Things to do in Exeter: The Ultimate Student Guide

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Exeter has consistently been voted one of the UK's best cities and is only 10 minutes away from the sand and sea of Devon's beaches. With over 30,000 students accounting for nearly 30% of the city's population, read our ultimate student guide on Exeter and discover why it's a student's favourite choice.

What is Exeter famous for?

What is Exeter famous for; Exeter Cathedral

A small city, yet trendy university choice for many students, Exeter is also known as the historic capital of Devon and is situated in the Southwest of England, home to one of the oldest settlements in the whole country. But history is not all the city has to offer, as there are plenty of fun and exciting things for students to do in Exeter.

What to do in Exeter?


Things to do in Exeter; Tenpin Bowling Exeter

1. Tenpin Bowling


Located at Havenbanks Retail Park, besides the Quay, we present to you one of Exeter's hidden gems for students: Tenpin Bowling! Get your competitive side in full gear and check it out with your friends. The best thing about this place is that it's inexpensive, and on Tenpin Tuesdays, you and your friends can get half price on all games and drinks at the bar.


2. Unit 1 Nightclub


If you're wondering what the nightlife in Exeter is like – discover Unit 1 nightclub for great old-school disco tracks and cheap drinks. This is the perfect place for those who want to dance like there's no tomorrow and drink their favourite cocktails. And don't forget to book your tickets for the nightclub well in advance as it's a popular destination, especially for its Cheesy Tuesdays. Check Unit 1's website for more fun and exciting upcoming events.

Living in Exeter as a student; Exmouth Beach

3. Exmouth Beach


For the days when there is some good weather – Exmouth Beach is only a 40-minute train journey from Exeter's St David's. Enjoy the picturesque views and take a break from the books with a cosy cup of coffee or hot chocolate if you’re going during the colder months. Whilst you can enjoy the views with your friends you can also get your water sports skills up to par, and even enjoy a spot of mini golf too!


4. Princesshay


Are you in need of a little retail therapy? Visit Princesshay – the shopping centre in the heart of the city. Home to over 70 top high-street brands and independent stores, this is the perfect opportunity to treat yourself. And if you fancy taking a break from all that shopping, you can grab dinner at top chain restaurants such as Nando’s and Wagamama.


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