Our campuses

We have around 20,000 students, of which approximately 4,000 are postgraduates. This means we can offer the academic excellence and facilities you’d expect to find in a major university, but also a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

There are three main campuses where our postgraduates study: Streatham and St Luke's in Exeter, and Penryn in Cornwall.

Most of our 4,000 postgraduate students are based on the Streatham Campus, the University's largest site in Exeter. A registered botanic garden, described by The Times as the 'best-gardened campus in Britain' and by The Independent as having a 'sublime' setting, its lakes, parkland, woodland and gardens with many rare species of plants and trees make it a very special place that offers a safe and enjoyable environment for study. Many students say they simply fell in love with the campus when they came to visit.

All the teaching buildings, together with the Postgraduate Centre, Students' Guild, the Sports Centre, the Library, the shopping centre, restaurants, cafés and bars are within easy walking distance of each other.

Our self-catering accommodation is either on campus or a 15-20 minute walk away. This means you don't need to bring a car to Exeter in order to enjoy all that it has to offer. Those who commute by train to Exeter appreciate the free minibus service that runs between St David's Station and the Streatham Campus at peak times.

Added to all this, Exeter's city centre is only a 15-minute walk from the Streatham Campus - at Exeter you really can enjoy the advantages of a campus-based university without missing out on city life.

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The St Luke's Campus, a 15-minute walk from the city centre, is home to students in the Graduate School of Education, School of Sport and Health Sciences and is the Exeter base of the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry.

St Luke's has retained a vibrant, collegiate atmosphere. Walk through the arches of the traditional North Cloisters and you will see the lawns of the quadrangle surrounded by modern teaching buildings, including the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry building.

Postgraduate students benefit from a brand new common room, accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, containing a social area, vending machine, kitchen and a quiet room for studying. Academic facilities at the campus include a library, a bookshop, a resources library, IT facilities and support, and modern seminar rooms and lecture theatres. St Luke's has excellent facilities for sport, including a sports hall, a gymnasium hall, an air-conditioned health and fitness studio and an indoor heated swimming pool.

The Students' Guild organises many events and activities on campus but students at St Luke's also take full advantage of all the academic, social and sporting facilities at the Streatham Campus, which is about a 25-minute walk or short bus ride away.

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No other university in the country beats our Penryn Campus: with exceptional rates of student satisfaction, students say it’s a highly personal experience, intellectually stretching but great fun, where everyone quickly gets to know their peers.

Cornwall’s energy and feel are unique; people tend not to end up here by chance, they come for a reason, and there are plenty of good reasons to choose from. The smaller scale, for example: students tell us how much they like recognising faces and being recognised themselves. They also tell us this is a great place to live, not just because of what they expect (beaches, beauty, sunsets, friendliness) but because of what’s surprising (music, culture, energy, ambition).

Sharing a campus with Falmouth University helps too, creating a vibrant mix of students with a wide range of diverse backgrounds and interests.

The environment and sustainability are important to us and feed - directly and indirectly - into all our degree programmes. Our Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) brings together state-of-the-art resources with leading academics to pioneer cutting-edge research into solutions to problems of environmental change. 

Its work complements that of the University Medical School’s European Centre for Environment and Human Health, based on our Truro Campus. The Centre conducts world-class research into the interconnections between the environment and health. Specifically, its researchers investigate the health implications posed by a range of environmental threats.

You can hear more about the Penryn Campus from some of our current students.

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