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 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)
June Pre arrival emails
Exeter Penryn
June Exeter UG Home Student June Penryn UG Home Student
June Exeter UG International Student June Penryn UG International Student
June Exeter PGT Home Student June Penryn PGT Home Student
June Exeter PGT International Student June Penryn PGT International Student
July Pre arrival emails
Exeter Penryn
July Exeter UG Home Student July Penryn UG Home Student
July Exeter UG International Student July Penryn UG International Student
July Exeter PGT Home Student July Penryn PGT Home Student
July Exeter PGT Home StudentJuly Exeter PGT International Student July Penryn PGT International Student
August Pre arrival emails
Exeter Penryn
August Exeter UG Home Student August Penryn UG Home Student
August Exeter UG International Student ‌‌August Penryn UG International Student
August Exeter PGT Home Student August Penryn PGT Home Student
August Exeter PGT International Student August Penryn PGT International Student


September Pre arrival emails
Exeter Penryn
‌‌September Exeter UG Home Student ‌‌September Penryn UG Home Student
‌‌September Exeter UG International Student ‌‌September Penryn UG International Student
‌‌September Exeter PGT Home Student ‌‌September Penryn PGT Home Student
‌‌September Exeter PGT International Student ‌‌September Penryn PGT International Student


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), Info at St Lukes (St Luke's Campus) or Info Point, Peter Lanyon Building (Penryn campus). 

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 5th September 2017

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

Penryn Campus: all students

To apply for your card, email a jpeg photo of yourself to the registry team: cc-registry@exeter.ac.uk

  • 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.

Continuing students (all campuses)

If you are a current student continuing on to a new course, you do not need to apply for a new UniCard. You will be issued a new UniCard using the photograph we already have on file for you ready for your course start date.

If you would like to update the photograph on your UniCard, please send a photograph adhering to the above guidelines to sid@exeter.ac.uk, 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. 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

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 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.

Meningitis vaccine

Wherever possible, it is recommended that you receive the Meningitis ACWY vaccine before coming to university. If you have not received this, or are unsure, we suggest discussing this with your doctor.

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 info.penryn@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.

If you are bringing children to the UK please read this information and advice including childcare in the UK and how to apply for school places

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.

All non UK permanent residents must have healthcare cover in place whilst living in the UK. For EU students this may mean an EHIC or comprehensive medical insurance. For students studying on a visa this will be the Immigration Health Surcharge. 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.

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. 

When you arriveplease present your documents at the Forum, Streatham Campus (Exeter) or the Penryn Info Point, Peter Lanyon Building (Penryn Campus). There will be information in your email as to how to pre book an appointment to present your documents at Exeter Streatham Campus.  

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

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 at Heathrow International Airport. Online booking opens on 1 June 2017. 

Online bookings are now closed. 

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.