Postgraduate student life

The academic and logistical demands of postgraduate study require a great deal of commitment. That said, there will be times when you'll want a break from your studies and to socialise with other postgraduates or students with similar interests. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved at Exeter in order to make your time here rewarding and fulfilling, as well as academically successful.

Exeter campuses

At our campuses in Exeter, the Students’ Guild (Exeter’s Students’ Union) is central to student life and is recognised as one of the UK’s leading students’ unions. The Guild is a dynamic, innovative and award-winning organisation, existing to represent all the diverse students of the University of Exeter. The Guild is a member-led organisation, which means all our students have a say in the running of the Guild and it often sets national records for turnout in students’ union elections. Through the representation that the Guild is able to provide, as well as the broad and exceptional range of services and activities, we are confident that you’ll have the best possible university experience at Exeter.


In addition to the sports clubs, the Guild supports 165 societies and postgraduates are actively involved in many of these. The dedicated society for postgraduates, The Postgraduate Society is ensuring your postgraduate experience at the University of Exeter is fun and rewarding. Run by a committee of students, the Society can help you make the most of your time at Exeter.

Penryn Campus

The Penryn Campus Students’ Union is known as FXU and jointly represents students of the University of Exeter, Penryn Campus and Falmouth University (FXU stands for Falmouth and Exeter Union). Students from each institution have their own Student President and the support of a joint Welfare President. As with the Guild in Exeter (of which you’ll automatically be a member, too), FXU will play a major role in your student experience, starting with a programme of Freshers’ activities. FXU organises events on and off campus, helps students to set up and run sports clubs and societies, has a successful Community Action and RAG base, and runs a support and advice service.