Freshers' Week
University of Exeter First Year Bucket List

When you arrive

Before completing these tasks make sure you complete those in Before you arrive. The essential tasks listed below are for you to complete when you arrive at university, information for arrivals outside of Freshers' Week is also contained.

We will email you details about when and where you can collect your room key for university accommodation before your arrival. For more information check Arrivals and Freshers' Week information.

For students studying at the Penryn Campus, Cornwall you will be able to collect your room key on arrival from the accommodation stand in the Sports Hall over the Arrivals Weekend or from Info Point, Peter Lanyon Building, from Monday the 18 September 08.45-17.00. The accommodation office will contact you with your arrival time slot. 

If you are arriving late in the evening or outside of Freshers’ Week, please check the accommodation office website for alternative arrangements concerning your room key collection and who to contact if you have any questions.

Your UniCard is a vital part of your university life. See applying for your UniCard if you haven't yet applied. See where and when you can pick it up below.

Exeter campuses: International students

You will be given your UniCard once you have completed International Student Clearance.

Streatham Campus: Home/EU students

The UniCard collection point is in the Forum during Freshers' Week (18-22) September) from 09.00-18.00. Please note that you do not need your UniCard until the start of yoru course (first day of term 18 September). If the queue is estimated to be longer than 1 hour, you will be asked to return the next day.

Your collection time is based on the first letter of your family name. 

  Monday 18-Friday 22
09.00-10.30 A-D
10.30-12.00 E-H
12.00-13.30 I-L
13.30-15.00 M-P
15.00-16.30 Q-U
16.30-18.00 V-Z


St Luke's Campus: Home/EU students

You are classed as a St Luke's student if you are: 

  • a Medical School student
  • studying an Education related subject
  • studying a Sports and Health Sciences related subject

Your UniCard collection point is located at Info@St.Luke's (South Cloisters building) during Freshers' Week 16-22 September, 08.30-16.30. 

Penryn Campus: All students

Please collect your UniCard from the Sports Hall during arrivals weekend and from Info Point, Peter Lanyon Building, Monday-Friday 08.45-17.00.

Your Welcome Pack includes information from the University, Students' Guild and Athletic Union. You will receive your Welcome Pack when you move into University accommodation. If you are living in private accommodation or arrive at your hall outside arrivals weekend please collect a pack from the Guild Information Point in Devonshire House. 

Our new students’ guides are full of useful information to help you have the best start to your time at university. Your guide will be in your Welcome Pack and will also be available to view online from late August.  ‌

Your academic induction programme is an important introduction to your studies, your course and your college. If you have any questions which aren’t covered in the induction you can speak to your College Administrative office (Exeter), or the Info Point, Peter Lanyon Building (Penryn), which are open 08.45-17:00, Monday to Friday. 

If you can’t make your academic induction programme because you are arriving outside of Freshers’ Week, please present yourself to your College Student Services Office as soon as possible (Exeter) or to the Student Information Desk in Peter Lanyon Building (Penryn). They will inform you about any College procedures and how to contact your Personal Tutor or Supervisor for your initial meeting.

To find out what college you are in and find a suitable contact visit our Academic Colleges and subject disciplines.

If you’re arriving outside of Freshers’ Week, we have a number of late arrival orientation meetings where a member of our support staff will tell you about the services available to you at the university. 

Exeter campuses

dates to be confirmed

Penryn Campus

If you are studying at the Penryn Campus please speak directly to the Info Point, Peter Lanyon Building.

Additional tasks for international students

Make sure you complete the tasks above as well as below when you arrive at university.

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 Info Point, Peter Lanyon Building (Penryn campus) and ask for the Admissions Team. Offices open Monday - Friday 09.00-17.00.

Our International Student Welcome Programme 2017 will help orientate you to your new campus and new city. The programme is full of information sessions, tours and social events. 

It is important that international students who are with us for more than 6 months register with a Health Centre. Students with us for less than six months may not register with a Health Centre but are entitled to emergency health care. Please do this directly with the relevant Health Centre:

  • Exeter Campuses (Streatham and St Luke's) – Complete this online student patient registration form before you get here, or visit the Student Health Centre team in the Forum (Streatham Campus) during Freshers' Week.
  • Penryn Campus - You can register with Penryn Surgery during ‘Move-in’ weekend in The Compass (Exchange Building), or email to request a registration form. 

It will say on your visa if you need to register with the Police. Full information on how to do this can be found on the Devon and Cornwall police website.

If you arrive during Freshers' Week the police will conduct police registration on the Streatham and Penryn Campuses.

On Streatham Campus, police will be in the Forum Seminar Room 4 on Friday 22 September between 09:00 and 17:00 for registration. To book an appointment click here. Certificates will then be returned in the Forum Street in mid October.

Dates for Penryn Campus will be posted nearer the time. 

If you cannot attend these sessions you should go directly to the Exeter Police Station or the Truro Police Station if you are a Penryn student to register and to collect your registration certificate.

Many UK banks do not let you open a bank account until you are in the UK and have registered on a programme of full-time study. It can take up to 2 weeks to open a bank account. Find out how to do this on our international students support site.

If English is your second language you may wish to enrol in some free support classes or look at the possibility of credit bearing module options. INTO provide both and free English language classes for spouses of students at the Exeter campuses. ASK provide support at the Penryn campus.

It is important that you contact your Study Abroad Co-ordinator as soon as possible upon arrival.

Exeter campuses

Please present exchange paperwork that needs a signature to the Student Information Desk (SID) in the Forum, Streatham Campus.

Penryn campus

Please come to the Student Information Desk in Peter Lanyon Building to have your visa clearance check and present any paperwork that needs signatures.

All  students under 25 years of age starting at the University of Exeter are advised to have the Meningitis ACWY vaccination.  If you haven’t had this already in your home country our Student Health Centre will vaccinate you for free.  To receive your vaccination please make sure you have completed the Student Health Centre online registration process before you arrive in Exeter (  You can then attend a drop in clinic at Streatham Campus during Freshers' Week or make an appointment at the Student Health Centre. 

  • Wednesday 20 September, 09.00-11.00 Forum Seminar room 6
  • Friday 22 September 09.00-17.0 Forum Seminar room 6

If you are registering with the Heavitree Health Centre (for students on St Luke's campus) or an Penryn please contact them directly to book an appointment.