Welcome week for freshers

New students move into their University accommodation the week before term starts, with online and on campus events available to introduce you to all aspects of university life. This is opportunity to get to know your surroundings, learn more about your course and what’s involved in studying, find out about the many societies and sports on offer, discover our support services, meet and make new friends and more.

Information about Freshers' / Welcome Week 2020

Through the course of this week, we have been considering the implications of the Prime Minister’s announcement about the ‘Rule of Six’, which comes into effect as of Monday, 14 September.  While our planned education activity is unaffected, it does mean that we have had to think differently about some of the activity we had planned in partnership with the Students’ Guild, The Student Union in Cornwall and the Athletic Union.

These three organisations had already instigated a ‘digital first’ approach to Freshers’/Welcome Week, with the vast majority of activity planned to take place online.  The ‘Rule of Six’ means that we will have to limit clubs and societies to activities involving no more than six individuals, so some of the planned face to face events taking place over the next few weeks have had to be reduced in size.

Together, the Students' Guild, The Student Union in Cornwall and the Athletic Union are running over 1000 online activities from virtual pub quizzes to society taster events, including their big Freshers' Fair and Welcome Fayre which will both run digitally - we’re hoping there’s something for everyone to enjoy and we can’t wait to welcome you to our campuses!

This year our Freshers' and Welcome events will also be extended for those arriving to campus a little later.


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 introduction 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 online Freshers' fair


Complete International Student Clearance More information on this in When you arrive.

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.