Choose Exeter

Choose Exeter and you can go further

The University of Exeter, in the south west of the UK, is one of the top universities in the world. Our two locations in Exeter and Cornwall offer beautiful campuses in vibrant communities, and are ideal environments in which to study and live.

We received our Royal Charter in 1955, although our predecessor institutions, the Royal Albert Memorial College and the University College of the South West of England, were established in 1900 and 1922 respectively.

Why Exeter?

Here are just a few reasons to choose the University of Exeter:

  • TEF Gold award for teaching excellence - Consistently delivering outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students
  • Research excellence - 98% of our research is of international quality, with 82% rated world-leading or internationally excellent1
  • Top 200 of universities worldwide2
  • Graduate employability - 95% of graduates in employment or further study six months after graduation (DHLE Survey 2015/16)3
  • Member of the prestigious Russell Group of research intensive universities
  • Sporting success - 5th in the 2016-2017 British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) championship
  • International reputation - winner at the What Uni? Student Choice awards 2015 & 2017
  • Support for students - our support staff are on hand to support you throughout your degree, from our Wellbeing and Disability Services, to support for care leavers, mature and estranged students
  • Beautiful campuses - the University of Exeter has won Green Flag Awards for its picturesque and eco-friendly campuses
  • A perfect location - choose from a vibrant city centre location (Exeter) or the quirky seaside community of Penryn, near Falmouth (Cornwall), both with coast and countryside on the doorstep, offering an abundance of outdoor activities.

What our students say:

"Exeter has truly helped me gain confidence."

"One of the reasons I chose Exeter was its campus. The thought of studying with all the facilities together was far more appealing to me than a university with buildings spread throughout a city. The Law School is also highly recognised, and there are a huge number of extra-curricular activities. I’ve become a very active student; last year I was appointed as the Senior Law Representative, while also taking up the responsibilities of a Residence Life Mentor and a Pathways to Law Mentor. Since arriving I have undertaken several work experiences in law firms, all facilitated by the University. I am also Vice President for both the Islamic and Pakistani Societies, giving me the chance to develop leadership skills, fantastic for employability. Exeter has truly helped me gain confidence and provides a huge range of opportunities that I’m always grabbing. I love Exeter and would never regret choosing it."

Iqra from London, studying LLB Law


"I feel like when I leave I'll be ready for the world."

"I'd definitely recommend studying at Exeter. Not only is the South-West a beautiful place to live, but Exeter is also such a comfortable learning environment with great spaces like ‘The Loft’. I find it really easy to talk to my lecturers about the course content and things that interest me, and the University is constantly improving facilities to supplement our learning.

"When people say that university was the best time of their life, they're not exaggerating. It's a place where you can develop your interests (or even find new ones) and build long lasting friendships, while working towards your ultimate goal of getting a degree. There is so much support available to aid your studies and future career as well as your general wellbeing. I feel like, when I leave, I will be well-rounded and ready for what the world has to throw at me."

Rianna from Warrington, studying Materials Engineering


"Coming to Penryn I immediately fell in love with the unique surroundings."

"The course seemed different from any kind of history degree I’d come across so far, and the Public History module was a big factor in my coming here. If you’re looking for a more avant-garde course, ranging from environmental history to social and public history, this is the place to be. The modules are intellectually stimulating, and the lecturers are passionate as well as knowledgeable about their subjects. One of my favourite aspects of studying at Penryn has been the local, cosy atmosphere, the ‘we’re-all-in-the-same-boat’ feeling that makes for great camaraderie among students. Falmouth and Penryn are lovely towns, and sharing a campus with Falmouth University provides a great blend between academic and creative ideas, views and people. "

Tomas from Made, the Netherlands, studying History at Penryn.



Rated gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

Outstanding results in the Research Excellence Framework 20141

Top 200 of universities worldwide2

95% of graduates in employment or further study six months after graduation3

A member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities



Voted Top 10 in the
THE Student Experience Survey 2018


Rated 5 stars in the QS Stars University Ratings 2018

1Research Excellence Framework 2014
2THE World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings
3Internal analysis of 2016/17 DHLE results