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About Exeter

Exeter is the regional capital of the south-west of England and is consistently rated one of the best places to study and to live in the UK. Find out more below.

The University of Exeter was granted its royal charter in 1955, but traces its origins to schools and colleges established over 150 years ago. Today, we are amongst the top 1 per cent of universities worldwide according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the most influential global league table. We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research intensive universities, and combine excellent teaching and world-leading research with stunning campuses.

The city of Exeter combines over 2,000 years of recorded history, including original Roman walls, a medieval cathedral and Elizabethan buildings, with a modern and lively city centre.  Exeter has a number of award-winning museums, theatres, galleries and has a wide range of restaurants, pubs, bars, cafés and night clubs – all within walking distance of the campus.

Harry Potter fans may find themselves visiting the Leaky Cauldron and Diagon Alley – Exeter alumnus J.K. Rowling is said to have been inspired by a number of locations in Exeter when writing the Harry Potter series.

Find out more on our About Exeter pages.

Exeter’s surrounding area is popular for its warm sunny climate, spectacular natural scenery and sandy beaches. Exmouth’s beaches are only 15 minutes away by train, and the wild and beautiful landscape of Dartmoor is nearby. Students wishing to go further afield can travel from Exeter airport.  In previous years, students have travelled to Edinburgh, Dublin and Paris, which are all under 2 hours away by plane.

Find out more on our Beyond the City pages.

"I loved it! I will aim to travel much more now; I've expanded my horizons and learned a lot. I leave with confidence and new knowledge of myself."

Claire MacKenzie, University of Alberta, Canada