Beautiful scenery. Buzzing city life. Exeter is a place where you can have it all.
Why study in Exeter?
Exeter may be a small city, but don’t let that fool you. There is plenty going on – and the city’s huge student population ensures that you’ll never be bored.
At Vita Student accommodation in Exeter, you will live just moments away from some of the top sights, like Exeter Cathedral and Exeter Castle. Living this centrally means that you leave no part of Exeter unexplored.
A safe and welcoming place to live are just some of the reasons why so many students love living in Exeter. Surrounded by stunning coastlines and pretty countryside, you can get the best of both worlds living here.
OUR BUILDING IN EXETER
Vita Student Portland House is located in the heart of Exeter, with everything you need at your doorstep. Take your pick from 6 floors of luxury student accommodation and experience the best of student living in Exeter.
Located just a 10-minute walk from the University of Exeter and a two-minute stroll from the city centre’s shopping spots, bars and restaurants.
Living at Vita Student Exeter
Vita Student accommodation in Exeter is less than a 15-minute walk to university, and just two minutes from the city centre’s best shopping spots, bars and restaurants.
WHAT WE’RE ABOUT
Vita Student is for students that want it all.
For students that want to live without limits.
With an all-inclusive service, living at Vita Student lifts some of the pressures from university life, allowing you to focus on your studies and your experience.
Our buildings are full of friendly faces from many different places. All here to make the most of their time at university. Whether you are creative or academic, Vita Student is the place to learn, thrive and make connections.
Exeter is an easy place to fall in love with. It’s steeped in history. Surrounded by beautiful nature and gothic architecture. This city has a quintessentially British feel, with an Instagram-worthy spot at every corner.
Vita Student Portland House sits on Longbrook Street, just two minutes from Princesshay Shopping Centre and the city’s main high street. Here you can shop all of the high-street favourites as well as indulging in the many restaurants and bars the city has to offer.
When it comes to nightlife, Exeter is far from sleepy. From cosy pubs to rooftop bars and nightclubs, there’s something for everyone in this city and plenty of opportunities to dance the night away.
If you’re studying at University of Exeter, we’re less than a 15 minute walk to both the Streatham and St Luke’s campus, making your journey into university and into the city quick and easy.
UNIVERSITIES IN EXETER
University of Exeter
A world-class university and a part of the Russell Group, the University of Exeter is renowned for its excellent teaching quality and research facilities.
The university has paved the way when it comes to student satisfaction, and in this area, ranks the best of all Russell Group universities.
Famous alumni of UoE include Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, J.K Rowling, the writer of the Harry Potter books, and Dina Asher-Smith, a world champion athlete who is currently the fastest woman in British history.
“My three favourite things about living at Vita: the weekly events, the gym and the independence I get from living on my own”
“The reception was really welcoming and helpful”
“A place where I can learn new things and feel comfortable”
“I wanted to move into a place where I can feel really secure”
What is there to do in Exeter?more
There’s plenty to get up to in Exeter – it’s full of history, has an excellent food scene and has a huge variety of activities to choose from. Unlike many other cathedral cities, you’re not far from the great outdoors. Exeter’s position on the River Exe and stunning countryside surroundings mean there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy, including strolling around the city’s parks and gardens, hiring bikes and canoes, or venturing slightly further out to visit the beach – one of the nearest being Exmouth, just 25 minutes away. If you’re a keen shopper, you won’t be disappointed. Head to PrincessHay for a variety of shops including Apple, Oliver Bonas and Zara, or the high street for local favourites including Urban Outfitters, Laura Ashley, and Roly’s Fudge Pantry (a must try!).
Where are some of the best places to eat out in Exeter?more
Devon’s capital city, Exeter, has loads to offer when you’re looking for a bite to eat. Head to The Daisy Café for a great menu, lovely atmosphere and all local produce. Need to feed the soul? Harry’s Restaurant in the heart of the city has been feeding Exeter for over two decades. If you’re looking for a beautiful spot, Mill on the Exe is not to be missed. Set in a former paper mill on the River Exe, it’s home to one of the city’s best Sunday carveries. And last, but most definitely not least, is The Flat – a planet-friendly vegetarian and vegan restaurant boasting an array of hand-stretched pizzas. Popular with vegans and meat-eaters alike.
What’s the history behind Exeter?more
Exeter is an ancient city which sits on the River Exe in south west England. It’s one of the oldest settlements in the whole of England, surrounded by the Exeter City Walls which date back to the Roman era. Today, remnants of its history can be found all over the city, including historic ruins and medieval buildings. The Exeter Guildhall is the oldest civic building in Britain, with parts of the building dating back as far as 1160. The city is famous for its Cathedral – St Peter’s – founded in 1050 and rebuilt in a decorative gothic style in 1258.
Are there any popular coastal spots I should visit?more
While Exeter doesn’t have its own beach, the coast isn’t far at all. Exmouth has one of Devon’s most beautiful beaches and is only a 25 minute drive away. Dawlish Warren is another popular beach destination with plenty of beach shops and ice cream stores, just a 16 minute train journey from the city. Other nearby coastal spots include Budleigh Salterton beach (30 minute drive), Branscombe Beach (45 minute drive), Ladram Bay (40 minute drive) and Sidmouth Beach (30 minute drive).
What kind of nightlife is there for students?more
Whether it’s dancing to throwback hits at Unit 1’s Cheesy Tuesdays, sipping rooftop cocktails at The Terrace, or enjoying live music at The Phoenix, Exeter has something for everyone when it comes to nightlife. The city has a huge range of clubs, with student favourites including Timepiece, The Vaults and The Lemon Grove. If clubbing isn’t your thing, there’s plenty more to get up to. Henry’s Bar has a great pub quiz on Thursdays, The Old Firehouse has a great atmosphere and even better food, and The Ram on campus is a popular option for nights when you don’t want to venture too far.
Where do students live in Exeter?more
Unlike other university cities, student places in Exeter are mostly very near to each other, and most students live within the city centre. Longbrook Street and Union Road are popular hotspots for students. Victoria Street is one for those looking to be right in the student buzz with the Victoria Inn right on the doorstep.
If shared housing isn’t for you, Vita Student Exeter might be. Situated on Longbrook Street, it’s just a 10-minute walk from the University of Exeter and a two-minute stroll from the city centre’s best spots. We offer a variety of apartments to suit all student budgets and lifestyles, whether you want the privacy of living alone or the laughter of living together. Think first-class facilities and service. Big apartments and communal spaces. A welcoming student community. All-in student living.