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

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

Healthcare in the UK – A Guide for International Students

If you are an international student on a Tier 4 student visa like I am, there’s no need to panic about what to do if you get ill during your stay in the UK. Read on for my guide to healthcare in the UK and what to do if you get ill at university. (more…)

   August 28th, 2018    International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Postgraduate, Preparing for University, Undergraduate     , , , ,

How to cope with British weather

I grew up in Hong Kong, where summer days are insanely hot and long, while winter days are still cold but short.  I am used to a warm and humid climate so I found it quite a drastic weather change when I first arrived in the UK. I adore warmer British months from April to September when the sun is shining and the days are longer. Luckily, Exeter is based in the South West which is one of the warmest places in the UK.

If you’re worried about moving to the UK here are some my top tips for keeping up with British weather!


   August 3rd, 2018    International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Preparing for University, Undergraduate     ,

My Clearing Experience

My degree: BA Liberal Arts (majoring in English with proficiency in French)

I hadn’t really thought about about studying abroad before the release of my exam results, but I applied to UK universities as a back-up plan so decided to apply for a subject I was quite interested in. Once I got my results I found that I couldn’t apply for my subject in local Hong Kong universities so I turned to Clearing for more options.


   July 25th, 2018    Clearing, International, Preparing for University, Undergraduate

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