Student Life

The key to getting the best out of your time here, both educationally and culturally, is to get fully involved in student life!  You can join a student music or drama group, continue with your favourite sport or take up a new one; join one of the 50 sports clubs or the 200 societies covering (nearly) every possible interest; get involved with local volunteering projects or just enjoy being in a new place and making new friends.

"Exeter celebrates history and embraces today... its thriving nightlife, lively cultural scene and rich history make it well worth a visit. This old city is young at heart thanks to a large student crowd and plenty of bars, clubs and cafés, especially around the revitalised quay area." Lonely Planet Guide to Great Britain

Read more on the student life in Exeter webpage.

The Penryn Campus in Cornwall will appeal if you want to study in beautiful surroundings and live as part of a vibrant student community where you constantly meet people you know. You’ll find a fantastic student lifestyle in a safe and friendly environment, with plenty of opportunities for sporting and outdoor activities.

Read more on the student life in Cornwall webpage.

All new students strating in September are strongly encouraged to attend Freshers' Week which is held immediately before the start of the first semester.  Not only is it a great introduction to life at Exeter but there are some important meetings you must attend to ensure that you are ready to commence your studies the following week.  A similar programme is run at the Penryn Campus in Cornwall.

For students based in Exeter, there is a special 'International Students' Programme' that is part of the University Freshers' Week programme for all new students.  In previous years this has included an international students' lounge and special sessions for international students, which will help you settle in by providing practical information about the University and life in England.  You will be able to visit the city and learn something of its history, meet representatives of campus organisations and meet staff in the College in which you will be studying to finalise your study programme.  You might even take the opportunity to try a new activity; perhaps canoeing along the river Exe? 

Freshers' Week is your chance to thoroughly enjoy yourself and settle into your new home before the semester starts and you have to start studying.

An orientation programme is also run in January for Study Abroad, International Exchange and Erasmus students who are coming to Exeter for semester 2.

At our campuses in Exeter, the Students’ Guild (the Students’ Union) is central to student life. It’s run on a day-to-day basis by five elected Guild Sabbatical Officers (Sabbs) - students who act as the ‘voice’ of the student body. On the social side the Students’ Guild organises entertainment such as bands, discos and the Summer Ball as well as financing the student societies and sports clubs. The Students’ Guild has also recently invested in their facilities on campus in Exeter, providing you with great places to eat, enjoy a drink and relax on campus.

At our Penryn Campus in Cornwall, the Students’ Union is known as FXU and is run jointly between the University of Exeter and University College Falmouth, with whom we share the campus. As with the Guild in Exeter, starting with Freshers’ Fortnight, FXU will play a major role in your experience as a student. They organise events on and off campus and help students to set up and run clubs and societies. If you want to to know more see the FXU website.

Whether you are studying in Exeter or Cornwall, you can get involved in volunteering projects in the local area through Community Action and in the extremely successful RAG charities appeal. Student welfare is an important part of the Students’ Guild activities. Professional staff at the Student Advice Unit will be able to help with any problems you may encounter.

Erasmus Society

Exeter has an active Erasmus society which connects our students from Europe with Exeter students returning from their year abroad. To find out more about their weekly events, join them on their facebook page:

International Society

With nearly 1000 members from a range of nationalities, IntSoc is the most diverse and one of the largest societies on campus.

To find out more about their weekly events, join them on their facebook page:

If you want to know more see the Students’ Guild website.

There's a reason we were named as The Times and The Sunday Times Sports University of the Year 2016 in recognition of excellence in sports performance, education and research.

A £20 million investment programme in our facilities in Exeter has resulted in an innovative, interactive and immersive 200 station fitness centre, a new sports ground (for rugby, soccer and cricket), tennis centre with indoor and outdoor courts and other excellent facilities including two exercise studios and a £2 million indoor cricket centre in 2009.  There are popular programmes in aerobics and circuit training, along with courses in pilates, yoga, dance, badminton, squash and tennis.  At the Penryn Campus, new facilities of a very high standard are also available.

Our location in Exeter, close to the Exe estuary, is excellent for all water sports and the University has two swimming pools.  The indoor pool at the St Luke's Campus is open all year round and the outdoor swimming pool on the Streatham Campus is very popular during the summer months.  More details can be found on the Sports website.

The award acknowledges Exeter as the best in the country in academia and athletic achievement across a wide range of sports. It takes into account the University’s outstanding support for athletes, very high student satisfaction in sport-related programmes and world-leading research which enhances athletic performance at all levels.

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Joining a society, no matter how much time you personally choose to devote, can be particularly rewarding and help to make you fee a part of the campus life.  One of my favourite weekends of the first term would probably have to be the hiking trip I went on with the Expedition Society.

Steven Bertozzi