About Exeter

A modern city with a rich history

Exeter is home to our main site, the Streatham Campus on the edge of the city, and St Luke's Campus in the heart of the town. 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. There are 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. 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 better connected and more accessible than ever.

Places of note

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

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. Find out more.

Nightlife and going out

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.

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. Find out more.

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. Find out more.

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. Find out more.

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. Find out more.

Beyond the city

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