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Top 11 Tips for Freshers’

Whether it’s a Disney Pub Quiz, a Harry Potter Welcome Banquet or a trip to Exmouth for a windsurfing taster, if it sounds like something that might be a laugh, or there’s folk you know going, go for it.

Freshers' Week

Freshers’ Week takes place the week before term starts, with students moving into university accommodation over the first weekend. It is an introduction to all aspects of university life. An opportunity to get to know your university and its surroundings, find out about your course and what’s involved in studying, explore and try the university’s many societies and services, as well as meet and make new friends.

With over 900 Guild events and 600 Students' Union events during the week, many of which involve no drinking at all, remember to attend your academic induction so you can be prepared for your study.

University staff and the welcome team volunteers will be on hand to help with any issues that come up - they're easy to spot in their pink t-shirts.

Make sure you complete the essential tasks in when you arrive.

Collect your UniCard Your UniCard is vital, it gives you access to buildings and identifies you as a member of the University of Exeter.
Academic Induction See your personal timetable on iExeter for information about your academic induction.
Society, Sports, Arts and Culture taster sessions More information and a full list of events on the Students' Guild and Students' Union websites.
Complete your Library induction

Complete the online induction to Library Services to learn about the resources and support available. Engaging with the library early on will help you to develop the skills you need to succeed. If you have any questions contact the library.

Get a Library tour at the Penryn Campus. 

Visit the Freshers' fair  Exeter:
on Saturday 21 September across Streatham Campus. Meet all the Students' Guild societies and find out how to join.
on Thursday 19 September at St Luke's campus. Meet all the Students' Guild societies and find out how to join.
Cornwall:on Sunday 22 September across Penryn campus. Meet all the Students' Union societies and find out how to join.
Complete International Student Clearance More information on this in When you arrive.
Attend International Welcome Programme sessions For more information visit your campus specific pages: Exeter or Cornwall.

You must receive written permission from Admissions if your arrival date is after the first date of your course. Arriving later may mean that you miss out on Freshers’ Week activities, academic induction and social sessions. Read our arrivals section for more information on arriving outside of freshers week.

Music and Orchestra Week 2019: 8-14 September 2019

Music Week is a week-long medley of musical activity for both new and returning students alike. Whether you’d like to rehearse with a symphony orchestra, beatbox with an A Cappella group or improvise some jazz, we’ve got you covered! Whatever your instrument, whatever your style, we’re sure you’ll enjoy what’s on offer!


It's a great way to get to know the campus and make friends before Fresher's Week. The range and standard of music was amazing and everyone was so welcoming. It’s the best thing I've done this year!”

 - Katie de Lusignan, Saxophone


For new students, this is the perfect opportunity to get to know people before the madness of Freshers’ Week begins. As well as bonding with each other whilst doing something you love, you’ll also have time to familiarise yourself with campus, explore the beautiful city of Exeter and sample the local nightlife.

Start your year on the right note and get involved!

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Your welcome email from Admissions will tell you whether you need to present original documentation to the University before completing online registration.

There is more information about what documentation may be required in our International Student Support pages.

Please present your documents at the Forum Street (Exeter campus) or Student Information Desk, Peter Lanyon Building (Penryn campus) and ask for the Admissions Team. Offices open Monday - Friday 09.00-17.00.