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About Exeter, Devon


Devon’s capital city, Exeter, is home to both our Streatham Campus, found on the edge of the city, and St Luke’s Campus, found in the heart of Exeter. Nestled in the picturesque Devon countryside, Exeter is renowned as the fastest developing city in the South West, as well as the #1 cleanest in the country.

It is a bustling city full of independence. Along the high street, you’ll find plenty of boutique shops – and the renowned Exeter Quay is home to dozens of cosy cafes and restaurants that use locally sourced products. Find out more about what Exeter has to offer, including food, shopping and places to visit, on the Exeter Live Better website. You can also hear from students about their life in Exeter on our blog pages.

Boasting a high quality of life and low crime rate, over a quarter of Exeter’s population study or work at the University, making the city a welcoming environment for students and academics alike. Exeter is the administrative and commercial core of Devon, with prominent companies such as IKEA, John Lewis and the Met Office recently branching to the city – and our state-of-the-art Science Park provides outstanding opportunities for technologically-driven businesses to develop.

The county’s exquisite coastlines and national parks are a short drive, cycle, bus or train journey away, and with fast links to major cities across the country, it’s no wonder our students are consistently amongst the most satisfied in the country.

A major new study has revealed that Devon has the best quality of life of anywhere in England and Wales.

Places of note

With its Roman origins, gothic cathedral, and legacy of the Blitz, Exeter has an abundance of interesting places to explore.

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Food and drink

One of the foodie centres of the South West, Exeter offers an exceptional array of choice for eating out and fabulous local produce for eating in.

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Nightlife and going out

Small but perfectly formed, Exeter’s nightlife is powered by the high proportion of students in the city and takes in nightclubs, pubs, live music, and much more besides.

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Shopping and retail

The city centre and stylish, modern Princesshay complex boast big names galore, and are complemented by a bustling culture of independent shops and boutiques across the varied but compact city centre.

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Green spaces

Exeter benefits from a huge amount of green spaces at its heart and on its fringes, not least the University’s own Streatham Campus.

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Arts and culture

Award-winning museums, independent theatres and cinemas in the heart of the city, and a busy cultural calendar contribute to a thriving scene.

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Sport and leisure

Exeter is home to Premiership rugby and Football League teams, and offers a wide array of sporting and leisure activities from cycling to canoeing to climbing and beyond. 

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Beyond the city

Rolling countryside, expansive National Parks, and, of course, miles of beautiful beaches make exploring outside the city itself exhilarating and rewarding.

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