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Student life

Student life

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:

Exeter-based students

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

Penryn-based students

Check out the list of societies and groups available on campus, see what Falmouth & Exeter Students' Union have planned in the 'What's On' section across campus.

Volunteering is a great way to boost your CV, develop skills, gain experience, make contacts and give something back to the community. Don't forget that most voluntary work counts towards the Exeter Award.

  • Have you considered getting involved in the events on your campus?
  • See what other volunteering opportunities are available through the Students' Guild and The Students' Union.

If you have a visa please check whether volunteering is permitted by emailing 

Applying for Grand Challenges or the Professional Pathways scheme , both of which run at the start of summer, is a great way to develop expertise in a specific area.

You may be interested in finding part-time work alongside your studies, as long as your visa allows it.  You can read our tips on working in the UK for International Students online and look into our CareerZone service for live vacancies.  If you find part-time or casual work at the University, you will need to register via eClaims.

Join a community group – for example The Global Centre in Exeter or Café Polyglot Language Cafe in Falmouth

Events on campus

We host a number of cultural events across our campuses, often open to local residents too.

Events in Exeter

The University, in collaboration with Student's Guild societies, supports a number of cultural events on campus throughout the year. We support groups of students who wish to celebrate national, cultural or religious events across campus.  In previous years we have helped students to celebrate Diwali, Thanksgiving, and Chinese New Year.  All events are open to students and staff, and some events are open to the public where noted.

Events will be added throughout the year and publicised through Your International News and News In Brief.

For your diary:
Lunar New Year 2022, Tuesday 2 February 2022
Diwali Campus celebrations, Sunday 14 November 2021

Events in Cornwall

There is plenty organised on campus, so we advise you check out the FXPlus 'What's On' calendar to see all events organised across campus. Below you can see our regular events targeted specifically at our international student population. Our events will also be publicised through the monthly term-time 'Your International News' newsletter, sent to all non-UK domiciled students, so check your inbox for the latest!

Intercultural Cafe - twice month during term time: Come and be a part of our Intercultural Cafe to meet new people, celebrate our different cultures and approaches. Join us on the second and fourth Friday of the month during term from 4pm-5pm for a free hot drink and cake. Each week will be on a different theme. You can see a list of what's planned this term here.

International Student Orientation - September & January: We host a wide ranging orientation programme for our new arrivals in our key arrivals period of September and January. You can see what's planned here, and all events are open to both new and returning students.

International Student Day - November: We celebrate our diverse international student population on campus with an event designed to help international students meet each other and share aspects of their culture with students from around the world. You can find out more here.

Christmas in Cornwall - December: If you are staying on campus over the festive period, we provide a wide range of activities for you to enjoy. You can find out more here.

International Mother Language Day - February: Celebrating the diverse range of languages present in our student population. Take part in our Flipgrid competition here, or join in our social event (details to be published very soon!)

International Summer Picnic - May: Welcome in the summer holidays with a final chance to catch up before you go off on your travels home or across Europe. Free food, free drinks and free garden games! Bring a picnic blanket to sit on. Friday 20th May 2022, 4-6pm AMATA Lawns. Be sure to pre-book your space here [Link to follow very soon!]

Can't see the event you want? 

Contact if you’d like support with planning and celebrating an event; we are happy to support groups of students who wish to celebrate national, cultural or religious events across campus. In previous years we have helped students to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival, Diwali, Chinese New Year & Norwegian Constitution Day.