When you arrive

Before completing these tasks make sure you complete those in Before you arrive. The essential tasks listed below are for you to complete when you arrive at university, information for arrivals outside of Freshers' Week is also contained.

We will email you details about when and where you can collect your room key for university accommodation before your arrival. For more information on collecting your room key at Exeter campuses check Arrivals and Freshers' Week information or for students studying at the Penryn Campus, Cornwall, check the Arrivals and Welcome page.


If you are arriving late in the evening or outside of Freshers’ Week, please check the accommodation office website for alternative arrangements concerning your room key collection and who to contact if you have any questions.

Your UniCard is a vital part of your university life. See applying for your UniCard if you haven't yet applied.

Due to COVID 19 discussions are currently taking place regarding the safest method for the distribution of your Unicard. Once the decision has been made we will update this page with details. 

Exeter Campus: All students

Further information on how to get your unicard will follow soon. 

Penryn Campus: All students

Further information on how to get your unicard will follow soon. 

We are looking forward to welcoming you to our campuses and we are working on some exciting proposals. More information to follow soon

We are developing an exciting platform to help guide you through your first few weeks as a new student. More details will be available soon. 

Your academic induction programme is an important introduction to your studies, your course and your college. If you have any questions which aren’t covered in the induction or you have arrived late to campus and have missed induction sessions you can contact your Info Point. They will inform you about any College procedures and how to contact your Personal Tutor or Supervisor for your initial meeting.

To find out what college you are in and find a suitable contact visit our Academic Colleges and subject disciplines.

If you’re arriving outside of Freshers’ Week we want you to still be able to connect and ask advice. We are working on some online drop in sessions with current students for you to ask all the questions you need to settle into life at Exeter. Further information to follow. 

Additional tasks for international students

Make sure you complete the tasks above as well as below when you arrive at university.

Once you have registered and arrived in the UK, you will need to send us a copy of your passport and visa.  We will send you an email with instructions on how to do this after you register.

Our International Welcome Programmes will help you get settled. The programmes are full of information sessions, online tours and events. The programmes will be launched in July 2020. 

It is important that international students who are with us for more than 6 months register with a Health Centre or the doctors' (GP) surgery near your accommodation . Students with us for less than six months may not register with a Health Centre but are entitled to emergency health care. You can find out how and where to register here.

Your visa grant letter will state if you need to register with the police. Full information on how to do this can be found on our website here.

Further information on arrangements for new international students will be available soon. 

Many UK banks do not let you open a bank account until you are in the UK and have registered on a programme of full-time study. It can take up to 2 weeks to open a bank account. Find out how to do this here.

If English is your second language you may wish to enrol in some free support classes or look at the possibility of credit bearing module options here.

Orientation sessions for Erasmus and International Exchange/Study Abroad students will be held (via Zoom) at the start of Freshers’ Week.  Online 1:1 study support sessions will take place throughout the week to help students finalise their study programmes.  Further details including dates and times will follow.


All students under 25 years of age starting at the University of Exeter are advised to have the Meningitis ACWY vaccination. If you haven’t had this already in your home country, our Student Health Centres will vaccinate you for free:

Exeter campuses (Streatham and St Luke's)

Cornwall campuses (Penryn and Truro)

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