What's on Campus?
The campus has seen huge and exciting investment in the past few years, the centrepiece of which is The Forum, the academic and social heart on campus. With gorgeous grounds, three libraries (including one on St Luke’s Campus), a cinema museum, an on-site theatre, a campus cinema, a range of technology-rich learning spaces, a new £1.2 Digital Humanities Lab, state-of-the-art sports facilities, a bookshop, a bank (Santander), a Print Room, and an eclectic range of places to eat, drink, shop, study and socialise, you have all you need!
As a student in the College of Humanities, there are a number of different buildings you may be based in, depending on what you study. These may affect which halls you choose to live in, so it's good to know in advance!
If you want to see where the buildings are based, check out our Streatham Campus map. You can also explore our main buildings through virtual tours of Streatham Campus. We are based primarily in the Queen's Building and the Amory Building. Archaeology is based in the Laver Building, while Drama divide their time between Thornlea and Roborough Studios. If you are able to visit us, the best way to familiarise yourself with our buildings is to come along to an Offer-Holder Visit Day.
Cinema fans are well catered for on the Streatham Campus, as it has its very own film museum, The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum. This unique and exciting facility contains one of the largest collections of material relating to cinema and the moving image in Britain, featuring over 75,000 items, such as magic lanterns, from the Classic Hollywood period to the present day.
It is open 7 days a week, is free entry, and there are a multitude of exciting student opportunities for students to get involved with, such as curating exhibitions and volunteering. Many Humanities students also use resources and artefacts from the museum within seminar work. If you attend an offer-holder-visit-day, you will have the opportunity to take a guided tour of the museum and we definitely recommend it.
You don’t have to be a Modern Languages student to study a language. The Foreign Language Centre based in Queen’s Building, provides all students with the opportunity to learn a language, and learning one while studying is the perfect time to do so.
Being able to speak multiple languages is empowering – you can broaden your future employment prospects, access different cultures, and increase your personal development and understanding of the world. So many employers are seeking graduates with additional language skills! There are levels at Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and For Business. You can start a new language from scratch or develop an existing one.
You can take language modules as part of your degree, so you can graduate with the language in your degree title (you would need 60 credits in a language with 30 credits at Intermediate or Advanced level to achieve ‘with proficiency in …’ on your title), or you can take a language course outside of your degree via the Evening Language Programme.
£1.2m has been invested in Digital Humanities to create a lab and research space for the examination and preservation of important historical, literary and visual artefacts. The lab allows researchers to use high-tech equipment to find out more about our cultural heritage and creative past and share discoveries with the public. The new lab enriches undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and confirms Exeter’s position at the forefront of international research into historical and cultural artefacts.
You can find out more about our Digital Lab and Digital Humanities at Exeter on our Digital Humanities webpages.
There are so many options for eating out on the Streatham Campus, not forgetting students are exempt from paying VAT on hot food! We have our own student pub called The Ram Bar, and lots of eating outlets. AMT Coffee offers Fairtrade drinks, and popular chain, Costa. Our favourite place for coffee has to be Camper Coffee in Queen's building, a family-run café serving delicious sweet pastries sourced from The Exploding Bakery and excellent coffee made with hand-roasted beans. For natural handmade food, visit Pret, go to Pieminister for yummy pies, hang out at Grove Diner for American-style food, and join the Comida stand’s queue for filling wraps and pasties. If you feel like a lovely treat, visit the restaurants based in our on-campus Grade II listed building, Reed Hall, Woodbridge Restaurant and Café Reed. Spoil yourself with an afternoon tea!
We host a weekly Farmers’ Market on campus every Friday during term. The Farmers’ Market sets up on the Forum piazza near the entrance to the Great Hall and sells an array of delicious locally produced food and drink, produced by local businesses.
The Market Place shops are packed with a range of general and seasonal items, including food, drinks, cleaning products and toiletries, international goods, stationery, newspapers and magazines. The Students’ Guild shop also sells confectionery, crisps, snacks, drinks, newspapers, phone cards, stationery, and Fairtrade products – all the profits go into student services. The Guild shop now has zero waste dispensers installed and filled with essentials and treats!
The Guild shop is the place to get your Exeter stash - hoodies, t-shirts or an Exeter teddybear to sit on your bed. We also have our own Blackwell’s Bookshop located in the Great Hall foyer, selling reading list and academic texts; second hand books can also be bought and sold here.
While studying, health and wellbeing are so important, and it’s tough to fully enjoy your student experience when personal difficulties, health, anxieties or emotional worries arise, but don't worry we have plenty of support available at Exeter on hand to help!
We highly recommend that when you arrive, you register with a GP at the Student Health Centre, on-campus. Our Wellbeing Centre offers counselling, we have a brilliant Mental Health Team and AccessAbility team, you can book an appointment with holistic therapists (from massage to yoga to nutrition and more!), and there are plenty of online wellbeing resources. Through the Students’ Guild, we have Nightline, an Advice Unit and an excellent wellbeing info directory to help you get the right kind of support. The Student Services Centre in the Forum are here to help you with a wide range of enquiries. If you have a child between six weeks and five years old, we have a Family Centre on-campus to help with your childcare needs.
If you need support, help, need advice, and/or are worried about anything at all, we’re here for you every step of the way.
You don’t have to venture off campus to find fun – there’s plenty going on at Streatham to stop you from becoming bored! Gigs, concerts, balls, events and graduation ceremonies take place in the Great Hall and the Students' Guild hosts its own nightclub, The Lemon Grove (lovingly nicknamed ‘The Lemmy’), which holds regular club nights and gigs. The Great Hall has hosted Frank Turner, Newton Faulkner, the Kaiser Chiefs, Blur, Keane and the Arctic Monkeys to name a few.
Campus Cinema is not only the most affordable cinema in Exeter; it is based on our campus! It is an award-winning, entirely student-run organisation, that has been running for over 60 years. Based in Devonshire House’s M&D Room, it’s equipped with digital projection, 35mm projection and Dolby Surround Sound.
We have a professional theatre based in the heart of campus called Exeter Northcott Theatre. It offers a mixed programme of touring theatre, in-house productions, local shows, drama, opera, music, dance, comedy and family theatre. Through involvement in arts and music societies e.g. Footlights, EUTCO and The Gilbert and Sulivan Society, students can perform on the Northcott stage. Other theatre societies on campus include Extech, where you can learn how to tech shows, Theatre with Teeth, Shotgun Theatre, The Exeter Revue, and the Shakespeare Society. ExTunes encompasses all the music societies on campus, from A Cappella, to Beats and Bass, to Jazz, to Soul.
In the Drama department, the T3 Festival runs annually in Term 3, Drama students can pitch original shows, and students from different departments can get involved. There is also a RAW Platform showcase where students about to graduate can showcase their work to the public and get involved in networking.
If you play a sport or keen to try out a new one, Exeter is an ideal place to be. We’re home to some of the best sports facilities in the South West and were proud to be named as 'The Times and Sunday Times Sports University of the Year' for 2015/16! The Sports Park and an outdoor pool are based at the Streatham Campus, and there is a Sports Centre and an indoor pool at the St Luke's Campus. Alongside getting involved in student sport, you will also have the opportunity to use the gym facilities or take fitness classes. Find out more about our excellent sports facilities on our Sports Park website.
At the University of Exeter, you are spoiled with gorgeous grounds and gardens, as we are one of the greenest campuses in the UK (and likely one of the hilliest!). With beautiful and diverse grounds and gardens to explore you'll feel like you're visiting a National Trust property. You can explore the grounds following our Sculpture Trail and visit Reed Hall, which is a stunning Grade II listed building. If you visit us soon and are keen to explore the beauty of the campus, check out our Horticultural Highlights guide.