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Some tips and advice for the new students (Cornwall Campus)

Starting your new life at university might be scary but here you can find a little bit of information about what to do first when you’re on campus, where to get more information about Freshers events as well as get some tips from the current students.

  • Let’s start with your new bedroom – for your new room you will need some beddings, covers, pillows and towels. Two years ago, when I arrived on campus I had to sleep without the beddings and covers for 3 days as I didn’t know I had to bring them. If you made the same mistake, don’t worry… ASDA (the nearest store) will have everything you need! You can get pillows, duvets, beddings, towels and bathroom mats over there. You can always order items on Amazon and collect from the Glasney Lodge. I think it is also a good idea to buy something to decorate your new room. You’re going to spend a whole year on campus, so it is important to make it cozy and feel like home.


This is how my room looked when I came to Uni – Glasney parc


  • Toiletries – if you forgot to bring something from home, you can always get some essentials in town or in the shop on campus. There are a big Boots and Superdrug in Falmouth. ASDA also sells a lot of stuff, so check it out.
  • Lectures – if you are planning on writing your notes down during lectures, you can get simple notebooks at the campus shop or in town as well. I had 4 different ones for 4 different modules, however a lot of students bring their laptops instead too.
  • Warm clothes – yes, we are next to the beach but if you need some warm clothes, you can go shopping in Truro, it is only 15 mins away by train from the Penryn Station which is 7 mins away from the campus by foot. You can also go to Plymouth, a very nice port city, which is an hour away by train. It has a lot of different shops and a very nice place to visit.
  • I would recommend you to get a rain coat or an umbrella, as we are in England, it will be raining sometimes.
  • It is also great to have some comfy clothes to go to the beach or to have chill time with your flatmates in the kitchen.
  • If you are planning on going surfing, kayaking or paddle boarding, don’t worry about getting a wetsuit, you can rent it at the beach or in town.

Swanpool Beach 

What to do when you’re on Campus?

Hopefully you have already moved in and became good friends with your flatmates! During the ‘move in’ weekend, you should have received your University ID Card, registered at the Local Surgery and Police Office, if not you can still do all of these things during the Freshers Week.

  • During the Freshers week volunteers will be doing campus tours, so you might want to sign up for one to know campus a little bit better.
  • Another important thing – look at the information/flyers/cards they gave you in the Stannary when you came to collect your ID, you don’t want to miss out on cool events, right? Look at what’s happening during this week. A lot of societies are doing tester sessions during the first month for free! Definitely try as many as you can and after you can choose one you can sign up for.
  • Also, there are will be three big parties for Freshers – one of them is Freshers Ball – definitely worth going! Always try to do as many things as you can and go to all events as possible.


    Freshers 2016 

    Some general tips:

Don’t be shy, talk to as many people as you can, everyone is in the same boat as you are. No one has friends, no one knows the campus well JUST YET! In just a couple of weeks you will learn the campus & you will have really good friends.

  • Become good friends with your flatmates as you are going to see them quite often, if you are having any troudbles at your flat, just let the University know, they will try to sort it out and might offer you to move in to another flat.
  • Visit Gylly and Swanpool beaches, great places to relax or spend some time with your new friends.
  • Go toFreshers events – you will have so much fun. Find out about them online, you can check this link –
  • Go to Freshers fayre and sign up to as many societies as you can as well as try a lot of taster sessions, so you can choose which societies you like the most.

My last tip – just talk to as many people as you want, make your room cozy as it is going to be your home for a while and just enjoy your first year! I promise you will have the best time of your life!



   September 18th, 2018    Cornwall, Freshers Week, International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Penryn Campus, Preparing for University, Studying, Undergraduate

Global Chums mentoring scheme: interview with Amelia

I signed up to be a Global Chums mentor in Spring of 2017, at the same time as I signed up to be an academic mentor. I wanted to be an academic mentor because I’d had one myself, who was extremely supportive and helpful whenever I needed it. As for Global Chums, it was the first year of the scheme and the organizer sent everyone e-mails asking for prospective mentors, and it sounded like a great way to share the things I’d learned about being a foreigner on this particular campus, but also of meeting new people from all sorts of places. So I know what my experience has been like, but since I was never a Global Chums mentee, I can’t really recommend it on my own behalf. So I sat down for hot chocolate with one of my mentees, Amelia from New Zealand, to ask her about her experience and whether she’d recommend the scheme to incoming international students. (more…)

   September 13th, 2018    Cornwall, International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Miscellaneous, Penryn Campus, Preparing for University

Not sure what to do in Fresher’s Week? We’ve got your back!

Freshers’ Week is the week that all students, new or returning, look forward to. It’s the week of freebies, refreshments…and the parties. But if you’re an international student coming to the UK for the first time, then chances are you are probably really excited, freaking out a little and kind of confused about what exactly you need to do in Fresher’s Week. But don’t worry. We’ve got a checklist for you! But that’s not all. Keep reading to find out how useful and fun I found the International Welcome Programme!


   September 7th, 2018    Freshers Week, International, Life on Campus, Miscellaneous, Preparing for University     , ,

The complete guide to shopping in Exeter 

This blog is a guide for international students who may not be familiar with stores we have here in the UK.

Moving to a new place means…lots of shopping! Getting settled into a place requires lots of things to make it into your home. It’s a challenge trying to find everything you need in a new place while navigating the start of the academic year but we’re here to make your job easier! Here is our go-to list of shops, where you can find all essential products you may need when moving in from cooking supplies and bedding to groceries and study supplies.

written by Jasmine, Nicola and LP


   September 7th, 2018    International, Life in the South West, Miscellaneous, Preparing for University, The city of Exeter

What is Liberal Arts?

“So what do you study?”
“Liberal Arts.”
“Oh cool… but what IS Liberal Arts?”

This is the conversation I have with everyone I meet  at university and is why I am dedicating this blog post to explain what Liberal Arts really is and why I enjoy my degree so much.


   September 6th, 2018    International, Lectures and Seminars, Undergraduate

How To Travel Responsibly

For every student studying at the University of Exeter, travelling can be a blessing that can make you want to cry sometimes but you hold it in because in the end you have to travel anyway. As an international student, I tend to travel a lot and it’s become second nature to me, which is why I thought to impart some of my wise knowledge to you – even if you might already know this.


   September 1st, 2018    Cornwall, International, Life in the South West, Penryn Campus, Preparing for University, Studying, Undergraduate

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