Our commitment to your university experience
Choosing to study at university is a big decision
We understand that you may feel both excited and nervous about starting university in September. You might be worried about making new friends, or what the teaching experience will be like.
Whilst we can’t make any promises about what the future will bring, we do know that we are absolutely committed to giving you the best university experience we can.
Your health and wellbeing are our priority, and we have been praised by both the local authority and Public Health England on our approach to the pandemic and dedication to the safety of our students and the local community.
We think that coming to university should be inspiring and fun, and we can’t wait to welcome you to our friendly, inclusive and supportive community this autumn and into 2023.
We’ll keep updating this page, and our FAQs, to make sure you have the most up to date information at all times.
We support all our students, irrespective of background, in helping them succeed and realise their extraordinary ambitions.
We know that the last two years have been tough, and you may not have had as much face-to-face teaching as you usually would, so we’ll try to make your move to university as easy as possible.
We’ll support you whatever way we can, and help you get to grips with higher education, and potentially new ways of learning. This might include using new technologies supported by our Digital Hub.
We’ve learned so much over the last year. Like you, we do not yet fully know what the remainder of 2022 and beyond will bring, but we’re committed to doing everything we can to continue to maintain our excellent teaching and research.
We’re committed to our teaching and supporting you getting your world class degree.
The community feeling at Penryn helped to foster the attentive academic and career advice I received during my three years and I certainly left the university a more rounded individual than when I arrived because of it.
Joshua Peters, UK
BA Politics and International Relations
Your campus experience
We’re lucky to have three of the most beautiful and green campuses in the UK, providing plenty of areas to socialise with friends and enjoy green landscapes and outside space.
We have been committed to making our campuses some of the safest places in the UK, reacting quickly to changing government guidelines and alert levels.
We have worked incredibly hard together to control the transmission of COVID-19 within our University and local community, and put in place safety measures across our campuses and buildings.
We introduced testing for students and staff returning to campus, added sanitiser stations and enhanced cleaning in all our buildings and accommodation. We’ve also held regular vaccination clinics across our campuses for all our staff and students.
When you arrive at one of our campuses this autumn, we’ll make sure that whatever the situation, you are welcomed and looked after.
The mature student provision has been amazing, signposting me to services like AccessAbility which has been really helpful. Things like getting my timetable early so I can plan childcare helps level the playing field.
Every lecturer I’ve spoken to has been crazily happy to help. My tutors have read my Individual Learning Plan, so they don’t mind 1-to-1 communication, and understand that it’s better for me to talk things through than to email.”
Hazel Banks, UK
BSc Medical Science at St Luke’s Campus, Exeter
Your student experience
We know that being a student at the University of Exeter is about more than your academic studies and we work closely the Students’ Guild in Exeter and the Students' Union in Cornwall to make sure your experience is great fun, exciting and you can make new friends for life.
Whether you’re based at our Penryn, St Luke’s or Streatham Campus, we’re committed to making your student experience the best it can be. With bars, pubs, clubs, theatres and music venues, our campuses offer plenty to keep you entertained. You’ll also find world class sports facilities for beginners and athletes alike.
Plus, with over 400 sports clubs and societies across our three campuses that you could be a part of, there really is something for everyone. Our student societies have been amazing at adapting to the changing situation, supporting each other’s wellbeing in a way that we couldn’t have anticipated.
Choose to study in the buzzing city of Exeter, with its cultural sights, quirky quayside and great collection of high street and independent shops, bars and restaurants.
Or choose Penryn in Cornwall, set in a beautiful location next to the quintessential English waterside town of Falmouth, with its International Sea Shanty festival and much more!
There are plenty of opportunities to make the most of your time here and we can’t wait to welcome you to our fun, inclusive and active community.
One of my favourite things about student life at Exeter is the sports facilities. Last year, I joined the basketball club and found it a really good way to have fun, relax and make friends. I also love the gym and sports facilities as they are really well equipped.
I’m also part of the Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Services Society which is a great way to make friends and get to know people.
Hao Tam (Zachary), Hong Kong
BSc Economics and Finance at Streatham Campus, Exeter
At the University of Exeter, we believe that all students should have equal and fair access to Higher Education and we pride ourselves on the diversity of our community.
We recognise that studying at university isn’t straightforward for everyone. We are committed to supporting students from all backgrounds and supporting our LGBTQ+ community to build an inclusive learning environment.
We welcome students from over 150 countries around the globe, from all walks of life, and celebrate all people and cultures.
We ensure our facilities support equality and diversity across all our campuses and with multi-faith chaplaincies and quiet spaces on offer, you will have time to rest and reset.
Our beautiful campuses are full of art and history, from museums and sculpture trails on our Exeter campuses to the Academy of Music and Theatre Arts at Penryn.
From volunteering societies to our academic research, we are passionate about supporting our local community and the world around us.
We’ve been at the heart of the COVID-19 response through our research expertise, working closely with the NHS, police, councils and other regional bodies to tackle the virus and support economic recovery.
Our research into COVID-19 has covered everything from analysis of clinical data to aid treatments, to understanding the economic and social impacts of the pandemic around the world.
When you join our community, you’ll be joining one that is passionate about making positive change to the world around us.
The University is showing some great steps in the right direction towards providing a better mental health and wellbeing provision.
Sophie Pollard, UK
BA English at Streatham Campus, Exeter
The COVID-19 pandemic has created enormous change to all our lives.
Your health, safety and wellbeing is important and now, more than ever, you need to take care of yourself and look after your mental health.
We have a wide range of wellbeing services and resources which are available in a safe and accessible way, including mental health support.
We have dedicated welfare support which is available to all our students 24/7, which means you have support available around the clock, should you need it.
The University has also created the ‘Success for all’ fund, helping students who may be experiencing financial challenges which are affecting their ability to study.
We will continue to work together as the University of Exeter community and continue to support one another with kindness and respect.
I think it’s really important as when you come to do the work as a job later on, there are no surprises as you’ve already done it in your masters. This makes the course really employability focused and helps you stand out against other graduates as you’ve worked so closely with the industry and done a course that isn’t offered anywhere else.
I love how what you do during your Masters truly prepares you for what you’d be doing day-to-day as an exploration geologist.
Sam Vaughan, UK
MSc Exploration Geology at Penryn Campus, Cornwall