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 Stannary over the Arrivals Weekend or from Glasney Lodge from Monday the 18 September. 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. It is important that you collect it as soon as you can. See applying for your UniCard if you haven't yet applied. See where you can pick it up below.

Exeter campuses: Home/EU students

Please collect your UniCard from SID in the Forum at Streatham campus or CrossKeys at St Luke's campus. Open 08:00-20:00 Monday-Friday during term time.

Exeter campuses: International students

You will be able to collect your UniCard from SID (details above) once you have completed International Student Clearance.

Penryn Campus: All students

Please collect your UniCard from the Student Information Desk, Peter Lanyon Building, Monday-Friday 09.00-17.00.

Our new students’ guides are full of useful information to help you have the best start to your time at university. These guides will be available to view online from late August.  

 This guide is for if you're arriving at Exeter outside of Freshers' Week.

  • Exeter New Students Late Arrivals Guide 2017‌

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 Student Information Desk, Peter Lanyon Building (Penryn), which are open 9:00-17:00, 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 Student Information Desk at the 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 Student Information Desk, Peter Lanyon Building (Penryn campus) and ask for the Admissions Team. Offices open Monday - Friday 09.00-17.00.

Our International Welcome Programme 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, and then in the Forum Street on mid October to collect certificates.

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.