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Which Falmouth Uni Accomodation do you recommend for a Penryn student)

Hiya! I’m studying in the Penryn campus in september and was wondering which accommodation you would recommend? I would only want a single room :smile: and i would prefer a nicer room but definitely would be open to sharing a kitchen with people so i’d be able to get to know them!
The halls nearest to Penryn campus are Glasney and Packsaddle. Packsaddle rooms are smaller but newer. The accommodation is done by ballot so although you can express a preference, you may not get what you want. FWIW, I don't think anyone wants a shared room but a third of the rooms are shared so someone has to end up in them and it could be you.
Drawing Tresco, Falmouth University
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Original post by Hattsssiiie
Hiya! I’m studying in the Penryn campus in september and was wondering which accommodation you would recommend? I would only want a single room :smile: and i would prefer a nicer room but definitely would be open to sharing a kitchen with people so i’d be able to get to know them!

If you ask for a non-shared room, it’s extremely unlikely you will be put in a shared room as they have different price agreements and contracts. The only accommodation on any of the sites without a shared kitchen are the studio flats, which are more expensive and have limited availability. And all rooms, regardless of shared kitchen have en suite bathrooms.
Glasney is the Accomodation on the penryn campus, which is where I am staying, and packsaddle is just over the road. As far as I know, all of the rooms intended for a single person are doubles, but you may be given what I had. I applied for a single occupancy room, but instead of having a double room like most people, I was given one of the twin rooms, but to myself.

Packsaddle is the next closest and is newer, but the rooms are slightly smaller. There is also The Sidings, a couple of minutes down hill, which is the accommodation that has the studio rooms, should you want one. I dont know much about the rooms at The Sidings, but I know the kitchens are nicer than the one I have in Glasney and even have a sofa! Saying that, the standard of kitchen you will get in Glasney varies (the flat above me have a lovely modern one!), so it may be a similar situation in the other accommodation options.

Hope you find somethings that works for you!
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hey, hopefully joining in Sep, I'm going with an En-suite single room catered as my first choice in the Glasney student village, regardless of catered or not I believe everyone has access to the kitchen in your flat/dorm, I suggest trying to get accommodation at Glasney because it's super close to your classes ( less than 5 min walk) and in first year I doubt you'd want to worry about trekking all the way to class from the sidings lol.
Im opting for catered because 1) I'm not the best cook, 2) I don't want to be worrying about every meal, 3) even though you mainly eat in the cafeteria I'm sure there will still be plenty of time to socialize in the kitchen with your mates, late night noodle muckbang?
My first choice in the Glasney student village, regardless of catered or not I believe everyone has access to the kitchen in your flat/dorm,
Original post by Hattsssiiie
Hiya! I’m studying in the Penryn campus in september and was wondering which accommodation you would recommend? I would only want a single room :smile: and i would prefer a nicer room but definitely would be open to sharing a kitchen with people so i’d be able to get to know them!
Falmouth University uses a ballot system where all students are randomly assigned a number and then assigned accommodation in order; as 1/3 of Falmouth rooms are shared bedrooms, you may be assigned one even if it was your last choice, depending on your luck in the ballot.

Students with medical needs are assigned accommodation first based on the room type they require; this can range from allergies to physical disabilities or mental health conditions. If you fall under this category, you need to apply for an individual learning plan (ILP) at Falmouth so you can receive the right room. This is simple to do, and the accessibility team can help you with it.

Obviously, despite Falmouth operating on a ballot system, it is important to put the accommodation you want most at the top of your ballot as you may be picked early enough in the ballot to receive it. :smile:

If you're studying in Penryn, I would work out whether you would rather be closer to the University and not have to travel in or closer to town and travel to the University.
As a Penryn student living in Maritime Studios for my first year, I get the train to Penryn station and walk to campus each time I have a lecture. This can sometimes be annoying as I often have to leave 50 minutes before my lectures to get to the University on time. I am also often early for my lectures due to the train timings, but I use this time to study and catch up on work.
The thing I like about living in town is that I do not have to worry about how I am getting home after a night out, I don't have to worry about making the last bus or train home to Penryn, and I don't have to pay for a taxi if I do miss it, as my home is within walkable distance.
Living in Falmouth has also meant that I get to go to the beach a lot more often, as it is a short distance away, and I can go into town whenever I feel like it.
Living in Penryn for the first year can be desirable when there are significant gaps between lectures. If you live in Falmouth, you often don't have time to go home during those gaps.

I also think it is important to look past the location aspects, too. You are going to be spending the majority of your time at University in your room, and it is important for this to be a space you like and enjoy, not just a good location.

Packsaddle is really lovely as it is newer than other accommodations; you have dishwashers and are close to a bus stop and the Penryn campus.
Glasney is Falmouth's biggest accommodation. As another commenter says, the kitchens vary in style and age, with some being much more modern than others. Glasney single rooms are a really good size for student accommodations, and the desks are huge.
Glasney shared rooms are much nicer than people first think; you both get a desk and a wardrobe and most people I know get along with their roommates. It is also important not to worry if you get given a shared room, as many students drop out and free up rooms in other accommodations. My friend was moved out of his shared room a few weeks into University, and by Christmas, you are likely to only be in a shared room if you choose to stay in one.
Maritime Studios is being refurbished, with new blinds, beds, and lights being installed before September. The staff is friendly, and it is really sociable despite every student being in a studio.
The Sidings is a good location. You are right next to the train station but within walking distance of campus. One downside is that the trains can be noisy, and if your room faces the station and is on a lower floor, people can see into your bedroom while they are at the station.
I don't know too much about Tuke, but I know people living there who like it.
Original post by Anonymous
Falmouth University uses a ballot system where all students are randomly assigned a number and then assigned accommodation in order; as 1/3 of Falmouth rooms are shared bedrooms, you may be assigned one even if it was your last choice, depending on your luck in the ballot.
Students with medical needs are assigned accommodation first based on the room type they require; this can range from allergies to physical disabilities or mental health conditions. If you fall under this category, you need to apply for an individual learning plan (ILP) at Falmouth so you can receive the right room. This is simple to do, and the accessibility team can help you with it.
Obviously, despite Falmouth operating on a ballot system, it is important to put the accommodation you want most at the top of your ballot as you may be picked early enough in the ballot to receive it. :smile:
If you're studying in Penryn, I would work out whether you would rather be closer to the University and not have to travel in or closer to town and travel to the University.
As a Penryn student living in Maritime Studios for my first year, I get the train to Penryn station and walk to campus each time I have a lecture. This can sometimes be annoying as I often have to leave 50 minutes before my lectures to get to the University on time. I am also often early for my lectures due to the train timings, but I use this time to study and catch up on work.
The thing I like about living in town is that I do not have to worry about how I am getting home after a night out, I don't have to worry about making the last bus or train home to Penryn, and I don't have to pay for a taxi if I do miss it, as my home is within walkable distance.
Living in Falmouth has also meant that I get to go to the beach a lot more often, as it is a short distance away, and I can go into town whenever I feel like it.
Living in Penryn for the first year can be desirable when there are significant gaps between lectures. If you live in Falmouth, you often don't have time to go home during those gaps.
I also think it is important to look past the location aspects, too. You are going to be spending the majority of your time at University in your room, and it is important for this to be a space you like and enjoy, not just a good location.
Packsaddle is really lovely as it is newer than other accommodations; you have dishwashers and are close to a bus stop and the Penryn campus.
Glasney is Falmouth's biggest accommodation. As another commenter says, the kitchens vary in style and age, with some being much more modern than others. Glasney single rooms are a really good size for student accommodations, and the desks are huge.
Glasney shared rooms are much nicer than people first think; you both get a desk and a wardrobe and most people I know get along with their roommates. It is also important not to worry if you get given a shared room, as many students drop out and free up rooms in other accommodations. My friend was moved out of his shared room a few weeks into University, and by Christmas, you are likely to only be in a shared room if you choose to stay in one.
Maritime Studios is being refurbished, with new blinds, beds, and lights being installed before September. The staff is friendly, and it is really sociable despite every student being in a studio.
The Sidings is a good location. You are right next to the train station but within walking distance of campus. One downside is that the trains can be noisy, and if your room faces the station and is on a lower floor, people can see into your bedroom while they are at the station.
I don't know too much about Tuke, but I know people living there who like it.

This is super helpful!
Original post by Hattsssiiie
Hiya! I’m studying in the Penryn campus in september and was wondering which accommodation you would recommend? I would only want a single room :smile: and i would prefer a nicer room but definitely would be open to sharing a kitchen with people so i’d be able to get to know them!
I will first say that, despite preferences, the accommodation choices are a ranking system so you may get your last choice, as i did. Also, shared rooms are a majority of the rooms. I had a shared room at glasney which, for me, was a really good experience, but it can be hit or miss. Carrick and packsaddle are probably the nicest but are also the most expensive so it depends on budget really. I will also add that accommodation on the Penryn campus is mixed between Falmouth and Exeter students, whereas the rest are only for Falmouth students so that’s another consideration. All accommodation apart from the studios are shared kitchens so you will get to have other flatmates to socialise even without a roommate.

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