The Sanctuary: New Study Space

The Lower Exam Hall is being completely refurbished and will reopen as The Sanctuary in Spring 2012.

This development is in direct response to student feedback that you want more quiet study space on campus.

Further details will be released soon with regards to the opening of this venue – stay tuned!

The Sanctuary












What you can expect upon completion:

  • During term time: 180 quiet study seats close to the Library and Forum with a range of seats and desks suited to individual study with wifi throughout. The Sanctuary will also be the venue for major student-facing events, like Welcome Week, the Information Fair and the Careers Fair.
  • During assessment periods: The Sanctuary will be used for examination space at the heart of campus; at these times 150 extra study seats open up in the Forum Library
  • In vacation periods: events and conference space to generate income for Exeter

The Project Brief

The Lower Exam Hall is at the heart of campus, under the Great Hall and right by the Forum and Devonshire House. We are giving the space a new purpose, to increase quiet study provision (180 seats) and create flexible space for exams and events. Whether you want to drop down between lectures for a few minutes, or study for a few hours on an essay, the Sanctuary will have a range of seating and excellent wifi for you to use. It’ll also be a comfortable and quiet space for exams near to lots of other facilities, like revision space in the Forum Library.

Whilst the LEH is primarily intended for quiet study throughout term time, outside of term and assessment periods, it will be utilised for a variety of other activities throughout the year. This will include central University events such as Welcome Week, the Information Fair and the Careers Fair, as well as other Exeter Events and Guild Bookings. We’ll make sure these events are well publicised so you can plan your study around them, and enjoy other study spaces like the Forum Library and (coming soon) new study space in the Amory Building.

For more details, please contact Nicki Archer, Learning Spaces Assistant (