Students on the Quay

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.

The University of Exeter was granted its royal charter in 1955, but traces its origins to schools and colleges established over 150 years ago. We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research intensive universities, and combine excellent teaching and world-leading research with stunning campuses. We hold a Gold award in the TEF, proving that our teaching is of the highest quality and several of our disciplines, including those represented in the International Summer School, are in the world’s top 100 according to latest QS World University Subject Rankings 2018 including our Humanities studies, Geography, Psychology and Sports Related Studies

The International Summer School programme is centred on Streatham Campus, the largest of the three University of Exeter campuses.

Streatham is a modern, open campus situated less than 10 minutes’ walk to the city centre and all the amenities provided in the city.

The campus itself is a large, lively space with a beautiful landscape and green spaces that everyone can enjoy and is widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful campuses in the United Kingdom.

On campus facilities include the following:

  • The Forum, opened by the Queen in 2012 and is at the heart of the Streatham Campus. It houses the 24 hour library, as well as a range of shops, cafes and learning spaces equipped with the very latest innovative technology
  • The Northcott Theatre
  • Banks and cashpoints (ATMs)
  • The Sports Park including running trails and an outdoor swimming pool
  • A Student Health Centre
  • Christian and Muslim prayer rooms (please see the Chaplaincy site for more information)
  • Specialist state of the art laboratories and equipment to suit the course requirements, from astrophysics to neuroscience

Some of our Streatham based courses also offer the opportunity to visit another of our Exeter campuses, St Lukes, as some academic sessions take place in our Medical School and Medical Sciences buildings.

For more information on our Streatham Campus and also our other campuses at the University of Exeter, please take a look at our Our beautiful campuses

The city of Exeter combines over 2,000 years of recorded history, including original Roman walls, a medieval cathedral, Elizabethan buildings and the iconic Gandy Street, said to be an inspiration for Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley. 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.

The area of the Quay is a wonderful place to explore for both nightlife, eating and embracing nature with watersports and nature walks along the river and even rock climbing.

Find out more about Exeter on our About Exeter pages.

Nearby areas of interest include the incredible Dartmoor National Park, inspiration for many film and novel settings including Sherlock Holmes and Spielberg’s War Horse, and the Jurassic Coast, a world heritage site of 154 km of coastline with the chance to go fossil hunting. Also close to Exeter is the town of Exmouth with its beautiful sandy beaches and other spectacular beaches and moorland in the area.

The city is also within travelling distance to Cornwall, home to the Cornish Pasty and the world famous Eden Project as well as other areas easily reached by train as far as Oxford and Cardiff.

Exeter airport also runs frequent flights to other cities in the UK such as Edinburgh and Belfast as well as reasonably priced flights into the rest of Europe which several students take advantage of during the free weekend.

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