Exeter is Devonshire’s favourite place for shopping, with everything you need from high street favourites to independent boutiques all within easy reach of the city centre. From award winning shopping centres like Princesshay to West Country havens like Darts Farm Shopping Village, there’s something to suit everyone.

For the environmentally conscious, Sails and Canvas in Topsham offers a collection of original lifestyle products made from recycled sails, while Georgie & Flo on Upper Paul Street offers the best in handmade gifts and trinkets. There is also Exeter Farmers’ Market, a vibrant collection of independent food and drink vendors that gather every Thursday on the corner of Fore Street and South Street.


Exeter has lots to offer students in the way of eating out on a budget. From street food vendors to comfy pub grub, there’s something to suit every mood. Known by many as one of Exeter’s best pubs, the Old Firehouse is a stunning venue that offers fine food with a cosy and relaxing atmosphere.

Whilst it may look unassuming from the outside, Dinosaur Café is a must for anyone wanting authentic Turkish and Mediterranean food. If Mexican cuisine is more up your street, check out Tacho-Macho Food on Fore Street.


Exeter is packed full of music venues with great music and exceptional vibes. Exeter Corn Exchange and Exeter Cathedral offer the best in large gigs, while Exeter Cavern and The Lemon Grove showcases live music from new and upcoming bands.

As live music goes, it doesn’t get much better than the Exeter Pheonix, home to a wide variety of bands playing everything from indie and folk to reggae and drum ‘n’ bass, meaning no matter what you’re in the mood for, you’ll be able to find something to satisfy your eardrums.


Exeter is a vibrant town with much to offer students looking for a good night out, from clubs featuring the best in house and dance music, to cosy pubs with a welcoming atmosphere.

Timepeace is a longstanding favourite with students, hosting regular student nights and events, whilst The Ram is the Students’ Guild pub in the heart of Exeter’s Streatham campus. Move has also made a name for itself featuring some of the freshest new music in an atmospheric club setting, all without the hefty price tag!


Exeter has a growing cultural offering, and a rich heritage. As a UNESCO City of Literature, and playing host to seminars and events on a multitude of issues and topics, Exeter is a great place for those with a passion for culture, art, history and sociology.

The University of Exeter houses the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, home to one of the largest collections of moving picture material in the country. If you’re feeling slightly more adventurous, why not take the Exeter Sculpture Walk, a self-guided tour around the university’s Streatham campus.

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