The Best Nightlife in Exeter

Known more for being one of the 25 best universities for cyclists, the nightlife in Exeter hasn’t put itself on the map quite like some of its northern competitors. But while nightlife in Exeter may not have the same reputation as the nightlife in Manchester or Liverpool, clubs in Exeter still get pretty wild and have heaps to offer for Exeter student nightlife.

Join us as we take you through some of the very best Exeter nightclubs for every vibe and occasion. We’ll even tell you if they offer a student discount!

10 Best Clubs for Exeter Student Nightlife

Monkey Suit

Located in the centre of town, this Exeter nightclub boasts a low-key, laid-back vibe, which is a nice change from the typical Exeter University nightlife. With a brand-new food menu which offers pizzas for around £13, Monkey Suit is the perfect Exeter nightclub for sitting back with your friends and combining great food with high-end cocktails.

161 Sidwell St, Exeter EX4 6RH

Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 14:00-01:00, Fri-Sat 14:00-02:00

The Terrace

With beautiful, hand-crafted cocktails that are always 2-4-1, The Terrace offers everything you could possibly want from Exeter student nightlife. With an eccentrically decorated interior and a classy rooftop bar and terrace, this Exeter nightclub is the perfect spot for a night out with your friends or a bite to eat during the day.

Unit 19, Higher Market, Guildhall, Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3FB

Opening Hours: Tue-Thu 16:30-23:00, Fri 12:00-02:00, Sat 12:00-03:00

The Old Firehouse

Known as one of the best clubs in Exeter for ale and cider, The Old Firehouse is extremely popular with the students and locals. Its live music nights create a great atmosphere for you to go and let loose with your flatmates, and it is an ideal spot for a much-needed Sunday roast after all those student dinners.

50 New North Road, Exeter EX4 4EP

Opening Hours: Mon-Tue 16:30-02:00, Wed-Thu 12:00-02:00, Fri-Sat 12:00-03:00, Sun 12:00-01:00

The Vaults

With four club nights a week and staying open every night, The Vaults is one of the best clubs in Exeter for partying. An iconic LGBT venue, The Vaults offers free entry to a safe space for everyone to let their hair down and dance. Not to mention, their competitive price points are sure to have you coming back for more, with bottles of wine for £12, pitchers for £12.50 and Jaeger bombs for £3.50. This is an Exeter nightclub that won’t let you down.

8 Gandy St, Exeter EX4 3LS

Opening Hours: Fri-Mon 21:00-04:30, Mon & Wed 21:00-04:30, Tue 22:00-04:30


Timepiece is the epitome of Exeter University nightlife. Offering three floors complete with a beer garden and even a burger bar, this is one of the more typical student nightclubs in Exeter, with a great student night every Wednesday. Drink promos include double vodka mixers for £3.50 and Coors Light for £2.50, so you won’t need to worry about saving your pennies for rent.

Timepiece, Little Castle Street, Exeter EX4 3PX

Opening Hours: Fri-Mon 21:00-04:30, Mon & Wed 21:00-04:30, Tue 22:00-04:30


If you’re more into the rave scene than an Exeter nightclub vibe, then Move is the place for you. Boasting nights from huge names on the DJ scene like Camelphat, Annie Mac and Dimension, you can let loose on their techno, house and trance nights.

4 The Quay, Exeter EX2 4AP

Opening Hours: Fri-Sat 21:30-03:00

Unit 1

Another staple for Exeter student nightlife is Unit 1. Whether you join them for Cheesy Tuesdays or attend what’s been crowned the biggest hip hop and RnB night in Exeter on Fridays, this club boasts arguably the best nightlife in Exeter. You can even enjoy exciting one-off events such as their own Taylor Swift Eras night coming later this month.

Summerland Street, Exeter, Devon, EX1 2AZ

Opening Hours: Tue, Fri, Sat 22:00-03:00


We couldn’t go through the best student nightlife in Exeter without mentioning a Wetherspoons. No uni student can resist the cheap and cheerful prices that the ‘Impy’ has to offer, while its extensive indoor and outdoor seating makes it perfect for both the winter and summer months. Go there with your friends for an unbelievably affordable hangover breakfast, or use it as a pre-drinks spot before you head out to the bigger nightclubs in Exeter.

New N Rd, Exeter EX4 4AH

Opening Hours: Sun-Thu 08:00-00:00, Fri-Sat 08:00-01:00

The Cavern

One of the more edgy nightclubs in Exeter, The Cavern is predominantly a live music venue. Popular amongst the indie, goth and alternative scenes, this venue offers an intimate setting to see some of the biggest bands in the world, making it compete for the top spot with the more mainstream Exeter student nightlife. It also doubles as a vegetarian café during the day.

83-84 Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RP

Opening Hours: Sun-Thu 08:00-00:00, Fri-Sat 08:00-01:00


Whether you’re after a night out in their underground cellar or a bottomless brunch after lectures, Coolings

is a great choice for Exeter student nightlife. The deals on offer are enough to tickle anyone’s fancy, with 2-4-1 cocktails and a £4.50 drinks menu available every day of the week. This venue is one of the best clubs in Exeter if you’re not looking to break the bank!

11 Gandy St, Exeter EX4 3LS

Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 12:00-00:00, Fri-Sat 12:00-03:00, Sun 16:00-00:00

So, that concludes our guide to the best clubs in Exeter for University nightlife; we hope you’ve found it helpful! Check out the nightlife in other cities, including the best nightclubs in Birmingham or top clubs in Manchester on our blog, or browse our range of Exeter student accommodation.