The Ultimate Guide to Living and Working in Exeter

Exeter Insights

An exciting city with a range of historical buildings, large green spaces and rich with culture and art, visiting or living in Exeter offers a range of activities and comes with not only the luxury of living in the city but also the beauty of living in the countryside.

 

Exeter Landmarks

One of the most notable landmarks of Exeter is the ornate Cathedral. Founded in 1050 when the bishop’s seat was moved due to multiple attacks from pirates, or as we know now from Vikings, because Exeter’s roman walls where thought to offer better protection.

Exeter was also home to Rougemont Castle (better known as Exeter castle) which was built into the northern corner of the city’s roman walls around the year 1068. Now in ruins, the castle is surrounding by Rougemont Gardens which is the perfect place for tourists and residents alike to visit.

Right next door, you can find Northernhay Gardens, the oldest city park in England. The site in which the Romans quarried stone to build the city walls and which was used by the Normans as part of the defence for the castle, these gardens hold a significant historical value for the city and the rest of the UK.

 

The Population of Exeter

Exeter is thought to be home to an estimated population of 128,900 according to the Exeter City Council.

 

Exeter Crime Rates

In 2020 Exeter’s crime rate was 64 crimes per 1000 people, making it one of the top ten most dangerous places in Devon and was 20% higher than Devon’s overall crime rate of 51 crimes per 1000 people. However, when you compare to nearby Plymouth who has a crime rate of 76 crimes per 1000 people, Exeter is one of the safer cities within Exeter.

 

House Prices in Exeter

The average price for a property in Exeter is £331,385 according to Zoopla. (October 2021).

 

Property Prices in Exeter by Property Type (Updated October 2021)

Property TypeAverage Value (£)
Detached£494,492
Semi-Detached£319,523
Terraced£282,637
Flat£202,848

 

Rent Prices in Exeter

On average it costs £1,248 per calendar month to rent a property in Exeter.

 

Rent Prices in Leicester by Property Type (Updated September 2021)

Property TypeAverage Rent (pcm)
Room£763
Flat£1,022
House£1,732

 

The Best Places to Live in Exeter

Exeter is a very attractive city to live in and has many areas that offer different benefits and lifestyles.

 

1.       St. Leonards

One of the most sought after locations in Exeter, St. Leonards offers the benefits of village living whilst also living only a 10 minute walk from the city centre. Choose from either the Georgian and Victorian houses that have been converted into flats on Lyndhurst and Victoria Park Road or modern developments like Gras Lawn and Artillery Court as the perfect place to set up home. Whether you are family looking to have access to some of the best schools in Exeter or are a commuter to the city centre, St Leonards offers a little bit for everyone!

With the benefit of independents, shops and pubs lining the streets, it’s no surprise that the going rate for a property in this area is £770,666.

 

2.       St Thomas

A family area which is populated by Victorian terraced houses that is convenient for its close proximity to good schools and is also centralised around the train station which offers convenient commuting links to those who might work in nearby towns and cities.

Property prices here are on average £255,257.

 

3.       Pennsylvania

A suburb located north of the city centre where highly sought after spacious Victorian and Edwardian houses sit along the south slopes and 1920s-1970s style housing is found on the steep higher hills. Lower parts of Pennsylvania are home to many students who want to be able to walk to the Exeter University campus.

As a student you can expect to pay around £162 per week for student halls.

If you are looking to buy in the area you can expect to pay around £568,594.

 

4.       Exeter City Centre

For those looking for city living, where else would you look but Exeter city centre! With so much at your doorstep, this is the place to look if you want that metropolitan lifestyle. Parking is notoriously difficult across the city however private parking is usually up for grabs at different properties with many of the new flat buildings holding underground parking.

Popular areas such as Southernhay Gardens and Cathedral Square carry a price tag of around £144,423.

 

5.       Heavitree

One of the most popular areas for families thanks to the good schools, local community amenities and family friendly vibe. With playgrounds, skate parks and even a paddling pool on offer it’s no surprise that this is a very on demand area. However, what is more surprising is the lower house prices which offer a lot of bang for your buck. House prices here can range from £373,793 to £177,456 with an average of an estimated £246,408.

 

Schools in Exeter

Exeter is very popular with families as it offers a range of highly rated schools across the city, whereas the city also brings in a younger crowd with the help from the universities.

 

Primary Schools

There are 2 primary schools in the Exeter area which hold an ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted, these are the Exwick Heights Primary Schools and the St Michael’s CofE Primary School and Nursery. Both schools cater for children aged 3-11 and teach a wide range of different subjects. There are a further 5 top schools in the area that have a ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted and rank highly among all of the schools in Exeter.

 

Secondary Schools

St James School, St Peter’s Church of England Aided School, Isca and West Exe School all cater to the children of Exeter ranged between 11-16 and hold a ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted.

 

Independent Schools

There are a number of different independent schools within Exeter, most notably The Maynard School which caters for girls aged between 4-19 and the St Wilfrid’s School catering for both boys and girls aged between 3-16.

 

You can find out more about the schools in Exeter on the Devon County Council website.

 

The University of Exeter

Ranked 143rd in the world within the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 and ranked 13th in the UK Complete University Guide rankings, the University of Exeter is a competitive and attractive school which is called home by over 22,000 students. With a wide range of courses and subjects cater for everyone; visit their website to find out more.

 

Exeter Transport Links

Exeter is very well connected city that offers easy transport into London, Birmingham, Bristol, and Cornwall. With easy connections from the M5, 3 train stations and internal bus routes getting anywhere in, around and out of Exeter is a breeze.

 

By Car

Joined by the A377 from the north and A30 from the south and sitting where the M5 ends in the south, Exeter is well connected offering driver multiple avenues to transverse across the South. However, Exeter is prone to traffic which can affect travel times.

 

Bus Links

Stagecoach South West is the main bus operator across Exeter which when paired with National Express offers a range of different routes to nearby towns and cities as well as inner city. Investing in a PLUSBUS ticket will allow you to travel across Exeter and surrounding areas across different participating operators.

 

Top 3 Things to Do in Exeter

  1. Exeter Quay
  2. Royal Albert Memorial Museum
  3. Underground Passages

 

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