A modern city with a rich history
Set in the heart of the beautiful Devon countryside, Exeter is consistently rated as one of the best places to live, work, and study in the UK.
Exeter is a lively, vibrant city with a strong independent sector, with boutique shops alongside high street stores, and quirky cafes peppered amongst independent restaurants using locally sourced produce. 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, a quarter of Exeter’s population study or work at the University, making the city a welcoming environment for students and academics alike.
Over recent years a number of big-name companies and organisations have seen the potential of the South West’s capital city, from the Met Office to John Lewis Partnership, while Exeter’s new Science Park provides outstanding opportunities for technologically-driven businesses to develop.
Exeter is the administrative and commercial centre of Devon, and the region’s exquisite coastline and impressive national parks are only a short drive, cycle, bus or train journey away. With direct flights from Exeter to London, the city is now also better connected and more accessible than ever.
With its Roman origins, gothic cathedral, and legacy of the Blitz, Exeter has an abundance of interesting places to explore. Find out more.
Small but perfectly formed, Exeter’s vibrant nightlife is powered by the high proportion of students in the city and takes in nightclubs, pubs, live music, and much more besides. Find out more.
Exeter benefits from a huge amount of green spaces at its heart and on its fringes, not least the University’s own Streatham Campus. Find out more.
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. Find out more.
Well heeled and comfortable, Exeter exudes evidence of its centuries-old role as the spiritual and administrative heart of Devon. The city's Gothic cathedral presides over pockets of cobbled streets; medieval and Georgian buildings, and fragments of the Roman city stretch out all around. A snazzy new shopping centre brings bursts of the modern, thousands of university students ensure a buzzing nightlife, and the vibrant quayside acts as a launch pad for cycling or kayaking trips. Throw in some stylish places to stay and eat and you have a relaxed but lively base for explorations.
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