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My 3 favourite places in Exeter

Just had an exceptionally stressful exam? Finished and handed-in a lengthy and demanding assignment? Or are you just feeling a bit bored and want to do something fun in Exeter? If any answer to those questions is yes, then this article is especially for you. In this blog post I want to show you my favourite places around Exeter, as it’s always great to get out for a walk and explore the city. Whether you just want to let off some steam, sit down and enjoy your favourite book in the same spot that Jane Austen did or do some sports such as kayaking, then I’ve got you covered! After living in Exeter for over a year I have travelled, on my old rust (but vintage!) bike, to many interesting places. However, there are places I always love to come back to and from those I tailored and chose my favourite three. I selected places that are close to University of Exeter (I swear!) and to get there won’t take longer than 30 minutes’ walk. So, without further ado here is my complete guide of 3 places that you should visit in Exeter.

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   January 25th, 2019    International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, The city of Exeter, Undergraduate


5 study tips for university exams

Through the midst of Christmas and New Year celebrations, perhaps some of you try to avoid the question “how is revision going?” Yet, exams are right around the corner, so I hope to help at least some of you out there who are struggling to revise and probably googling the least amount of marks you have to attain to pass the year.

Before I came to University of Exeter, I personally took a long time to figure out what revision techniques suited me best. In school, my teachers would always say “revise how you study best.” Some of my friends would study in groups, use flash cards or even say their thoughts out loud. It took me a while ’till I figured what revision methods work best for me. Below is some advice I hope you can implement to your revision. (more…)

   January 4th, 2019    Exams and Assessment, International, Lectures and Seminars, Studying


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


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


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


Day in life of a 3rd year Business student on the Cornwall Campus

This year is my last year at the university. Dissertation, consultancy project, graduate job, assignments, part-time work and personal life – sounds like it is going to be the busiest year. Here I’m going to explain how my day usually looks like.

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   October 30th, 2018    Cornwall, International, Lectures and Seminars, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Miscellaneous, Penryn Campus


Spending an Autumn’s Day in Exeter

 

A blush spreads across the trees. Gremlins, ghouls and freshmen anticipate All Hallows’ Eve and pumpkin spice lattes. It is autumn in England! As a Pakistani who grew up in Multan’s desert heat, autumn was always a briefly snatched season, with the trees barely changing colour before winter arrived. In Exeter, autumn paints trees and vines red and yellow and burns them orange, in a brief little cheer before winter. Drawing on from how I spent a day recently, here’s a guide to an autumn’s day in Exeter. (more…)

   October 19th, 2018    Food and eating, International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Miscellaneous, Postgraduate, The city of Exeter


Things to Do this Fall with your Flatmates: Pumpkin Patch

   October 18th, 2018    Miscellaneous


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


Falmouth Foodie List: 20 Foodie Hotspots You Need to Hit Whilst Studying Down in Cornwall

One of the best things about living in Falmouth is the incredible amount of cute little independent cafés and restaurants. If you are a foodie or coffee lover, Falmouth will definitely not disappoint. There is everything from artisan coffee shops, cute bakeries, cafés of all different cuisines, restaurants with a sea view and of course the best pasties you can get your hands on!

So here’s my definitive guide to Falmouth’s Food Scene, hope you enjoy! (more…)

   October 8th, 2018    Cornwall, Exploring Devon and Cornwall, Food and eating, International, Life in the South West, Miscellaneous, Penryn Campus, Year Abroad


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


Global Chums mentoring scheme: interview with Amelia

I signed up to be a Global Chums mentor in Spring of 2017, at the same time as I signed up to be an academic mentor. I wanted to be an academic mentor because I’d had one myself, who was extremely supportive and helpful whenever I needed it. As for Global Chums, it was the first year of the scheme and the organizer sent everyone e-mails asking for prospective mentors, and it sounded like a great way to share the things I’d learned about being a foreigner on this particular campus, but also of meeting new people from all sorts of places. So I know what my experience has been like, but since I was never a Global Chums mentee, I can’t really recommend it on my own behalf. So I sat down for hot chocolate with one of my mentees, Amelia from New Zealand, to ask her about her experience and whether she’d recommend the scheme to incoming international students. (more…)

   September 13th, 2018    Cornwall, International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Miscellaneous, Penryn Campus, Preparing for University


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


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