It is great to be beside the seaside, isn’t it?

Following the success of winning the best coastal town category in the Great British High Street competition, Falmouth could maybe add another award to its belt.

The town has now been named among the top 20 places to live in the United Kingdom according to the Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide.

The Sunday Times stated: “There’s no better advert for the value of higher education. In the past decade, the rapid expansion of the university – with Dawn French as Chancellor – has transformed Falmouth from that place opposite St Mawes to a vibrant community where you can live, work and enjoy the charms of the Cornish coast all year.

“There’s sailing and four fine beaches, with Gyllyngvase (or Gylly) the pick. There’s a growing number of tech and design businesses, run by the many ex-students who simply couldn’t bear to pack their bags.”

Falmouth is one of the best 20 places to live in the UK

Upon starting university here almost three years ago, Falmouth struck me as a place where I needed to be; a place of natural beauty as well as a place of vibrancy.

Full of steep hills looking out to a clear, blue sea as well as Penryn and the surrounding area, the town was definitely the best choice for me when considering where to study.

However, listening to a number of students, I have to agree that the town does lack the nightlife. Although Falmouth has a few small and vibrant pubs to visit for a quiet drink after a stressful day, including Beerwolf and Finn McCouls, the town only has one premier nightclub (Club I) following the closure of Mango’s in April 2016.

But for me, Falmouth will always be a special place. The stunning views, the pebbly beaches and the joys of relaxing alongside the harbour.

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside! Do you?