The University of Exeter offers an inspiring and collaborative environment in which to pursue a degree. Combining world-class teaching and research in exceptional locations in South West England, the university is home to a supportive community of over 22,500 students across all campuses. Students value the university because it puts them first, helping them to become a graduate with the knowledge, skills and attitude to excel.


In or close to the centre of a town


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

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Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: E84

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 79%
  • Postgraduate 21%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 93%
  • Part Time 7%

Where students come from

  • UK 75%
  • EU 6%
  • Other 19%

Student gender

  • Male 46%
  • Female 54%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities


  • Students have access to six libraries: four at the Streatham campus – Forum Library, Old Library, Special Collections and Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, and St Luke's Library – and for the Cornwall campuses,  a library at Penryn Campus and Falmouth Campus.

Student jobs

  • The Career Zone, available at the Streatham and Penryn campuses, can help students find part-time and casual work opportunities that help them gain transferable skills and earn extra money while studying.

Careers advice

  • The Career Zone, available at the Streatham and Penryn campuses, helps with information on graduate jobs, term time work, project placements with local companies, skills training, and volunteering.

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 services

  • 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 will be tailored based on 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 can provide 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. FXU is the Students' Guild in Penryn, shared with University of Falmouth students.
  • The guild has over 240 affiliated societies, with over 10,000 members between them.
  • Exeter Raise and Give (RAG) raised over £256,000 in 2016–17, 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 University of Exeter 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 bananas in 2017.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Nick Baker – broadcaster and naturalist.
  • Jeremy Budd – Vice President, IBM Asia Pacific.
  • Steve Bell – English 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 Green party of England and Wales.
  • JK Rowling – British 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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