Local Information

About the venue:

The in-person participants will assemble in the Forum Alumni Theatre, accessed via The Forum, on the University of Exeter’s Streatham Campus (building 3 on the campus map). Please use this pin on Google maps should you need interactive directions.


The following hotels are available within Exeter city centre (distance to campus and estimated price for one night’s bed & breakfast indicated in brackets):

Premier Inn Exeter Central St Davids Hotel (1.3km; £50 for single occupancy; £60 for double occupancy);

Oakcliffe Hotel (1.3km; £55 for single occup.; £90 for double occup.);

Mercure Exeter Rougemont Hotel (1.6km; £70 for single occup.; £90 for double occup.);

Jurys Inn Exeter (1.9km; £75 for single occup.; £85 for double occup.);

City Gate Hotel (1.9km; £122 for single occup.; £139 for double occup.);

Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel (2.4km; £96 for single occup.; £106 for double occup.);

Hotel du Vin Exeter (2.6km; £140 for single occup.; £160 for double occup.).

Regular bus services run between the city centre and campus and further information regarding the daily and weekly tickets that are available will be provided closer to the conference.

Travelling to Exeter:

By air

The city of Exeter is served by its own airport. Please see this link for a list of UK and international destinations that are served directly. Ground transportation is required to get between Exeter airport and the city centre/University of Exeter. Please see this link for local bus, taxi and car hire options.

The nearby city of Bristol has a larger airport which serves a larger number of direct destinations. If you choose to fly into Bristol Airport, there is a direct “South West Falcon” coach service. Alternatively, the Airport Flyer bus can take you to Bristol Temple Meads train station from which you can catch a direct train to Exeter St Davids train station.

Visitors travelling from destinations not served by Exeter or Bristol airports may consider flying into London Heathrow. From London Heathrow, you can either take a National Express coach directly from your terminal to Exeter city centre or take the Heathrow Express train service to London Paddington from which you can catch a train to Exeter St Davids. Please note that you must book a place on the National Express coaches prior to boarding, either at the ticket office at Heathrow Terminals 2/3 or online.

By rail

Exeter is served by two main train stations: Exeter Central (serving locations along the south of England) and Exeter St Davids (serving locations to the north). You can use the National Rail Enquiries or the “public transport” options on Google maps to help plan your journey.

By road

Exeter City Bus and Coach Station is served by National Express and Megabus services.

For visitors wishing to travel by car, Exeter is easily accessible from the M5 motorway (junctions 29 and 30). The recommended postcode for the University of Exeter’s Streatham Campus for your Satellite Navigation system is EX4 4QJ.

Additional assistance:

Visa information

For UK visa information, please visit this website. You are advised to apply for a visa, if necessary, well in advance of your visit. If you require an invitation letter for visa purposes, please get in touch with us using the details provided on our contact pages.

EU citizens: Please be advised that as the UK has left the European Union, there is new legislation concerning entering the UK as an EU citizen. EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can travel to the UK for short trips using a valid passport without needing a visa. If you’re unsure about your specific visa requirements, please visit this webpage.

Fizeau Exchange Program

Exeter is a VLTI Expertise Centre (VEC). VLTI users willing to use it’s support services can apply to the Fizeau exchange visitor program. The next Fizeau application deadline is November 15, 2021.

Places to eat on campus

There are several food outlets providing take-away hot and cold food situated in the Forum (building 3 on the campus map) and there is a cafeteria on the top floor.

The Business School’s “Building: One” hosts “La Touche” cafeteria serving hot and cold food (building 84 on the campus map).

The Newman building hosts a cafe serving hot and cold sandwiches.

The Innovation Centre (building 25 on the campus map) hosts its own cafe serving hot and cold sandwiches.

Things to see and do (including options for where to eat on an evening):

There are many things to see and do within Exeter and its surroundings. A few items are listed below but more information can be found on the Visit Exeter webpages.

Exeter Cathedral

Originally built in 1114 AD, Exeter Cathedral stands proud in the centre of Exeter and is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the city. The surrounding Cathedral Green is a public green space popular with tourists and locals alike. Several popular restaurants including Pizza Express, Ask (both Italian), Cote (French), Al Farid (Moroccan), and South Street Standard (local/pub food) are situated around the area.

Gandy Street

Suggested by some to have provided the inspiration for “Diagon Alley” in the Harry Potter books, Gandy Street is home to boutique shops; Exeter’s cultural hub, the Exeter Phoenix; and restaurants including Zizzi (Italian) and las Iguanas (South and Central American); as well as niche pubs and bars (“Crockett’s” gin bar and “John Gandy’s” live music venue and bar).

Exeter Quayside

The quayside (pronounced “key-side”) is one of the most attractive areas of the city, combining elements of contemporary and historic design. There are ample restaurants and bars including Rock Fish (local/fish and chips), Samuel Jones (steakhouse & local/pub food), On The Waterfront (pizza & local/pub food), and Puerto Lounge (various). A quayside path runs along the North West bank of the estuary from Exeter to nearby Exmouth and local vendors situated on the quay provide bikes and/or kayaks for hire.

Additional restaurant suggestions:

Exeter’s Guildhall is home to a variety of restaurants serving local and global cuisine.