Welcome to Falmouth

On this page you'll find important information on what to do as a new international student before you travel to the UK, when you arrive at Falmouth University, and how to get settled once you're here.

If you have any questions you can contact our friendly team below.

If you're a UK on-campus undergraduate student, head the our New Students page to find important information for you:

New UK students

Preparing for university as an international student

Are you wondering what like is like as an international student at Falmouth University?

Second-year student Winston shares some useful tips on how to prepare for life as a Falmouth student.

Before you arrive

Accept your offer to confirm your place with us and pay your acceptance fee.

Enrol online (you’ll receive an email a couple of weeks before term starts) and pay for the first instalment of your tuition fees before the start of your course.  

Prepare your important documents, including your valid passport or recognised travel document, entry visa certificate, Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS), TB test certificate (if necessary) and enough cash or a pre-paid card to support yourself until you can open a bank account in the UK.

Make sure you have photocopies of your important documents as well.  

For advice on visas, accommodation and life in the UK as well as tips and student stories, head to the British Council website.

Get ready for Falmouth

Studying in a different culture and language is an amazing and rewarding experience but can be challenging at times. Get Ready for Falmouth is a series of interactive online sessions for international students starting their on-campus studies in September 2024.    

These friendly sessions are entirely free of charge and aim to prepare you for moving away from home and studying and living in Falmouth. You will also get the chance to meet some of our current international students, our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) team, as well as other international new starters, just like you!   

Our current international students will talk to you about their first few weeks at Falmouth, making friends, travelling to and around Falmouth, things to bring, things to do once you’re here, student life, and much more. Our EAP team will tell you more about the local history and culture and give you an overview of the student support available to you at Falmouth University.   

All sessions are a perfect opportunity to have an open conversation, ask any questions and practice your language skills if English isn’t your first language. Please note the sessions are not limited to non-natives!  

These sessions are coming soon! You will be informed of the sessions by email.

Arriving at Falmouth

Airport Collection Service 

Want us to meet you at the airport? We offer an airport collection service from Heathrow Airport in London. Book onto our airport collection service here.  

Arriving on your own? 

If you are making your own way to Penryn Campus or Falmouth Campus before Welcome Weekend, to collect your keys you will either need to check in at Glasney Lodge (if you’re an undergraduate student) or The Quarry (if you’re a postgraduate student).

Schedule an appointment with the Applicant Services team to present your passport and your BRP, or digital immigration status document, as well as to verify your travel documents. You must do this within 10 days of your arrival in the UK.

Check the letter or email you got from the Home Office when your visa application was approved. It will tell you if you must register. 

During Welcome Weekend (15-16 September), you will be able to visit the Sports Centre on Penryn Campus to: 

  • Collect your Student ID card
  • Meet some of our Student Mentors
  • Explore our range of student services
  • Ask any questions to the Compass – your go-to place throughout your studies for information or advice
  • Discover more about student funding and finance
  • Learn about local transport links
  • Visit the IT helpdesk at the nearby Daphne Du Maurier Building (follow signs)


I'm an undergraduate student moving into Glasney Lodge

  • You’ll be issued instructions in your confirmation email about where to collect your keys. 


I'm a postgraduate student moving into The Quarry

  • You’ll be issued instructions in your confirmation email about where to collect your keys. 

Once you have enrolled, you will be able to access your Falmouth University IT account. This allows you to log into your university email, connect to the campus Wi-Fi, as well as download Microsoft Office 365 apps for free and other key digital tools you’ll need during your studies.

If you have any difficulties getting set up with your IT account, you can find some handy information here, or contact the IT Service Desk

Accessing your timetable is a vital part of getting started at Falmouth. It will tell you when and where your sessions are and help you to plan your time around your studies.  

Once you have enrolled, you’ll be able to view your timetable. If you prefer you can access your timetable via Outlook or by clicking on the tile in the Student App & Portal.

Your timetable will also contain all your important course induction sessions (beginning Monday 18 September) which you should attend.  

If you’re going to study in the UK for more than a few months, opening a bank account is a good idea. You can use it to pay your rent, take care of your tuition fees or manage other daily expenses without incurring any extra charges. 

Come along to the Intercultural Café to meet other students, share your culture, and enjoy a free tea/coffee and cake. 

Come along to a Language Skills Workshop and start improving your academic English and literacy skills and learn more about life in the UK.

We've got an app for that...

The Student App & Portal is here to make your life easier. It's a gateway to all your important university systems like your email, timetable, and the Learning Space, and allows you to access everything from one place. 

The Student App & Portal is also home to all the latest news and events, so if you're ever looking for some information around living or studying at Falmouth, this is the best place to start. You'll be able to access the Student App & Portal once you've enrolled and set up your IT account.

Find out more about the Student App & Portal

Falmouth app
Falmouth app

Getting settled

Well done, you're here! Now's the time to take a deep breath, relax and start getting to know Falmouth.

Your Induction

Your course induction takes place from Monday 16 September - Friday 20 September, and will help you hit the ground running. Get to know your team of academics and the other people on your course, enjoy guided tours of campus, become familiar with your facilities, and learn about our range of support services. 

You’ll be able to find details of your induction within MyTimetable after you’ve enrolled online. You should attend all your timetabled sessions during induction week, as they’ll cover important information you’ll need throughout your studies.  

Welcome Events 

You can expect a packed programme of events this September, helping you to feel part of the Falmouth community, make friends, experience something new and have fun.  

Our full line up of events will be published on the Events Calendar soon!

Welcome to Falmouth

Once you start at Falmouth, we’ll be sharing lots of tips, tricks, and information to guide you through your first few weeks as a student and help you kick-start your creative journey with us. Keep an eye on our weekly student newsletter in September.

Getting around 

Our focus on green travel makes getting around easy and we encourage all students, staff and visitors to use sustainable transport whenever possible. If you want to head out, take a look at public transport options

Preparing for student life

We want to make sure you enjoy your life as a student. That's why we provide lots of help so you can not only hit the ground running but be supported throughout your time at University.

Check out all the different support you can access below.

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Students walking down Falmouth high street

Step into Falmouth

Step into Falmouth is a series of online sessions to help you settle in to student life.

Step into Falmouth
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Mental Health & Wellbeing

Discover support and resources to help you manage your mental health while at Falmouth University. ...

Mental Health & Wellbeing
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Mentors - Bench Group Talk

Student Mentor Scheme

Falmouth's mentoring scheme matches second-year students with new first years, to help you settle in...

Student Mentor Scheme
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Money Matters

Find key information to help you manage your finances with confidence.

Money Matters
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Events on campus

For on campus events at The Stannery Cafe, the Multifaith Chaplaincy, for social events and day trips, click the following link:

Events on campus

Events on campus

Students' Union

The Students’ Union (SU) is an independent organisation led by students, for students. This means the student voice is at the heart of everything they do, so that everyone at Falmouth can get the most from their degree. The SU also offers a diverse range of societies, sports clubs, and volunteering opportunities to suit almost everyone! Keep an eye out for the Welcome Fayre and lots of taster sessions during the Welcome period so you can explore everything on offer.

Visit the SU Welcome Hub
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