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Study Abroad programmes

Student life

Studying is just part of your university experience. There are a number of ways to make the most of your time in the UK, meet local people and get to know your new home:

  • Orientation programmes at the start of each semester help you to get to know the campus, the local area and other students
  • Our Global Chums mentoring scheme helps new students settle in
  • Dedicated personal tutor to support you throughout your time at Exeter
  • With over 300 societies and 50 sports clubs there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in university life
  • Our student unions are led by students for students. Get involved in fundraising, volunteering and award-winning student media
  • Credit and non-credit bearing English language support workshops and courses
  • Our campuses offer a safe environment with 24 hour campus security


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Located in south west of England.

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Beautiful, green and safe campuses with fantastic facilities.

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4th in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) table 2022-23

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Over 350 clubs and societies, from Harry Potter to football, surfing, drama and dance


There are over 300 societies in Exeter and an additional 150 on our Penryn campus! Whatever your hobbies there will be a society that suits you, whether its debating, politics, baking, hummus or quidditch - there is a society for everything!

Societies are the best way to meet other like-minded students and get involved with student life. They will usually run a number of events each week, some societies will also hold a large Ball or formal dinner at the end of term.

There are joining fees to become society members, for one semester students this is sometimes discounted so you do not pay the whole year price. Some societies will also offer "stash" - clothes and accessories with the societies' branding for you to buy.

You can view a list of all societies below. We also recommend you look at society Facebook and Instagram pages which often have more useful information about them and their events.

Exeter-based students

Check out the list of societies and groups and sports clubs available on campus, see what the Students' Guild have planned on the 'What's On' section across the campuses.

Penryn-based students

Check out the list of societies, sports and groups available on campus, see what the Falmouth & Exeter Students' Unions have planned in the Events section.


Streatham and St Luke's Campuses, Exeter

The University of Exeter excels at sport and has great sporting facilities.  Our teams compete for national titles in the BUCs Championships (British Universities and Colleges Sports) – we are particularly strong in cricket, golf, hockey, lacrosse, rowing, rugby union, sailing, surfing, tennis and windsurfing. Exeter has 52 sports clubs, and students at any level of the sport can join.  It's a great opportunity to try something new.

The Sports Park includes a fitness centre with a 200-station gym and offers a range of fitness classes including Body Pump, Yoga and Zumba.  There are different memberships you can sign up for.  For more information take a look at the Exeter Sport Website.

Penryn Campus

The facilities at our Penryn campus include a recently renovated 90 station gym, outdoor flood lit pitches and a large, versatile fitness studio which is used for a variety of fitness classes. You can read more about the facilities and available membership options here.

Cost of living

It is estimated that a single student living in Exeter or Cornwall will need a minimum of £1023 a month to meet basic living expenses such as accommodation, food, books and equipment and other necessities. This figure is given as a guide only. The amount you actually spend will depend on your personal life style.

Academic Calendar

You can access the academic calendar here. To see the important dates before your arrival (application and accommodation deadlines included) please look at our Application Timeline

You will see references to 'terms' on the University website.  Our holidays are organised around three terms, but teaching and assessment run over two semesters.

2023/24 Semester 1

Suggested arrival 16-17 September 2023
Orientation & Freshers week 18-24 September 2023
Classes 25 September - 15 December 2023
Examinations 8 - 13 January 2024


2023/24 Semester 2

Suggested arrival 14 January 2024
Orientation 15 January 2024*
Classes 15 January - 29 March 2024 
Examinations 29 April - (TBC) May 2024
Academic year ends 14 June 2024

*Pre-Orientation available to early arrivals on 12 January 2024