Student life doesn’t just revolve around campus, there are some great places in Exeter to grab a bite, grab a drink, and have a laugh.

One of the most traditional evening hang-outs, a top choice in terms of character and good times, is the Old Firehouse. Famous not only for the inspiration it offered J.K. Rowling for the Leaky Cauldron in the Harry Potter books, this is the place to go for a Man vs. Food style challenge. The giant pizzas are under a tenner but feed about 2-3 people easily. Another plus is a reasonably priced but extensive selection of beers and especially ciders. Following New North Road down to the Clock Tower and turning right however, you come across one of Exeter’s favourite pre-night-out pubs: The Impy. The Imperial, previously a hotel, was converted into a Weatherspoon’s and is well-known for its orangery with beautiful glass panels. As well as affordable meals and plenty of drinks offers, its beer garden is a common celebratory spot after exams, once the sun decides to make an appearance.

Heading back into town, one of the most varied food quarters is the recently refurbished Guildhall. From Swedish, to Caribbean, to Lebanese, there’s a choice for everyone. A particular favourite for students is Turtle Bay, boasting some of the most delicious cocktails and happy hours around, as well as a jerk chicken to die for. If you’re about the relaxed atmosphere though, The Vic’s pub quiz on a Tuesday night is the place to be. The Victoria Inn is a good example of how you can make the most of Exeter’s local businesses without having to venture too far from the main student neighbourhoods.

Maria Gibson Vázquez

University of Exeter

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