Our campuses and the South West
Streatham Campus, Exeter
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.
St Luke's Campus, Exeter
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.
Our Cornwall campuses
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 current students who recently helped us make two short films. In addition, we recently asked a group of current students to share their thoughts online; check out their profiles.
The South West
The South West of England combines a relaxed lifestyle with exceptional countryside, scenery and beaches, including two national parks and over 600 miles of coastpath. As a student you'll be able to enjoy one of Europe's top holiday regions all year round. How you choose to spend your leisure time here is up to you - but whether you prefer relaxing or adventure, the South West has something for everyone.
The South West contains three main cities - the cathedral cities of Exeter and Truro and the historic naval port of Plymouth. All offer the superb shopping, dining and entertainment you'd expect of a modern city, including pubs, clubs and cultural entertainment. Students at our Exeter campuses are within walking distance of the city centre, while students at our Penryn Campus can reach Truro by train from Penryn in 15 minutes.
You're never far from the beach in the South West. Whether your preference is sailing, windsurfing, kite-surfing or simply sunbathing, you're spoilt for choice. Surfers can find some of the best surf in the country on the North Devon and Cornwall coasts and international surf competitions are often held in Cornwall.
From the wild scenery of Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin Moor to the gentle rolling hills, the South West's countryside provides numerous opportunities for walkers, cyclists, horse riders, climbers and other sports people.