Term dates
What to bring to university

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

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

You will receive a welcome email titled Important Registration Information from us in mid-August. This will contain your student number and information on how to activate your IT account and register online. Please check your email account regularly and make sure it does not go into your junk folder.

Your welcome 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.

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. When you get here, you will collect your UniCard from SID in the Forum (Streatham Campus), CrossKeys (St Luke's Campus) or Peter Lanyon Building (Penryn campus). 

To apply for your card, email a jpeg photo of yourself to the registry team.

  • Your photo should be a head and shoulders image against a neutral background
  • Your photo must be a jpeg image
  • Please include your name, student number (you can find this in your welcome email), and course title in the email.
  • Exeter-based students: email your photo to sid@exeter.ac.uk
  • Penryn-based students: email your photo to cornwall-cardoffice@exeter.ac.uk

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. If you have applied to live in University accommodation you will also need to pay a deposit to secure the booking. This will be detailed in an email from the Accommodation Office.

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.

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. You may want to order a starter pack of household essentials, to be delivered to campus.

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

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

Create an account with StudentCom for internet access when you’re in halls – you can use any username and password for this, it doesn’t have to be your university credentials.

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

Exeter-based students: You can register with the Student Health Centre online before you get here. Additional information on the services can be found on the Health Centre homepage.

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 compass@fxplus.ac.uk 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.

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

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.

Support services

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

Penryn students: Complete the Student Support Services induction

Click here to begin your online induction and find out how we can support you.

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. 

Contact them by emailing sid@exeter.ac.uk (Exeter) or sidcornwall@exeter.ac.uk (Penryn).

Additional tasks for international students

Make sure you complete the tasks in the lists above as well as below before you arrive at university.

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. Read our International Students Guide to help you prepare and plan for your study abroad experience.

For more information on studying here and British culture, visit our International Student Support site and Prepare for Success, an interactive web tool developed for international students preparing for the transition into UK university study.

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.

Please note: most science-based courses also require you to obtain an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate, before you can apply for any visa. This can take several weeks to obtain, so make sure you leave enough time.

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

Most science-based courses require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate which can take several weeks to obtain, before you can apply for any visa. Make sure you have left enough time.

Your welcome email from us will state whether you need to present original documentation to the University before you complete online registration. 

When you arriveplease present your documents at the Forum, Streatham Campus (Exeter) or the Student Information Desk, Peter Lanyon Building (Penryn Campus).

If you are unsure, please consult the International Student Support pages or contact us at sid@exeter.ac.uk (Exeter) or sidcornwall@exeter.ac.uk (Penryn).

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. Click here for information on opening a UK bank account.

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

Exeter-based students: English Language classes are available before you arrive at Exeter or during your studies.

Penryn-based students: A range of free English Language classes are available to you. 

If you want to meet other students and settle quickly into life at the University of Exeter, you can book a Global Chum student mentor. They will answer your questions, and by joining the scheme you can attend organised socials. The scheme is open to students studying at all of our campuses. 

When you have firmly accepted your offer to study at the University of Exeter you can reserve a place on our Airport Collection Service at Heathrow International Airport. Online booking opens on 1 June 2017. 

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.