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Living & Working in Cornwall After You Leave University

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Living in Cornwall

Souther than the south coast itself, right at the bottom of England is Cornwall. Famous for its surfing, its arcades, and being far away from everything. Cornwall has a distinct cultural identity and unique history, it even has its own language (Kernewek). Cornwall's location and culture mean it could be perfect for certain foodies, offering the country's freshest seafood, Cornish pasties, and Cornish ice cream, which are all part and parcel to living here.

Transport in Cornwall

The best way to get around Cornwall is by car, as public transport in the county leaves a lot to be desired. Trains from London Paddington to Truro will take approximately four-and-a-half hours. Driving around the county you’ll experience scenery like nowhere else in the country and witness sea so blue you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re in the Mediterranean. Be warned that during high tourist seasons traffic will be heavy and parking spaces will be space, so make sure to have a space booked in advance. Carshare Cornwall is a free service targeted towards commuters to reduce travel costs and traffic in the county.

Renting Prices in Cornwall

Despite not being a particularly wealthy area of the country, Cornwall’s house prices are inflated by second-homeowners and wealthy retirees. The average price to rent a one bedroom property in Cornwall is £540 per month, increasing to £662 for two bedrooms. But if you want to live close to the sea, in St Ives for example, the cost is much higher: at £761 per month for a one bedroom property or £809 per month for two bedrooms. Be warned prices to both rent and buy can vary astronomically in Cornwall.

Nightlife in Cornwall

Outside of a few parts of the county, Cornwall’s nightlife is quite quiet. The major exception being Newquay, which plays host to large numbers of surfers and revellers over the summer months (much to the locals’ dismay!) Outside of Newquay, you’re likely to find yourself in pubs, rather than clubs.

Notable Attractions in Cornwall

The likelihood is that a life in Cornwall is going to include a lot of maritime and watersports. The coastline is the perfect for it, with the major events being the surfing and sailing scene. There are also numerous golf courses, should you fancy ruining a good walk. Outside of sports, Cornwall has a significant arts scene, particularly St. Ives which is home to The Tate Gallery and Barbara Hepworth Museum. Then there’s the Eden Project, Land’s End, Tintagel Castle and the Lost Gardens of Heligan to name just a few other things to be keeping your busy.

Education Institutions in Cornwall

Combined Universities Cornwall
Falmouth University
University of Exeter (Cornwall Campuses)

Celebrities from Cornwall

Cornwall has produced everything from music star to olympians to comedians. Famous faces from the county include Mick Fleetwood, Thandie Newton, Dawn French, Helen Glover and Nigel Martyn.

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