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Why do so many relocate to Exeter?

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about 5 years ago

by Robyn Warwick

Why do so many relocate to Exeter?

​​There isn’t a lot you can’t love about Exeter. Set in the heart of Devon it truly is a wonderful city that’s part of an ever growing economy.

​In fact, according to research, it’s shown to be one of the best places to live in the UK (Monster, 2015). We’re certainly happy to be working and living here.

​So why do so many make the move to Exeter? To fully appreciate it, we go through some of the main reasons that clients, candidates and fellow Exeter citizens have given us on why they chose to live and work in this ancient city.

Career opportunities

With an array of businesses in the centre and industrial estates such as Sowton and Exeter Business Park, Exeter offers job opportunities for varying skill levels in several different sectors.

​The creation of thousands of new jobs in developing areas such as the Sky and Science Parks consequently means the unemployment rates in Exeter continue to fall from their already very low percentage.

Countryside - a stone's throw away

​You’re not far from the delights of Dartmoor and Exmoor. So, if you’re looking to get away from the city to walk in Devon’s beautiful greenery, you don’t have far to go to see some pretty amazing sights.

​And we can’t forget to mention the beaches; you’ll find the likes of Bantham in South Devon and just a short trip up the motorway, the beautiful sands of Woolacombe and Croyde in North Devon (to name a few).

Expanding city - housing

​With new houses and building developments going up all over the city and surrounding areas, the opportunity for those that are looking for a new home in the South West is growing every year.

Culture and history

​Exeter’s Roman origins, beautiful museums and stunning gothic cathedral are only a part of the cities’ amazing culture and history; giving individuals much to explore.

Restaurants and retail

​From large retail names to smaller boutiques, the shopping and retail side of Exeter is booming.

​And, for the foodies, a huge number of new restaurants have opened and there are always exciting plans for more. Chef Michael Caines, opened Lympstone Manor in 2016 and is in the throws of developing a restaurant with bar and cafe a stones throw away, in Exmouth.

​There are also several unique bars and pubs to discover.

Sport and leisure

​From the premiership-winning Exeter Chiefs playing at Sandy Park over the rugby season to Exeter University’s incredible multi-functional gym and fitness centre, the city certainly gives a lot to those into sport and leisure activities. There really is something for everyone - whether you like the water or the countryside, prefer indoor or outdoor activities.


​Last, but certainly not least, the city boasts one of the top educational institutions in the UK. The University of Exeter attracts thousands of new students every year from all over the world.

​With a whole host of reasons, it’s easy to see why many make the move to Exeter. If you’re looking for a job in this great city, you can upload your CV here.

​Or, if you’re looking to hire, submit your vacancy and we’ll be in touch shortly.

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Business Leader's article explores what's driving Exeter's success.

Zoopla's guide to Exeter

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