Living in Maritime Studios

28 March 2024

Modern open plan living area with grey armchair, wood flooring and large columns
Maritime Studio 2
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Category: Student Voice, Accommodation

This article was written by student Zoe Harrison.

Choosing where you want to live while at university can be really overwhelming – there are so many options and aspects to consider, but I hope to make it a bit easier by telling you why Maritime Studios is a great place to live during your time in Falmouth. 

When I initially started looking at accommodation, I was sure I wanted to live in a flat with other people. Despite how nice studio accommodation looked, I had some concerns about living on my own, however now that I’ve been living in Maritime Studios for over 7 months, I can confidently say that it was the best decision I made.  

There are a few room types on offer at Maritime Studios, with some being significantly larger than others, but as someone who is in a standard room, I can assure you that each one offers a spacious studio layout. The kitchen has plenty of storage space, however it only has a few appliances, so if you enjoy a cup of tea in the morning make sure to bring your own kettle. The rest of the studio comes with everything you could need – a double bed, a large wardrobe, a desk and shelves to house all your trinkets from home. Even still, there’s plenty of space around the room to bring your own furniture if you wish – I, myself, have a small dining table and some of my friends have brought TVs, a sofa, an extra desk etc., so there’s no need to worry about lack of space. And, of course, in a studio you get your own bathroom too! 

One of the things Maritime Studios is best known for though is that you get a balcony! No matter the room you’re in, you will have a balcony, which is perfect to move your chairs onto to sit and enjoy the view with friends when it gets warmer. Some of the rooms even have a view of the Falmouth Docks, where you have an amazing view of Falmouth town, boats and the sea. It’s definitely going to be the thing I miss most when I move out.  

As I mentioned, living in a studio can seem quite scary, as you don’t have flatmates to run into and strike up a conversation with, however there is a large common room on the fifth floor, which many people use to study and relax in. I recommend using this space, especially during the first few months after moving in – someone will always be up there and it’s a great place to meet people. As well as this, ‘Hello Student’ (the company who owns the accommodation) runs different free events all throughout the year, so take full advantage of these! It was a lot easier than I imagined to make friends here – everyone is in the same boat and wants to get to know each other, but it is always refreshing coming back to your own private space. 

In terms of location, Falmouth Campus is just a 20-minute walk away and with Falmouth Docks train station right next to Maritime Studios, it’s just a short train ride from Penryn Campus too. The high street is no more than a 15-minute walk and with plenty of shops, cafes and bars, there is always something going on. Everyone’s favourite thing about Falmouth has to be the beach and you cannot be in a better spot to get there. Castle Beach is just round the corner and Gyllyngvase Beach is a bit further up, but you get to enjoy a walk along the sea front to get there.  

Staying in Maritime Studios during my first year has been a great decision for me. I’ve made a lot of friends and had the comfort of having my own private space to enjoy. I hope reading about it has made your accommodation choices a little easier! 

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