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Is Exeter a Nice Place to Live?

21 Sep 2023

Is Exeter a Nice Place to Live?
Thanks to its beautiful location in the west of England and a vibrant university, Exeter offers amenities that cater to a variety of lifestyles.

Ideal for students craving a buzzing atmosphere, as well as professionals and families, you’re sure to find the life you’re after in Exeter. Exeter is considered a very nice place to live, and in 2021 it was ranked the 9th best city to live in the UK

What is it about Exeter, though, that makes it such a nice place to live?

Wide Variety of Properties

Whether you’re in university and seeking student accommodation, ready to purchase your first home or looking for larger rental properties, there are plenty of options available in Exeter. Housing prices in Exeter vary, of course, depending on the area in which you’re searching and the type of property you’re after. The average housing price as of 2023 for Exeter was £342,755, which is above the 2023 national average of £286,489 but is still considered affordable compared to many other areas in the UK. 

The most common type of property sale in Exeter over the past year was terraced properties, with an average price of £315,702. Semi-detached homes saw an average price of £360,924, while flats sold for prices in the region of £207,503. 

Exeter Cathedral against a blue sky with clouds

Excellent Schools

There is no shortage of schools in the Exeter area, catering to different ages and with a range of Ofsted ratings. Below is a list of some of the best schools in Exeter, all rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. We’d be remiss in not mentioning Exeter University, which is ranked 137th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 10th in the UK.

  • Further Education
    • Exeter College 
    • Exeter Mathematics School 
  • Secondary Schools
    • Vranch House School
    • Ellen Tinkham School
  • Primary Schools
    • Exwick Heights Primary School 
    • Ide Primary School
    • St Leonards (CofE) Primary School

Rolling countryside in bloom outside of Exeter.

Plenty of Things to Do

There’s no shortage of things to do in Exeter. As a bustling (but not overwhelming) city, there’s a wonderful variety of cuisine to enjoy, as well as coffee shops, pubs, and nightlife. 

Exeter Cathedral is a fantastic architectural feat that would impress any visitor, and highly-rated tours are included with the entrance price. Exeter Quay is a lovely and vibrant area along the river, with a whole host of cafes, restaurants and craft shops to explore. 

Local shopping amenities in Exeter are also of high quality. In the city centre, the Princesshay acts as the area’s top shopping destination, offering the top high street brands across needs such as clothing, beauty and homewares.  There are also plenty of independent, vintage and quirky shopping options dotted across the city, which is easily walkable and navigable. 

If you’re planning a move to Exeter, note that we have a long history of home removals in the area, as well as storage options to make your move that much easier! Speak to our team today about any of your needs.