What is living in Exeter like for students?

Exeter is a peaceful, scenic city surrounded by stunning countryside and coastal views. In addition to its rich history, there’s a large student population, a vibrant atmosphere and lots of fun things to do – so students living in Exeter will always be entertained.

In the heart of the South West, this friendly and inviting city has both ancient landmarks and modern amenities. You’ll discover the Exeter Quayside – a popular riverside destination to relax in the sun, eat good food, shop in independent stores and go on boat trips – as well as a Gothic Cathedral, Roman ruins and cobbled streets.

What makes Exeter a great student city?

  • Beaches – easy travel to the beach from all campuses for a study break or an end of term celebration in the sun.
  • History – explore Gandy Street, said to be the inspiration for J. K. Rowling’s Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter movies.
  • Entertainment – Exeter hosts a range of multi-cultural festivals, including international food, music and the arts.
  • Food – enjoy international street food markets, farmers' markets and a huge variety of global cuisine around the city.
  • Travel links – travel to London by train in under three hours and catch flights around Europe from Exeter Airport.

What can I do for fun in Exeter?

There’s a huge variety of things for students to do for fun in Exeter, including:

  • Shopping. Buy your favourite brands in the Princesshay shopping mall, with shops including the Apple Store and H&M.
  • Student nights. Enjoy a selection of pubs, bars and clubs in the city centre and on campus, including The Lemon Grove.
  • Medieval passageways. Explore fascinating vaulted passageways around the city, dating back to the 14th century.
  • Museums and arts. Visit the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre for top entertainment.
  • Live music. Attend large music gigs at the Exeter Corn Exchange or listen to local bands at Artigiano Café Bar.

Discover more things to do in Exeter here: https://www.visitexeter.com/

What sports can I play in Exeter?

Exeter is a city that is passionate about sport. A host city to the Rugby World Cup in 2015, the Exeter Chiefs is a top Premiership Rugby team that is supported throughout the country. In addition to Rugby, Exeter also has a football team, hosts watersport competitions including annual dragonboat racing and rowing events, and has rock climbing centres.

If you enjoy playing sport, visit the Sports Park on the Streatham Campus. Here, you’ll find:

  • a large gym with cardio and weightlifting equipment
  • four different types of Astroturf pitches
  • a sports hall for badminton, basketball and football
  • a cricket centre, tennis centre and golf centre
  • an outdoor swimming pool

The St Luke's Sports Centre also has great facilities including a gym, sports halls and an indoor swimming pool.

Can I find international food in Exeter?

You’ll be spoilt for choice in Exeter, with a wide selection of restaurants and cafés serving global cuisine. You'll find the Exeter Street Food Market during the summer in three locations across the city, as well as regular farmers' markets in and around Exeter where you can pick up local produce and seasonal fruit and vegetables. Popular restaurants include:

  • Somboon Thai – INTO Exeter students think this the best Thai place in the UK!
  • The Old Firehouse – popular student spot that serves giant pizzas and burgers.
  • iFood Thai Taste – authentic Asian dishes that are good value for money.
  • Karma – North Indian, South Indian and Indo-Chinese cuisine rated top in Exeter.
  • Dee Yi – authentic and affordable Chinese food that is highly rated by its diners.

You’ll find a street food market on the Streatham Campus every two weeks serving flavours from across the globe. From Sri Lankan curries and Greek pita to wood-fired pizza and Vietnamese bánh mì, there’s something for every appetite.

How much does it cost to live in Exeter for students?

As Exeter is a student city, it’s entirely possible for students to live here on a budget. Once you’ve settled in, you’ll have a better understanding of what things cost and the best places to shop, but in the meantime, you can consider the cost of:

  • food and drink
  • entertainment
  • travel (local and national)
  • clothes and toiletries
  • other expenses, such as haircuts

Find out how to budget at university here: https://www.intostudy.com/en/how-to-budget

Is it easy to travel around Exeter and the UK?

The University is a 10-minute bus ride from the city centre, with buses running regularly between the campus and city. As the city centre is reasonably compact, you'll find travelling around Exeter easy by walking or cycling.

For travel further afield, there are great rail links and the airport is around 25 minutes away by taxi. Fly to Edinburgh, Manchester and countries in Europe such as Spain and Greece, or get the train to:

  • Bristol – one hour
  • London – under three hours
  • Manchester – five hours

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