Freshers Week 2021


Frequently Asked Questions

We know you might have a few questions about things when you start uni, so we’ve put together a list of the most common ones below.

No question is too small, so get in touch with us if there’s something we haven’t covered here! We’ll be happy to help.

What is happening this year?

We are planning a whole host of in-person and digital events for you, kicking off with the Welcome Festival from 10 September. Make sure you check our full schedule of events in the run up to Freshers’ Week!

Our plans adhere to current Government and University of Exeter guidelines; however these are subject to change. We’ll notify you of any changes here 

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Can I join societies before I arrive in Exeter?

Yes! Once you’ve registered and got your University of Exeter e-mail address and username, you can create an account on our website. Here you can join all our societies online, take a look at their dedicated web pages, and you’ll be able to purchase as many memberships as you like! For sport, head to 

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I’m feeling anxious about campus, or events being crowded, is there a quieter space for me?

We have Exehale in Devonshire House, a quiet space where you can take some time for yourself if you need it. We’ve got a great mix of events for all students, so we’re certain you can find something you’ll enjoy!

If you’re feeling in need of a break, why not head away from the centre of campus and explore some of the quieter green spaces? Reed Hall gardens and ponds are a great place to get some fresh air and even spot some of the campus wildlife. Alternatively, you have the Quad at St Luke's which features seasonal floral scenes , shrubberies and plenty of greenery to unwind.

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How do I meet people?

One of the best ways to make friends is to join your academic society, and any others which you like the sound of! Freshers’ week is a great chance to try something new and meet new people whilst you are doing it.

If you’re moving into halls, leave your door open, or go and introduce yourself to your new flatmates!

Join our Facebook group to get chatting to people before you arrive at Exeter.

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When can I join a society?

You will be able to join a society using your University account once your data has been shared with the Guild. We should begin receiving undergraduate data from the 2 September 2021. 

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Where are the events?

In-person events will be taking place across our Streatham and St Luke’s campuses, and we’ll also be hosting some trips in the city and surrounding areas. Not sure where you’re going? Look out for our Welcome Team volunteers who can point you in the right direction!

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I’m not going to be on campus in September, can I still get involved?

Of course you can! We’ll be hosting a whole range of digital events as well as Q&As and Instagram takeovers by our Welcome Team volunteers, where you can ask any questions you’ve got about Exeter.

We’ll also be hosting some online meet and greet sessions where you can chat to others and make new friends, so you’ll definitely be a part of our Exeter community.


I’ve just got my place at Exeter – what happens next?

Congratulations on getting your place! In terms of next steps, this is what will happen over the next few weeks:

19 August onwards - Accommodation allocations will be sent

31 August onwards - Welcome emails sent

2 September - UG online registration opens. You’ll need to register to receive your University of Exeter email

6 September - Academic Induction email sent


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