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Hi everyone, I'm a first year student at Exeter studying a Flexible Combined Honour Degree in History and Film Studies. If you have any questions about life at Exeter or university in general, I'm happy to answer them or help direct you to the people who can help! It really wasn't long ago that I was in your exact position

Edit: I can see that some people have really strong opinions about the university and these are as valid as anyone else's but this forum was set up to answer questions for those who do want to go to Exeter university, or are considering it at least. I am not trying to influence anyone's decision and I will always encourage people who are unsure about attending to go with the place that they see themselves being the happiest, whether that's at Exeter or not. Additionally, I hope to encourage people to educate themselves on real student experiences - and not get bogged down by rankings or reputations - which is what I hoped to do with this forum. I have no agenda, I have not been asked to do this, I am simply doing it because it helped so much when I was applying to universities. So, if you don't have a genuine question, I would really appreciate it if you made a separate forum for your opinons - I hope you understand!
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What’s the history side of the course like at Exeter? (Broad question I know)
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What’s the history side of the course like at Exeter? (Broad question I know)
Hey! Okay, so I'll speak a little bit about modules, teaching and then I'll talk a bit about workload.

So, if you're hoping to study just History it's important to know there are a few compulsory modules in your first year and a few areas for you to choose what you want to do. In your first term, you will have to do a module called Making History (everyone has to do it who studies history, even me). Making History is not fun xD But it's entirely necessary and something you kind of just have to grit your teeth and get through (they assessed my year by 40% skills assessment, and 60% essay but this can change). In term 2, those doing just history will continue with another similar module called Approaches to History. Then there are two 'understanding' modules in 'Medieval and Early Modern', and 'Modern'. I know a lot of people do both but others just choose to do one and pick up the remaining credits elsewhere. These 'understanding' modules run over both term 1 and 2 (15 credits in each). For me, doing Understanding Medieval, it was two 25% essays (1 in each term) and 50% exam in term 3. Then there are skills modules which are all the fun, really specialised modules. I didn't do any in term 1 but I am doing one in term 2 which is on Madness in the 19th century - bear in mind the modules change every year so this might not be available to you. But generally the focus in these modules is on coursework and then an essay at the end.

Contact hours are very limited in History (in term 1, I had three lectures a week and two seminars every other week (but different for those doing straight History), so I would 100% recommend joining the history society or attending some of their events in freshers week in order to meet people as it isn't an especially sociable course - there's a lot of reading - but it's nice to see some friendly faces! The teaching is varied, but you'll find the specialised subjects are more engaging because the professors are specialists in that field. Lectures are usually just a professor standing in front of a board and giving you information, whereas seminars are a lot more engaged and full of debate and discussion.

Workload wise, you'll be looking at an average of 2 readings per module per week, and readings can vary in length but average between 15-20 pages. Some modules will put a huge stress on group activities so you'll want to meet up with them at points as well (it can be helpful to split up workload when doing this), whilst others will be completely independent. For essays (which vary from 1,000-2,000 words in lenght), they recommend around 10-15 readings.

Sorry that this is so broad, but it's a huge degree and I'm still getting my head round it myself! I really enjoy history here, having looked at other places such as Bristol, Warwick and Nottingham, it was by far my favourite because of the variety. Everyone is very lovely and helpful here and I hope that, if you choose to come here or already have a place, that you enjoy it! Please feel free to ask any more questions, and I'll do my best to answer them
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Hey! Okay, so I'll speak a little bit about modules, teaching and then I'll talk a bit about workload.

So, if you're hoping to study just History it's important to know there are a few compulsory modules in your first year and a few areas for you to choose what you want to do. In your first term, you will have to do a module called Making History (everyone has to do it who studies history, even me). Making History is not fun xD But it's entirely necessary and something you kind of just have to grit your teeth and get through (they assessed my year by 40% skills assessment, and 60% essay but this can change). In term 2, those doing just history will continue with another similar module called Approaches to History. Then there are two 'understanding' modules in 'Medieval and Early Modern', and 'Modern'. I know a lot of people do both but others just choose to do one and pick up the remaining credits elsewhere. These 'understanding' modules run over both term 1 and 2 (15 credits in each). For me, doing Understanding Medieval, it was two 25% essays (1 in each term) and 50% exam in term 3. Then there are skills modules which are all the fun, really specialised modules. I didn't do any in term 1 but I am doing one in term 2 which is on Madness in the 19th century - bear in mind the modules change every year so this might not be available to you. But generally the focus in these modules is on coursework and then an essay at the end.

Contact hours are very limited in History (in term 1, I had three lectures a week and two seminars every other week (but different for those doing straight History), so I would 100% recommend joining the history society or attending some of their events in freshers week in order to meet people as it isn't an especially sociable course - there's a lot of reading - but it's nice to see some friendly faces! The teaching is varied, but you'll find the specialised subjects are more engaging because the professors are specialists in that field. Lectures are usually just a professor standing in front of a board and giving you information, whereas seminars are a lot more engaged and full of debate and discussion.

Workload wise, you'll be looking at an average of 2 readings per module per week, and readings can vary in length but average between 15-20 pages. Some modules will put a huge stress on group activities so you'll want to meet up with them at points as well (it can be helpful to split up workload when doing this), whilst others will be completely independent. For essays (which vary from 1,000-2,000 words in lenght), they recommend around 10-15 readings.

Sorry that this is so broad, but it's a huge degree and I'm still getting my head round it myself! I really enjoy history here, having looked at other places such as Bristol, Warwick and Nottingham, it was by far my favourite because of the variety. Everyone is very lovely and helpful here and I hope that, if you choose to come here or already have a place, that you enjoy it! Please feel free to ask any more questions, and I'll do my best to answer them
Thanks for all that info - it’s really helpful. I’m looking to do history and English so do you do core modules of both film and history in your case, and how do the optional modules work? (Sorry for all the questions)
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Thanks for all that info - it’s really helpful. I’m looking to do history and English so do you do core modules of both film and history in your case, and how do the optional modules work? (Sorry for all the questions)
Of course! That's what I'm here for!! My course comes under the Flexible Combined Honours Programme (effectively, I just made up a degree for myself xD) but History and English is a set degree so everything I said in my prior message changes for you. For me, I was allocated to optional modules and if I didn't like it, then I could go and talk to my hub to try and change it but it's much more difficult for me as my subjects aren't very compatible timetable wise (every subject has an allocated help point or 'hub' on campus which deal with timetabling queries and module choices). I have had a quick look at the prospectus for English and History, and as far as I can tell it's actually not as separate as my degree. So, they actually have set compulsory modules and optional modules which run independently from the single honours courses. So, from what I gather, you wouldn't be doing Making History (the compulsory history module I referred to earlier) but would, instead, be doing a module tailored specifically for English and History e.g. Literature and the History of Ideas. As I don't do the course, anything I'm saying is completely interpreted from the online perspective, but I would definitely recommend reading up as much about it as possible from the website or else contacting the college of humanities. I also noticed that this course is on Penryn campus and not Streatham (in Exeter, where I am). My sister was on the Penryn campus so I can help a little, but not too much as I don't want to give you the wrong information. Again, I would stress reading up as much as possible and contacting the college of humanities for any specific questions on the course. From what happens in other degrees, optional modules are released online (for year one, term one just before September) and you get to choose from a list a few modules, in order of preference, that you would like to study and it's allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Again, for History and English this is separate from the single honours of each so make sure you are aware that it is very much it's own degree. I hope this has made sense, it's a bit of mess, but if you need me to clarify anything, I'm happy to go over it!
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Hey it’s me again

I was wondering if you know what the atmosphere is like at Rowe House and Birks (self-catered) - are they quite lively halls?
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Hey it’s me again

I was wondering if you know what the atmosphere is like at Rowe House and Birks (self-catered) - are they quite lively halls?
Hi! I know a few people from Rowe House and it's right next to Lafrowda - very central and close to the heart of campus. All of it's rooms are en-suite so will be slightly more expensive than some of the other accomodations, of course if you're looking for en-suite it might be perfect for you! I don't think there have been any problems with it and it's really good for accessing the rest of campus! I'd say it's about a 20 minute walk from the heart of town if you're looking for clubs and pubs but Rowe and Lafrowda are also REALLY close to the on campus club, 'The Lemon Grove', and not too far from the on campus pub, 'The Ram'. It doesn't have the same "party" reputation as Lafrowda so the people you live with might have chosen Rowe for that reason, but bear in mind that when you apply for accomodation at Exeter, they let you put down your interests and hobbies (such as, clubbing or going to the pub) and they'll try and match you up with people who have put down similar interests. You really don't know who'll you end up with - so be careful when choosing a place based purely on its reputation.

As for Birks Grange, I've met quite a lot of people from there and all they ever talk about is Cardiac Hill which is a very long, quite steep hill which has steps in places that can be a killer in the dark, wet or ice! If you're okay with the trek (it is a good leg workout) then Birks will be fine. I think it's very like Lafrowda in the way that there's lots of blocks and lots of people so there's lots going on there! Everyone seems to go for Lafrowda first, being the "party" halls, but I really think they're very similar, just Lafrowda seems slightly closer to the heart of campus and has easier access to things. Birks is pretty central to campus, just from a different angle to Lafrowda and Rowe House I'd say its a 25/30 minute walk to the heart of town.

Here are some videos on Rowe House and Birks Grange if you want to check them out in a bit more detail! Francesca's videos were really useful for me when I was going through the application process for accomodation Hope this helps!


https://youtu.be/UXD_pSuNn_4 (Rowe House)

https://youtu.be/rcut1ULomFs (studio, en-suite, self-catered in Birks Grange)
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Hey, what’s the best way to do food shopping in halls? what’s the closest supermarket to Lafrowda/Rowes side of the campus?
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Hey, what’s the best way to do food shopping in halls? what’s the closest supermarket to Lafrowda/Rowes side of the campus?
Hi! So this is a really good question. The first thing to say is that the main campus isn’t located by any large supermarket. Most people will pay to have their food delivered (if you do it as a flat this is a much cheaper way of doing things). I’d recommend doing this because you do not want to be dragging shopping back up from town. There are lots of supermarkets in Exeter so you have lots of choice, they are just all around the centre of town. There are two convenience stores on campus - one right by Lafrowda (I’ve never been in so I’m not sure how much they stock), and then one in the forum. They don’t stock enough for your weekly shop but they’re good if you run out of milk or need something really last minute. So my biggest advice to you would be food delivery - it’s the way most people do their food shopping whilst living on campus
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Hi! I know a few people from Rowe House and it's right next to Lafrowda - very central and close to the heart of campus. All of it's rooms are en-suite so will be slightly more expensive than some of the other accomodations, of course if you're looking for en-suite it might be perfect for you! I don't think there have been any problems with it and it's really good for accessing the rest of campus! I'd say it's about a 20 minute walk from the heart of town if you're looking for clubs and pubs but Rowe and Lafrowda are also REALLY close to the on campus club, 'The Lemon Grove', and not too far from the on campus pub, 'The Ram'. It doesn't have the same "party" reputation as Lafrowda so the people you live with might have chosen Rowe for that reason, but bear in mind that when you apply for accomodation at Exeter, they let you put down your interests and hobbies (such as, clubbing or going to the pub) and they'll try and match you up with people who have put down similar interests. You really don't know who'll you end up with - so be careful when choosing a place based purely on its reputation.

As for Birks Grange, I've met quite a lot of people from there and all they ever talk about is Cardiac Hill which is a very long, quite steep hill which has steps in places that can be a killer in the dark, wet or ice! If you're okay with the trek (it is a good leg workout) then Birks will be fine. I think it's very like Lafrowda in the way that there's lots of blocks and lots of people so there's lots going on there! Everyone seems to go for Lafrowda first, being the "party" halls, but I really think they're very similar, just Lafrowda seems slightly closer to the heart of campus and has easier access to things. Birks is pretty central to campus, just from a different angle to Lafrowda and Rowe House I'd say its a 25/30 minute walk to the heart of town.

Here are some videos on Rowe House and Birks Grange if you want to check them out in a bit more detail! Francesca's videos were really useful for me when I was going through the application process for accomodation Hope this helps!


https://youtu.be/UXD_pSuNn_4 (Rowe House)

https://youtu.be/rcut1ULomFs (studio, en-suite, self-catered in Birks Grange)
This is really helpful, thankyou!
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-Whats the nightlife like?
-Whats the accommodation in general like, in your opinion?
-How have you coped with the workload of your course?
-This is a weird question to ask, but is there a northerner vs southerner vibe?
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Hi

-Whats the nightlife like?
-Whats the accommodation in general like, in your opinion?
-How have you coped with the workload of your course?
-This is a weird question to ask, but is there a northerner vs southerner vibe?
Hi, thank you for your questions!!

- As someone who was never really near any clubs back home, the nightlife in Exeter is very good! But for someone who maybe comes from a big city with lots of clubs nearby then you might be a little underwhelmed by the selection! It really depends on what you're looking for If you want a uni that is near a variety of clubs that play different music, attract different people and offer student nights most days of the week then Exeter is really good for that! These are the clubs I know of: Unit 1 (has a popular student night on a Tuesday called Cheesy Tuesdays which play anything from High School Musical to S Club 7 to the Macarena xD Also has an EXTREMELY popular night on a Thursday called Quids-in which costs a £1 to get in and offers cheap drinks, typical club music but a really good night), Timepiece/TP (probably the biggest student night out of the week is on a Wednesday to TP which mostly attracts sports socials. Real mixture of music. It's set on 3 levels, the first level is free), Cavern (an underground, smaller club that attracts students from both the uni and local college - I think it's more indie/alternative/rock music, though I've never been), Fever (mixture of music, popular on a Monday) and Rosies (pop music). There's also the on-campus club called the Lemon Grove which is open on a Saturday night (I haven't been so don't ask me what it's like!). As someone who isn't really fussed about clubbing, every night that I've been out has been really enjoyable and hilarious and I've never felt unsafe (although TP Wednesdays can get a bit rowdy). If clubbing isn't really your thing there are plenty of pubs and bars in Exeter, you're spoilt for choice really. There's 3 spoons - the best one for students being the Imperial/Impy which is right next to campus. I recommend fully the Firehouse which has the best pizza in Exeter and sells local cider etc. If you're coming for an open day or offer holder day definitely try and check it out! Anyway, the point I'm getting at is that there is lots of choice at night here. Exeter is much quieter than some of the bigger cities like Birmingham or Manchester, but they still offer some great nights out!

- This is a hard question for me to answer because I wasn't placed in on-campus accomodation which was run by the university - I asked to be, all of my 4 options were on-campus, but I ended up being placed in private accomodation run by a company called Unite who have two halls here called Northfield and Northernhay. It was unlucky, but I really am so happy in my accomodation and I'm right in the centre of town so have easy access to clubs, pubs and shops. From my experience of going to flat parties and going to see friends in different accomodations, there really are so many similarities between them. My advice for when you're looking for accomodation is to really consider price and distance from campus. Lafrowda, Birks and Rowe House, in my opinion, are very similar in their location to campus and town and their general vibe. Lafrowda has this "party" reputation so it attracts more "party" people, but that doesn't mean that you won't find this in other accomodations as well because not everyone can be in Lafrowda - it's the most popular and only 1/4 get a room there. In general, there seems to be overall satisfaction with the accomodation but, if you want a more detailed look at all of the options available to you and a look into the experiences of people living there, a really good youtube channel to check out is Student Life Vlogs Francesca (https://www.youtube.com/channe/UCrFJz5VQbLPhZQnDIYF50PQ). I watched all of Francesca's videos when I was going through the accomodation application. Sorry I can't answer much more on this, but I hope that this helps.

- Workload for my course was a big shock for me. I think there's this big expectation that first year is really easy because it doesn't count. It doesn't have the added pressure of counting towards your degree, but you still need to get 40% to pass and 60% if you want to do a placement year or year abroad in third year. For me, it's also important to keep on top of work so that I can enjoy my weekends and holidays with family etc. For my course specifically, the two subjects I do are EXTREMELY heavy on out of class reading. There is reading prep for seminars every week and reading for essays at the end of term. This can so easily catch up with you and it's really about staying on top of everything the best you can. However, it's not like this for every 1st year. I have a flatmate who does Economics and he had relatively nothing in first term and not much more in second term. I take mine as a positive, I think that I will be in a better position next year when things begin to count, but it can get a bit too much sometimes so it really is a balancing act between work and mental health. I spend many hours in my room, reading but I need to remind myself when to stop sometimes. It really depends entirely on your course and also the amount of pressure you will put on yourself in first year - people have very different approaches!

- Haha, okay. So Exeter definitely has a high percentage of students that are from the south of England. As a southerner myself, it can feel a bit weird at how easy it is to find a mutual friend with someone from my county. There are less people from the north, mainly because Exeter is very southern and it's quite far from home. There is general banter and teasing between the two, but it's all in good humour and just a bit of fun. All of the northerners who I've met have taken the piss out of me and I reciprocate!! There's also a big number of international students, which is constantly on the rise, so it really doesn't matter where you're originally from

If you have any other questions, or want me to go over anything, please don't hesitate to ask!!
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Hi, thank you for your questions!!

- As someone who was never really near any clubs back home, the nightlife in Exeter is very good! But for someone who maybe comes from a big city with lots of clubs nearby then you might be a little underwhelmed by the selection! It really depends on what you're looking for If you want a uni that is near a variety of clubs that play different music, attract different people and offer student nights most days of the week then Exeter is really good for that! These are the clubs I know of: Unit 1 (has a popular student night on a Tuesday called Cheesy Tuesdays which play anything from High School Musical to S Club 7 to the Macarena xD Also has an EXTREMELY popular night on a Thursday called Quids-in which costs a £1 to get in and offers cheap drinks, mostly pop music but a really good night), Timepiece/TP (probably the biggest student night out of the week is on a Wednesday to TP which mostly attracts sports socials. Real mixture of music. It's set on 3 levels, the first level is free), Cavern (an underground, smaller club that attracts students from both the uni and local college - I think it's more indie/alternative/rock music, though I've never been), Fever (pop music, popular on a Monday) and Rosies (pop music). There's also the on-campus club called the Lemon Grove which is open on a Saturday night (I haven't been so don't ask me what it's like!). As someone who isn't really fussed about clubbing, every night that I've been out has been really enjoyable and hilarious and I've never felt unsafe (although TP Wednesdays can get a bit rowdy). If clubbing isn't really your thing there are plenty of pubs and bars in Exeter, you're spoilt for choice really. There's 3 spoons - the best one for students being the Imperial/Impy which is right next to campus. I recommend fully the Firehouse which has the best pizza in Exeter and sells local cider etc. If you're coming for an open day or offer holder day definitely try and check it out! Anyway, the point I'm getting at is that there is lots of choice at night here. Exeter is much quieter than some of the bigger cities like Birmingham or Manchester, but they still offer some great nights out!

- This is a hard question for me to answer because I wasn't placed in on-campus accomodation which was run by the university - I asked to be, all of my 4 options were on-campus, but I ended up being placed in private accomodation run by a company called Unite who have two halls here called Northfield and Northernhay. It was unlucky, but I really am so happy in my accomodation and I'm right in the centre of town so have easy access to clubs, pubs and shops. From my experience of going to flat parties and going to see friends in different accomodations, there really are so many similarities between them. My advice for when you're looking for accomodation is to really consider price and distance from campus. Lafrowda, Birks and Rowe House, in my opinion, are very similar in their location to campus and town and their general vibe. Lafrowda has this "party" reputation so it attracts more "party" people, but that doesn't mean that you won't find this in other accomodations as well because not everyone can be in Lafrowda - it's the most popular and only 1/4 get a room there. In general, there seems to be overall satisfaction with the accomodation but, if you want a more detailed look at all of the options available to you and a look into the experiences of people living there, a really good youtube channel to check out is Student Life Vlogs Francesca (https://www.youtube.com/channe/UCrFJz5VQbLPhZQnDIYF50PQ). I watched all of Francesca's videos when I was going through the accomodation application. Sorry I can't answer much more on this, but I hope that this helps.

- Workload for my course was a big shock for me. I think there's this big expectation that first year is really easy because it doesn't count. It doesn't have the added pressure of counting towards your degree, but you still need to get 40% to pass and 60% if you want to do a placement year or year abroad in third year. For me, it's also important to keep on top of work so that I can enjoy my weekends and holidays with family etc. For my course specifically, the two subjects I do are EXTREMELY heavy on out of class reading. There is reading prep for seminars every week and reading for essays at the end of term. This can so easily catch up with you and it's really about staying on top of everything the best you can. However, it's not like this for every 1st year. I have a flatmate who does Economics and he had relatively nothing in first term and not much more in second term. I take mine as a positive, I think that I will be in a better position next year when things begin to count, but it can get a bit too much sometimes so it really is a balancing act between work and mental health. I spend many hours in my room, reading but I need to remind myself when to stop sometimes. It really depends entirely on your course and also the amount of pressure you will put on yourself in first year - people have very different approaches!

- Haha, okay. So Exeter definitely has a high percentage of students that are from the south of England. As a southerner myself, it can feel a bit weird at how easy it is to find a mutual friend with someone from my county. There are less people from the north, mainly because Exeter is very southern and it's quite far from home. There is general banter and teasing between the two, but it's all in good humour and just a bit of fun. All of the northerners who I've met have taken the piss out of me and I reciprocate!! There's also a big number of international students, which is constantly on the rise, so it really doesn't matter where you're originally from

If you have any other questions, or want me to go over anything, please don't hesitate to ask!!
Hi, you mentioned that you didn't get given your chosen accommodation on campus. How common is this and did most people you know get their chosen accommodations?
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Hi, you mentioned that you didn't get given your chosen accommodation on campus. How common is this and did most people you know get their chosen accommodations?
I think this is relatively uncommon, but there’s always the option to go on a waiting list for one of the on-campus accommodations if you’re really unhappy. It’s just worth bearing in mind because I was taken completely by surprise by it. Whilst it worked out for me, it might not for others. I would say that most get their top 4 choices and I wouldn’t worry too much, but at the same time don’t set your heart on your first choice .
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Hi - I was wondering if you have any advice for which catered halls to apply for at Exeter? I noticed that both Mardon & Lopes have a lot of twin rooms and I was wondering if I apply there is it likely I will have to share? Also, do you know anyone at Pennsylvania Court and how social it is there?

One other question is how popular is the year abroad at Exeter. I applied for History & French so I wanted to know if the year abroad is well-organised/popular?

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Hi - I was wondering if you have any advice for which catered halls to apply for at Exeter? I noticed that both Mardon & Lopes have a lot of twin rooms and I was wondering if I apply there is it likely I will have to share? Also, do you know anyone at Pennsylvania Court and how social it is there?

One other question is how popular is the year abroad at Exeter. I applied for History & French so I wanted to know if the year abroad is well-organised/popular?

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Hi! I can't really give you any advice exactly because I haven't experienced catered halls! If you want a first hand account of what it's actually like to be in the catered halls here at Exeter (non-specific to type of halls) I would check out this video on youtube as it will give you a well rounded view of what catered halls are like here which is way more than I can give you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zD-B5B--v4

Just off my knowledge of the location of these halls, I would say that Mardon is really central to campus which is great for when you're a first year but don't be too scared to look further out either (I wanted to be central to campus, ended up in town and love it here). Mardon is quite near the biggest Whetherspoons in Exeter, the Imperial, a hotspot for students I'd say its about a 25 minute walk from the town centre. As for Lopes, I would say that there is a good chance you might end up in a twin room (unless of course this is explicitly determined in the application and, however, if this does happen you can always request a change of rooms). Lopes is a little bit further out of the centre of campus, but really not by much! Plus, it's on the side of the campus which is closer to the campus club and nearer bus stops that will take you straight into town. I'd say it's about a 20 minute walk from the town centre, but bear in mind Lopes will place you in perfect positioning for Forum Hill (one of the bigger hills on campus that leads to many lecture theatres). Lots of students, including myself, have to do it but just remember this: it can be a killer before those 8:30 lectures!

To answer your question about Pennsylvania Court - I don't know anyone that lives there, but again can give you some advice on its location. It's right next to Lopes so the same kind of applies. It's also worth bearing in mind that Lopes and Pennsylvania Court require you to move all of your stuff out at Easter - which can be frustrating especially if you live far away from Exeter. My advice to anyone who is looking for accomodation and judging it on its reputation as being social or not is that you try and keep an open mind. Lots and lots of people apply to Lafrowda which has the 'party' reputation here at Exeter, but lots of people don't get their space there and they end up in other accomodations (but they still want a social life!).

Finally, in regard to your question about year abroad - they are extremely popular! Lots of people decide to do study or work abroad, others do year in placement in the UK. It's extremely popular and the university will help you along the way If you want more information, this is the link to the university's webpage about study/work abroad http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studyabroad/outbound/

This is also a link to their Live Chat page which allows you to speak to a member of staff about the study/work abroad programme http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studyabroad/...ctus/livechat/

This link to the study abroad handbook might also be useful - http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studyabroad/...arch/handbook/

Your subjects will compliment study/work abroad really nicely and I wish you the best of luck with everything!
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Thank you so much! This is really helpful!
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Hi! I can't really give you any advice exactly because I haven't experienced catered halls! If you want a first hand account of what it's actually like to be in the catered halls here at Exeter (non-specific to type of halls) I would check out this video on youtube as it will give you a well rounded view of what catered halls are like here which is way more than I can give you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zD-B5B--v4

Just off my knowledge of the location of these halls, I would say that Mardon is really central to campus which is great for when you're a first year but don't be too scared to look further out either (I wanted to be central to campus, ended up in town and love it here). Mardon is quite near the biggest Whetherspoons in Exeter, the Imperial, a hotspot for students I'd say its about a 25 minute walk from the town centre. As for Lopes, I would say that there is a good chance you might end up in a twin room (unless of course this is explicitly determined in the application and, however, if this does happen you can always request a change of rooms). Lopes is a little bit further out of the centre of campus, but really not by much! Plus, it's on the side of the campus which is closer to the campus club and nearer bus stops that will take you straight into town. I'd say it's about a 20 minute walk from the town centre, but bear in mind Lopes will place you in perfect positioning for Forum Hill (one of the bigger hills on campus that leads to many lecture theatres). Lots of students, including myself, have to do it but just remember this: it can be a killer before those 8:30 lectures!

To answer your question about Pennsylvania Court - I don't know anyone that lives there, but again can give you some advice on its location. It's right next to Lopes so the same kind of applies. It's also worth bearing in mind that Lopes and Pennsylvania Court require you to move all of your stuff out at Easter - which can be frustrating especially if you live far away from Exeter. My advice to anyone who is looking for accomodation and judging it on its reputation as being social or not is that you try and keep an open mind. Lots and lots of people apply to Lafrowda which has the 'party' reputation here at Exeter, but lots of people don't get their space there and they end up in other accomodations (but they still want a social life!).

Finally, in regard to your question about year abroad - they are extremely popular! Lots of people decide to do study or work abroad, others do year in placement in the UK. It's extremely popular and the university will help you along the way If you want more information, this is the link to the university's webpage about study/work abroad http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studyabroad/outbound/

This is also a link to their Live Chat page which allows you to speak to a member of staff about the study/work abroad programme http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studyabroad/...ctus/livechat/

This link to the study abroad handbook might also be useful - http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studyabroad/...arch/handbook/

Your subjects will compliment study/work abroad really nicely and I wish you the best of luck with everything!
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Hi, I'm looking at halls atm for next year. I've just found out that my first choice is going to be under construction for the majority of the year. I'm just wondering if anyone you know has been in halls under construction this year, and whether I should consider other options as result of the works? Thanks
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Hi everyone, I'm a first year student at Exeter studying a Flexible Combined Honour Degree in History and Film Studies. If you have any questions about life at Exeter or university in general, I'm happy to answer them or help direct you to the people who can help! It really wasn't long ago that I was in your exact position
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Hi, I'm looking at halls atm for next year. I've just found out that my first choice is going to be under construction for the majority of the year. I'm just wondering if anyone you know has been in halls under construction this year, and whether I should consider other options as result of the works? Thanks
I don’t know anyone personally, but my advice to anyone in this situation would be that you consider how deep a sleeper you are and also your ability to work if there is a bit of noise coming from outside. There’s also the possibility that if you really were struggling in that environment you may be able to switch halls once you’re here (of course this can be a hard move to make if you like your flatmates). It might also be that your block is only affected for a short period of time but this is entirely dependent and really down to luck. I hope this helped, but if you want further information i would contact the accommodation team. Good luck with everything!
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Ok thanks very much for your help
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I don’t know anyone personally, but my advice to anyone in this situation would be that you consider how deep a sleeper you are and also your ability to work if there is a bit of noise coming from outside. There’s also the possibility that if you really were struggling in that environment you may be able to switch halls once you’re here (of course this can be a hard move to make if you like your flatmates). It might also be that your block is only affected for a short period of time but this is entirely dependent and really down to luck. I hope this helped, but if you want further information i would contact the accommodation team. Good luck with everything!
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