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My daughter has an offer of AAB form Exeter to read History so we're off to the Open Day in a couple of weeks. She doesn't fancy the campus down at Land's End so at the mo we're talking about the City of Exeter campus.

Anyone or anyone's children, extended family, friends, enemies etc had the pleasure of an Exeter education?

As before, all thought welcome.

TIA.
 
Lot of school friends went to Exeter, although mainly for sciences rather than arts, so the experience will differ in terms of teaching.

Environment wise however, they all seemed very enthused with it - Exeter itself has reasonable facilities, if not a huge choice of them, and the campus itself was spoken of far more fondly than Reading. Close to the sea, close to Dartmoor, so lots to do if she enjoys the outdoors. A car seemed to be a 'must have' however. Accommodation seemed cheap, but I perhaps had a jaundiced London view of that.

Edit: if she was interested in maritime / naval history, Exeter has some very prominent professors and a very strong post-grad line up in that field.
 
N A M Rodger is a visiting professor there - probably the foremost Naval historian of today (Wooden Walls on the Georgian navy and the three volume history of the Royal Navy are magisterial - it did annoy me going round HMS Victory a couple of years ago that they seemingly had learnt their spiel from Horrible Histories rather than Nick Rodger).

Jeremy Black is an excellent historian too - Georgian history was his subject at Durham when I was there.

Exeter is a lovely city with great countryside, pubs, beaches and activities all around. Car vital.
 
Thanks.

Have to admit I quite like HH, though I do concede it is for a rather younger & less specialist audience than one would find studying History at a leading Russell Group university.

A friend of mine went to Exeter in the late '70's to study Psychology.

He found it a bit divided along lines of money, with the 'Wellies' as they were called renting charming cottages in the country with Daddy's money & driving in & the rest of the students living in squalor on 4 day old bread & no name beans in the town & halls. I'm guess any Uni will have students with wide differences in disposable spending & wonder if his feelings of being an outsider were more down to the fact he was one of the very few black Afro-Caribbean students there. Many things were different back then.
 
He found it a bit divided along lines of money, with the 'Wellies' as they were called renting charming cottages in the country with Daddy's money & driving in & the rest of the students living in squalor on 4 day old bread & no name beans in the town & halls. I'm guess any Uni will have students with wide differences in disposable spending & wonder if his feelings of being an outsider were more down to the fact he was one of the very few black Afro-Caribbean students there. Many things were different back then.

Not sure of the actual stats, but there is a definite public school feel to a lot of Exeter, in a laid back "I have the money not to worry" sort of way, but again that may just have been the people I went round the place with.

The Union is definitely one of the less militant and more centralist however - no bad thing as they focus on facilities rather than pointless lobbying and statements of condemnation / banning of songs / inflation of beer prices.
 
N A M Rodger is a visiting professor there - probably the foremost Naval historian of today (Wooden Walls on the Georgian navy and the three volume history of the Royal Navy are magisterial - it did annoy me going round HMS Victory a couple of years ago that they seemingly had learnt their spiel from Horrible Histories rather than Nick Rodger).

Jeremy Black is an excellent historian too - Georgian history was his subject at Durham when I was there.

Exeter is a lovely city with great countryside, pubs, beaches and activities all around. Car vital.

Well said. I had both Jeremy Black and NAM Rodger as guest lecturers (Andrew Lambert as a tutor as well), and they really are in their own league when it comes to delivery and lucidity of knowledge.

Eric Grove is also a 'must see' if you get the chance.
 
Our Son was at Exeter a few years back and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Great social life, superb lectures - he read Economic History - so highly recommended. He also started a club night called " Car Wash" which had an eighties disco feel I recall.
 
Thanks everyone.

Can anyone recommend somewhere cheap & close to the university where we could park for 4 or 5 hours on a Wednesday while we go to the open day & have a wander around the city?

TIA.
 
Take the park and ride in from near the M5 junction - Exeter isn't very big and the uni is within walking distance of the city centre (or get a bus)
Exeter is a lovely (small) city (With the exception of some of the 60's buildings - but that's a common theme everywhere!)
 
Thanks but TBH I don't want to rely on buses to & from a P&R some distance from the university.

We're looking at a 2 hour talk & question session + about 6 or so hours there & back so I'd much prefer to be able to park within a 10 or 15 minute walk so we can get going once it's over. I plan to go down to show her the coast afterwards so it'll be a long day.

Using this site - Exeter parking - Car Parks, Street Parking, Private Garages there doesn't appear to be a huge amount of pay parking around the uni. Does anyone who lives in or knows Exeter know if there is street parking available within walking distance?
 
My ex went to Exeter Uni , and when I used to visit her in halls , I used to park off the Cowley Bridge Road.

Parking was never a problem , but I should stress that this was getting on for 20 years ago.

There was a pub there , I think called the Red Cow and a proper Wild West brawl broke out while I was in there , flying chairs , everything. Happy days.
 
Just dont eat a local "Dewdney" pasty. (No relation) they are truely foul imho.
 

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