Travel by train
Courtesy of Devon County Council
The University is justifiably proud  that the majority of the targets set out in the original 10 year sustainable travel plan (2007 - 2017) were achieved in the first 3 years and we have seen a significant shift towards more sustainable travel choices amongst our staff and students

Travelling by rail

UPDATE ON STRIKE NOV 2022: On Saturday 5, Monday 7 and Wednesday 9 November, RMT members (signallers) at Network Rail will be on strike. RMT members at GWR (on board & station staff) will also be on strike on 5 and 9 November, as well as UNITE members on 5 November. On each strike day, there will be no GWR services operating on the majority of our network. Full detail of where GWR is able to run services is on their dedicated webpage at, as well as information on when online journey planners will be updated and accurate – timetables for up to and including Sunday 6 November are now accurate.

On the three strike days, there will be no services operating at all in Devon & Cornwall.

The Night Riviera sleeper service will not run from Friday 4th to Wednesday 9th November.

GWR advice to customers remains not to travel unless absolutely necessary, and to make alternative arrangements. Where services can run they will start much later and finish much earlier than usual.

Services will also be impacted on the days in between and after strike days, with some cancellations, a later service start up than usual and some routes running at a reduced frequency.


Exeter has two mainline railway stations - Exeter St David's and Exeter Central. The Streatham campus is a 15 minute walk from St David's station and 20 minutes from Exeter Central station. The walking route is signed from St David's' station and the campus map shows the walking route.

Interest-free loan

For employees who travel to and from the campuses by train regularly, the University can provide an interest-free loan for the purchase of an annual rail season ticket, subject to certain conditions. To view the conditions, and to apply, complete the PD16 form.

Rail cards

There are a number of railcard options available to help save you money on train travel:

  • 16-25 Young Person's Railcard - save 1/3 on rail fares throughout the UK.
  • Network Railcard - save 1/3 on rail fares for journeys in the Railcard Area.

Shuttle bus

Staff and students who travel between the Exeter campuses and St David's Railway Station are able to use the free shuttle bus service during peak hours.

Services run throughout the year, except for bank holidays and closure days. View the full timetable for more information.