Exeter is consistently rated as one of the UK’s best places to live. And not just by locals. Students love how this small, quaint city is packed full of big, exciting opportunities. From exploring castles to kayaking down the quay, watching live sport to dancing the night away, Exeter has it all.
Exeter has a cosy pub on every corner – all within walking distance. The quay is a student-favourite, especially on sunny days. It’s full of bars, pubs, and cocktail bars. If you want to carry the night on, there are nightclubs and events, with a wide-enough variety to suit all music tastes and moods.
The quay is the gift that keeps on giving. At weekends, students love cruising down the River Exe on kayaks and canoes or rock climbing in the quay’s climbing centre. The Vue cinema is 2 minutes away from The Depot, and students regularly enjoy the Boom Battle bar, which also has axe throwing. For a little more adventure, students can get a half hour bus to the beaches at Exmouth and Dawlish.
Exeter may be small, but it’s got a big character. So much so, it was the inspiration for the Harry Potter books. The Old Firehouse pub is the Leaky Cauldron and Gandy Street inspired Diagon Alley. This small city is rich with culture. It’s part of the reason why it’s such an interesting – and popular – place to live. There are historic buildings such as the Exeter Cathedral and St. Nicholas Priory, museums, art galleries and theatres.
Whatever you’re hungry for, Exeter has the answer. There’s amazing food from all over the world – and of course the local coast; fish and chips are a student favourite. And so is the high-quality pub grub found in cosy spots dotted around the city.