What is our university like?

Find out about our campus atmosphere, locations and general environment.


Our university has 3 campuses:  Streatham and St. Luke’s in Exeter, and Penryn near Falmouth in Cornwall (find out more about support and studying at Penryn here).  Our university has around 30,000 students from a wide variety of different backgrounds and cultures, and we employ approximately 6,500 staff. This means that campus can be very busy at times.

You can see our campus maps here.

Each course the university runs has its own webpage, and you can find lots of information about what to expect and pictures of some of your teaching spaces there:  Undergraduate courses and Postgraduate courses

The campus offers a library, sports park, research facilities, gardens, theatre, multi-faith chaplaincy and a range of student services, which are mainly housed in the Forum. Eating places include the Forum Kitchen and iSCA Eats.  There is on-campus accommodation in a range of purpose-built blocks with catered and self-catered options.






How could this affect me?

The campus is bigger than you might be used to at School or College and getting lost is common for new students and when timetables change. Becoming familiar with key buildings and locations may help you to prepare.

Have a look at this Toolkit’s “Location” section to find out more about our key buildings and locations:  From one building to another building

What to do next?

Explore our campus maps, videos, virtual tours and images

Practical tips

There are lots of quiet places to study, find peace and relax in.    Here are some of the spaces you might like to try out.

The Laura Piper group study room
The fountain in Reed Hall gardens
Some rest pods are available in the Neil Cross room in the Forum Library
The Exehale room in Devonshire House
The Exehale room in Devonshire House
Reed Hall gardens

Additional information and links

Hear University of Exeter’s Kelly Preece (R, D and the In-betweens) talking to Dr. Jane May Morrison and Dr. Edward Mills about being a neurodivergent PGR in honour of Neurodiversity Celebration Week 2022  Being a neurodivergent PGR (podbean.com)