Don’t beat yourself up for being homesick: any change takes some getting used to. 

Elizabeth and Amy give their top tips for coping with homesickness in their blog posts.

Student Information Desk (SID)

Contact SID for appointments and information on student services.

Exeter: 0300 5550444

Penryn: 01326 371800

» Log an enquiry through iExeter

Preparing for University life

Sleep habits

Preparing for University life

Tips to support wellbeing

Your health and welfare

At the University of Exeter we place a very high priority on your health and wellbeing. If you have a problem or something you want to talk about there is support available for you – you will never need to deal with anything alone. Get in contact with someone whenever you need any help. 

It is important to register with one of the Student Health Centres or a GP surgery near your accommodation. All of our health centres have doctors and nurse practitioners and can help with medical problems as well as those related to University life, including exam stress, change in lifestyle etc. 

Streatham Campus Health Centre

You can register with the Student Health Centre online before you get here, or in person when you arrive. For additional information please visit the Health Centre homepage.

» Register with the Student Health Centre

Phone: (01392) 676606

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.

St Luke's Campus

If you are studying at St Luke's Campus, or if you will be living at Rowancroft, we recommend you register with The Heavitree Practice which is your closest GP surgery.

Penryn Campus

There are doctor clinics available with Penryn Surgery 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.

Out of Hours medical care

If you need urgent medical care when your GP surgery is closed, contact NHS Direct on 111.


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.

The Accessibility staff offer advice and assistance to students with additional needs, including:

  • specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia or dyspraxia
  • physical disabilities
  • long term medical conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes or arthritis
  • Asperger's syndrome or autistic spectrum disorder
  • visual or hearing impairments.  

Exeter – AccessAbility

Phone: 0300 555 0444


» Register with AccessAbility

Penryn – Accessibility Services

» Register with Accessibility Services 

» Register with Dyslexia Skills

You can also check the accessibility of campus buildings using DisabledGo.

Wellbeing Services

The Wellbeing Services teams are made up of counsellors and mental health practitioners. They can offer a range of online and in person services to support students personally and in their studies. 

» Exeter services

Phone: 01392 724381 

» Penryn services

Phone: 01326 370460 


The Chaplaincy is a team of people from different faiths working together to serve the whole University community. Our Chaplains are always happy to talk about issues of faith or any personal matter in confidence.

» Exeter chaplaincy

Phone: 01392 723649 or 01392 725858

» Penryn chaplaincy

Phone: 01326 370460

Advice Units

The Advice Units provide free, impartial and confidential advice and information on a range of issues including housing, money, academic support and health and wellbeing.

» Exeter - Students' Guild Advice Unit 

Phone: 01392 723520

» Penryn - FXU Advice Unit

Phone: 01326 255861

Nightline (Exeter campuses) 

Nightline is a confidential listening and information service run by students for students. Available 8pm to 8am during term time, Nightline are there to listen to anything you'd like to talk about.

Phone: 01392 724000
Skype: exeterstudentnightline

Exeter - Residence Life Mentors

Living away from home in a new city (or country) can bring new challenges, so every student living in our university accommodation in Exeter is assigned a Residence Life Mentor who has experience of student life. Overnight, members of the Residence Life Night Patrol support Estate Patrol Security by visiting residences. If you have a problem late at night they will be able to assist you.


Exeter - Community Wardens 

Student community wardens support the integration between students and other Exeter residents. 

Penryn - Living Support staff

All students living in Penryn are supported by Living Support staff, available 24 hours.

Phone:  01326 370460
Mobile (out of office hours): 07774 024026

Penryn - Porters' Lodge

The Porters' Lodge can be contacted 24 hours a day.

Phone: 01326 253 503

Visit the Your studies page for information on study support. 

The University of Exeter strongly supports education and proactive action in respect of a safe campus and University environment and expects our students to conduct themselves with safe and respectful behaviours. Therefore, we are very pleased to promote and encourage our students to access materials and guidelines that help them understand sexual consent and sexual boundaries in a relatable resource.

We encourage you to access the expert resources assembled by our partners at Somerset and Avon Rape & Sexual Abuse Support (SARSAS). This material has been created to speak to all groups and types of people and we are in full support of the messages and resources provided by SARSAS as useful tools to help guide and advise University of Exeter students.

If you are affected by the content or subject matter of the material linked above, then please be aware that avenues of support are available to you:

University of Exeter: Wellbeing Services 

Devon Rape Crisis

Devon Rape Crisis Helpline: 01392 204174

Survivors UK male rape & sexual abuse

Text chat: 020 3322 1860
Webchat available via website

Sexual Health Line

Phone: 0300 123 7123
Free and confidential service on all aspect of sexual health
Monday-Friday: 9am-8pm
Weekends: 11am – 4pm

NHS Walk-in Centres Exeter

Sidwell Street: 01392 276892
RD&E Hospital: 01392 406300

Student Health Centres

Exeter Student Health Centre 
Penryn Surgery

Additional support services