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A Beginner’s Guide to Societies at the University of Exeter

This blog was written based on experiences prior to Covid-19.

Hi Everyone, my name is Isla and I am headed into my final year at Exeter University. I’ve been part of 4 Society Committees and attended some amazing society events in Exeter, but when I arrived as a fresher the societies process seemed quite daunting. What societies are there? How can I sign up? How can I afford to pay for society events and membership?

Well, here is my beginner’s guide to Societies at Exeter Uni… (more…)

   July 17th, 2020    Freshers Week, Health and wellbeing, International, Preparing for University, Studying, Undergraduate     , , , , , ,


Tips to Enjoy the First Week of University

Arriving in a completely new city and starting a new life can be pretty scary, especially if you arrive alone. As an international postgraduate student who travelled all across the world to Exeter, I would like to share my experience of my first week of University. Hopefully, it will help you relieve the anxiety of moving into university. (more…)

   July 1st, 2020    Freshers Week, International, Life on Campus, Postgraduate, Preparing for University, The city of Exeter     , ,


A Typical Week at the University of Exeter as a 2nd Year BA English Student

Hi, my name is Isla and if you haven’t read any of my blog posts before, lovely to virtually meet you, otherwise, welcome back. I’m going to break down my usual week at Exeter uni as a 2nd year English student… (more…)

   June 12th, 2020    Freshers Week, Health and wellbeing, Lectures and Seminars, Life on Campus, Lifestyle, Preparing for University, Studying, Undergraduate


Freshers’ Week and Term One: What NOT To Worry About

The days leading up to your first week of university can be emotional. I remember feeling a bizarre mixture of excitement and anxiety. My mum grew tearful over nearly everything I did, and I was permanently torn over how much I should take with me. I’m now a postgraduate student at the University of Exeter and I’ve moved five times since moving into halls nearly four academic years ago. I found that adapting to change became easier with that first step of attending Freshers’ week. To remedy those Freshers’ fears, I’ve compiled this list of things NOT to worry about as a new undergraduate. (more…)

   May 4th, 2020    Freshers Week, Higher Education, Life on Campus, Miscellaneous, Preparing for University, Undergraduate


Tips for International students coming to University of Exeter: MAIFB

It can be really scary and exciting at the same time, to go away from home and study in a new country. It is overwhelming to experience different cultures and people from all around the world. The MAIFB course is one such course where you would have a mix of students from different parts of the world. It helps broaden your knowledge about how people differ in different regions and parts of the world. Coming from a country like India, I made friends from the Caribbean, China, America and different parts of Europe. From my experience I can tell you that it is the most enriching experience of my life. But even before I got here, I had a lot of unanswered questions in my mind. Even though I found my way through, I wish I had known a few things before I landed in UK. So here are some tips: (more…)

   August 8th, 2019    Freshers Week, International, MA International Film Business, Miscellaneous, Preparing for University, Studying, Studying abroad, Year Abroad


Where is Exeter? What’s student life like in Exeter? Here are the answers to some FAQs from international students

I worked at several education fairs last summer on behalf of the University of Exeter and there were a few questions that were popular from prospective students and their parents. I have compiled a list of questions and answered them here, hopefully it is helpful to all international students who may be wondering some of the same things.

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   December 18th, 2018    Clearing, Exams and Assessment, Food and eating, Freshers Week, International, Lectures and Seminars, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Preparing for University, Studying, The city of Exeter, Undergraduate


Some tips and advice for the new students (Cornwall Campus)

Starting your new life at university might be scary but here you can find a little bit of information about what to do first when you’re on campus, where to get more information about Freshers events as well as get some tips from the current students. (more…)

   September 18th, 2018    Cornwall, Freshers Week, International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Penryn Campus, Preparing for University, Studying, Undergraduate


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     , ,


East-Asian Restaurants in Exeter 

Written by Nicola Lai, Thesia Salim, and Jasmine Hui 

Whether you are an Asian student craving for food from home or a huge fan of Asian food in general, here are some East-Asian restaurants in Exeter worth trying out. Spice up your student life in Exeter with some oriental bites in the local area, you might end up going to the restaurants more than once!

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   July 18th, 2018    Food and eating, Freshers Week, International, Life in the South West


An International Student’s Guide: How to Prepare for University

It’s only a few months away until you have to pack up your life and move to an entirely new place. Huge congrats to you if you’ve been accepted to study at University of Exeter! Now, it’s time for you to get excited and prepare yourselves for your university life. (more…)

   June 12th, 2018    accommodation, Freshers Week, Higher Education, International, Miscellaneous, Preparing for University


Friendships at university

One of the things I was told multiple times before going to university is that “it’s what you make it”. Which seems kind of obvious, to be honest, and I was a bit bemused by it at first. Of course it’s what you make it, I thought. Everything is. (more…)

   January 8th, 2018    Cornwall, Freshers Week, International, Life on Campus, Miscellaneous, Preparing for University


First Week of Final Year: The Beginning of the End

(NB: Hello there! It’s been a while since I’ve blogged here for Exeter student blogs – I’ve only just come back from a year abroad studying in Canada as part of my degree. If you’d like to read more about how my year went and see what I got up to, I kept up my own blog at https://tesstakesoncanada.wordpress.com/. I’m back for final year now, but will most likely talk a bit more about Canada in future blog posts and how I’ve found readapting to life back in sleepy Exeter! For now, here’s how my Freshers Week 2017 went.)

Out of the front door and into the sun I go.

One of my favourite parts about our student house for final year (four bedrooms, brown carpets everywhere, living room sparse of all but essential furniture, a broken washing line in the garden, but a blackboard in the kitchen my housemate has already decorated with stars and smiley faces) is the view from our top step. Over the recycling bins and bikes belonging to the neighbours, over the rooftops and past the telephone wires, there’s a perfectly framed view of the Cathedral, towers imposing and ancient, the Devon hills that have been here even longer, just visible on the horizon. (more…)

   October 2nd, 2017    Freshers Week, Life on Campus, Year Abroad


My Freshers’ Week

If you’re a Fresher, you’re probably taking part in a taster session, doing some shopping in the city or getting stopped in the Forum by every other person that wants you to join their societies. You’ve already been to loads of socials and taster sessions but can’t decide which ones to join, though the Activities Fair is around the corner? Wilko has run out of everything and you still don’t have forks and knives? You think you bought all the essentials and then realise you don’t have a peeler when you’re about to make some sweet potato fries? Even though you might think you’re the only one having concerns or struggling with eating a proper meal that doesn’t cost you a fortune, believe me, YOU ARE NOT!

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   September 25th, 2017    Freshers Week, International, Life on Campus, Undergraduate


Fresher Realities

It’s always difficult to start a new school year—the stress of what’s to come, the frantic buying of textbooks, and the hopefulness for a good professor have been major stressors in my life the last few years. This year, however, was so incredibly different. Instead of gearing up for another year of studying with my friends in Florida, I packed up my bags and moved to Exeter.

As soon as I stepped foot on Exeter’s campus two years ago during a summer abroad, I knew that I’d be coming back in the future. The thrill of moving to a new country and living a glamorous, jet-setting life was all I could think about for the longest time. I was fully expecting postgrad to be some lifestyle/travel blog come to life. The thing is, those lifestyle/travel bloggers only show you the pretty bits—not the “holy crap I don’t know what I’m doing” parts.

For me, this feeling manifested itself most prominently the first time I climbed Cardiac Hill. I started strong and confident as any young adult with good health would. About halfway up, I started feeling that burn in my legs and the pressure in my chest that comes with an intensive cardio workout. By the time I reached the top I was pulling up Expedia to see how much a plane ticket back to Tampa cost. ‘Surely,’ I thought, ‘students can’t be expected to walk up this hill every day?’ A month later I’m still asking myself this question.

Though nothing else has hit me as hard as Cardiac Hill there have been so many moments in my first month here that have really shown me what it’s actually like to be living away from home for the first time. The thrill of going out to a new club with girls you just met in class the day before. The panic of going to a society event during Freshers where you know absolutely nobody. The relief when someone tells you they also have no idea how to turn on their radiator. Worst, the weird feeling in your gut when it gets a bit chilly outside and you can only think of your mom putting up the Christmas tree.

This last month has felt like a lifetime. For every bout of nostalgia or homesickness I’ve had, there have been a million more moments of excitement, new friends, and realizing just how lucky I am to be living this life. Though at times it can feel scary and lonely, I’m so excited to be here and I cannot wait to see what Exeter holds for me.

Some key tips that I think any Fresher should keep in mind are:

  1. Putting yourself out there and attending Fresher events are the quickest ways to meet people with similar interests.
  2. Almost everyone is going through the exact same thing—as brave and extroverted as some may seem, they’re just as nervous as you are.
  3. You don’t have to make yourself completely uncomfortable in the name of making friends. If you don’t want to go to the “wildest, sleaziest night out,” you really don’t have to.
  4. It’s not at all lame if you Facetime your mom and ask to talk to your cat—trust me on this one.

   October 24th, 2016    Freshers Week, International, Life on Campus, Postgraduate


Week One Wrap-Up (September 13 – 19)

I’ve been in Exeter for a week now and while there have been ups and downs (and I don’t mean just the hills), I’d say that things have been pretty alright for the most part.

I was greeted in Exeter last Sunday with a partly sunny, partly cloudy day by the incredible Welcome Team from the University. From making sure that all the confused faces coming out of the terminal at Heathrow found a friendly face with a smile, to ensuring that everyone found their way to their humble abodes for the next 4 or 8 months, the Welcome Team made a fantastic first impression.

Read the rest of Melissa’s post…

   September 20th, 2015    Freshers Week, International, Life on Campus, Undergraduate     , ,


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