A beautiful place

Live and study in the most beautiful part of the UK

Students at the University of Exeter, whether based in the city itself or at our campuses in Cornwall, benefit from living in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.

With stunning scenery, outstanding quality of life, and increasingly excellent economic prospects, the South West has cemented its reputation as one of the very best places to live, work, and study in the UK. It’s no wonder our students are consistently amongst the most satisfied in the country.

Read more about the South West

Less than 2.5 hours from London

With good air, rail and road links the South West is within easy distance of London and the rest of the UK.

Exeter campuses

The University has around 19,500 students, of which 14,200 are undergraduates. This means it’s large enough to offer the academic excellence and facilities you’d expect to find in a major university, but also offers a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

Streatham Campus

This is an exciting time to be at the University of Exeter. We have recently invested more than £380 million in facilities on the Streatham Campus including £130 million on student residences, £50 million on the Forum, £25 million on the Business School and £25 million on Biosciences.

The majority of students are based at the Streatham Campus, which is the largest site in Exeter.

The campus is one of the most beautiful in the country and offers a unique environment in which to study with lakes, parkland, woodland and gardens to enjoy throughout the year. The centrepiece is the stunning Forum, which provides

  • a Student Services Centre
  • a refurbished library
  • new technology-rich learning spaces
  • a 400-seat lecture theatre
  • a new University reception
  • and retail and catering outlets.

The city centre is only a 15-minute walk away or you can enjoy the advantages of a campus-based university without missing out on life in the city.

The catered halls of residence and most of our purpose-built self-catered flats are either on campus or nearby in the city centre, so you’ll have easy access to everything you’ll need.

Further information

St Luke’s Campus

St Luke’s is home to Sport and Health Sciences, Medical Sciences and Medicine students.

Students have studied at St Luke’s for over 150 years and although much has changed over the years, the campus has retained a vibrant, collegiate atmosphere in which everyone soon gets to know each other. As you walk through the arches of the traditional North Cloisters you will see the lawns of the quadrangle surrounded by modern teaching buildings.

Academic facilities include a library, which has recently undergone a £1 million refurbishment, IT facilities and support, and modern seminar rooms and lecture theatres. The St Luke’s Campus has excellent facilities for sport including a sports hall, an air-conditioned health and fitness studio and an indoor heated swimming pool.

The Students’ Guild organises many events and activities on campus but students at St Luke’s also take full advantage of all the academic, social and sporting facilities at the Streatham Campus which is about a 25-minute walk or a short bus ride away and the buses run very frequently between the campuses.

Further information

Penryn Campus, Cornwall

The Penryn Campus offers the very latest academic, research and residential facilities. Made up of around 4,000 students, the campus gives you intimacy and friendliness, in an arrangement that we think is unique as we share the campus with Falmouth University; a leading specialist arts institution. This combination creates a vibrant mix of students, with a diverse range of interests and backgrounds.

Though one of the smallest top ten university campuses in the UK, we excel in tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges through our research, which then informs our teaching. We do this in a way which students positively relish: students report exceptionally high levels of satisfaction with academic staff, improved communication skills and confidence.

The environment and sustainability underpin much of the ethos of the Penryn Campus. These themes consequently recur throughout our degree programmes as well as in student societies, clubs and the running of the campus.

Our newest development, the £30 million Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI), puts the University and Cornwall at the forefront of research into the solutions to problems of environmental change. Its work complements that of the University Medical School’s European Centre for Environment and Human Health, based on our Truro Campus. The Centre conducts world-class research into the interconnections between the environment and health. Specifically, its researchers investigate the health implications posed by a range of environmental threats.

Further improvements include the new Exchange Building which encompasses lecture theatres, an extended and refurbished library plus informal study spaces.

You can hear more about the Penryn Campus from some of our current students.

Find out more about life in Cornwall

You can find out more in Live It - a students' guide to life in Cornwall‌.

Further information