Plans for a £48 million development at the University of Exeter have been approved by the local authority.
The scheme, known as the Forum Project, includes the construction of a new student services centre, a landscaped piazza and a large auditorium as well as the extension and refurbishment of the existing library.
A new university reception and retail and catering outlets will also be built.
Work is scheduled to start in January.
The project will take about two years to complete.