Freshers Week 2021

15 Things to Tick Off Your Exeter University Bucket List

If you’ve just moved to Exeter, you might be feeling a little lost and unsure what there is to get up to during your time at university. But don’t worry, we’ve got you!

Here’s a list of the 15 things you need to try before you graduate…

1. Go to the Ram

Only a stone’s throw from campus accommodation, the Ram is the University’s student bar, located in Devonshire House. Whether you want to meet up with friends for a cheap pint, or need some mid-deadline stress relief, the Ram is the perfect place to go throughout your time at Uni. Whilst you’re there, order some of their legendary curly fries – you won’t regret it!

2. Visit the Cathedral

Exeter Cathedral is located in the centre of town and, dating back 900 years, it is one of Exeter’s top tourist attractions. Come along to see its beautiful architecture, or simply pack a picnic, grab a book, and sit on Cathedral Green when the sun is shining.

3. Have dinner at The Old Firehouse

This is one of the staple places to go in Exeter and is loved by pretty much every student at the university for their incredible 14” pizzas. Not only this, but they have a variety of ales and ciders, all housed within a beautiful and rustic pub just off the high street.

4. Go to the Tar Barrels of Ottery St Mary

This is certainly one of the strangest of things to see at University, but you definitely won’t want to miss it. On November 5 each year, the years-old Flaming Tar Barrel tradition takes place about 10 miles east of Exeter, where burning barrels are carried through the streets for bonfire night.

5. Attend a Society Ball

Every year societies will hold their annual Christmas and Spring society balls where you have the chance to dress up for some unforgettable black tie events. Even better, many of our society balls are hosted at the beautiful Reed Hall that is located on our Streatham Campus. This is a great opportunity to go with friends, take some photos, and dance the night away.

6. Go to the Imperial

As one of the biggest Wetherspoons in the country, the Imperial – known as the Impy by almost everyone – is the perfect place for cheap drinks in a stunning setting. Its huge pub garden is certainly a student hotspot when the sun is shining!

7. Book a ticket for an Exeter Chief’s game

Head down to Sandy Park to experience 80 minutes of the former European Champions playing at the home of rugby in the South West.

8. Watch a performance at Northcott Theatre

Located on campus, this is a favourite for all our avid theatre-goers and creative minds, with exciting events and productions throughout the year. Even if you haven’t been to the theatre very much, this is a great chance for you to try something new and see one of their incredible shows. You can often get a student discount on tickets too! 

9. Head down to Exmouth for a day at the beach

As soon as the sun shines in Exeter, you will see train-loads of students hurrying to Exmouth for a day by the sea. Get your swimming costume out, bring some towels, and go for a dip at one of the finest beaches in Devon. Bring a picnic or grab some fish & chips when you’re there for an unforgettable day out with your friends.

10. Join a University sports team and play at the Sports Park

Whether you want to play sport competitively, or you’re just looking to have some fun, joining a sports team is a great way to keep fit in an enjoyable and social way. All students can join Intramural sport on campus, with teams that represent student halls, academic subjects, and societies. This is a great way to meet new people and get involved with some friendly competition during your studies!

11. Explore the beauty of Streatham campus

Described by the Times as the ‘best-gardened campus in Britain’, our Streatham Campus is definitely worth a tour during your time at the university. Explore the beautiful gardens and woodland spaces that are dotted around campus, and spot some stunning views overlooking the city where you can see all the way to the sea at Exmouth.

12. Explore the Career Zone

The University’s Career Zone is a great facility to make use of during your time at Exeter, offering assistance with career planning, careers events with employers, and workshops to help students with key employability skills.

13. Take a trip down to the Quay

Only a short walk from the city centre, the Quay is a stunning place to sit with friends and enjoy the sunshine. You can also hire kayaks and canoes for what promises to be a fun day out and a great bonding activity!

14. Run for society position

If you’re dedicated to your society or want to get involved in something truly memorable, running for a committee position is a great way to give back to the student community. With a variety of positions available each year, this will look great on your CV and will be an enjoyable experience to help shape the face of your society!  

15. Get a picture at the Exeter rock

Easily the most Instagram-able picture you can get, getting a snap at the campus rock with your dissertation or in your graduation gown is an absolute must! If you're lucky the campus cat might even make an appearance...


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