Our campuses

We have around 20,000 students, of which approximately 15,000 are undergraduates. 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 undergraduates study: Streatham and St Luke's in Exeter, and Penryn in Cornwall.

Streatham Campus, Exeter

Why did I choose Exeter? Like you are doing now, I looked at the prospectus. My programme was one of the best in the country and at the forefront of research, the University’s ranking was also high and I got a feel that the University was very student orientated, and welcoming. Everyone I knew who had been had loved it. So I went along to the Open Day and my decision was made. I haven’t looked back since. 

Exeter really has so much to offer. Aside from being a campus university, close to the city centre, it has beautiful countryside on its doorstep. Everything you need is also on campus – an excellent library, fantastic sports facilities, cafes, study rooms, SU bar and campus cinema; you name it and it’s there. The support you get for your programme is also fantastic, and includes tutorials, online resources, office staff, module choices, and lecturer help.

Andy Morton, BA Geography.

Before embarking on my search for a university, I’d been told by older friends and family that I’d know when I found the university that was right for me. I didn’t expect this would be the case, but from the moment I set foot on the Streatham Campus I felt at home. It’s not until you visit the University and meet the staff and students that you really understand the ethos of the place. There are so many opportunities and so many things going on, and Exeter students just love getting involved. Whether it’s sports, volunteering, working or joining societies, there seems to be something here for everyone.

The University’s location is something I was really impressed with. It’s great how the city is big enough to satisfy any student’s needs, yet small enough that you’ll bump into friends on the High Street or night out. Being a campus university, it’s also great how everything you need is so close together and in such an idyllic setting.

Dan Harnett, BA English and German.

Streatham Campus

The majority of our students are based at the Streatham Campus, which is our largest site and covers hundreds of acres.

This is an exciting time to be at the University of Exeter. We have recently invested more than £380 million in facilities on the Streatham Campus including £130 million on student residences, £50 million on the Forum, £25 million on the Business School and £25 million on Biosciences.

The campus is one of the most beautiful in the country and offers a unique environment in which to study, with lakes, parkland, woodland and gardens to enjoy throughout the year. The centrepiece is the stunning Forum, which provides:

  • a Student Services Centre
  • a refurbished library
  • new technology-rich learning spaces
  • a 400-seat lecture theatre
  • a new University reception
  • and retail and catering outlets.

The city centre is only a 15-minute walk away or you can enjoy the advantages of a campus-based university without missing out on life in the city.

The catered halls of residence and most of our purpose-built self-catered flats are either on campus or nearby in the city centre, so you’ll have easy access to everything you’ll need.

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St Luke's Campus, Exeter

St Luke’s Campus

St Luke’s is home to Sport and Health Sciences, Medical Sciences and Medicine students.

Students have studied at St Luke’s for over 150 years and although much has changed over the years, the campus has retained a vibrant, collegiate atmosphere in which everyone soon gets to know each other. As you walk through the arches of the traditional North Cloisters you will see the lawns of the quadrangle surrounded by modern teaching buildings.

Academic facilities include a library, which has recently undergone a £1 million refurbishment, IT facilities and support, and modern seminar rooms and lecture theatres. The St Luke’s Campus has excellent facilities for sport including a sports 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 a short bus ride away and the buses run very frequently between the campuses.

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Penryn Campus, Cornwall

The Penryn Campus is a unique place to study. Being by the beach seems to make everyone a little more chilled out. We share a campus with Falmouth University, which has meant I’ve been able to get stuck in with loads of arts-related projects – I was even an Assistant Director on a music video! I’ve secured two internships in marketing, work experience with the BBC and run my own live music events and club nights- something that would be so much more difficult in a big city.

Nadiya Hussain, BA English, Penryn Campus.

For me it is the perfect place to study. I have always loved Cornwall and living by the sea in the country suits my lifestyle and area of study. The location offers the best variety of habitats and access to field work which is essential for studying conservation and ecology. The campus is well connected and there is a broad diversity of people which keeps things lively and exciting. The view of the harbour from the lab makes it one of the best places to be on campus.

Miranda Walter, BSC Conservation Biology and Ecology, Penryn Campus in Cornwall.

The Penryn Campus offers the very latest academic, research and residential facilities. Made up of around 4,000 students, the campus gives you intimacy and friendliness, in an arrangement that we think is unique as we share the campus with Falmouth University; a leading specialist arts institution. This combination creates a vibrant mix of students, with a diverse range of interests and backgrounds.

Though one of the smallest top ten university campuses in the UK, we excel in tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges through our research, which then informs our teaching. We do this in a way which students positively relish: students report exceptionally high levels of satisfaction with academic staff, improved communication skills and confidence.

The environment and sustainability underpin much of the ethos of the Penryn Campus. These themes consequently recur throughout our degree programmes as well as in student societies, clubs and the running of the campus.

Our newest development, the £30 million Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI), puts the University and Cornwall at the forefront of research into the 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 The 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.

Further improvements include the new Exchange Building which encompasses lecture theatres, an extended and refurbished library plus informal study spaces.

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

Find out more about life in Cornwall

You can find out more in Live It - a students' guide to life in Cornwall‌.

Further information

“Exeter is very easy to fall in love with. It has one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, in one of the most beautiful counties in Britain.”
Virgin Alternative Guide to British Universities

“St Luke’s Campus is not only about joining a university, it is also about joining a family. Coming to university is such a major leap which is softened by being immediately accepted into a group of like-minded people.”
Undergraduate in Sport Sciences

Student experience at the Penryn Campus, Cornwall

See what some of our undergraduate students think about living and studying at the Penryn Campus.