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Lakshmipriya

Hi! I'm Lakshmipriya, alias LP! I'm a postgraduate student, doing Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture. The international student in me is insatiably curious, so I'm constantly trying to uncover everything Exeter and the university has to offer! Come join me on this journey.... Spoilers!! It involves rambling around the gorgeous university grounds, exploring Exeter and powering through loads of assignments!!

Vegetarian restaurants in Exeter

Sometimes, we all have a craving for a big, plateful of vegetarian goodness. If you’re like me, then that is the case all the time! During my time in Exeter I’ve managed to find some vegetarian and vegan restaurants which are absolutely fantastic. Of course, nearly all restaurants have some yummy vegetarian options but this list is just 100% vegetarian restaurants! If you’re a vegetarian, vegan or a carnivore with the occasional desire to go meat-free, then this list is for you! (more…)

   December 18th, 2018    Exploring Devon and Cornwall, Food and eating, Life in the South West, Miscellaneous, The city of Exeter


Me, myself and my EXEperience

Standing on the Piazza, I see the same view I saw a year ago. The gently swaying of the trees blazing red and orange outside the Forum, the students and staff milling around, enjoying the day and the feeling of intense energy and joy in the air. But a year on, the person watching the view is different. The past year has brought some big changes in me –  from my postgraduate degree, to my job and my experiences at Exeter. All have had a tremendous impact on shaping me! Today, I stand here more confident, self-assured, knowledgeable (and just a tad older!) than I was last year. How did this happen, you ask? Well… (more…)

   December 18th, 2018    International, Life in the South West, Miscellaneous, Postgraduate


Exploring England – Day out in Bath

For an  international student, the UK is full of thrilling places to visit – one of these is Bath. Featured widely in literature and a tourist hot spot, Bath is widely known for being a wonderful, historic city. As a bonus – this lovely city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is barely a two-hour train ride from Exeter St. Davids. (Or a slightly longer but cheaper coach ride.) I’ve wanted to visit Bath for ages, ever since I read Jane Austen’s novels. Seeing its charm and wandering around its cobblestone streets while seeing all the majestic sand colored architecture was a dream come true. (more…)

   October 17th, 2018    International, Life in the South West, Miscellaneous


Top things to do during your first few weeks in Exeter

The picturesque quayside

Exeter is a wonderful place and being here has allowed me to experience some truly wonderful things. Here are a few must do things at Exeter, some of which have been novel experiences for me! (more…)

   October 17th, 2018    Life in the South West, Miscellaneous, The city of Exeter


Not sure what to do in Fresher’s Week? We’ve got your back!

Freshers’ Week is the week that all students, new or returning, look forward to. It’s the week of freebies, refreshments…and the parties. But if you’re an international student coming to the UK for the first time, then chances are you are probably really excited, freaking out a little and kind of confused about what exactly you need to do in Fresher’s Week. But don’t worry. We’ve got a checklist for you! But that’s not all. Keep reading to find out how useful and fun I found the International Welcome Programme!

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   September 7th, 2018    Freshers Week, International, Life on Campus, Miscellaneous, Preparing for University     , ,


The complete guide to shopping in Exeter 

This blog is a guide for international students who may not be familiar with stores we have here in the UK.

Moving to a new place means…lots of shopping! Getting settled into a place requires lots of things to make it into your home. It’s a challenge trying to find everything you need in a new place while navigating the start of the academic year but we’re here to make your job easier! Here is our go-to list of shops, where you can find all essential products you may need when moving in from cooking supplies and bedding to groceries and study supplies.

written by Jasmine, Nicola and LP

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   September 7th, 2018    International, Life in the South West, Miscellaneous, Preparing for University, The city of Exeter


6 ways to make the most of a British summer

British summer? Yes, you heard right. I have to admit that a couple of months ago, I wouldn’t have believed that such a thing existed! I imagined, in my ignorance, that it’s always wet or cold here. But to my surprise and delight, summers in Exeter are just everything you’d want from a summer! It’s hot, sunny and the days are really long! Not to mention the greenery just thrives so Exeter looks astounding! But if you’re anything like me, the heat can be a challenge to productivity! So here are my go to ideas for beating the heat…

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   August 3rd, 2018    International, Life in the South West, Miscellaneous     , ,


All you need to know to get South Asian groceries in Exeter

Miss home food? Want to know where to find the best places to buy South Asian food? Here are LP and Aleeha with their take on the best shops to get South Asian groceries in Exeter. To know what they are, keep reading…… (more…)

   July 13th, 2018    Food and eating, International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Miscellaneous


That’s a surprise! 6 things that surprised me about the University of Exeter

Exeter is a charming, lovely place, full of beauty, history and welcoming people. It is definitely a wonderful experience being able to live here for a year and it’s not one I will ever forget. But having lived in the UAE for a while, there are some things about Exeter that surprised me! So, here are some of the things that I personally found really different from where I’ve lived before.

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   July 13th, 2018    International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Miscellaneous, Postgraduate


Explore Exeter’s memories

Exeter – a charming place with lovely views, great shopping, wonderful learning institutions, marvellous food…the list goes on! What else is on that list, you ask? How about Roman forts,  Saxon history, Viking invasion and international wool export? Don’t believe me? Then read on…. (more…)

   July 3rd, 2018    Life in the South West, The city of Exeter     ,


True beauty lies within…the University of Exeter

Coming to university in the UK means having a plethora of new experiences. But for me, as an Indian who had been living in Abu Dhabi for several years before coming here, one of the most exciting things has been the lovely scenic views in Exeter, especially at the Streatham Campus, where I’m based. My first thought on seeing the Streatham campus was ‘It’s beautiful!”. It wasn’t just the lovely green spaces around campus. It is the whole atmosphere of vibrancy and liveliness that’s always present. While meeting loads of people, learning the ropes and grappling with homesickness was exhilarating, it felt liberating to get away from the bustle once in a while. It was in those instances that I discovered the true beauty of the Streatham Campus.

 

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   June 13th, 2018    International, Life on Campus, Miscellaneous, Postgraduate     , , ,


My grand St. Ives adventure

Being an international student in Exeter means that everything is novel and interesting. It’s a great opportunity to explore lots of new places and there happens to be an abundance of those around Exeter. Cornwall has some of the prettiest places in the UK and one of these is the picturesque little town of St. Ives. It takes around 2 and a half hours on the coach from Exeter to St. Ives, past some very nice countryside views. This little town has lots to offer – from beaches to hiking trails to shopping. Here is my adventure at St. Ives.

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   June 11th, 2018    Exploring Devon and Cornwall, Life in the South West     , , , , , ,


From week 1 to week 200 – My UK adventure

Every student first coming to university has some apprehensions. Coming to a new place, settling in, meeting lots of new people from all over the world, the fear of being unable to make friends, feeling homesick – it all happens to everyone. My first week in the UK was the same, filled with joyful excitement and anxiety. As an international student who had never been to the UK before, except for a short visit, and never been away from my family, this was a huge step outside my comfort zone and just the beginning of a whirlwind experience. I studied my undergraduate degree at the University of Birmingham before I joined my current Masters degree at the University of Exeter.  (more…)

   June 9th, 2018    Miscellaneous


10 ways my postgraduate degree is different from undergrad

It can be difficult to differentiate between a postgraduate taught course (PGT) and an undergraduate degree. After all, both are taught! But a Masters degree is quite different from an undergraduate degree. I’m doing MSc in Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture, which is very different from my undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences.

So here are my top 10 differences between an undergraduate and a taught Masters… (more…)

   February 27th, 2018    International, Lectures and Seminars, Postgraduate, Studying     , , ,


Day in my life as a postgraduate student at the University of Exeter

The best thing about university is that every day is unique, bringing with it new opportunities and events! But of course, life is more organized when you’ve got a routine you can follow. I’ve got my own routine, that I try to follow on most days.

So a normal day in my life goes something like this…

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   February 27th, 2018    Lectures and Seminars, Life on Campus, Postgraduate


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