Tips to support wellbeing
Your health and welfare
At the University of Exeter we place a very high priority on your health and wellbeing. If you have a problem or something you want to talk about there is support available for you – you will never need to deal with anything alone. Get in contact with someone whenever you need any help.
It is important to register with one of the Student Health Centres or a GP surgery near your accommodation. All of our health centres have doctors and nurse practitioners and can help with medical problems as well as those related to University life, including exam stress, change in lifestyle etc.
Streatham Campus Health Centre
You can register with the Student Health Centre online before you get here, or in person when you arrive. For additional information please visit the Health Centre homepage.
Phone: (01392) 676606
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.
St Luke's Campus
If you are studying at St Luke's Campus, or if you will be living at Rowancroft, we recommend you register with The Heavitree Practice which is your closest GP surgery.
There are doctor clinics available with Penryn Surgery in the Tremough House Annexe, Penryn Campus, five days a week during term time. You can register with Penryn Surgery during ‘Move-in’ weekend in The Compass (Exchange Building, Level 1 Library), or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a registration form.
If you will be living in Falmouth, The Compass team will have details about other local doctor surgeries in Falmouth.
Out of Hours medical care
If you need urgent medical care when your GP surgery is closed, contact NHS Direct on 111.
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.
Find out what healthcare you can access when you are in the UK here.
The Accessibility staff offer advice and assistance to students with additional needs, including:
- specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia or dyspraxia
- physical disabilities
- long term medical conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes or arthritis
- Asperger's syndrome or autistic spectrum disorder
- visual or hearing impairments.
Exeter – AccessAbility
Phone: 0300 555 0444
Penryn – Accessibility Services
You can also check the accessibility of campus buildings using AccessAble.
The Wellbeing Services teams are made up of counsellors and mental health practitioners. They can offer a range of online and in person services to support students personally and in their studies.
Phone: 01392 724381
Phone: 01326 370460
The Chaplaincy is a team of people from different faiths working together to serve the whole University community. Our Chaplains are always happy to talk about issues of faith or any personal matter in confidence.
Phone: 01392 723649 or 01392 725858
The Advice Units provide free, impartial and confidential advice and information on a range of issues including housing, money, academic support and health and wellbeing.
Phone: 01392 723520
Phone: 01326 255861
Nightline (Exeter campuses)
Nightline is a confidential listening and information service run by students for students. Available 8pm to 8am during term time, Nightline are there to listen to anything you'd like to talk about.
Phone: Their telephone number can be found on the back of all student ID cards.
Instant messenger: available on their website during opening hours.
Exeter - Residence Life Mentors
Living away from home in a new city (or country) can bring new challenges, so every student living in our university accommodation in Exeter is assigned a Residence Life Mentor who has experience of student life. Overnight, members of the Residence Life Night Patrol support Estate Patrol Security by visiting residences. If you have a problem late at night they will be able to assist you.
Exeter - Community Wardens
Student community wardens support the integration between students and other Exeter residents.
Penryn - Living Support
Students on the Penryn Campus have access to support from the dedicated Living Support team between 9:00 and 17:00 Monday to Friday. The team can be contacted on 01326 255341 or by emailing email@example.com
Penryn - Glasney Lodge
Outside of the above hours, support is provided by the team based within Glasney Lodge on campus. They are available 24 hours a day and can be contacted on 01326 253503. Campus security can be contacted on 01326 255875
The University of Exeter strongly supports education and proactive action in respect of a safe campus and University environment and expects our students to conduct themselves with safe and respectful behaviours. Therefore, we are very pleased to promote and encourage our students to access materials and guidelines that help them understand sexual consent and sexual boundaries in a relatable resource.
We encourage you to access the expert resources assembled by our partners at Somerset and Avon Rape & Sexual Abuse Support (SARSAS). This material has been created to speak to all groups and types of people and we are in full support of the messages and resources provided by SARSAS as useful tools to help guide and advise University of Exeter students.
If you are affected by the content or subject matter of the material linked above, then please be aware that avenues of support are available to you:
University of Exeter, Exeter campuses: Wellbeing Services
University of Exeter, Penryn campus: Wellbeing Services
Student Health Centres
Sexual Health: Local
- Condoms will be available free from the Devon Sexual Health stand on Saturday 21 September as part of Freshers’ Week. You can also buy them from NHS Freedoms Shop which is much cheaper than some pharmacies or supermarkets – as little as 14p each!
- Further information for men who have sex with men: https://www.eddystone.org.uk/Pages/Category/gay-men-sex
- All forms of contraception, including long-acting contraception, available free from your GP, student health centre or sexual health clinic. Find a service
- Emergency hormonal contraception (EHC) available free from your GP, Student Health Centre, most pharmacies and sexual health clinic. Along with EHC you should also be offered a chlamydia screening test. Find a service here. :
- Sexually transmitted infection (STI) tests can miss things in the 2 weeks following unprotected sex. The best time to test is 2 weeks after a risk. In the meantime, either abstain or use a condom. Chlamydia screening is available for people under 25 at your GP or pick up a self-testing kit from the Student Health Centre, most pharmacies or order online. Always seek advice sooner if you are experiencing symptoms. For further information or an appointment at sexual health clinic: www.devonsexualhealth.co.uk
Sexual Health Line
Phone: 0300 123 7123
Free and confidential service on all aspects of sexual health
Weekends: 11am – 4pm
Devon Rape Crisis Helpline: 01392 204174
CRASAC Helpline: 01872 303038