Southampton Vs Exeter Penryn Campus Watch
Oh, I got in for the same course at Southampton. I think personally Exeter retains a better reputation and has the gold teaching award and is also higher on the league tables whilst Southampton has a silver award and is slightly lower for politics in rankings. But in my opinion student life is very important and I can easily argue that Southampton is better in that department. Either way, they are both Russel group universities so they both have good reputations so you can't go wrong here, to be honest. When it comes to that I think it best to choose the one you think you would enjoy the most. I hope this helps, albeit biased. Well done for getting into uni !!
I had a similar choice to make as your son. My first choice was Exeter at their main campus and my insurance was East Anglia. I missed my offer by one grade and Exeter offered me a similar course but at the Penryn campus. I live near London as well. The Penryn campus is a further 2 hours from the main Exeter campus which makes it around 5 hours or more from London. The campus is also in a small town with not much going on far away from everything. It would also be very difficult for your son to come home and visit. I made the decision to go to UEA as although I loved Exeter uni I knew that the Penryn campus was too small and too far away for me
As far as sport it would probably be an issue. The distance between campuses would make it difficult for him to attend training. It is 2 hours drive away and he would have to get there and back for matches and training and wouldnt be able to spend time drinking like the others. Also like most universities Penryn doesnt allow cars on campus so that could be a problem although he would need to discuss whether he could get special consideration from the university.
The numbers taking subjects are likely to be 10s rather than hundreds in any year. There are approximately 2000 Exeter students in Penryn. Taking away Phd students and the number of students on 4 year courses that would mean approximately 500 intake per year across all subjects so as can be seen the numbers would be small. If your looking for figures for the course I would suggest contacting the university who could provide them. I believe the Maths intake to be around 30. As for the amount of clearing students again I suggest contacting the university who will have the figures.
Cornwall is a strong rugby region and there are clubs in both Penryn and Falmouth. Redruth have quite a strong side and play in the English National leagues. There was a British Lion from there years ago. There is a bus from the campus to Redruth. Playing for Redruth would involve considerable distance but the others play more locally.
There is a gym on campus which is similar but smaller to the one in Exeter. This opened 3 years ago. My son used it initially but has decided to join a Jolly Rodger CrossFit gym in Penryn since. There is also a multi games area on campus where you son could play 5 a side football. When my son was in Exeter they had a 6 a side league. They may have something similar in Falmouth but I dont know. That would need checking up. That way he could play both football and rugby
Here’s the link to the Penryn campus students union showing all societies and sports teams.
I’m starting there in September so there’s not much more I can tell you about the campus but on the open days I went to it seemed lovely and new constructions were going on at the time (last September/October) not sure if they’re finished now or not.
He and his Dad are heading down to Penryn tomorrow to get a sense of the location, even there won’t be much happening at the uni itself. We’ll see how it goes. The link to the Students Union site is really useful.
Can I suggests he goes from the campus to Falmouth rather than Penryn as there isnt much in Penryn. Is he travelling by car or train. If by train he will be better off getting off at Truro and catching the Falmouth bus which goes to the campus from there as it is a hell of a walk from Penryn station up a never ending hill to the campus. I hope he and his father enjoy themselves. Shame you couldnt join them.
They are driving down early in the day and then staying with family in Dorset on the way home. They might detour via Southampton uni on the way back to London to compare the two. I wish I could join them but I have a work meeting that I can’t wriggle out of. I will pass on the recommendation about visiting Falmouth which does look gorgeous.
440 miles covered today, from London to Falmouth to Dorset. Off to Southampton for the seond leg of the University road trip tomorrow. Information from Dad and son has been sparse, other than "Mum, you would dig it the most!" Hopefully decisions will be made tomorrow. Thanks for all the advice. I will let you know how it goes. :-)
Hurray - we have a decision. Son and father both loved the Penryn Campus and Falmouth. They visited Southampton to compare but this just consolidated the decision. Son likes the fact that there will be plenty of opportunities to play rugby at his level (recreational!) and hopes to take up surfing as well. They were both blown away by the beauty of the whole area. He recognises that distance from home might be an issue, but not enough to affect his choice. So he's accepted the place to study Politics and International Relations. The adventure starts here.