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The University of Exeter, in the south west of the UK, is one of the top universities in the world. Our two locations in Exeter and Cornwall offer beautiful campuses in vibrant communities, and are ideal environments in which to study and live.

We received our Royal Charter in 1955, although our predecessor institutions, the Royal Albert Memorial College and the University College of the South West of England, were established in 1900 and 1922 respectively.

Why Exeter?

Here are just a few reasons to choose the University of Exeter:

  • TEF Gold award for teaching excellence - Consistently delivering outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students
  • Research excellence - 98% of our research rated as world leading or internationally recognised
  • Top 200 of universities worldwide
  • Graduate employability - 95% of graduates in employment or further study six months after graduation (DHLE Survey 2015/16)
  • Member of the prestigious Russell Group of research intensive universities
  • Sporting success - 5th in the 2016-2017 British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) championship.
  • International reputation - rated 1st for International Student Choice (What Uni Student Choice Awards 2017)
  • Support for students - our support staff are on hand to support you throughout your degree, from our Wellbeing and Disability Services, to support for care leavers, mature and estranged students
  • Beautiful campuses - the University of Exeter has won Green Flag Awards for its picturesque and eco-friendly campuses
  • A perfect location - choose from a vibrant city centre location (Exeter) or the quirky seaside community of Penryn, near Falmouth (Cornwall), both with coast and countryside on the doorstep, offering an abundance of outdoor activities.

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"University allows you to see how large the world is"

"At university there is so much freedom, and through this freedom I have learned to be a lot more driven. I have taken every opportunity I can to enjoy my time as well as develop as a person. For example, in my hometown there was nowhere to play American football. Then I came to university and an American football club was right on my doorstep.

"I would personally say weigh-up your options and ask yourself a few questions. What would you be doing if you didn’t go to university? University allows you to see how large the world is, through the people you come in to contact with and the opportunities presented to you. If you’re passionate about a subject, I totally recommend Exeter, it will be some of the best years of your life!"

Kumater from Walsall, studying Natural Sciences

"It felt like home from my first visit."

"I had been to similar days at other universities and experienced the sell you receive (Russell Group, leading researchers, etc), but Exeter seemed different. While it does boast those things, they weren’t what made me fall in love with it. The fantastic setting, with its beautiful and historic surroundings mixed with the exciting new buildings, made Exeter stand out. Another thing was how welcoming everyone was, which made me feel like I would be accepted here. The sports offering was also important, especially the relaxed intramural leagues which allow groups of friends or society members to take time to destress from studying. I can say without a doubt that I do not regret choosing Exeter. I have had the best years of my life here, and the opportunities will allow me to succeed beyond university in my chosen career."

Jason from Wales, studying Law

"I feel like when I leave I'll be ready for the world."

"I'd definitely recommend studying at Exeter. Not only is the South-West a beautiful place to live, but Exeter is also such a comfortable learning environment with great spaces like ‘The Loft’. I find it really easy to talk to my lecturers about the course content and things that interest me, and the University is constantly improving facilities to supplement our learning.

"When people say that university was the best time of their life, they're not exaggerating. It's a place where you can develop your interests (or even find new ones) and build long lasting friendships, while working towards your ultimate goal of getting a degree. There is so much support available to aid your studies and future career as well as your general wellbeing. I feel like, when I leave, I will be well-rounded and ready for what the world has to throw at me."

Rianna from Warrington, studying Materials Engineering

"Exeter has truly helped me gain confidence."

"One of the reasons I chose Exeter was its campus. The thought of studying with all the facilities together was far more appealing to me than a university with buildings spread throughout a city. The Law School is also highly recognised, and there are a huge number of extra-curricular activities. I’ve become a very active student; last year I was appointed as the Senior Law Representative, while also taking up the responsibilities of a Residence Life Mentor and a Pathways to Law Mentor. Since arriving I have undertaken several work experiences in law firms, all facilitated by the University. I am also Vice President for both the Islamic and Pakistani Societies, giving me the chance to develop leadership skills, fantastic for employability. Exeter has truly helped me gain confidence and provides a huge range of opportunities that I’m always grabbing. I love Exeter and would never regret choosing it."

Iqra from London, studying LLB Law

"Exeter has allowed me to push myself to my limits."

"Since starting university, the biggest change that I have seen in myself is confidence, because Exeter has allowed me to push myself to my limits. Leaving home is daunting, but I found that the best way to overcome homesickness and nervousness is to completely immerse myself in university life, and it helps knowing that support is always available. I would encourage anyone who has the opportunity to go to university to do it; I have loved my time here so far, and I have had opportunities that I doubt I could have found anywhere else!"

Ayesha from Reading, studying Natural Sciences

"Coming to Penryn I immediately fell in love with the unique surroundings."

"The course seemed different from any kind of history degree I’d come across so far, and the Public History module was a big factor in my coming here. If you’re looking for a more avant-garde course, ranging from environmental history to social and public history, this is the place to be. The modules are intellectually stimulating, and the lecturers are passionate as well as knowledgeable about their subjects. One of my favourite aspects of studying at Penryn has been the local, cosy atmosphere, the ‘we’re-all-in-the-same-boat’ feeling that makes for great camaraderie among students. Falmouth and Penryn are lovely towns, and sharing a campus with Falmouth University provides a great blend between academic and creative ideas, views and people. "

Tomas from Made, the Netherlands, studying History at Penryn.

"At times it was challenging, but it was definitely worthwhile."

"Before my degree, I completed a foundation certificate with INTO Exeter and saw the University rise in the rankings. I grew accustomed to the beautiful campus and could not imagine starting over at a new university. For my year abroad I chose Toulouse Business School, and focussed on the business aspect of my degree by studying courses not provided by Exeter. This gave me the opportunity to complement my soft skills and broaden my knowledge of the business environment. The best thing about studying abroad was experiencing new cultures. At times it was challenging, but it was definitely worthwhile. Studying abroad expands your thinking patterns; a typical class in Toulouse resembles a UN panel because of the sheer diversity. It was a rare opportunity to gain insight into numerous cultures and challenge preconceptions."

Naomi from Nigeria, studying Business Economics

"Outside academia there’s so much to get involved with."

"From volunteering, to societies and sports, there are extra-curricular opportunities for everyone. This has given me the chance to meet and become friends with some incredible people. Exeter has a close-knit student community, with both campuses close to the city centre, so you’ll often see someone you know whether you’re working in the library or going shopping. Together, these things lend themselves to the friendly atmosphere of both the University and the city, and have made me fall in love with the whole experience."

Warren from Gloucestershire, studying Psychology

"One of the hardest, yet best, decisions I have ever made."

"I missed getting into Exeter by one grade. I did not want to settle for second best, so I turned down my insurance choice at another top 10 university to take a year out and resit one A level. This was a big risk and a lot of people told me I was crazy. One year later I got my A and secured my place at Exeter! It was one of the hardest, yet best, decisions I have ever made; Exeter has been amazing so far. The support you receive from staff is immense, they’re constantly looking at ways they can improve to accommodate their students better. I’m really looking forward to spending the next few years of my life here and making more unforgettable memories whilst gaining a top-class education and degree."

Cheyenne from Wales, studying Sport and Exercise Sciences

"Leaving your home country is a difficult decision, but for me it was really worth it."

"I didn’t come to any open days because I had my exams, so I first saw the campus when I moved in. I remember the moment the taxi drove up to the campus and I could see how gorgeous it actually looked. Since it was my first time here, I was relieved to find so many student ambassadors and staff to help me at every step. I can’t put in a paragraph how much support is provided, how many opportunities we get and how helpful places like the Compass are, somewhere where you can go with any problem at all. They helped me a lot during my first few weeks, with questions like ‘how do I open a bank account?’ It’s good to know that you have a place to go with questions."

Diba from Frankfurt am Main, studying Zoology

"I never thought I'd make a map of the Milky Way"

"The ethos cultivated by Exeter University was what ultimately won me over to come here. The department clearly not only cared about the college, but about the students as individuals.

The course is undoubtedly challenging and would be a whole lot harder if we didn’t have the resources we had and the support of our personal tutors. However, the course is also rewarding; I never thought I would write my (admittedly, crude) computer game or made a map of the Milky Way. As someone who just loves physics these are things I’ll be proud of and remember, when I graduate from here."

Leo from Kingston, studying Physics

"University is much much more than just a qualification"

"The best thing about studying here are the opportunities to try new things: student societies; launching campaigns and initiatives within your college; or just simply collaborating with students from other disciplines and backgrounds.

University is much, much more than just a qualification. By the end of your brief stay, you will have uncovered where your talents, passion, and abilities lie, whilst gaining life skills, confidence, and frienship that will stand the test of time. "

Doug from London, studying Engineering


Outstanding results in the Research Excellence Framework 20141

Top 200 of universities worldwide2

95% of graduates in employment or further study six months after graduation3

A member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities

Rated gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

1Research Excellence Framework 2014
2THE World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings
3HESA 2014/15