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Monday, March 17, 2008

Exeter University

Exeter UniversityExeter University is Devon's premier university.

Exeter University has around 14,000 students at three campuses: the main Streatham campus and St Luke's campus in Exeter plus a newer, smaller campus near Falmouth in Cornwall.

The University of Exeter dates back to 1955 and is a pleasant red-brick institution situated on a lovely, hilly, landscaped campus. The university consistently ranks among the top ten universities in the UK for both academic standards and student satisfaction.

The majority of students still tend to come from the south of England with a substantial contingent of public school, "green welly", Oxbridge rejects.

Many students tend to spend their first year living on campus before moving out into accommodation in Exeter town or in surrounding villages in accommodation which is let out to holiday makers in the summer. A car s essential for students living in the countryside.

Other students may choose to live in Exmouth or the trendy village of Topsham, which have better transport links into Exeter.

The university has a lively social and music scene and a noted local theater - the Northcott Theatre. The university has also enjoyed sporting success particularly in cricket, rugby and rowing.

The University of Exeter is also known for its Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies which began in the 1970s with a large financial endowment from the Middle East. Many students from the Middle East come to the UK to persue their studies here.

Famous alumni of Exeter University include the Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, musicians Will Young, Thom Yorke, lead singer of the band Radiohead, and Felix Buxton of Basement Jaxx, Oscar-winning screenwriter Robert Bolt, BBC Middle East reporter, Frank Gardener, ex-England wicketkeeper Paul Downton and the current President of Turkey Abdullah Gul.

Exeter University
The Queen's Drive
Tel: 01392 661000

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