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Student accommodation in Exeter

If you are coming to live at our luxury Exeter student accommodation, you’ll be arriving in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. The Devon countryside is all around this wonderful city, a small enough city to have a welcoming community, but a large enough student city to have plenty of things going on. There are some interesting sights and attractions in Exeter, including one of the narrowest streets in Europe (Parliament Street), Exeter Castle, a Football League club, great art, culture, and museums, and some amazing restaurants and cafés. The University of Exeter is a well-renowned higher establishment, with a wonderful Students’ Guild that is also a fantastic live venue for music, comedy, and events.

We’ve designed our luxury student apartments in Exeter to be everything that you could ever want or need as a brand-new student living away from home. It gives you the perfect place to relax, to meet new friends in the communal areas, and to build a good life away from home for the few years you are studying at university. You have a choice of large shared apartments, or spacious studios, all with en suite bathrooms, great big comfortable beds, study areas, and loads of storage. The luxury apartments are located close to great public transport links, and within walking distance of universities and all amenities.

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Exeter Universities

Our luxury Exeter student accommodation is located in the perfect spot to reach university with ease, whether by foot or public transport (there are several great bus routes that cater for the universities and the city centre). We always want to deliver student apartments that allow you to have the right foundation to do well with your work, but also to enjoy life in a new city, close to all amenities and student clubnights.

  1. University of Exeter – There are over 22,500 students in this city, meaning it is always thriving and full of exciting events. A long history and tradition, the University can be traced back to a School of Art and Science in the 1800s, becoming a full university in 1955. The University of Exeter itself is located within some amazing surroundings, with the Streatham Campus in particular an interesting spot where there is a registered botanic garden that even grew an edible crop of bananas in the last few years. The university is dedicated to flexible learning within a small and friendly community setting. World-class facilities are employed in over 30 disciplines, ensuring a consistent high ranking in the university leagues. The Students’ Guild has over 12,000 members and over 260 societies, with an emphasis on volunteer and charity work.
  2. Exeter College – A further education establishment, Exeter College was the first of its kind in England, and is still the highest ranked college of this nature in the UK. The facilities of the college are world class, leading to the college winning multiple awards, and helping to shape a successful future for students whether that is to move on to university or head into a specific career. The emphasis is on delivering excellence in all aspects of learning and research to allow students to express themselves in the most effective way to maximise their potential.
  3. Exeter School of Art – The Exeter School of Art has a range of foundation courses that enable students to have the requisite qualifications and skills to move into university life. There has been a long and storied history of art in Exeter, dating back to 1854, and in 2016 Exeter School of Art was launched in the Faculty of Art and Design at Exeter College, close to where the original art school was located.

Eating Out in Exeter

Living in our luxury student accommodation in Exeter you’ll be best placed to make the most of some of the fantastic cafés and restaurants that are perfect for students to make the most of. There is plenty of appetite for good food in this part of the world, with some wonderful local produce in the region. From cheap student eats, daily coffee shops and cafés, to fancy restaurants and hearty pub grub and world cuisine, there is something for every taste.

  1. Glorious Art House (Fore St) – Is there anything better than a warm and comforting cup of hot chocolate? We didn’t think so. Especially as Autumn begins to turn into winter it is worth buying a little treat from time to time, and to shake up the daily cup of tea or coffee routine around work. The world-class hot chocolates here are just that, world class. Be sure to make a visit to pick up a drink.
  2. The Old Firehouse (New N Rd) – A student institution in Exeter The Old Firehouse is popular with locals and students alike. There are three floors, an outside courtyard, and always a busy atmosphere. You’ll find cheap drinks offers, late-night pizza baskets that have to be seen to be believed, regular live music, and busy bars at night. It is an all-round winner.
  3. The Imperial (New N Rd) – Close to the university campus, and with a fantastic beer garden for the warmer months, The ‘Impy’ is a firm favourite with students in Exeter. The food is cheap, always comes to the table pretty quickly, and gives massive portions. There are three bars inside, and a big space, so it’s the perfect place to go for a big pub lunch with your mates, or for a few drinks and sharing snacks when the day is over.
  4. On the Waterfront (The Quay) – Serving delicious food from the ground floor of a 19th century warehouse that has some stunning original features, On the Waterfront is a great place to go with friends, or to host a big society party. Sit along the water’s edge with a big sharing platter, one of the tasty speciality pizzas, or a themed meal.
  5. Tea on the Green (Cathedral Cl) – A completely unique café experience in the city, Tea on the Green overlooks the exquisite Exeter Cathedral. Breakfast is served 7 days a week, with a wide range of food on offer from toast (even toast with marmite!) up to a full English. During the day you can find light bites for lunch, cream tea, and plenty of cakes to choose from. Tea on the Green also caters for those seeking out vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

Exeter Nightlife

Living in our Exeter student accommodation you’ve got a little piece of luxury to call home, and to prepare for a big night out in town. Those students moving from big cities might find it a little quiet compared to what they are used to, and it will never be able to compete with a big city for nightlife. If you have come from a smaller town or quiet part of the country however, Exeter will seem livelier than you are used to. Exeter is a city, and there is plenty of good nights out to be had, but it is definitely in a much safer and more manageable way than when living as a new student in a big city, such as London, Leeds, or Glasgow. There is a real community of students here, with fantastic nights out, and student-specific deals and promotions to be found throughout the city.

  1. The Lemon Grove ‘The Lemmy’ (St. German’s Rd) – The Lemon Grove is just a short walk away from the Students’ Guild and is one of the most popular places to congregate. It is a great place to start a night, as it is close to loads of pubs and clubnights. It is also a small and intimate music venue where you can see some great bands on their way up in the business.
  2. Timepiece (Little Castle St) – The most famous nightclub in Exeter, Timepiece is an institution, and is host to some absolutely legendary clubnights for students. It calls itself a ‘half decent nightclub’, but don’t be fooled by the self-deprecation, as you’ll find different society nights here almost every night of the week, and some fantastic drinks promotions that are perfect for a student budget.
  3. The Cavern (Queen St) – Providing Indie and Alternative clubnights for students more into that scene than the cheesy music of Timepiece, The Cavern is also a cosy music venue, playing hose to local and international bands and artists. Expect indie music, rock, funk, and an eclectic range of alternative live music.
  4. Exmouth Boat Parties – An experience like no other, the famous Exmouth boat parties run by the Students’ Guild at Exeter University are brilliant, boisterous parties that last for hours. A 3-hour party boat that sets off to see the sunset and has a disco, seating inside and outside, and a bar on board. What’s not to like?
  5. Student Friendly Pubs – In a town such as this there is no surprise to find countless proper old-fashioned pubs and student-friendly bars that make for a fantastic pub crawl. The Ship Inn is a particularly famous pub, and along with The Victoria Inn, The Firehouse and The ‘Impy’ (The Imperial) is a firm favourite on the student pub map for cheap drinks and decent food, whilst Double Locks and Turf Locks both provide good views of the city and decorative pub interiors to while away a few hours.

Sport in Exeter

Sport always plays a big part in student life in any city, and Exeter is no different. If you have come along to university with expectations of taking part in sport, you’ll have your sportswear ready to go back at your luxury Exeter student apartment and you’ll want to quickly find out where to go to join a team, or where to go to watch live sport.

  1. Competitive Exeter University Sport – There are some outstanding sports facilities at the University of Exeter, and in the British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) rankings, it has consistently ranked at a high level (top 5 in the country as recently as 2016/17). If you are looking to join sports teams in a wide variety of sports, you can compete at an elite level whilst studying at the University of Exeter.
  2. Sports Facilities – Not everyone wants to take part in elite and competitive sport however, and at the Streatham Campus students can take advantage of the 200-station gym, quality indoor and outdoor sports pitches, cricket centre, sports hall, swimming pools both inside and out, and squash courts. If you are looking to have some fun, keep fit, make new friends, the sports facilities here are fantastic.
  3. Sailing and Watersports – With some prime locations to call on along the canal, the University of Exeter also provides access to the impeccable Roadford RYA Sailing Centre. Here, you’ll find a fleet of boats and a boathouse on the canal side. The Sailing Centre welcomes those with no experience at all, right up to veterans on the water. The Quayside is the setting each year for the Exeter Regatta and Dragonboat racing.
  4. St James Park – If you love football then you won’t be disappointed living at our Exeter student apartments. Just a short walk away is the home of Exeter City Football Club. The ground has hosted some big names in football over the last few years in the FA Cup, and the team compete in League Two.
  5. Rugby Union – The Exeter Chiefs are a traditional rugby union club dating back to 1871 and play in the top league of English rugby. Sandy Park is on the outskirts of the city, but easily reached via public transport from your new luxury student apartment. The stadium is impressive, and was one of the host stadiums during the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

Shopping in Exeter

Moving to a new city can be daunting but once you’ve unpacked your belongings in your stylish new luxury student apartment in Exeter, the next thing you’ll want to do is work out where to go in order to buy the essentials in life. We all need to stock the cupboards with food, buy new clothes, and also treat ourselves with books, music, and other items. Where should you look to go shopping in Exeter?

There are quite a few different areas in the city, and to be honest just an afternoon of strolling around Exeter to different shopping centres and areas is a wonderful way to spend a day, marvelling at the stunning architecture that is all around. You’ll find high street brands and retail outlets next to quirky boutiques and small independents.

  1. Quayside – The Quayside is a glorious part of the city to wander around anyway, but it is also the sport where you can find quaint little arts and crafts suppliers, jewellers, antique shops, as well as some lovely cafés and bistros to sit with a cup of tea and watch the world go by as you take a break from shopping for half hour.
  2. Fore Street – Fore Street is more widely known as the place where you can crawl from pub to pub, making a real day of it. There is more to it than just drinking though, Fore Street is also the place where you’ll find the highest concentration of independent shops and old arcades, full of the creative and arts scene folk selling all sorts of interesting items. It is also a lovely winding downhill walk towards the river.
  3. Cathedral Quarter – The Cathedral Quarter is located around the 800-year old Cathedral. It is a truly stunning location where you’ll find a number of boutiques and independent stores, with the spacious green in front of you and no traffic in sight.
  4. Princesshay – Located in the award-winning section of the city centre, Princesshay is a large shopping centre with big brand name stores and plenty of cafés and restaurants to provide a pitstop along the way. Located within easy distance of the city centre, it is the place to go for the brand names that you know and love. Other undercover shopping centres of note in the city include Harlequins and The Guildhall, both offering up a mixture of high street stores and independent boutiques.
  5. Gandy Street – Gandy Street is student central as far as shopping is concerned. It’s certainly the place to go if you are in the process of creating your own personal style that is new and unique to you. You’ll discover some cool boutiques selling interesting and cutting-edge clothing, gift stores, charity shops for a rummage in a sale pile, and plenty of boutiques.

Exeter Events

Exeter isn’t a big city, like London, or even a Manchester or Birmingham, but it is a fantastic community-minded city that always has plenty of events on to please students living in the city. You’ll be all worn out after exploring Exeter and taking in the countless events throughout the year, and you’ll be glad to have your comfortable, luxury Exeter student accommodation to head back to and relax for a bit, and to put your feet up. You are living in the perfect location to enjoy the best of what the city has to offer.

  1. Hijacked Festival – Hijacked Festival is a belter of an electronic festival, bringing the best of a Glastonbury-style festival vibes to the city (without the mud). It is one of the highlights of every year, ending Freshers celebrations in style, and in recent years has taken place at the stunning Powderham Castle. Cover your face in glitter, and head down to dance away in the last of the sunshine before autumn hits.
  2. Enchanted Garden Ball – A sophisticated event where you can dance away quietly at a silent disco, try the many fairground attractions, whilst dressed up as fancy as you can imagine. All set in a luscious green field, The Enchanted Garden Ball (EGB) is one of the best events of the year at one of the finest universities in the world.
  3. The Beach – One of the benefits of living in this glorious part of the world is that you do have some wonderful nature right on your doorstep. The beach is only 20 minutes away, and is the perfect antidote after a big night out in town. Why not head over with friends to see the sunrise after a long night out at a club? Or swim and paddle at Exmouth beach on a lazy Sunday, eating a picnic with friends and enjoying the fresh, clean air.
  4. Live Music – Music is such an important part of student life in every city and Exeter is no different. There are some vibrant, raucous venues in town to catch some up-and-coming bands, as well as established artists. The Great Hall and Exeter Cathedral provide stunning backdrops for live music, performance, and comedy, The Cavern Club and The Lemmy smaller venues (the toilets of The Lemmy are where Thom Yorke wrote the lyrics to Radiohead’s single Creep). For large festivals like Let’s Rock Exeter there are spacious event spaces like Powderham Castle and Westpoint Exeter.
  5. Heritage Open Day – In a city as beautiful and full of rich, traditional architecture, it would be folly to not want to explore the aesthetic of the city, and the Heritage Open Day is a fantastic way to see things that you might not necessarily get the chance to on any other day. It is free to the public and is the day of the year where public buildings and those not open to the public open their doors.

Take a walk around Exeter when you first arrive at our luxury Exeter student accommodation and you’ll discover plenty of attractions and events taking place throughout the year that are exciting and interesting. It is a wonderful city to live in as a student, and with your new home you’ll be in the perfect location to make the most of it.