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Geography at Streatham Campus: New students

Undergraduates: Streatham Campus

A very warm welcome to Geography at the University of Exeter. Congratulations on securing your place here – we look forward to meeting you, and hope you will enjoy a rewarding and challenging academic experience as part of the Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy.

On this page: New Students Guide | Online induction Welcome from Head of Department | Academic induction | Getting started in Geography | What Exeter is really like

We will be updating this page regularly as new details of induction and welcome activities are released. Please ensure you check back here frequently for updates, as well as your personal email account, new University of Exeter email account, and your My Timetable for the most up-to-date information from us. (Please note you need to register with the University and activate your IT account to access My Timetable.) If you have any questions about your induction or starting your studies, please contact your Info Point using the details on this page.

New students guide

The new students guide includes everything you need to know about starting University, with a handy checklist of tasks to help you through your first term.

Online academic induction

Start your university experience before you arrive, with your online academic induction for students in the Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy. This digital course will help you learn more about the University and all you need to make the most of your time with us, ensuring you're ready to dive into the full experience from day one. We recommend completing this in the weeks leading up to your arrival, allowing you start connecting with your new classmates.

Welcome to Geography

A massive welcome to all of you who have chosen to come and study Geography with us at the University of Exeter and many congratulations on securing a place here. Geography matters, perhaps more than ever now and we are all greatly looking forward to meeting you as you start your three, or for some of you four, year degree programme. We will do all we can to help you to have a fabulous, stimulating, and productive time as a Geography student at Exeter.

If you have any questions or queries about your arrival in Exeter, please do not hesitate to contact the Geography team within the Amory Hub at or 01392 723301.

Welcome to Exeter Geography!

Professor Nicola Thomas - Head of Geography, Streatham Campus


Your academic induction

Your Academic Induction is made up of an online course and face to face meeting during Welcome Week (18-22 September). These cover an introduction to your department and course, and you will receive helpful information about your studies. Through your on campus induction you can expect to meet your new classmates and get to know some of the academics who will be leading your course.

Your on-campus induction is 12:00-13:00 on Wednesday 20th September 2023 in Amory Parker Moot Lecture Theatre (Building 29 on the Streatham Campus map).

Please check your timetable in the iExeter app for any updates to the time and location.

Getting started in Geography

Info at Amory is the information point for Geography at Streatham Campus.

If you have any questions, worries or concerns you can get in touch with us at or on 01392 722257.


Access the Geography student portal on ELE

Access and wellbeing support

If you have declared a disability on your application form pre-arrival or on a medical form, we would advise you to contact AccessAbility and Wellbeing services by logging an enquiry through the SID helpdesk. They will ensure that you get the additional study support you require e.g. extra time in exams, specific software etc.

Services and support


Geography students are involved in many different societies. Two you are likely to hear about during welcome week are:

GeogSoc is one of Exeter's largest academic societies on campus with over 250 members. It organises many regular socials, intramural sports teams, peer mentoring, weekend trips and the Annual GeogSoc Spring ball.

Missing Maps is an organisation founded by a group of charities including The British Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières. It aims to map areas of the world at risk from natural disasters and crises. Exeter Geography students support Missing Maps by running a number of ‘mapathon’ events throughout the year.

Connect with us

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram: @exetergeography or Twitter: @ExeterGeography for Exeter Geography updates!

Access to IT equipment on campus:

All the software you need to successfully complete your geography degree at Exeter will be available to you in our specialist computer labs in the Hatherly building, or from elsewhere on campus using the virtual desktop. However, we know that many students choose to purchase personal IT equipment such as a laptop before beginning their degree.

If you are buying a new computer for university:

If you are considering purchasing IT equipment it is recommended that you choose a Microsoft Windows laptop to ensure you get the best experience using the geography software that you will encounter. Not all of the Geography software will install successfully on a Mac.

Don’t worry if you already have a Mac and don’t want to get a new machine – you can still access all the software you need on our computers on campus or you can access most software through our virtual desktop. It may also be possible to install a Windows partition on your Mac using BootCamp. We have staff who can help you with this.

If you are purchasing new equipment, there is a really wide range of models to choose from. It’s your personal choice of what machine to get, but if you would like something that will allow you to use the majority of software you will encounter on this course, we would advise that you consider a machine with:

  • At least 512GB - 1TB of storage
  • At least 8GB of RAM
  • Screen Resolution of no less than 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Intel i5 Processor
  • A high-quality Graphics Card

Support with costs:

If you need financial support to help you with costs of IT equipment, you can read about what support might be available to you on our Success for All webpages.

As we mentioned above, don’t worry if you choose not to purchase a laptop – you can still use the computers on campus or the virtual desktop.

Basic reading lists for each first year module can be found in the module descriptors. All recommended reading should be available through the university library

What Exeter is really like: Current students share their honest experience

Welcome to Geography at Streatham Campus! We're really looking forward to welcoming you.

To help you know what to expect from your first year, we've asked some of our current Geography students for their honest opinions, experience and advice on starting uni. You can watch the videos below or open the playlist on Youtube

Dr Matt Finn - Senior Lecturer

Introduction from Matt Finn

1. Expectations 

2. Making friends

3. Accommodation

4. Studying abroad 

5. Learning at university

6. Things I wish I'd known

7. Preparing for uni & optional modules outside of Geography

8. Beaches and getting outside the Exeter bubble


9. One thing not to be without