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Before you arrive

Before you arrive

Before you arrive

There are certain things you need to do before you come to university to make sure everything runs smoothly. Some are essential, some advisable and some just for international students.

All students

Essential tasks

We will send you several important emails to help you prepare for university. Please check your email account regularly and make sure to check your junk folder if you can’t find them. Here are some of the emails you will receive and when to look for them:

  • ‘Preparing for university’ emails (July-September) – three emails that guide you through everything you need to do before you get here.
  • 'Welcome to the University of Exeter. Important Next Steps' (22nd Aug to 5th Sept)- this will contain your student number, information on how to activate your IT account and registration information.
  • 'Your Academic Induction' (September).

Your UniCard is your University ID card and gives you access to the library, NUS discount, printing, electronic resources, buildings on campus and lots more.

You can apply for your UniCard once your place at Exeter is confirmed and you have received your official welcome email with the subject line: “Welcome to the University of Exeter: Important Next Steps.” 

You should submit your UniCard application as soon as possible after receiving your Welcome Email.

The final deadline for photo submissions in order for cards to be ready for collection in Fresher’s week is Sunday 11th September for Exeter campuses.

You will find details of how to activate your IT account in your welcome email: Welcome to the University of Exeter: Important Next Steps.

You need to do this before you can complete online registration. You will be allocated a student username, password and university email address, and will be able to access iExeter, our student portal. 

You will need to register at the start of every academic year that you study here. University registration is the process by which you agree to the University’s current regulations. Visit the Student Registration web page for further information.

You will receive information on how to register in your Welcome to the University of Exeter: Important Next Steps email. 

To register:

  • Make sure you have activated your IT account
  • Log in to the Student Record System using your short username and password
  • If you have been cleared to register you will see a red box titled 'Welcome to online registration'. Click on 'Register Now', then follow the instructions on screen.

International students

If you area a non-UK national and have not been cleared to register you will not be able to complete online registration until you have attended International Student Clearance (more information on how to do this will be in your Welcome email).

You can pay your fees at any time by visiting our ‘Make a payment’ webpage. All payments are online via Debit/Credit Card or International Bank Transfer. You can also check your recent transactions and balance via your online statement.

Postgraduate taught students (i.e. MSc, MA or MBA) must pay their tuition fee deposit in order to confirm that they would like to accept their place at Exeter. If this applies to you, information on how to pay will be in your offer email. 

Please visit our Student Finance pages for payment deadlines and further student financial information

iExeter is a free app that provides all students with personalised information and services to help you make the most of your life and studies at the University of Exeter. You can download the app for free from iTunes App Store or Google Play. There is also a web version of the app which works on any internet-enabled device.

We will be sending you information about your pre arrival Academic Induction in your Academic Welcome email in September. This online course will help you learn more about your new university, your course, connect to your classmates and help with your transition to university.

Advisable tasks

The University has a range of accommodation available - please visit the Accommodation site for details.

What to bring with you

Deciding what to pack for university can be hard, especially if you have limited luggage space. If you are living in university accommodation, check the accommodation websites (links above) to see what is included in your room or flat, and download a moving in checklist below.

For students from outside of the UK, we have some helpful suggestions in the International Students Guide.

And remember, you'll be able to buy anything you've forgotten locally or online.

Exeter accommodation

In Exeter all bedrooms in our residences have access to Glide Student internet. The Glide Student service offers both wired* and wireless connectivity, allowing for the use of devices including desk-tops, notebooks, games consoles, tablets and smart phones running various operating systems.

*Please note: There is wireless only provision in two of our stand alone houses: Lafrowda Cottage and Garden Hill House. 

In addition to the Internet access in the bedrooms, many communal and some external areas are also provided with WiFi coverage.

Glide Student operates a Support Desk that can be contacted 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Support Desk can be contacted by Twitter, telephone, email, ‘Live Chat’ (Instant Messaging) or SMS or you can also download the support app 'Glide Support' via the Apple store or through Google Play. Here is a User Guide with instructions on how to connect and you will also receive them in a printed format upon your arrival. 

Penryn accommodation

Penryn students in Glasney Village use ResNet; you will have a basic broadband package included in your accommodation fees and will be able to log onto ResNet with your student ID and password.

Students living in the Sidings in Penryn have a slightly different internet offering managed through CRM Students.

While you are a student we strongly recommend you register with a doctors' (GP) surgery near your accommodation. This will provide you with your unique NHS number. You are still able to see your home GP surgery as a temporary patient outside term time but we recommend your main surgery is at University.

Exeter-based students

If you are based on the Streatham campus you should register with the Student Health Centre online before you get here. Additional information on the services can be found on the Health Centre homepage.

If you will be studying at St Luke's or living at Rowancroft, we recommend you register with The Heavitree Practice

The Student Health Centre recommends Expert Self Care, a free app providing health advice for students, available for Android and Apple devices. For more information visit the website or search for 'Expert Self-Care - Student' in app stores.

Penryn-based students

The Penryn Surgery is available for students five days a week during term time and we strongly recommend you register with them once you know your term-time address. There is an on-campus provision, but the GP's often consult with students either by phone or in person from the main surgery in Penryn.  

If you will be living in Falmouth, The Compass team will have details about other local doctor surgeries in Falmouth.


Wherever possible, it is recommended that all students under the age of 25 receive the Meningitis ACWY vaccine before coming to university and you should also ensure you have had two doses of the Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination before you join us. If you have not received these, or are unsure, we suggest discussing this with your doctor. International students should discuss with their doctor in their home country what vaccinations are recommended for living in the UK.

Before you start university, it's important to consider the advice, information and support available to you if you experience any of the following:

  • Specific learning difficulty
  • Mental Health difficulty for at least a year
  • Physical disability
  • A long-term medical condition

In some instances it is essential that we make arrangements for elements of your support before you arrive, for example if you require specific support and equipment to be in place when you start, or if you need adjustments to your accommodation or exams.

Exeter-based students

If you are based at our Exeter campuses, please visit our advice and support pages and complete the prospective student form if you think you will require support.

Penryn-based students

If you are based at our Penryn campus, please visit the Accessibility information webpages .

You can contact the Student Services at any point during your studies. View further details and contact information on the Health and welbeing pages

Exeter-based students

At our Exeter campuses the Student Information Desk (SID) team are your first point of contact for non-academic support including accommodation, fees and funding, graduation, international student support, letters and transcripts and certificates.  Once you have activated your Exeter IT account you should contact SID by logging enquiries directly in the SID Online portal or via the Help and Support Tab in iExeter. A full guide to logging enquiries including a handy video can be found here. 

Visit the Support and services pages to find out about support available to you at university. You might like to watch our 'introducing support' videos too. 

Cornwall-based students

In Cornwall, The Compass Helpdesk is your first point of contact for enquiries about any aspect of student life, whether you have a quick query or require specialist support. Call in at The Compass Helpdesk, level 1 of Penryn Library, Exchange Building, phone 01326 370460 or visit
For queries related to your academic programme of study, contact Penryn Info Point

Peter Lanyon Building, Penryn, 01326 371800 or email

Visit the Support and services pages to find out about support available to you at university.

We actively discourage students from bringing cars to our campuses, or the surrounding residential areas. 

Exeter-based students

Finding parking spaces around our Exeter campuses is a particular challenge and large sections of the city operate a residents’ parking zone scheme. We strongly advise you not to bring a car.

Visit our Car Parking web pages
Also see: Full parking regulations
Advice is available from the Main Reception on 01392 72 5678.

Cornwall-based students

All visitors to the Penryn Campus are encouraged to use alternative methods of transport and avoid driving wherever possible. Please see the Travel and Transport page for information about car parking, permit application and other methods of travel at the Penryn Campus.

Our Maps and Directions section includes a Truro Campus directions page with car parking information and other methods of travel at the Truro Campus.

For parking queries at Penryn Campus, please email


We know you may be feeling anxious about the rising cost of living, and managing your money at University. We have lots of information and advice to help you manage your finances, and we have support available if you’re struggling.

Visit our Cost of Living advice pages.

These pages will be updated regularly with practical help and opportunities where we can help lessen the impact of rising costs on our students.

International students

Our International Student Support team are dedicated to helping you adjust to life in the UK and offer advice on immigration, transition and pastoral issues. 

Additional tasks for international students

As well as the tasks listed above, most international students will also need to complete additional tasks:

Studying in another country is exciting but can also be challenging, so it is sensible to prepare for studying and living in a new culture. See our dedicated webpages and International Student Guide to help you prepare and plan for your study abroad experience.

If you are a non-UK national you will need some kind of permission to stay and study in the UK. Most students will need to apply for a Student visa, while some will be eligible for a Visitor visa and some students will already have permission under a different route. See our dedicated immigration pages for details. 

Unless you are a permanent resident in the UK, you must have healthcare cover in place whilst living in the UK.

For students studying on a Student visa, including EEA and Swiss nationals,  this will be the Immigration Health Surcharge which is paid during the visa application process. For further information click here

EEA and Swiss students may also be covered with a valid EHIC. This is a complex area of legislation so we would recommend you read detailed information about your particular situation on our EU Healthcare page.

Check if it is a condition of your visa to undergo tuberculosis (TB) screening, which is mandatory in some countries.

You cannot open a UK bank account until you are in the UK and have registered on a programme of full-time study. We suggest you bring a small amount of cash and a cash credit card/digital bank account with you to buy food and other essential items while you wait as many retailers are currently not taking cash. We would strongly suggest you bring an international credit card to use whilst you open a bank account. Find out more about opening a UK bank account.

The University of Exeter is a cashless campus therefore you will need to ensure you have the facility to purchase items on and off campus until you are able to open a bank account, see our advice on bank accounts here. We recommend obtaining a pre-paid travel card prior to your travel, the Caxton Currency card is a favoured option and available to set-up online. 

Alternatively you may wish to open a digital bank, Starling Digital Banking being a recommended option, also available to set-up online. 

We can help you improve your English language skills to get the best out of your studies. Find out more here.

Apply for a Global Chum mentor to help you settle into your new environment. 

When you have firmly accepted your offer to study at the University of Exeter you can start to research your travel options. 

We run our Airport Collection Service from Heathrow over several days in September. Details of the services and how to book will be available in early July.

If our scheduled coaches do not meet your arrival time you will find information on how to travel to campus from major airports on our planning your travel to University web page

We do encourage you to think about travelling to Bristol or Exeter Airports as transfer times to the University are significantly shorter and travel through customs easier. Detailed information about travelling to our campuses can be found here.