Why live in Exeter?
Exeter is a great place to live! It’s a safe and vibrant city with a booming economy, a wealth of entertainment options and a varied housing stock.
Whether you’re seeking a one-bedroom city centre apartment, a new-build family home on a modern estate or a period property in a highly desirable area, you’ll find it in Exeter.
The city itself offers fantastic shopping (from independents to the national high street brands), a plethora of restaurant and eateries and a vibrant nightlife. Plus, the growing economy means there are plenty of work opportunities.
Surrounding Exeter is beautiful rolling Devon countryside with both the North Devon and South Devon coastlines within quick and easy reach.
When you need to travel out of the city, whether for business or pleasure, Exeter’s excellent transport links via rail, road and air will make your journey easy.
What is there to do for families?
Exeter has lots to keep families entertained. Our three favourite activities are:
Indoor climbing at Clip ‘n Climb – have a go at the 26 fantastic climbing challenges at this indoor climbing centre on Exeter Quay. And when everyone has exhausted themselves climbing head off to refuel with dustbin-sized pizzas at On The Waterfront on the quayside.
Rugby – cheer on the Exeter Chiefs, Exeter’s Premier Club rugby team, at a game on their home ground Sandy Park.
Royal Albert Memorial Museum - home to over one million individual objects and specimens from all over the globe, Exeter’s RAMM is a fun and educational free family day out. With regular updates to their collections and new displays, there’s always something different to discover.
Exeter offers a wide variety of schooling options, including both state-funded and private schooling with mixed and same gender schools. A few of the independent schools offer weekly boarding.
In total, there are 36 primary schools and 19 secondary schools in the Exeter area for parents to choose from. The standards are high, with over 70% of those schools with recent Ofsted inspections achieving an ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’ rating.
Exeter College, rated ‘Outstanding’, provides tertiary education to over 10,000 students and offers a vast choice of courses and qualifications across a wide range of subject areas.
Exeter has a diverse nightlife – choose from quiet drinks on the Quay or live music in one of the city centre bars, maybe cocktails on Gandy Street (the inspiration for Harry Potter's Diagon Alley), or live theatre at the university's Northcott Theatre.
Our three favourite evening destinations are:
The Stand Off - this independently owned Irish bar and restaurant in the centre of Exeter offers live sport, great beers and Guinness, fantastic food, live music and always a good craic!
On The Waterfront - set on the picturesque setting of Exeter's quayside this family-friendly pub is a great place to take the kids. They love the dustbin-sized homemade pizzas!
Harry's Restaurant - rated as one of the best restaurants in Exeter on TripAdvisor, Harry's sits within an iconic gothic style building in central Exeter. The warm welcome, eclectic décor and locally sourced menu always make for a great night out.
Exeter has fantastic transport links into and out of the city. Exeter has two junctions on the M5 which provide easy driving access to the north and rest of the country from the main motorway interchanges at Bristol and Birmingham.
The main train station provides national rail services including a direct fast route to London.
And, the city’s airport provides national flights as well as European destinations and international flight hubs such as Amsterdam.
The city itself has a wide serving local bus service, three Park and Ride operations and branch line railway links.