakness and it is some way from most parts of the UK.
Thanks for the insight. I'm not the type to go to many clubs so that won't be a problem. On the other hand, isolation may be an issue. Do you know if the campus is well connected to any other larger towns and cities via transport like trains etc.?

One thing that I've realised is an issue is the quality of the teaching, since it's likely that all of Exeter's best is on the main campus. Could this mean that, if I end up going to the Cornwall Campus, the quality of learning will be below that of the main campus?
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Thanks for the insight. I'm not the type to go to many clubs so that won't be a problem. On the other hand, isolation may be an issue. Do you know if the campus is well connected to any other larger towns and cities via transport like trains etc.?

One thing that I've realised is an issue is the quality of the teaching, since it's likely that all of Exeter's best is on the main campus. Could this mean that, if I end up going to the Cornwall Campus, the quality of learning will be below that of the main campus?
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One thing that I've realised is an issue is the quality of the teaching, since it's likely that all of Exeter's best is on the main campus. Could this mean that, if I end up going to the Cornwall Campus, the quality of learning will be below that of the main campus?
Some courses will be better than others in that regard. Another issue might be the lack of module choice compared to Streatham.
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Some courses will be better than others in that regard. Another issue might be the lack of module choice compared to Streatham
The course have far fewer students than Streatham so that can be a benefit as well.
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Some courses will be better than others in that regard. Another issue might be the lack of module choice compared to Streatham.
That's true, although I've heard that a lot of courses related to mine are at the Penryn Campus, and also my course is only at that campus so the only modules on offer are the only ones possible when going into that subject.
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That's true, although I've heard that a lot of courses related to mine are at the Penryn Campus, and also my course is only at that campus so the only modules on offer are the only ones possible when going into that subject.
In that case my comment is irrelevant!
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Many thanks for the help. I'm definitely not into lots of partying and nightclubs, although I know I would enjoy a little bit of nightlife every now and again. What should I expect?

If I get an offer, hopefully there will be an Applicant Day where I can visit the campis - that seems to be what is most recommended.
I'm not too sure what's available close to the campus but pubs are common everyone and most towns will have a club or something similar.

There's lots to do apart from nightlife as you're going to be pretty close to a beach and some other nice natural spaces. Shopping will most likely be worse than where you're from but Truro is the best place due to the variety of shops. If you want bigger chain stores than you could always catch a train to Plymouth.

Yeah I would recommend going to an applicant day and see what is available around the campus.
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I'm not too sure what's available close to the campus but pubs are common everyone and most towns will have a club or something similar.

There's lots to do apart from nightlife as you're going to be pretty close to a beach and some other nice natural spaces. Shopping will most likely be worse than where you're from but Truro is the best place due to the variety of shops. If you want bigger chain stores than you could always catch a train to Plymouth.

Yeah I would recommend going to an applicant day and see what is available around the campus.
I've given OP a detailed response by PM. My son is currently in Penryn on a Phd following an integrated masters at Exeter. Penryn campus is on a mountain top above Penryn. It is about 4 miles from Falmouth which is really nice has lovely beaches cafe's and bars. It has shops. There is a 10 minute bus service between the campus and Falmouth town centre. Some of the buses go to Truro and others to Redruth. We weren't impressed with Penryn town. Falmouth is a lot nicer and there is more there. The big issue is the distance from the rest of the UK but that only matters when going to university or coming home. The other issue is the campus is quite small but that has the benefit of much smaller class sizes than Streatham. There are more students from Falmouth university than Exeter there. The club scene isnt Bristol but then that doesnt appear to matter to OP. visiting is essential and I suggest staying in a Falmouth hotel for a couple of days to look around the area.
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I've given OP a detailed response by PM. My son is currently in Penryn on a Phd following an integrated masters at Exeter. Penryn campus is on a mountain top above Penryn. It is about 4 miles from Falmouth which is really nice has lovely beaches cafe's and bars. It has shops. There is a 10 minute bus service between the campus and Falmouth town centre. Some of the buses go to Truro and others to Redruth. We weren't impressed with Penryn town. Falmouth is a lot nicer and there is more there. The big issue is the distance from the rest of the UK but that only matters when going to university or coming home. The other issue is the campus is quite small but that has the benefit of much smaller class sizes than Streatham. There are more students from Falmouth university than Exeter there. The club scene isnt Bristol but then that doesnt appear to matter to OP. visiting is essential and I suggest staying in a Falmouth hotel for a couple of days to look around the area.
Thanks for the info, never really knew much about Penryn as I don't go there often.

I agree Falmouth seems better for students than Penryn as there's just more going on there and the town caters to students more.

I agree with the isolation as I've never really visited many other places in the UK but I think most of that is my family's choice as my friends travel around the UK a fair amount. But the good thing with the isolation is that you get to know a lot of people and there is a friendly atmosphere (at least where I live).
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