About the accommodation
- Broadband in rooms & common rooms
- Walking distance to Campus, town centre & all travel links
- On-site experienced management team
- Bike & board storage
- Communal living with TV & fitted kitchens
- On-site laundry & snack room
- 24 hour maintenance assistance
- Secure residence with on-site security & CCTV
Students are advised the University FXPlus team provide your contents insurance, when booking please check your accommodation information for further details
- Who is eligible to stay at The Sidings?
You must be over 18 to stay at The Sidings in normal term time due to the terms in our tenancy agreement which is signed by each resident and their guarantor (where applicable). In the summer holiday The Sidings are able to take families with adult supervised youngsters under the age of 18.
- What is a guarantor?
If you pay in full at the beginning of your stay you will not need a guarantor, but most students prefer to pay in instalments and this means that an adult relative or friend who has a UK residence will need to vouch for you to ensure that payments will be made as per the payment schedule written in to your tenancy agreement. They guarantee that you will pay your rent in full and must be happy to take on that responsibility if you fail to make payments. Note that a copy of a UK passport or driving licence plus a current utility bill relating to their home address must be provided.
- How do I pay for my room?
To book initially you will need to pay a ‘booking fee’ which reverts to a ‘refundable deposit’ at the date you move in. This can be done via our CRM portal known as ‘TCAS ONLINE’ using a valid debit or credit card. If you need to pay by bank transfer or by phone please contact us to make the necessary arrangements. It is wise to use the portal if you can from the outset as all rent payments, accounts, administration and maintenance issues for your room are managed through this system.
- Can I choose to live with my friends or request a larger room?
Most, if not all, of the rooms available at The Sidings are allocated to first year students via the University who will allocate your room according to your gender, age and course thereby mixing the apartments to create a good community spirit and balance. If you are keen to be in the same flat or block as someone you know please make sure you mark this on your initial application. This also applies if you would like to request a larger room or a room on a specific floor. Nothing can be guaranteed, but you can always ask! Please see FX Plus accommodation and refer to the room service application guide for guidance on the ‘Room Service’ booking process.
- Do I need a TV licence?
You do not need a TV licence at The Sidings unless you are bringing a television to watch in your own room.
- Do I pay Council Tax?
Students do not have to pay Council Tax, However, you will receive a communication from the Council during your stay and you must respond to inform the council stating that you are a student and that you wish to apply for exemption – this will not be automatic. It is the responsibility of every student to apply for exemption, your University/College or accommodation provider cannot do this for you, though we can help you with the forms!
- Do I need insurance?
The University FXPlus team provide your contents insurance, so when booking please check your accommodation information for further details
- Is there parking at the Sidings?
Please note that the tenancy agreement as signed by all tenants includes the following clauses:
10.27 Not to bring a car to The Sidings. There are only a handful of parking spaces at The Sidings which are reserve for disabled students and site staff. Any students found to be breaking this rule, or parking in the local residential areas, could risk having their tenancy terminated.
10.28 Not allow any visitor to park any car or other vehicle on the grounds of The Sidings. If disabled access is required then written authorisation must have been obtained from the accommodation office in advance.
Please note that no cars or motorbikes are allowed within the gates at The Sidings although you are welcome to unload on site when moving in or out. Parking on-site is restricted to staff, disabled students and trade visitors only. We are obliged by strict planning conditions which require residents to not park in the neighbouring local areas. Regardless of this obligation, The Sidings would like to point out that local Penryn town residents rely on the availability of on-street parking. Should a vehicle remain unmoved for long periods of time it would affect a local resident’s normal daily routine and could raise a complaint with police. If the vehicle is traced to a Sidings student, this person would then be found in breach of their contract and would risk eviction and/or administration charge. We implore you to be responsible when parking in the area if you are obliged to arrive by car. Temporary assistance may be available at the Penryn Campus; please refer to the campus security office for permission. The local council also provide a number of long and short stay car parks – please see here for parking information. Since the area is well serviced by public transport (trains, buses) and has a network of cycle routes we can recommend that a car is not necessary when studying at Penryn.
- Can I bring a bicycle or surfboard to The Sidings?
Yes, you are very welcome and we have a number of covered stores and secure storage exactly for this purpose. Remember to take a photo of yourself with your equipment and send it to us before you move in so that we have a record of who owns what!
- How can I earn money whilst at The Sidings?
At the start of the academic year we recruit four Community Ambassadors who are chosen from the new arrivals. Working one week in four with duties covering the site when the office is not open the Ambassadors earn a monthly paid salary and are trained in fire prevention. This is a excellent opportunity to add to their CV and great way to make new friends.
- What is the internet service like at The Sidings?
Basic 2MB Wi-Fi for up to three devices is included in your rent. You will be given instructions on how to connect upon arrival. We can offer upgrades to faster speeds and more devices at a cost. Please ask the Accommodation team at The Sidings once you have moved in.
- How much is the booking fee and what happens to it?
There is a £400 booking fee. When your tenancy commences, the booking fee will convert into a refundable damage deposit. All deposits are registered with TDS which is a government accredited Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme provider. At the end of your tenancy a final inspection of your room will be carried out prior to your move out and if any deductions are required they will be discussed with you at this point. Assuming the room and its belongings are in the same condition as when you moved and you have provided your bank details within our Portal you will get your deposit back within 10 working days. If you cancel your room booking within 14 days of your Accommodation Offer then you will be entitled to a full refund. After 14 days, the booking fee is non-refundable. Please refer to our cancellation policy for full terms and conditions.
Distance to universities
Walk to the Penryn Campus in less than 15 minutes: see how it’s done in this video by two of our students – Chris and Hakeem - from 2014/15 - Video here
Train: Situated adjacent to Penryn Station transport to Wood Lane Campus or Truro city centre is only 10 minutes away. See more information
Bus: The bus stop outside the main gate does a full circle to Campus, Falmouth city centre, local Penryn town facilities and major supermarkets. See bus timetable
City centre/shopping centres & Closest shops/cafes/pubs/takeaways
Penryn is only 5 minutes by foot. The centre consists of a number of different pubs and cafes, a handy Costcutter, three take-aways – including a fish and chip shop, an Indian and a Chinese - craft shops, occasion attire shops, a delicatessen and a bakery plus a charity shop… Also at the bottom of the town, by the head of the river estuary, there are more facilities including furniture shops and a picture framer amongst other businesses. Supermarkets that are in walking distance include an Asda or Lidl, with Sainsburys and Tescos not too far away by bus. A nearby country store has a range of fresh meat and other products. The commercial centre near Asda includes B&Q, Screwfix, Home Shed Furnishings, a climbing and play centre and a full range of commerce.
At the centre of Penryn there is a splendid clock tower and museum. Further on there is a bowling green and a harbour area where it’s possible to take a water taxi to the centre of Falmouth.
Sports & Watersports
Gyllyngvase, Swanpool and Maenporth Beaches all have facilities and are perfect for paddle boarding (SUP), kayaking or even wind surfing. Some even try surfing at Maenporth! Falmouth also has its own diving school. There are number of coast walks and paths ideal for running or mountain biking. The Campus offers a good gym and sports facility and in Falmouth centre there is tennis, golf, squash and lots of other options.
Local pubs, clubs, restaurants and more...
At the Sidings you could not be better placed to spend your days as a student. There are many great bars, pubs and local interests on the door step. We've asked our students to share their favourite local hot spots and lets see if you agree.
- Beerwolf Books Freehouse - Bar/Club (3 Bells Court, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 3AZ)
"Chilled atmosphere, unique, has a book corner, friendly staff."
- Mangos - Restaurant (5-7 Church Street, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 3DP )
"Great music, good atmosphere and relatively cheap drinks."
- Three Amigos - Restaurant (2 Bank Place, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 4AT)
"Tasty food, great price, and a cool mexican vibe. But loved mainly because of the Sangria! "
- The Packet Station - Weatherspoons - Restaurant/Pub (4 The Moor, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 3QA)
"If it wasn't so good we wouldn't go there as much… really cheap and tasty food!!"
- ASDA - Supermarket (Jennings Road, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9LY)
"It's really close and open all night, cracking reduced section too!"
- Penryn Campus Fitness Centre - Gym (Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE)
"Biggest gym in Penryn and Falmouth with the kindest staff."
Freshers have a great time in Falmouth. With so many venues to choose from and great organisation at the FXU (that’s Falmouth and Exeter together!) on Campus the events are always very popular. See what happened in 2015 here: http://www.fxu.org.uk/freshers2015/
The Sidings’ staff have been pleased to receive students from the far corners of the earth. Rest assured that we will do whatever we can to help you thought the application process to ensure you arrive with everything in place to access to your room. Don’t forget that our own staffs know a little French and even Portuguese. Write or call if you have any questions.