The glorious city of Exeter is one of the most vibrant and welcoming places in the UK, so it’s no surprise it’s home for over 22,000 students. Collegiate has five different student accommodations in Exeter with self-contained studios and private en-suite rooms in shared apartments to suit every budget. Whatever you decide on, you’ll be staying at some of the best student accommodation in Exeter.

Each accommodation is ideally located in the heart of the city centre. This means you get to easily explore the best venues, shops, bars and restaurants. When you first move to a new city it can all be a bit overwhelming trying to get to know a new area. We think it’s important to make the most of your premium location and have a few go-to places under your belt. So whether you’re just looking for a pizza place to enjoy with friends or a birthday bottomless brunch in Exeter, we’ve got you covered.

If riverside living has left you with a craving for fish and chips, look no further than our guide to some of the best fish and chips in Exeter for you to try.

Smart Fish Bar, Exwick Road

Smart Fish Bar is a great spot for takeaway fish and chips in Exeter, and just a short walk over the River Exe. It’s a small space so you can expect to stand in a queue during busy periods but, if the reviews on Tripadvisor are anything to go by, it’s sure to be worth the wait. Smart Fish Bar in Exeter is known for its traditional offering of good quality, locally sourced fish and chips but also a few other specialities including a half chicken and chips, cheesy chips and battered veggie sausages.

Collegiate’s Recommendation: Best for a quick takeaway

Hook Fish and Chips, South Street

Hook Fish and Chips has tables inside and outside for you to enjoy, however, it’s right by the Cathedral Green outside the beautiful Exeter Cathedral so it’s the perfect picnic spot for your chippy tea. You can enjoy a range of classic fish and chip dishes including cod, haddock and scampi but also take your pick from burgers, chicken, pies and sausages.

Collegiate’s Recommendation: Best for a good picnic spot.

Fish and Chips, Alphington Road

Widely regarded by locals as some of the best fish and chips in Exeter, Fish and Chips on Alphington Road is well worth a visit. It’s just a 20-minute walk away from our Exeter University accommodation so if you’re out and about, you can pick up your fish and chips on the way with their click and collect option. Offering classic fish dishes including homemade fish cakes, as well as burgers, pies and chicken, this place also has battered burgers and battered halloumi. If you’re feeling really adventurous try a battered Oreo or Mars Bar for dessert.

Collegiate’s Recommendation: Best for classic and unusual options. 

Mount Radford, Magdalen Road

At Mount Radford, you get the great British pub experience in the heart of the city centre. You can enjoy a traditional fish and chip meal with a choice of traditional and local ales to wash it down – on a sunny day you can even enjoy your meal out in the spacious beer garden. The pub has a dedicated menu that includes scampi, chicken and halloumi with chips so there really is something for everyone looking for a good chip dinner.

Collegiate’s Recommendation: Best for beer garden fish and chips.  

The Thatched House Pub, Exwick Road

The Thatched House is one of the most traditional pubs in Exeter, and a great spot to enjoy classic fish and chips, which can be made as a gluten free option too. Choose from crayfish scampi or cod with your chunky chips, both fried in homemade beer batter. The kitchen is only open from Wednesday to Sunday but they also do a pub quiz on a Wednesday so it can be a good spot for a mellow mid-week night out.

Collegiate’s Recommendation: Best for British pub grub fish and chips

Student Accommodation in Exeter

So whether you’re looking for a picnic on the Green or a gathering with friends for a few drinks, there’s plenty of places for you to enjoy classic fish and chips in Exeter. If you’re looking to study in this great city and are still on the lookout for student accommodation in Exeter then check out one of our five student residences. All conveniently located for the city as well as the university campuses, each accommodation has a studio or room to suit your needs and budget for studying in Exeter.