Exeter has a population of around 118,000 and is consistently rated as one of the best places to live in the UK. Exeter’s popularity as a growing business centre is the result of considerable recent investment into the city and it’s environs as well as the University’s campus investment projects that have contributed towards Exeter retaining its status as an investment centre. There is also, of course, the incredible success of the rugby team.
It is a safe, student-friendly city with a vibrant and fun culture and relaxed atmosphere.
The cafés, restaurants, pubs and modern shops of the city centre mix easily with Exeter’s historic buildings. The city centre itself has an impressive shopping centre with all the stores and facilities you’d expect in the regional capital. But the real enjoyment of shopping in Exeter is to explore the side streets and some of the more unconventional shops, such as the Cathedral Green with its bars and restaurants or Gandy Street with its diverse range of shops selling designer labels, jewellery and gifts.
The city’s arts centre, the Exeter Phoenix, offers top quality theatre, dynamic dance, live music from around the world, exhibitions of visual arts and crafts and thought-provoking films. Exeter’s Northcott Theatre is based on the Streatham Campus and stages its own productions as well as touring shows, comedy nights and concerts. The Vue Cinema is the main cinema in Exeter but the Picturehouse is also very popular. Its programme includes art house and classic films as well as major blockbusters and it has a café/bar with fabulous views.
The nightlife in Exeter is dominated by a diverse range of bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants in the city centre, with student nights most nights of the week. Performers from the London stand-up comedy circuit regularly visit the Comedy Club at the Corn Exchange. Live music can be enjoyed throughout the city in various venues, on campus and at the large Westpoint Arena.