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What to bring to university

Watch our Accommodation playlist to find out more about living in halls. 

The Fresh List

The Fresh List is twelve mood-boosting books to help you with the transition into your first year. The list was created by students as one of our Grand Challenges projects and books are available from the university library.

Your finances

Visit our Student Finance pages for all you need to know about fees and funding.

The best apps for university

iExeter is easy to use, and has direct links to your timetable and email, transport and bus updates, maps, and even a system of telling you how many washing machines are in use.

Before you arrive

There are certain things you need to do before you come to university to make sure everything runs smoothly. Some are essential, some advisable and some just for international students.

All students

Essential tasks

If you have received and accepted an offer from Exeter you will receive several emails to help you prepare for University life. These contain important information. Please check your email account regularly and make sure they do not go into your junk folder. Here are some of the emails you will receive and when to look for them:

  • Preparing for university emails (June, July, August and September)
  • 'Welcome to the University of Exeter. Important Next Steps' (from mid August). This will contain your student number, information on how to activate your IT account and registration information.
  • University Accommodation emails (if applicable)
  • A welcome email from your College (from mid August)

Your UniCard is your University ID card and gives you access to the library, NUS discount, printing, electronic resources, buildings on campus and lots more. It is essential that you have it before your course begins.

You can apply for your UniCard once your place at Exeter is confirmed, and it is important to apply before you arrive. You will be able to collect your UniCard from the following locations:
Streatham Campus: Forum 
St Luke's: Info at St Lukes
Penryn campus: Sports Hall during welcome weekend (13-15 September) or Info Point, Peter Lanyon Building following welcome weekend. 

Exeter campuses: all new students

  • Visit the Unicard Application portal
  • To ensure your UniCard is ready for collection during Freshers’ Week, please submit your application by 5pm on Tuesday 3rd September 2019

You will need

  • Your Exeter Student Number, this is a nine-digit number that is listed at the top of previous email communications from the University of Exeter. Please note, this is separate to your UCAS number
  • A recent photo

Cornwall Campuses: all students

  • Visit the Unicard Application portal
  • To ensure your UniCard is ready for collection during welcome weekend, please submit your application by Sunday 7th September 2019

Continuing students (all campuses)

If you would like to update the photograph on your UniCard, please send a photograph to if you are based in Exeter or to if you are based in Cornwall, with the title "Updated UniCard Photo for New Course.



Your Welcome to the University of Exeter email will tell you how to activate your IT account. You need to do this before you can complete online registration. You will be allocated a student username, password and university email address, and will be able to access iExeter, our student portal.

You will need to register at the start of every academic year that you study here. University registration is the process by which you agree to the University’s current regulations. Visit the Student Registration web page for further information.

To register:

  • Make sure you have activated your IT account (see above)
  • Log in to the Student Record System using your short username and password
  • If you have been cleared to register you will see a red box titled 'Welcome to online registration'. Click on 'Register Now', then follow the instructions on screen.

International students

If you are from a country outside of the EU and studying with a student visa, you may not be able to complete online registration until you have arrived at the University and completed International Student Clearance (more information below).

Your welcome email will detail any tuition fees you need to pay and the associated deadlines.

Throughout the year you can check your recent transactions and balance in your online statement. Please visit our Student Finance pages for details on how to pay and when to pay.

iExeter is a free app that provides all students with personalised information and services to help you make the most of your life and studies at the University of Exeter. You can download the app for free from iTunes App Store or Google Play. There is also a web version of the app which works on any internet-enabled device.

Please put the following dates in to your calendar and read more on this page about how to complete each task.

  Exeter campuses Cornwall campuses
Last date to apply for your UniCard 4 September 4 September
Last date to book airport collection 11 September 9 September
Arrivals weekend 13-15 September 14-15 September
Freshers' Week 16-22 September 16-22 September
Last day to complete online registration 4 October 4 October
First day of term 23 September 23 September

Advisable tasks


The University has a range of accommodation available - please visit the Accommodation site for details.

What to bring with you

Deciding what to pack for university can be hard, especially if you have limited luggage space. If you are living in university accommodation, check the accommodation websites (links above) to see what is included in your room or flat, and download a moving in checklist below.

For students from outside of the UK, we have some helpful suggestions in the .

And remember, Exeter and Penryn have lots of shops where you can buy anything you have forgotten.

Exeter students: Create an account with Glide for internet access when you’re in your residence – you can use any username and password for this, it doesn’t have to be your university credentials. Internet access is provided as part of your accommodation agreement. (If you will be living in Garden Hill House you should follow this link, and if you'll be living in a nominated residence you should check the information from your accommodation provider, as different arrangements may be in place).

**Please note, Penryn students moving into Glasney Village and Tuke House in Cornwall do not have to pay for it in advance as it is included in the accommodation fee**

There are student Health Centres on our Streatham and Penryn campuses.

Exeter-based students

If you are based on the Streatham campus you should register with the Student Health Centre online before you get here. Additional information on the services can be found on the Health Centre homepage.

If you will be studying at St Luke's or living at Rowancroft, we recommend you register with The Heavitree Practice

The Student Health Centre recommends Expert Self Care, a free app providing health advice for students, available for Android and Apple devices. For more information visit the website or search for 'Expert Self-Care - Student' in app stores.

Penryn-based students

The Penryn Surgery is available in the Tremough House Annexe, Penryn Campus, five days a week during term time. You can register with Penryn Surgery during ‘Move-in’ weekend in The Compass (Exchange Building), or email to request a registration form. 

If you will be living in Falmouth, The Compass team will have details about other local doctor surgeries in Falmouth.


Wherever possible, it is recommended that all students under the age of 25 receive the Meningitis ACWY vaccine before coming to university and you should also ensure you have had two doses of the Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination before you join us. If you have not received these, or are unsure, we suggest discussing this with your doctor. International students should discuss with their doctor in their home country what vaccinations are recommended for living in the UK.

Before you start university, it is important to consider the advice, information and support available to you if you experience any of the following:

  • Specific learning difficulty
  • Mental Health difficulty for at least a year
  • Physical disability
  • A long-term medical condition

In some instances it is essential that we make arrangements for elements of your support before you arrive, i.e. if you require specific support and equipment to be in place when you start; or you need adjustments to your accommodation and/or exams.

You can contact the Wellbeing Services teams at any point during your studies. View further details and contact information on the Health and welfare page

Support services

Visit the Support and services pages to find out about support available to you at university. 

What you pack for your new life at University will depend on the type of accommodation you are in. Our Accommodation Team have put together a handy check list. If you are an international student please ensure you bring any original documentation detailed in your CAS. You might also want to read our International Student Guide p35.   

We actively discourage students from bringing cars to our campuses, or the surrounding residential areas. Finding parking spaces around our Exeter campuses is a particular challenge and large sections of the city operate a residents’ parking zone scheme. We strongly advise you not to bring a car.

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For students at the Cornwall campuses please see the Falmouth Exeter Plus Travel and Transport page for information about car parking, permit application and other methods of travel at the Penryn Campus. Our Maps and Directions section includes a Truro Campus directions page with car parking information and other methods of travel at the Truro Campus.

Advice is available from the Main Reception on 01392 72 5678.

Also see: Full parking regulations

International students

Our International Student Support team are dedicated to helping you adjust to life in the UK and offer advice on immigration, transition and pastoral issues. 

Additional tasks for international students

As well as the tasks listed above, most international students will also need to complete additional tasks:

Studying in another country is exciting but can also be challenging, so it is sensible to prepare for studying and living in a new culture. See our dedicated webpages and International Student Guide to help you prepare and plan for your study abroad experience.

Postgraduate taught students (i.e. MSc, MA or MBA) must pay their tuition fee deposit in order to confirm that they would like to accept their place at Exeter. If this applies to you, information on how to pay will be in your offer email.

If you are from outside the EEA or Switzerland, you will need a visa to stay and study in the UK. See our immigration pages for detailed information, including advice on application forms and a list of supporting documents required.

If you are an EEA or Swiss national, our dedicated FAQs have the latest information on how the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will affect you.

All non UK permanent residents must have healthcare cover in place whilst living in the UK.

For students studying on a visa this will be the Immigration Health Surcharge which is paid during the visa application process. For further information click here

Check if it is a condition of your visa to undergo tuberculosis (TB) screening, which is mandatory in some countries.

For EEA or Swiss students this may mean an EHIC or private comprehensive medical insurance. UKCISA provide the latest information on how the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will affect you.

Your Welcome to the University of Exeter email from us will state whether you need to present original documentation to the University before you complete online registration. Make sure you pack these documents in your luggage.

You cannot open a UK bank account until you are in the UK and have registered on a programme of full-time study. Make sure you have enough travellers cheques or a cash card with you to buy food and other essential items while you wait. Find out more about opening a UK bank account.

We can help you improve your English language skills to get the best out of your studies. Find out more here.

To help you meet other students and settle quickly into life at University of Exeter, find out more about the Global Chum student mentor scheme on your campus. 

When you have firmly accepted your offer to study at the University of Exeter you can reserve a place on our Airport Collection Service.

We do encourage you to think about travelling to Bristol or Exeter Airports as transfer times to the University are significantly shorter. Find out more about travelling to our Exeter and Cornwall campuses.