Stay safe by travelling with face coverings and hand sanister. Wash your hands regularly and maintain social distancing.
Plan your journey in advance so that you know where to go and how to get there.
Planning Your Travel to University
Planning Your Travel to University
The travel guidelines and requirements are changing constantly. Please ensure you are following the latest government guidance regarding travel into the UK. The latest information can be found here. The latest university advice can be found here.
From 4am on January 18th, all international travel corridors to England have closed and you must self-isolate after arriving in the UK, even if you have tested negative for COVID-19. Most people travelling to the UK from abroad will also need proof of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test result to enter the country. You need to have taken the test in the 3 days before you travel. You can read the full Government Guidance for further details.
The UK has also introduced a travel ban which means that arrivals from certain countries cannot enter the UK. British and Irish nationals, or third country nationals with residence rights in the UK, can enter the UK after having been in one of the countries with a travel ban to the UK but they are required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival. If you are currently residing in a country with a travel ban to the UK, you should avoid travel to the UK if possible and only travel if absolutely necessary.
Once you arrive in the UK you will want to find the most comfortable route to get to your campus so that you can settle into your accomodation. Depending on when you arrive, and where you enter the country, you may be able to take advantage of the Aiport Collection Service (selected days only) so have a look and see if this is an option for you. If you can't book onto the Airport Collection Service but are entering the country via Heathrow Airport, we have created a slideshow which describes the route: How to get from Heathrow Airport to Exeter.
There are some details about getting to our campuses on the Visit Us pages, where you can also find our campus maps. Find some detailed instructions about getting to our Devon and Cornwall campuses by clicking on the relevent tab below.
Getting to Devon and Cornwall can be a long journey (3-5 hours to Exeter, 5-8 hours to Penryn), so it's wise to plan ahead. Plan and book each stage of your journey to our campuses before travelling. Tickets on the day in the UK can be much more expensive than buying in advance. Booking ahead also guarantees availability. Buy food and drink before you travel, larger airports and stations have good food choices, but there may not be any food outlets open onboard or when you arrive. Please be aware there may be restrictions on whether you can eat or not on public transport. Carry a refillable water bottle, UK tap water is safe to drink.
Only carry the necessities for your journey and first few days on arrival. Limit luggage to what you can carry and move around by yourself. You can send luggage direct to campus, to arrive after you move in (note the University will not accept advance freight of your luggage and cannot store shipped luggage for you in advance of your arrival). You can also order starter packs, such as bedding and kitchen equipment (link back to Exeter and Cornwall booking), and they’ll be sent to your residence in time for your arrival.
Keep in Touch
Carry a UK enabled mobile phone and UK power adapter (many airports, stations, trains and coaches offer free charging points) or spare battery pack. Have the full UK address (including post code) for your accommodation. Have the university emergency contact numbers.
Getting to Exeter
To help you plan your travel to University, we have put together some guidance about how to get from some of the main airports to the University of Exeter's Streatham campus.
We also run an Airport Collection Service from Heathrow Airport to Exeter so have a look at the schedule of collections to see if using the service is an option for you.
Apple Taxis are a trusted Exeter company with a clear Covid-19 safety policy. Students should e-mail Apple Taxis in advance to arrange for a car to meet them at the airport using firstname.lastname@example.org. Please state you are an Exeter student when booking to discuss booking rates. You will need to provide your time of arrival, airport terminal number, flight number and number of people travelling per booking. You will need to pre-pay in advance and a car will meet you at your arrival airport. Please note you will also need to make a provisional booking to cover any additional airport parking charges, which can be refunded if your plane lands on time.
Getting to Cornwall
To help you plan your travel to University, we have put together some guidance about how to get from some of the main airports to Truro, Penryn and Falmouth in Cornwall.
We also run an Airport Collection Service from Heathrow Airport to Penryn so have a look at the schedule of collections to see if using the service is an option for you.
Below is a flow chart that gives an overview of how to get to Cornwall from the different airports you might arrive in the UK from.
Abacus Taxis take bookings from major Cornish travel hubs like Newquay Airport and Truro Train Station. Students should e-mail Abacus Taxis in advance to arrange for a car to meet them at the airport using email@example.com, noting that they are an Exeter student. You will need to provide your time of arrival, flight number, and number of people travelling per booking. You will need to pre-pay in advance and a car will meet you at your arrival destination.