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University of Exeter

Life as a student at our Exeter campuses

Exeter has a population of around 118,000 and is consistently rated as one of the best places to live in the UK. It is a safe, student-friendly city with a vibrant and fun culture and relaxed atmosphere.


The cafés, restaurants, pubs and modern shops of the city centre mix easily with Exeter’s historic buildings and quayside. Located 15 minutes’ walk from both campuses, the city centre has an impressive shopping centre with all the stores and facilities you’d expect in the regional capital.

Exeter also has some more unique spots such as Cathedral Green with its bars and restaurants or Gandy Street’s diverse range of shops selling designer labels, jewellery and gifts. Exeter is also home to the award winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) which houses over 1 million artefacts and has exhibitions running throughout the year.


The city’s arts centre, the Exeter Phoenix, offers top quality theatre, dynamic dance, live music, exhibitions of arts and crafts and thought-provoking films. Exeter’s Northcott Theatre is based on the Streatham Campus and stages its own productions as well as touring shows, comedy nights and concerts. There are three cinemas in Exeter which show all the major blockbusters as well as art house and classic films.


The nightlife in Exeter is dominated by a diverse range of bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants in the city centre, with student nights most nights of the week. Performers from the London stand-up comedy circuit regularly visit the Comedy Club at the Corn Exchange. Live music can be enjoyed throughout the city in various venues, on campus and at the large Westpoint Arena. Recent artists to appear in Exeter include Years and Years, Muse and Bombay Bicycle Club.

Sport and Societies

With over 200 societies the University of Exeter can cater to a wide variety of interests- whether you love chocolate, want to get involved with volunteering, debating, political causes, student media or play hide and seek you will find a variety of groups to join.  Whether you have always had an interest in something or want to pursue a new pastime they are a great way to meet like-minded people.

Sport is a popular pastime of many students whether it is watching games, coaching, attending the gym, playing in friendly tournaments against other Exeter students or representing the University. With 50 clubs there are a range of sports that our students can get involved with.

Surrounding Area

Exeter is located in Devon, a popular holiday destination which has a wealth of places to visit. Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks are located close by offering picturesque moorland landscape to enjoy. A short train a ride away is a selection of beaches which are popular destinations for many students during the summer months.  There are also lots of towns and villages nearby to explore. Favourite haunts include Topsham with its characterful shops and restaurants and Ottery St Mary where students attend the annual tar barrels spectacle on bonfire night.

Exeter quay
Exeter quay

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