The main aims of the University of Exeter Residentials are to allow students to experience university life. The thought of being away from home, family and friends can be quite scary, but once you arrive, settle in and make new friends, going to university can be the best experience of your life.
This year we are expecting about 60 students to come to each of our Residentials, from different places around the west-country.
For the duration of the residential everything will be FREE - you wont have to pay for accommodation, refreshments or any of the activities during the residential.
What to expect - Q & A's
You can find more information about the social and academic programme by clicking here.
On this page you will find answers to common questions relating to the residential.
How much will it cost?
Absolutely nothing, the transport, accommodation and social activities will all be paid for by the University.
How will I get to Exeter?
All the transport arrangements to and from the University are being organised and paid for by the University. The possibilities include train or bus or laternatively parents/guardians can drop you off and pick you up and be reimbursed for fuel.
Who will be there?
About 60 other students both male and female from your year group will attend.
Can I leave if I don't like it?
Yes, although we’d like you to give it a fair chance before leaving. And if the reason you don’t like is something we can solve, we’ll try our best to help.
Can I leave in the evenings to meet my mates?
This won't apply to most of you, but we can't allow you off campus unsupervised.
What will we be doing in the evenings?
This year we’re thinking of a sports evening, a BBQ, and a dinner and disco. You'll also get free time to choose from various other activities.
What if I don't know anyone who is going?
You’ll be fine; there will be lots of other people who don’t know anyone either, and we will have lots of icebreaking activities, to get to know one another. There also lots of friendly University students to talk to. Within a day you’ll know loads of people.
What if I don't think I want to go to University?
This is an opportunity that could help you make that decision. It’s a great experience and you will live just like a student for the duration of the residential (but without the alcohol!).
Why is it worth giving up my free time?
Because it's a free holiday with lots of opportunities to make friends, have a laugh and get some ideas of whether university is for you.
Where will we be sleeping? Will it be in dormitories?
No, you'll have your own room, with your own key. The accommodation is based in one of the Hall of Residence's, where our first year students live. There are loads of facilities including a large screen satellite TV and pool table where you can relax.
Please note that students will not be allowed to share rooms whilst on the residential. This is due to legal reasons and beyond our control.
Do we have to pay for our food?
No, the only thing you pay for is food like chocolates, crisps & cans of drink from the campus shop..
Where will we eat?
Generally in the hall of residence, apart from any evening activities that are off the campus site.
What will we eat?
You will have a choice of food for all 3 meals throughout the residential, past examples are pizza, a barbeque, pasta dishes and curries.
What if I'm a vegetarian/diabetic/allergic to nuts?
If you let us know any special dietary requirements in advance then we will take this into account & provide alternative meal options for you.
What if I don't want to ....play sports, join in activities, learn about science?
You are not forced to do any of the social activities that we arrange - you could stay in the Hall where the ambassadors chill out. However, we do ask that you attend all academic sessions. If you are not happy with the subject you’ve been allocated to, or how the academic sessions are going, then let us know, we’ll do our best to put this right.
How much free time will there be?
With about 5 hours of academic sessions, and a packed social programme your day will be quite busy, but you will get breaks throughout the day and a chance to relax before & after dinner.
How much spending money shall I take? Will there be an opportunity to spend it?
You may wish to bring some money to pay for snacks, cans of drink etc in the evenings between £10 - £20 should be plenty. You should NOT bring large sums of money with you, as we will not have the facilities to store money securely. There is a Natwest cash machine on campus, but students will not normally be allowed to leave the campus to use different cash machines in Exeter city centre.