What to bring to university

Watch our Accommodation playlist to find out more about living in halls. 

The Fresh List

The Fresh List is twelve mood-boosting books to help you with the transition into your first year. The list was created by students as one of our Grand Challenges projects and books are available from the university library.

Your finances

Visit our Student Finance pages for all you need to know about fees and funding.

The best apps for university

iExeter is easy to use, and has direct links to your timetable and email, transport and bus updates, maps, and even a system of telling you how many washing machines are in use.

Before you arrive

Before you arrive

Before you arrive

There are certain things you need to do before you come to university to make sure everything runs smoothly. Some are essential, some advisable and some just for international students.

All students

Essential tasks

If you have received and accepted an offer from Exeter you will receive several emails to help you prepare for University life. These contain important information. Please check your email account regularly and make sure they do not go into your junk folder. Here are some of the emails you will receive and when to look for them:

  • 1 Preparing for university emails (December)
  • 'Welcome to the University of Exeter. Important Next Steps' (from early December). This will contain your student number, information on how to activate your IT account and registration information.
  • University Accommodation emails (if applicable)
  • A welcome email from your College 


Your UniCard is your University ID card and gives you access to the library, NUS discount, printing, electronic resources, buildings on campus and lots more. It is essential that you have it before your course begins.

You can apply for your UniCard once your place at Exeter is confirmed and you have received your official welcome email with the subject line: “Welcome to the University of Exeter. Important Next Steps.” It is important to apply before you arrive.

Exeter campuses: all new students

  • Visit the Unicard Application portal
  • To ensure your UniCard is ready for collection for 11 January (beginning of term 2), please submit your application by Wednesday 6th January 20201You will need
  • Your Exeter Student Number, this is a nine-digit number that is listed at the top of previous email communications from the University of Exeter. Please note, this is separate to your UCAS number
  • A recent photo

Cornwall Campuses: all students

  • Visit the Unicard Application portal
  • To ensure your UniCard is ready for collection for the start of your course, please submit your application by Wednesday 6th January. 

Continuing students (all campuses)

If you would like to update the photograph on your UniCard, please send a photograph to sid@exeter.ac.uk if you are based in Exeter or to cc-registry@exeter.ac.uk if you are based in Cornwall, with the title "Updated UniCard Photo for New Course.



Your Welcome to the University of Exeter email will tell you how to activate your IT account. You need to do this before you can complete online registration. You will be allocated a student username, password and university email address, and will be able to access iExeter, our student portal. 

You will need to register at the start of every academic year that you study here. University registration is the process by which you agree to the University’s current regulations. Visit the Student Registration web page for further information.

Online registration will open for new students starting on a January postgraduate taught programme on 9 December. You will receive an email with how to register once it is open but you must have activated your IT account in order to do this. Information on how to do this will be in your Welcome email. 

To register:

  • Make sure you have activated your IT account (see above)
  • Log in to the Student Record System using your short username and password
  • If you have been cleared to register you will see a red box titled 'Welcome to online registration'. Click on 'Register Now', then follow the instructions on screen.

International students

If you are from a country outside of the EU and studying with a student visa, you may not be able to complete online registration until you have provided copies of your qualifications (more information on how to do this will be in your Welcome email).

You can pay your fees at any time by visiting our ‘Make a payment’ webpage. All payments are online via Debit/Credit Card or International Bank Transfer. You can also check your recent transactions and balance via your online statement.

Please visit our Student Finance pages for payment deadlines and further student financial information

iExeter is a free app that provides all students with personalised information and services to help you make the most of your life and studies at the University of Exeter. You can download the app for free from iTunes App Store or Google Play. There is also a web version of the app which works on any internet-enabled device.

Please put the following dates in to your calendar and read more on this page about how to complete each task. (dates to be available soon)

Postgraduate students
(January start)
Exeter campusesCornwall campuses
Last date to apply for your UniCard 6 January 6 January
Last date to book airport collection 7 days before coach departure 7 days before coach departure
Online registration opens 9 December  9 December
PGT Induction from 11 January  from 11 January 
Last day to complete online registration 31 January 31 January
First day of term 11 January  11 January 
University fees due See Student Fees page See Student Fees page

Advisable tasks

The University has a range of accommodation available - please visit the Accommodation site for details.

What to bring with you

Deciding what to pack for university can be hard, especially if you have limited luggage space. If you are living in university accommodation, check the accommodation websites (links above) to see what is included in your room or flat, and download a moving in checklist below.

For students from outside of the UK, we have some helpful suggestions in the International Students Guide.

And remember, you'll be able to buy anything you've forgotten locally or online.

All bedrooms in our residences have access to Glide Student internet. The Glide Student service offers both wired* and wireless connectivity, allowing for the use of devices including desk-tops, notebooks, games consoles, tablets and smart phones running various operating systems.

*Please note: There is wireless only provision in two of our stand alone houses: Lafrowda Cottage and Garden Hill House. 

In addition to the Internet access in the bedrooms, many communal and some external areas are also provided with WiFi coverage.

Glide Student operates a Support Desk that can be contacted 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Support Desk can be contacted by Twitter, telephone, email, ‘Live Chat’ (Instant Messaging) or SMS or you can also download the support app 'Glide Support' via the Apple store or through Google Play. Here is a User Guide with instructions on how to connect and you will also receive them in a printed format upon your arrival. 

**Please note, Penryn students moving into Glasney Village and Tuke House in Cornwall do not have to pay for it in advance as it is included in the accommodation fee**

While you are a student we strongly recommend you register with the Student Health Centre or a doctors' (GP) surgery near your accommodation. This is particularly important while the global pandemic continues and doing so will also provide you with your unique NHS number. You are still able to see your home GP surgery as a temporary patient outside term time but we recommend your main surgery is at University.

Exeter-based students

If you are based on the Streatham campus you should register with the Student Health Centre online before you get here. Additional information on the services can be found on the Health Centre homepage.

If you will be studying at St Luke's or living at Rowancroft, we recommend you register with The Heavitree Practice

The Student Health Centre recommends Expert Self Care, a free app providing health advice for students, available for Android and Apple devices. For more information visit the website or search for 'Expert Self-Care - Student' in app stores.

Penryn-based students

The Penryn Surgery is available for students five days a week during term time and we strongly recommend you register with them. We will have further details about their on-campus provision, and the registration process, in the next few weeks.

If you will be living in Falmouth, The Compass team will have details about other local doctor surgeries in Falmouth.


Wherever possible, it is recommended that all students under the age of 25 receive the Meningitis ACWY vaccine before coming to university and you should also ensure you have had two doses of the Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination before you join us. If you have not received these, or are unsure, we suggest discussing this with your doctor. International students should discuss with their doctor in their home country what vaccinations are recommended for living in the UK.

Before you start university, it is important to consider the advice, information and support available to you if you experience any of the following:

  • Specific learning difficulty
  • Mental Health difficulty for at least a year
  • Physical disability
  • A long-term medical condition

In some instances it is essential that we make arrangements for elements of your support before you arrive, i.e. if you require specific support and equipment to be in place when you start; or you need adjustments to your accommodation and/or exams.

You can contact the Wellbeing Services teams at any point during your studies. View further details and contact information on the Health and welfare page

Visit the Support and services pages to find out about support available to you at university. 

We actively discourage students from bringing cars to our campuses, or the surrounding residential areas. Finding parking spaces around our Exeter campuses is a particular challenge and large sections of the city operate a residents’ parking zone scheme. We strongly advise you not to bring a car.

Click here for more information
Also see: Full parking regulations
Advice is available from the Main Reception on 01392 72 5678.

For students at the Cornwall campuses please see the Falmouth Exeter Plus Travel and Transport page for information about car parking, permit application and other methods of travel at the Penryn Campus. Our Maps and Directions section includes a Truro Campus directions page with car parking information and other methods of travel at the Truro Campus.

For parking queries at Penryn Campus, please email carparking@fxplus.ac.uk


International students

Our International Student Support team are dedicated to helping you adjust to life in the UK and offer advice on immigration, transition and pastoral issues. 

Additional tasks for international students

As well as the tasks listed above, most international students will also need to complete additional tasks:

Studying in another country is exciting but can also be challenging, so it is sensible to prepare for studying and living in a new culture. See our dedicated webpages and International Student Guide to help you prepare and plan for your study abroad experience.

Postgraduate taught students (i.e. MSc, MA or MBA) must pay their tuition fee deposit in order to confirm that they would like to accept their place at Exeter. If this applies to you, information on how to pay will be in your offer email.

If you are from outside the EEA or Switzerland, you will need a visa to stay and study in the UK. See our immigration pages for detailed information, including advice on application forms and a list of supporting documents required.

If you are an EEA or Swiss national, our dedicated FAQs have the latest information on how the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will affect you.

All non UK permanent residents must have healthcare cover in place whilst living in the UK.

For students studying on a visa this will be the Immigration Health Surcharge which is paid during the visa application process. For further information click here

Check if it is a condition of your visa to undergo tuberculosis (TB) screening, which is mandatory in some countries.

For EEA or Swiss students this may mean an EHIC or private comprehensive medical insurance. UKCISA provide the latest information on how the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will affect you.

You cannot open a UK bank account until you are in the UK and have registered on a programme of full-time study. Make sure you have enough travellers cheques or a cash card with you to buy food and other essential items while you wait. We would strongly suggest you bring an international credit card to use whilst you open a bank account. Find out more about opening a UK bank account.

We can help you improve your English language skills to get the best out of your studies. Find out more here.

Apply for a Global Chum mentor to help you settle into your new environment. 

When you have firmly accepted your offer to study at the University of Exeter you can start to research your travel options

This year we are running a Airport Collection Service from Heathrow over several dates in January. 

We do encourage you to think about travelling to Bristol or Exeter Airports as transfer times to the University are significantly shorter and travel through customs easier. Find out more about travelling to our Exeter and Cornwall campuses.