This site was really helpful to me when I was applying for Uni, so thought I'd do a good deed for the day+give something back etc.
In short, Exeter is paradise on earth! Think I'm exagerrating? No, I'm deadly serious, there is nothing this place dosen't have if you look hard enough, and remember..the best things come in small packages!
OK, I'm a london girl and a very very sociable person, I like to have fun, go clubbing, go to gigs etc. So obviously your thinkin little Exeter is not the obvious choice for a night owl such as myself? Wrong again! Exeter has it's fair share of clubs (VVV cheap and great fun cos u know everyone there!) and simply hundreds of pubs and bars to choose from..I've been out almost every night since September and not seen them all! By far the best thing about Exeter is the social scene and the fact that because the city is smallish, you always see people you know. It's fantastic, the size is most definatly an advantage, Exeter has real community spirit.
This is especially true if your in a big, sociable hall such as Duryard or Birks. I'm in Duryard and although the 'decor' put me off a little to start with, now I wouldn't swap it for anything. I have made amazing friends, am surrounded by people whenever I need a chat, and enjoy by FAR the most active social life of any hall on campus. My advice here is, don't let the lack of decor in the big sixties monstrosities (Duryard and Birks!) put you off when applying for accomodation. I have friends in smaller halls such as Hope and Mardon who hate it because the hall social life is non-existent, whereas in Duryard the 620-something population provides a really sociable atmosphere at socials, BBQ's and formals etc. However, if you are a quiet person and don't like constant activity on y0r doorstep, a small hall or self-catering might be the way to go. Personally I like getting woken up by my drunken friends at all hours!! By the way, the Safer Sex Ball is a LEGEND! If there is one thing you can't miss all year, this is it. Gig's wise, if you're into alternative music the Cavern and Three Fat Fish in town are great and have a good line-up, but I've also been to Campus Band nights at Clydesdale and even..shock horror, gigs at The Lemmy! (Spunge and NHOI were good!)
OK, enough about the legendary social scene of the south west! My course, English, is really good. The tutors and lecturers are really inspiring, and most of them (I have fallen asleep, but only twice!) really do know what they're talking about. However it is a really difficult course to get on to, I had to get 3 A's at A level, prob bcos my personal statement was crap! So advice is, get loads of help in writing a kick-ass personal statement, because it really does count for a lot. The choice is in the second year for Eng by the way, so you better check out the mandatory 1st yr modules before you choose Exeter. I've really enjoyed them tho, esp Culture and Criticism.
The uni istelf. What can I say..dosen't the fact that students across the country voted it as having the prettiest/greenest/sunniest campus in the country, say something?!! The campus truly is to die for, and the weather in the south west is really good, quite mild even when it was snowing at home, haha! That is why having three great beaches less than 20mins away is so cool. I've been twice this term, and it is so much fun. I'd recommend Dawlish, it's got a huge pub right on the beachfront! Loads of places to eat and drink on campus too, love the Ram after a 9 oclock on monday morning, serious hangover cure! One of the best things about campus has to be the Pizza delivery service tho, classic. The shopping in town is great by the way, it's got everything you need (trust me, I have a serious shopping compulsion, esp for shoes and bags..ahh) house of fraser, faith, your average high street eg. topshop, miss selfridge, hennes etc and loads of little surfy/urban/boho shops in Gandy Street.
OK think i've said enough now. Phew. One thing to end on, if you get into Duryard, you are a VERY privilidged person...hopefully with an iron constitution!