Europe’s 13 Best Surf-Friendly Universities

This latter campus is shared with the University of Exeter, whose Cornwall Campus has been based there 2004 and specialises in Biosciences, Environmental Sciences, Natural Sciences, Geology etc. , but also offers courses in Geography, English, Politics and International Relations, and Business Studies.  Falmouth University proper offers courses in a wide range of disciplines, all with an artistic bent, including music & theatre, visual arts, architecture, design, fashion & textiles, film & TV, journalism and photography.

Better still, the University of the Highlands and Islands, composed of various colleges spread all over Scotland, has a campus in Thurso — part of North Highland College — that offers courses in Engineering, Environmental Research, Business, Accounting, Administration, Computing, Sports Science, Equestrianism, Gamekeeping & Veterinary Nursing.

The Student Union (FXU) is shared between Falmouth University and Exeter’s Cornwall Campus — as is the surf club, which is large and active and tends to do very well in the student nationals.

It also has nearly 12,000 students and offers over 500 undergraduate and 130 postgraduate courses in a wide range of subject areas, from American Studies to Zoology. “A strongly campus-based lifestyle; a stylish campus, near the sea, or city, or mountains; generous accommodation either on campus or in a student community close-by; a wealth of cultural activity on campus; lots of high-quality sports provision – and a sound academic reputation! ” boasts the brochure.

University halls of residence range from £91-£159 per week, bills included; if you’re renting from the private sector, as you probably will be after your first year, you’ll be able to find somewhere around the £90 mark.  Cost of living is traditionally slightly lower than the southern England average, although these days you won’t get much change out of a 5 spot for a pasty and a pint.

Newcastle University — slightly cheaper, good (though not quite as good) academically, a similar distance from the coast (though half an hour further north), based in a bigger city.

A regular fixture in university rankings top tens, and of all the UK’s top tier universities it’s perhaps the most surf-oriented, in that it’s a short distance away from good surf on two coasts and tends to have a fairly large and enthusiastic surfing population.

Beware, the east coast is fickle and unpredictable, but it can be very good. “I’ve had numerous super early dawneys only to rock up at the beach and find that it’s flat,” says SE’s North East correspondent. “Easy to spend a whole day driving 100s of miles looking for the ‘right spot’ and find nothing.

Swansea University claims to have the closest campus to a beach anywhere in the world — although this is rather a moot point as Swansea Bay itself isn’t home to too many waves.

Accommodation provided by the university, which is dotted all over the city, will cost you 130-50 € a month (and that’s without a scholarship! ). Cheap as farrk, then.  Outside of university residences, the uni itself reckons privately rented accommodation will cost you €200-350 a month, and it will be towards the cheaper end of that range if you choose somewhere outside of the city near/in the wave-rich Carcavelos area.

Read more here: Surf Europe

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