A Student’s Guide to Life in Cornwall

A Student’s Guide to Life in Cornwall


It’s been a year of discovery really,
yeah really felt like I settled in, found that I had lots of contemporaries around me
who can see their enthusiasms and just the more I’ve tried to embrace Cornwall, the more that it has to offer. Because I’m an international student it was a
nice surprise to arrive here and find that it’s very calm and easy to settle in, it’s a
friendly environment and you feel welcome. There’s something for everyone as well and if you want like a bit more action you can go have a good time with
friends or there’s so many places just to walk and explore that you can easily find
something for yourself everyone’s catered for down here. Obviously
in Cornwall we have amazing pasties but as well as that, we have loads of
different places to eat throughout Falmouth there’s quite a few different
vegan restaurants as well which is very popular. Because it is so diverse there is
literally something for whatever taste you have, every restaurant has its own vibe, and you know that the produce that you’re eating is sourced locally and it
tastes so good. We’ve got lots of boutique little tiny shops in Falmouth which are really
cute, depending on what day of the week it is, you could have a fruit and veg
market, you might have a vintage clothing market, and in terms of shopping there
are lots of kind of edgy places to go. If you want more high street shops then Truro
is only about 20 minutes away so there’s a big range there as well. In a sense
your purpose is shot into two things which is like studying and then having fun
whilst you’re doing that, like a lot of courses there’s a cornish aspect to it so whilst there is a library here and there’s a library in the Streatham Campus, outside of
that, stuff that we are learning about is around us, and so the more you go out there, the more you
explore, the more you’ll learn. Cornwall has the Moors near Bodmin, you have the forests as well and
then of course the coast which is beautiful especially the Lizard Point which
has lots of rare species of flower. Probably my favourite activity to do in the Summer evening is just
go down to the beach and get a barbecue get a group of friends and just go for a
swim, snorkel. When you have the most fun is these special times, maybe a close
group of friends going to specialised bars, the pubs are amazing for me as an
international students they are the perfect stereotypical English pub.
Whether you’re interested in drama comedy or music, there’s always something
going on where lots of comedians will come down and live music artists and we have a lot
of stage shows as well. So there are plenty of sports to get involved with here hockey, football, tennis, and badminton.
There’s so many matches and tournaments going on we played a rounders match the other week. There are so many different watersports
to get involved with, my friends and I went paddleboarding last week. There’s different dance classes you can do, you can do ballet, you can do 50s swing and you can do latin
and ballroom. Cornwall is very historic so as well as the maritime history present
around Falmouth, also inland you have and places like Wheal Jane and Carn Brea
which you can go and visit and it’s just these little discoveries that make Cornwall so inspiring in a sense. You’re with friends that are in the same boat, you’re learning to be
independent the first time, so it’s exciting time and I don’t think there’s a better place to spend it than down here in Cornwall. It’s beautiful.

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