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University of Exeter

A member of the Russell Group, The University of Exeter has two campus locations, on in Exeter, Devon and one in Cornwall. It main campus is in the historic city of Exeter and this highly regarded, research led institution attracts over 20,000 students every year. Founder in the 1950's with historical roots stretching back to 1838. history

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The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the University of Exeter.

  • Rankings

    The University is ranked 153rd in the latest (2024) QS World University Rankings. The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023 ranked us 18th in the world, and as a leader in the following SDGs: 1st globally for Clean Water and Sanitation. 1st in Europe for Climate Action.

  • Employability

    The University Career Zone assists students with career planning from deciding on a job to seeing how far your degree can take you and then with applications as well. Also on offer are different Employability Schemes, and assistance with casual jobs, graduate jobs and internships.

  • Fees

    The fee for UK undergraduates starting in 2024 is £9250 with exceptions for MBMS Medicine and Year Abroad/In Industry students. The International fees vary from £23,700 (Accounting and Finance, Business and Management and Economics) to £45,700 (BMBS Medicine) and specific prices can be found here.

  • Bursaries

    The University offers a Sanctuary Scholarship, an Access to Exeter Bursary, Funding For Care Leavers and Funding for PGCE Students, all of which can be found here. Also available Is the Success for All Fund and other allowances which can be found here.


The University offers catered and self catered options with either shared or studio kitchens as well as catered Cornwall rooms on their second campus.

Students' Union

The university has a Students’ Union in Cornwall which runs societies, sports, a committees hub, fundraising and volunteering. However the main Students’ Guild is in Exeter, with its own societies around academics, charities, fitness, hobbies, employability.

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University of Exeter Students' Union
University of Exeter Students' Union

Famous for

Alumni include Caroline Lucas, Ameenah Gurib, J.K Rowling, and Zara Tindall.


The University secured its place amongst the front-runners for the most coveted award in the prestigious ceremony for its commitment to providing world-leading research, teaching and innovation, to create a greener, fairer and healthier future for all. The shortlisting also reflects the impact of Exeter’s work has on tackling some of the greatest challenges facing the planet. This includes leading meaningful action against the climate emergency and ecological crisis, leading key breakthroughs to transform human health and wellbeing, and being at the forefront of change to create a fair, socially just and inclusive society.

Accommodation for Students says

“With cobbled streets, Medieval and Georgian buildings, as well as a towering gothic cathedral, Exeter is home to thousands of students. Despite being a campus university, students spend as much time in the bustling city centre as they do in the library, whether that’s partying in one of the many bars, or studying in an independent coffee shop.”

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