University of Exeter graduates report that they'll never forget its inspiring, flexible courses, its beautiful and historic surroundings and its inclusive, close-knit community. Home to 23,500 students in more than 30 academic disciplines, its campuses are large enough to offer world-class facilities and small enough to nurture a community based on the pursuit of academic excellence.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


In or close to the countryside


On the coast, near the sea


The university is composed of individual colleges


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site


Located on a green space in, or near to, a city or town centre

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: E84

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 77%
  • Postgraduate 23%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 92%
  • Part Time 8%

Where students come from

  • UK 75%
  • EU 6%
  • Other 19%

Student gender

  • Male 46%
  • Female 54%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • Students have access to six libraries. Five in Exeter – Forum Library, Old Library, Special Collections and the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, plus St Luke's Library – and for the Cornwall campuses there is a library at Penryn Campus and Falmouth Campus.
  • The iExeter app and portal gives students access to their email, calendar, timetable, library record, documents, student record and learning materials. It can also tell students where there's free study space, when bin collection day is, if there's a vacant washing machine in the campus laundries, and which campus eateries are open at any given time.

Student jobs

  • The Career Zone, available at the Streatham and Penryn campuses, helps students find part-time and casual work to gain transferable skills and earn extra money while studying. 
  • The student ambassador scheme employs students at all campuses as ambassadors and open day marshals.

Careers advice

  • The Career Zone, available at the Streatham and Penryn campuses, provides CV or application form reviews and one-to-one appointments with career consultants.
  • Students can get advice on finding work experience, graduate jobs or postgraduate study, as well as guidance for interviews and assessment centres, and career workshops and events.

Health services

  • Students need to register with a general practitioner (GP) while at the university. There is a Student Health Centre on the Streatham Campus and the St Luke’s Campus is served by the Heavitree Health Practice. The Penryn Campus is served by Penryn Surgery which provides a clinic on campus three times a week.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • In Exeter, the Well-being Centre offers counselling, guided self-help services, psychological therapies, support to students with mental health issues and advice on a range of well-being concerns. 
  • In Penryn, confidential counselling is offered by the Student Support Services team and is tailored to students' particular needs and circumstances.

Disability support

  • Through the AccessAbility service the university ensures that students with disabilities are able to participate fully in campus activities. 
  • The university provides advice on funding sources and support, including identifying technical or equipment needs, and offer diagnostic assessments where there may be indications of a specific learning difference such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.

Students' Union

  • The award-winning Students' Guild represents all the diverse students of the University of Exeter, providing opportunities, support, and social spaces. The Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union is the Students' Guild in Penryn, shared with University of Falmouth students.
  • The guild has over 260 affiliated societies, with over 12,000 members between them.
  • Exeter Raise and Give (RAG) raised over £190,000 in 2017–18, donating to local, national and international charities; and over 13,000 hours have been volunteered with Exeter Student Volunteers (ESV).


  • The university's origins stretch back to the foundation of Schools of Art and Science in the 1800s.
  • It was granted full university status by Royal Charter in 1955.
  • The Penryn Campus in Cornwall was established in 2004 and the Medical School opened in 2013.

Fascinating Fact

  • The University of Exeter's Streatham Campus is a registered botanic garden – they even got a crop of edible bananas in 2017.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Nick Baker – broadcaster and naturalist.
  • Jeremy Budd – vice president of IBM Asia Pacific.
  • Steve Bell – political cartoonist.
  • Frank Gardner – BBC Security Correspondent.
  • Rhod Gilbert – comedian.
  • Dennis Gillings – founder of Quintiles, the world’s largest contract research organisation.
  • Claire and Les Halpin – founders of The Halpin Trust.
  • Caroline Lucas – co-leader of the Green Party of England and Wales.
  • JK Rowling – novelist, screenwriter and film producer best known as the author of the Harry Potter series.
  • Thom Yorke – lead singer of Radiohead.


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