Freshers Week 2021

Getting To Know Our Campuses

Now that you’ve secured your place to study at the University of Exeter in September, we know that you’ll have lots to be doing as you plan your move to Exeter. We want to help you with the transition to University as much as we can, so we’ve put together this short guide to help you familiarise yourself with our Exeter campuses ahead of your arrival.

This will give you a better understanding of what facilities are available, where things are, and what our campuses look like!

Streatham Campus  

Located at about a 15 minute walk from Exeter’s city centre, the Streatham Campus is the University’s largest site in Exeter and has been named one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. It is home to a variety of accommodation buildings, study spaces, sports facilities, food and drink services, as well as our beautiful grounds!

We can’t wait to show you around when you arrive in Exeter, but for now you can look at the Streatham Campus Map to see what’s there, and this short guide will help you get to know our campus facilities from home!

The Forum

The Forum is the heart of Streatham Campus and is home to the Student Information Desk, the main library and other study and lecture spaces, the Career Zone, and more. It also houses a variety of food and drink facilities, including the Market Place shop.

You will find yourself in the Forum on most days that you are on campus due to the variety of services housed within its walls. There are also some great outdoor spaces where students meet up with friends or sometimes work outside when the sun is shining!

There are also usually some pop-up stalls in the main Forum, for information about Careers, societies and more!

Study Areas

On top of the study and research facilities available at the Library – home to over a million physical library resources, – there are also a number of other study spaces for our students across the campus. This includes spaces for both group and silent study, and they can be found both within the main Forum building and within other buildings across campus.

Take a look at some of the following study spaces that you will be able to use when you arrive in Exeter:

  • The Library– There are 3 different floors to the Library, with study spaces across all floors, group and silent study rooms, as well as private AccessAbility
  • Study Zone– The Study Zone is an informal study space located in the Forum, where students are able to work independently and in groups. There are also advisors who work with students 1-1 here, and the opportunity to attend Writing Cafés for any help you might need with writing essays.
  • The Loft – Located in Devonshire House, The Loft is one of our silent study areas with private and group seating available.
  • The Sanctuary – Located within the Great Hall building and opposite the Blackwell’s Bookshop, The Sanctuary is another quiet study space for both individual and group study.
  • Devonshire House – Devonshire House is the home of the Students’ Guild and is complete with a large range of casual study facilities. DH1 is a relaxing place to work with sofas, benches, and personal study tables. Upstairs in DH2, there are also study booths for group study, as well as bookable meeting rooms.
  • Peter Chalk – Positioned at the top of Forum hill, the Peter Chalk building is home to lecture theatres, seminar rooms, and a large and open study space next to the café. With both individual and group tables, this is a perfect place to crack on with deadlines and enjoy a tasty bite to eat.

These are just some of the study spaces available, but you can find information on the full list of study facilities here, which you will be able to explore when you arrive on campus!

Food and Drink

If you are on campus to study or to meet friends, there are a range of options when it comes to buying food and drink, ranging from cafés, shops and more. A full list of the outlets can be found here, but here are some of the student favourites:

  • Pret A Manger– A large number of students can often be found queuing up within the Forum outside of Pret! It is a great place to grab a coffee, sandwich and snack, and is hugely convenient as it located just opposite the Library.
  • Costa Coffee –Located in the Forum, Level 2, Costa Coffee provides a range of hot and cold food and drink options, including toasties and cakes. There is outside seating available, and many students opt for take away and sit in the sun on the steps outside of the Forum.
  • Comida – Comida is famous among students for their freshly prepared tortilla wraps with a range of fillings, salad and sauces to choose from. They also serve a variety of breakfast options, artisan sandwiches, and sweet treats.
  • iSCA EATS –This is a new click and collect, or click and deliver, food service, with meals ranging from burgers and hotdogs, to pizzas, sides and salads. Students can pre-order and collect, eat in, or opt for delivery to locations across campus. The full menu can be found here.
  • The Ram –Located in Devonshire House, The Ram is the student bar and a central social hub on campus. With indoor and outdoor seating, freshly prepared pub food, and regular events, this is the place on campus you’ll definitely keep coming back to. A student favourite is their infamous basket of curly fries with a cold pint!

Sport and Fitness Facilities

The sporting facilities at the University of Exeter are amongst the best in the UK, whether you are looking to join one of our many competitive teams or merely seeking to exercise for fun during your studies. Some of the excellent facilities that the university has to offer include:

  • The Russell Seal Fitness Centre –Located within the Sport’s Park at the top of Streatham Campus, the 200-station fitness centre offers a huge range of the latest fitness equipment and free-weight areas.
  • Outdoor pitches –There are four high-quality astro turf pitches at the Sports Park that are available for use by our sports clubs, local leagues and casual users. (
  • Sports Hall –At the core of the Sports Park is the double sports hall for indoor sporting activities at the university, including space for badminton, volleyball, netball, basketball, and more. This space is not only used for BUCS matches, but also workout sessions and fitness classes.
  • Outdoor swimming pool – The Cornwall House outdoor pool –  located only a stone’s throw away from the centre of campus and next to the Lafrowda accommodation – is open from April to October, 7 days a week. This heated 25 metre pool consists of 4 lanes and is a great activity to keep fit during the summer months, as well as a great social hub on campus.

Beautiful Spaces on Streatham Campus

The Streatham Campus is renowned for its beauty and for its stunning botanical gardens, woodland areas, and lakes that won us the Green Flag Award for 2020/1. Our campus is a great place to have a wander and enjoy the natural charm of this landscape, right on your doorstep. Click here for some of our Horticultural Highlights, where you will find some great places, including:

  • Reed Hall – Around Reed Hall you will find some stunning grounds, including the Reed Pond, as well as the Reed Arboretum and Italianate Garden. These offer some photo opportunities and are only a short walk from the main Forum.
  • Taddiforde Valley and Millennium Magnolias- Located by the Innovation Centre, this is a great spot for a relaxing walk whilst on campus.
  • Explore the Streatham Campus Tree Trail - Our campuses are collectively home to more than 10,000 mature trees which you can explore at your own pleasure

Make sure to tag us in any photos that you take from around our campus, whether you’ve gone to explore on a sunny day or just found a nice spot for lunch! 

St. Luke’s Campus

Our beautiful St. Luke’s Campus is located on the east side of the city centre, just over a mile from Streatham Campus. It is home to students in the Graduate School of Education, the School of Sport and Health Sciences, and the University of Exeter Medical School.

Whilst much smaller than the Streatham Campus, St. Luke’s has so much to offer and a range of facilities within this historic site.

Study Spaces

  • The Library – The library has recently undergone a £1 million refurbishment, and it consists of 3 floors of study spaces and books to support the Education, Medicine and Sports Science disciplines. 
  • Giraffe House – The Giraffe House is located in the South Cloisters and is a great place to work outside of the library, and consists of 120 student study spaces that are available to all students. There is a quiet study area if you are needing to concentrate, as well as study booths and bookable rooms.
  • Cross Keys – Located as part of the North Cloisters building, Cross Keys offers a casual study space where you can meet with friends and also grab a bite to eat.  

Fitness Facilities

  • Sports Hall – The Sports centre has 2 multi-purpose sports halls that can be booked for recreational use by all students.
  • Luke’s Fitness Suite –At the heart of the fitness centre is this 30 station gym, complete with the best cardio, resistance weights and free weights equipment.
  • Swimming Pool – In addition to the outdoor pool on Streatham Campus, the St. Luke’s Sports Centre has a 22.8 meter indoor pool – heated to a constant 29’C. This is a great opportunity to keep fit in a fun way after a long day on campus.

Food and Drink

  • The Cross Keys – The Cross Keys café provides a great study space, but it is also the perfect place to go on campus to grab some food and something to drink. There are breakfast options available, as well as a delicious lunch menu, serving hot and cold food.
  • Waitrose –The St. Luke’s campus is located on Heavitree Road, conveniently just opposite a Waitrose store where many of our students grab food and drink throughout the day.
  • Magdalen Road - just a few minutes from St Luke's campus is Magdalen road, home to loads of independent shops, bakeries and cafes. This is a great place to grab some delicious food and drink!

These are just some of the incredible services and facilities that both of our campuses have to offer, and we hope this guide has given you a small insight into what you can expect from life on campus when you arrive in Exeter. You can also go to our Freshers’ Hub page for any more information that you might need!


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