Interruption of studies

If you are a Postgraduate Research student please refer to the PGR section.

Before making a decision to interrupt from your studies, you should consult with your personal tutor. There may be serious financial implications if you interrupt from your studies at Exeter. You are strongly advised to discuss the matter in full with your College and the Students’ Guild Advice Unit (Exeter) or FXU Advice & Welfare Service (Cornwall) and to view the Universities Student Finance Regulations before completing the form.

In any interruption of studies, the primary concern is to ensure that a return to study can be successfully made. Interruptions can therefore normally only be granted for a minimum of one semester up to a maximum of 12 months in the first instance. Applications for an interruption extended beyond 12 months will be considered only in exceptional circumstances.

Once you have made your decision, please complete the online form by logging into SID Online using your username and password. For guidance on how to log an interruption SID enquiry, please see the Student Interruption or Withdrawal Form Guide. The form will then be sent for approval by the College Director of Education.

Please return your UniCard to the SID desk (Exeter) or the Information Point in Peter Lanyon Building (Cornwall).

See below for further details about interrupting your studies and the potential implications by clicking on the relevant link to reveal specific information:

Accommodation information

If you are living in university owned, managed or approved accommodation and you interrupt your studies then you will need to vacate your accommodation within seven days of your last day in attendance, as stated on your interruption form. Please contact the Accommodation Office and advise them of the date you will vacate your room and they will notify your reception. Please refer to the Moving Out information on the accommodation website prior to your departure.


For students living in university owned or managed accommodation, there is a £120.00 administration charge for terminating your accommodation contract earlier than the agreed departure date. If you are owed any refunds based on an overpayment of your accommodation fees then this will be returned to you within 28 days following confirmation of your interruption from your college. In order for your refund to be processed, please log an enquiry requesting a refund via the Student Information Desk or through SID Online.

If you are living within an approved university residence e.g. Exeter Trust House, Point Exe, Printworks, Northfield, Northernhay House or The Barn, please contact them directly to arrange any charges. We would also recommend that you discuss this with the Students' Guild Advice Unit.

If your keys are not returned to your residence reception, we will continue to charge the accommodation fees until they are received. If you have lost your accommodation keys, please contact us because there is a charge for any loss of keys/fobs.

If you are studying on the Penryn Campus, please contact the Cornwall Accommodation Office.

Financial implications

If you are in receipt of either the National Scholarship Programme (NSP) or Access to Exeter Bursaries, you will only be eligible to receive each instalment if you are liable for tuition fees for the relevant term.

If you have received a payment which you subsequently become ineligible for, the University will seek repayment.

If you are in receipt of the NSP fee waiver, your eligibility will be adjusted in proportion to your tuition fee liability.

If you are considering interrupting your studies, you must inform your College immediately as you will no longer be eligible to receive the bursary. Any bursary payment received after your last day of attendance will require repayment.

If you are in receipt of a University of Exeter scholarship you may need to repay part of your scholarship award, should you interrupt or withdraw from your studies.

Any possible repayment will be discussed with your college and you will be contacted separately and will be advised of any balance which needs to be returned to the University.

If in receipt of a Research Council funded studentship, the Research Partner will also need to approve the decision.

Please contact SID: (Exeter) or (Cornwall) without delay to make appropriate arrangements to settle your debt to the University of Exeter.

Any instalments due after the date of interruption will not be paid to you. Your Relevant Funding Body (Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland) will reassess your entitlement to support based on the period of actual attendance of the course. If an overpayment has been made your Relevant Funding Body may recover the overpayment from your entitlement.  If you take up studies again the overpayment may be recovered from your future entitlements.

If you have taken out a tuition fee loan through your Relevant Funding Body (Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland) your loan entitlement ceases.  For more information please see the Governments Student Finance information.

If you are liable to make a contribution towards your fees you will be asked to pay a proportion of tuition fees to the University of Exeter. For further details please visit the Student Finance Regulations.  If you are funded by the Student Loans Company, you must advise them of a change of circumstance. Please be aware that interrupting your studies could have an impact on the maximum tuition fee loan that is permitted.

If you are in receipt of a US/Canadian Loan the University of Exeter may be required to return part of your funding.  Please contact SID: (Exeter) or (Cornwall)

IT and Library information

During your interruption you will retain access to your University IT account, including email, E-library and ELE resources for the duration of the interruption unless otherwise specified. This makes it easy for you to maintain contact whilst on interruption.

Tier 4 International students information

If you are a Tier 4 visa holder, please be aware that interrupting from the University may have implications on your immigration status. The University of Exeter is legally obliged to inform UK Visas & Immigration (UKVO) of changes to your studies. Interruptions of longer than two months will require the University to withdraw its Tier 4 sponsorship which will in turn, result in your Tier 4 visa being curtailed. Please speak to the International Support Office.

Students' Guild information

During your period of interruption you remain eligible to join societies and use the Students' Guild services, although you will not be able to vote in any elections.

Important points of contact

Accommodation advice Accommodation Office Tel: +44 (0)300 555 0444
Financial advice Accounts Receivable and Student Funding Team Tel: +44 (0)300 555 0444
General advice (Exeter) Students' Guild Advice Unit Tel: +44 (0)1392 723520
General advice (Cornwall) FXU Advice & Welfare Tel: +44 (0)1326 255861
Immigration Advice International Student Support Office

Tel: +44 (0)300 555 0444

SID (Exeter) SID
University of Exeter Forum
Stocker Road

Tel: +44 (0)300 555 0444
International: +44 (01392 724724

Registry Services (Cornwall) Registry Services
Peter Lanyon Building
Penryn Campus
TR10 9FE
Tel: +44 (0)1326 371800