Student Life in Exeter

Exeter Overview

Exeter is known for its ancient history dating back to 50 AD and all most all of the history can be found under one roof at the award-winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum which has free admission which is perfect for students. The Exeter Cathedral was founded in 1050 and it surprisingly survived World War 2 which saw the city of Exeter destroyed which makes it even more iconic to those who go and visit it. For those students who like to get a little bit more hands on then head over to the underground tunnels, with student discount prices starting at £5 it is something not to be missed. The tunnels use to be used to bring clean water into the city from natural springs located just outside the city walls. The majority of Exeter’s historic buildings were destroyed during World War Two but there are still a few places still standing such as 15th century almshouses and Georgian terraces that are still being used as houses to this date. There are several shopping areas in the city with a fantastic range of shops to fit anyone’s taste. Exeter is known in the south-east for its independent art scene, it is a city full of culture and people expressing themselves which is helped by a fantastically open community.

Things to do in Exeter

Right in the heart of the city is the Exeter Phoenix which is a multi-artform venue and are home to multiple art galleries, art studios, gig spaces, a cinema, dance studios and more. The Exeter Phoenix also boasts a café bar which is always the heart of any event being held at this venue, students love this place not only because of its range of cultural arts but because this venue offers student discounts which make it an even more appealing place to visit. The University is the heart of the city especially when it comes to music and creative arts, most gigs that are played by bands are played at the University. There are loads of options to see live music in pubs bars and even the Cavern Club which hosts live tribute acts both day and night. The nightlife in Exeter is perfect for students with cheesy dance nights at Unit 1 or at Timepiece which is known as Exeter’s best club.

Sport in Exeter

Exeter was a host city in the 2015 Rugby World Cup and the main rugby team in the city are the Exeter Chiefs who play at the Sandy Park Stadium with 12,800 fans cheering on the local team. For football fans you will get to watch Exeter City FC play at St James Park which is currently being redeveloped which will make it a great place to go watch football for the day with your friends. Horse racing is very popular in the city because of Exeter racecourse which hosts Greyhound racing as well. Riverside leisure centre has a wave pool which is a great cheap day out. There are also outdoor tennis courts, squash and large indoor sports area.

Escape Exeter

Torquay is a short drive away and is a great place to spend the day to ease the pressure of university and have a walk down the promenade and visit the local shops and grab yourself some fantastic fish and chips. For those of you who like walking and adventures then head over to the rolling hills of central Devon which boast beautiful views and the perfect place to get a picture. Dartmoor national park is an open space that is perfect for playing sports in the summer or just topping up your tan, it is also a great place for a picnic with friends.

Transport in Exeter

Exeter is at the southern end of the M5, this makes it easy for access to Bristol and the M4 which is then a route to Birmingham via the M6. Exeter is easily accessible via coach or train which link to all parts of the UK. Exeter Airport is not very big, but you can fly to Jersey, Manchester, Newcastle, Southampton and Dublin and the airport is situated just 20 minutes’ drive away from the city.

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