An historic city with more students than tourists

Exeter is an historic city in Devon built on on the River Exe. It was the most south-westerly Roman fortified settlement in Britain. Exeter is about 37 miles (60 km) northeast of Plymouth and 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Bristol.

Around 35,000 people commute into Exeter on a daily basis from nearby surrounding towns. The city offers services, shopping and employment. Although the city has historic attractions, it is not dominated by tourists.

One of the city's main industries is education. The University of Exeter has two campuses located in city, both built on parkland. Exeter is also one of the four main sites of the University of Plymouth. The Peninsula Medical School, a joint operation of the two universities, has one of its main sites in the city as well. It is estimated that one in six residents is studying at university, which easily qualities Exeter as a university city.

University of Exeter

Exter attracts a large number of international students despite high tuition fees by UK standards.Streatham Campus, Exeter UniversityThe University of Exeter was founded in 1955, although its predecessor institutions, the Royal Albert Memorial College and the University College of the South West of England, were established in 1900 and 1922 respectively.

The university has three campuses: Streatham and St Luke's (both of which are in Exeter) and Tremough in Cornwall. Streatham is the largest campus, containing many of the university's administrative buildings, and is regarded as one of the most beautiful in the country.

The University of Exeter has 5,500 student bedspaces. These include self-catered flats and houses, plus catered halls. Prices vary considerably but a standard self-catered package costs around £3,500 for the academic year.

The university consistently performs well in student satisfaction surveys and has a course satisfaction rating of 4.5 / 5.0. Tuition for international students is expensive, starting at £14,500 per year. However, global demand for places is strong and international students comprise more than a quarter of the university's 18,720 students.

  Exeter City in Devon is home to the University of Exter. The student city is built near an estuary and has a canal.

Exeter Quay


RegionPopulationNearest cityUniversityEngland (South West)117,800Plymoth (37 miles)University of Exeter