Market research shows that Exeter is one of the best places to live in in the UK. Its medieval cathedral and historic buildings give character and charm to the city, and the centre has undergone a £100m renovation. Exeter's young population - Exeter University has 11,000 students - gives the town a lively, vibrant atmosphere.
Exeter is surrounded by beautiful countryside. Dartmoor and Exmoor are both within easy reach, and the town is only 20 minutes from the coast. Travel links between Exeter and the rest of the country are also good: Exeter is only 2.5 hours from London by rail, and the M5 offers access to the motorway network. Exeter International Airport lies just a 15-minute drive from the city centre. The city's most desirable houses are found in the St Leonard's area, whilst more affordable apartments have recently been built alongside the historic Quay.
Exeter Job Opportunities
The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter University, Devon County Council, and the Met Office HQ are major employers in Exeter, offering professionals medical and healthcare jobs, roles in tourism and travel, and aviation jobs. A host of smaller businesses in the centre and on the large industrial estates at Marsh Barton and Pinhoe offer employment to workers of all ages, qualifications, and skill levels. The Guildhall shopping centre is home to numerous department stores and smaller shops, offering employment opportunities in the retail sector.
Exeter Employment Trends
Exeter is a dynamic, growing city, and the next 10 - 15 years will see a planned expansion, with the building of up to 17,000 new homes and the creation of 10,000 new jobs in Exeter at the Science Park and the Sky Park. Local government plans focus on sustainable development, ensuring that Exeter continues to be a desirable place to live. With unemployment rates in Exeter continuing to fall, at just 1.6% compared to 3.5% nationally, Exeter offers good employment opportunities for workers across many different sectors.