Campus life at the University of Exeter

When it comes to creating a fun and fulfilling life outside of your studies, you’ll find the perfect environment at the University of Exeter. From clubs and societies to diverse faith groups and extensive sport facilities, the University caters to a wide range of tastes and interests.

The purpose-built INTO Centre is located on the University's Streatham Campus, opposite the Forum. This stunning £48 million centrepiece houses the Student Services Centre, library and technology-rich learning spaces – everything you need for successful studies.

This picturesque campus is one of the most beautiful in the UK. With the city centre only a 15-minute walk away, you'll benefit from the advantages of a campus-based university without missing out on city life.

Exeter’s picturesque Streatham campus, set in parkland, is one of the most beautiful in the UK. More than £350 million has been invested in the campuses and facilities over the last five years, including its iconic centrepiece 'The Forum'. With the city centre only a 10-minute bus ride away, Exeter offers the advantages of a campus-based university without missing out on city life.

On the eastern side of Exeter city centre, St Luke's campus is more than 160 years old and home to the University of Exeter's Medical School, Department of Allied Health Professions, Sport and Health Sciences, and Academy of Nursing. Although it's smaller than the Streatham campus, St Luke's has a vibrant atmosphere among its close-knit student community.

Based by the beautiful beaches of Cornwall, the Penryn campus is known for its student satisfaction. With around 6,000 students, the campus is full of creativity, friendliness and energy. The University has been consistently developing the campus with a recent £12 million extension to the Science and Engineering Research Support Facility, a £30 million investment in the Evironment and Sustainability Institute, and a new Renewable Energy Engineering Facility.

Your orientation programme

In your first week, you’ll take part in an orientation programme to help you settle in and give you all the information you need. We'll help you adjust to life in Exeter by showing you around campus and telling you about the different societies, sports clubs and social activities that you can join to meet other students and make new friends.

Exeter Students' Union

As an INTO student at the University of Exeter, you’ll automatically become a member of the Students’ Guild. Enjoy great facilities run by students on campus, such as:

  • Comida – serves coffee, cake and healthy wraps
  • Lemon Grove – hosts club nights, bands and sporting events
  • Ram Bar – hosts quiz nights, karaoke and shows live sport on six screens
  • Advice Unit – offers help with your accommodation, financial and personal issues

The Students' Guild has more than 200 societies and groups at the University, catering for a wide variety of interests and passions. From anime and international societies to gaming and the Global Chums mentoring scheme, you're sure to find one perfect for you.

Sports and recreation

Named as The Times and The Sunday Times’ Sports University of the Year in 2016, the University of Exeter is famous for its sporting facilities, athletic achievements and sport-related academic programmes.

You’ll find a wide range of amenities here – from pitches and sports courts, to an extensive sports centre and great classes to try. The Athletic Union is home to more than 50 clubs such as archery, canoeing, lacrosse, sailing and volleyball.

At the Sports Park on the Streatham Campus, you’ll find tennis courts, swimming pools, golf practise greens, all-weather astro pitches, squash courts, a double sports hall and amenities for performance training and fitness.

You can also develop your personal fitness through our wellness programme. This provides a range of fun, health activities and workshops to help you make friends and get involved in group events.

A multi-faith community

The University of Exeter’s multi-faith chaplaincy offers a range of amenities for both personal and group worship. The chaplaincy helps people discover and express a variety of beliefs, including Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism. The service is open to anyone, for anything from a quick chat to discussing personal matters in confidence.

The chaplaincy covers both the Streatham and St. Luke’s campuses, and is available to everyone day or night. If you find that your faith is not represented by the University, we'll help direct you to religious groups in the wider community.

The perfect venue for any time of day

The University of Exeter offers a variety of venues for eating and drinking, providing you with the perfect place to catch up with friends or relax between lectures.

From a warming cup of coffee to made-to-order hot meals, freshly prepared sandwiches and light bites, there’s something to suit every taste and budget. You can find more details about the opening times for each venue here.

The Forum Piazza hosts a Farmers’ Market throughout the year, where you can pick up some locally produced items and seasonal vegetables. There are several bars too, should you fancy an evening drink.

Health and safety

The University of Exeter has a dedicated Health and Safety Team to ensure that you are supported and safeguarded during your studies. The Streatham campus, where you'll study your pathway, is close to the historic, vibrant and student-friendly city of Exeter, which was named one of the top 10 safest student cities in England and Wales (The Complete University Guide – 'How Safe is Your City?' 2017).