6 Things to do in Exeter during Reading Week

By on February 20th, 2023


Things to do in Exeter during Reading Week

With Reading Week upon us we wanted to share some of our top tips for making the most of it whilst studying in Exeter. We’ve covered everything from things to do, to getting lots of rest and relaxation, as well as study time.

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter

1. Enjoy Exeter’s green-friendly campuses

University of Exeter’s campuses offer the most amazing green-friendly campuses, making studying and university life that little bit more enjoyable. Exeter University Streatham Campus is a perfect example, and just under a 30-minute train journey if you are living at The Kingfisher.


There are so many amazing places to explore as a student in Exeter with the perfect blend of old meets new culture and at little cost too. Put these on your to-do list.


Visit Iconic Hot Spots – If you are a Harry Potter fan, you will be happy to know that Exeter is home to several places that were the inspiration for J.K. Rowling while writing the books including Mardon Hall for Gryffindor Common Room and Gandy Street for Diagon Alley.

Head to The Coast – It is always a good time to head to the beach; lucky for you, you are never too far from one. Within reasonable distance of Exmouth Beach (not to mention Falmouth’s several other beaches), you’ll never be stuck for places to take a study break!

Visit The Royal Albert Memorial Museum – Visit the largest museum and art gallery for a true insight to the history of Exeter and with numerous exhibitions held all throughout the year.

3. Travel in and around Exeter

Easy commutes – if you are a resident at The Kingfisher, you will find you have easy transport access, with the nearest train station just a 16-minute walk away. Perfect when you are planning things to do in Exeter. You can even enjoy a day trip to Torquay, home of world-renowned writer Agatha Christie.

Airport travels – Whether you’re an international student who will be flying home to visit family, or you hope to take a quick getaway whenever you please. Exeter International Airport provides flights to over 30 countries and all of the UK’s major cities. It’s also easy to get to via train or bus. Read more travel tips for student life in Exeter.

4. Take a break

Term-time can be really busy, it can be difficult to get rest or catch-up with friends or family. So use this time to re-energise and rejuvenate. Yes, spend time organising your paperwork and studies but also prioritise taking a break. Read a book for fun, get lots of sleep, watch movies and relax.

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5. Head to a bar

Unwind and take in the Exeter nightlife at these top places.

  • Timepiece – This nightclub holds many events and plays a variety of music with cheap drinks to keep everyone happy. Also a wine bar, this place has nights out to suit everyone with silent discos, salsa nights, live DJs and other themed nights to give you a chance to go and let off some steam
  • Unit 1A true gem of Exeter student nightlife, Unit 1 is much like the city in that it’s small but perfectly formed. Whether you’re bopping to old-school hits on Cheesy Tuesdays or feeling the hip-hop and R&B vibes of Project Fridays, one thing’s for sure Unit 1 is an excellent place to party.
  • The Cocktail Club – founded by Dragons’ Den investor Sarah Willingham. This is the perfect place to party, with 2 for £12 cocktails, cocktail masterclasses and more!

6. Eating out in Exeter

Eat your way around the world without even leaving the city by exploring Exeter’s international restaurants and cafes- Thai, Japanese, Greek, Mexican and Lebanese restaurants are just a few on offer.

  • Comptoir Libanais- amazing food and totally Instagram worthy inside!
  • The Old Firehouse- a popular rustic pub popular to students and locals too. Plus, huge pizzas easily split and shared with friends. A bargain at just £10 This place used to be a regular for Exeter’s most famous alumna, J.K. Rowling. The author is said to have spent many an hour making notes and enjoying the food and drink. It has also been said The Old Firehouse is the inspiration for Harry Potter’s favourite pub, The Leaky Cauldron.
  • No Guts No Glory– This chic shop and coffee bar on Fore Street sells beautiful house plants and lifestyle products with a firm focus on sustainability.

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There’s plenty of ways to use your reading weekly wisely, but do ensure you take the time to rest and relax so you’re ready to get back into the swing of term.

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