Exeter – University of Exeter

Reasons people went to this university/place

  • I was already an Aupair in this area so I knew the university and surroundings. My boyfriend also lived there and we moved in together

Recommended semester to go there

  • Summer – the British winter is not so nice. I mean the summer neither compared to Austria but there are at least a few days where you could go off and go to the beach

Before going there

Accommodation experiences

  • Private housing: It was quite expensive and rather small. But it was nice to have an own flat and really live independently.

Special items to pack

  • UMBERELLA! Well maybe you don’t need to pack one but definitely need to buy one. Good (waterproof) shoes and a good coat. Be prepared for rain and wind.

How people who went there handled their finances

  • I had an English bank account because at first I thought I would start working in a nursery and I needed to have one. But in the end, I did not work there and therefore, did not really need it. I had the Erasmus loan in my Austrian bank account and just used my Austrian card. However, my English card came in handy once I started working as a babysitter because my boss just transferred me the money.

University Information

Rough semester schedule

  • The university has 3 terms: first one from end of September until December, second one from January until March, and the last one is from April to June. This is also when all the exams are. I didn’t have to do any exams in the last term because my course requirements were to write a 3000 word essay.

Holidays during the semester

  • There are always reading weeks during term 1 and 2, I don’t quite remember when they were. And usually during the last term you have time for exam preparation and don’t have any lectures or seminars.

Number of ECTS the university expected former exchange students to do

  • They say you should do 30 ects per semester, but because I couldn’t get credits for some of the courses I was allowed to do 25.

Course restrictions and when the university informed students about those

  • I am not quite sure, I don’t think there were restrictions.

Did the university actually offer the classes students originally planned to do?

  • I got enrolled in most of the classes I wanted to do, yes.

Recommended  courses/modules

  • There are special language skill classes (comparable to ILSS 2)But also all the other courses I took were really great and interesting.

Exam period

  • last term, April-June

How exams look like

  • I don’t know from first hand because, I didn’t have to take one. I only know that most are like essay questions, and sometimes you are allowed to see a question catalogue and sometimes you are also allowed to take in notes. The exams for my language classes were different. The written one was like the CFT. The oral one was with a discussion like in PPOCS 2 and presentation and a note-taking exam.

Other information

Recommended restaurants, cafes, bars, shopping centers, etc.

  • I love Boston Tea Party (it is a coffee chain); The Firehouse is a nice pub with amazing pizzas; I also like the Monkey Suit which is a nice cocktail bar. The Phoenix always has cool concerts or art galleries. Wilko’s is good for household stuff. The Cavern (I think currently closed due to fire) was/is a great alternative club (indie, rock, punk etc.). I love Ruby’s, which is an American diner. Then there is Buffet City which is an all you can eat Japanese restaurant. Double Locks is a pub a bit further out of the city.

Recommended secret spots in the city/town

  • I don’t really think that’s secret, but the quay is very nice and if you walk along the river you will get to “Double Locks”. The Cathedral Green is obviously also a nice place to just sit and have lunch.

Recommended day trips

  • Plymouth, Teignmouth, Exemouth, Paignton, Torque, Dawlish, Bristol, Bath, Salisbury, Dartmoor

Recommended places or events to meet new people/make new friends

  • During the first week (Fresher’s week) there are lots of events, and you get a lot of info on campus.It is best to join a society and go to the events they organize (e.g. Erasmus society), you could also join a sport club outside uni if you fancy.

Public transport offered in the city/area of the University

  • There are busses, but I never used them because they are quite expensive and my flat was very central. But there are busses to university and a range of busses going round Eexter.

Other recommendations

  • Maybe try to get a shared house I think student housing is not very good value for money. I mean there are some really nice ones but obviously they are very expensive

Is this University the right place for me?

You should spend your semester/year abroad at this university or place

  • If you want to experience close student/ teacher relationship
  • If you want to challenge yourself academically
  • If you want to see the university that inspired J.K. Rowling to write Harry Potter
  • Because it is a really good university (was a global top 100)

You should not spend your semester/year abroad at this university or place

  • If you are used to big city life (Exeter is relatively small and every club/pub/bar closes at 2)
  • If you are unfit, because Exeter is a very hilly town and the way to main campus is a challenge every day.

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