Local guide

A Student’s Guide to Exeter

Exeter is a city of history, architecture, and culture, with an abundance of shopping opportunities and foodie hotspots thrown in for good measure.


Exeter Cathedral

14-minute walk from Clifford House

Exeter is well-known for its beautiful gothic cathedral. If you're in to your architecture, this place is a must visit!

University of Exeter

17-minute walk from Clifford House

Clifford House puts you in good reach of uni and the city centre, the best of both worlds!

Exeter College

6-minute cycle from Clifford House

Zoom to college in record time when living at Clifford House!

Fever & Boutique

12-minute bus from Clifford House

Exeter's newest nightclub that's home to a disco room, club room, ceiling lasers and a Lost Garden!

Unit 1

6-minute walk from Clifford House

Having a wild one? Head to Exeter's biggest club that frequently hosts well known DJs. Quids In Thursday is not to be sniffed at!

Exeter Riddle Sculpture

13 minute walk from Clifford House

This sculpture on Exeter High Street was created by Michael Fairfax. It has eight stainless steel 'wings' bearing writing that can only be read in its reflection.


12-minute walk from Clifford House

From food to fashion, everything you need can be found here at Princesshay, which underwent a major revamp that took over four years to finish.

The Imperial

22-minute walk from Clifford House

The Imperial is the second-largest Wetherspoons in the country. This seemingly endless pub is conveniently located just off the Streatham Campus.

Exeter Northcott Theatre

22-minute walk from Clifford House

Situated on the Streatham Campus of the university, Exeter Northcott Theatre has been the home of high-quality professional theatre in the region for 50 years.



Fancy yourself as a big foodie? Then you’re in luck! Exeter is enjoying a food-and-drink revolution like never before, with more and more great eating establishments and international menus popping up all over the city. As the regional capital, Exeter is also the heart of the South West food scene, where a vast array of outstanding restaurants, cafes and tearooms, bistros, delicatessens, and food markets call home.

When it comes to eating out, you can expect the usual chain restaurants, on top of which there’s an abundance of independent and small-scale eateries. If you like your burgers, then add Hubbox and Five Guys to your must-visit list. If your parents are in town (and if by any chance they offer to buy you dinner), Magdalen Road provides several excellent fine-dining options.

In terms of pubs and clubs, many of Exeter’s watering holes have been serving residents and visitors for hundreds of years. The historic pubs around the Cathedral Yard and High Street are where you should go for a taste of real ales and fine wines.



Good news for the shopaholics: Exeter has all the shops that’ll satisfy everybody’s taste – whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone special – offering chic boutiques and stylish independents alongside the familiar names.

In the city centre, you can find the award-winning Princesshay, which houses a great choice of shops, cafes, and restaurants, all under one roof! If you’re looking for something a little more quirky or unusual, head to the West Quarter, where you’ll find antiques, arts and crafts, water activities, and many other attractions.

The shopping district in Exeter is all easily walkable through accessible public spaces and traffic-free areas. The main shopping centre is largely pedestrianised and well-served by local bus services. Similarly, the busy high street and all its quaint little shopping streets leading off all provide easy shopping in the city centre.



As a student in Exeter, you don’t need to look hard for quality entertainment – quite the opposite! You can look forward to a variety of nightlife and evening entertainment, bringing you something different every night.

Exeter has a good selection of public houses and wine bars to choose from, making the central area particularly busy during Friday and Saturday nights. Most of these public houses also serve food, and there are numerous nice restaurants across the city – offering cuisines ranging from Latin-American to oriental and everything in between.

Other evening entertainments include cinemas, theatres, museums and art galleries, Tenpin bowling, and Westpoint (an entertainment complex). Whether you’re looking for a way to spend a spare afternoon or to celebrate your flatmate’s birthday, there’s something exciting around most corners for every occasion!