Set deep in the beautiful English west country, Exeter is certainly one of the most picturesque Collegiate student accommodation locations. With all manner of wildlife and quintessential British scenery on your doorstep when studying in this part of the country, there are all sorts of things to get up to should you decide to stay at university over a bank holiday weekend; not least those that fall on the summer months.

In our latest student advice feature, we take a look at what to do on a bank holiday in Exeter, in the hope that it gives you some great inspiration for your long weekend away from campus.

Looking for things to do in Exeter this Bank Holiday? Whether you are looking for something to do over the May Bank Holiday, or perhaps a weekend later in the summer, the incredible Devonshire countryside opens up a whole world of opportunity for your time off from university. Check out a couple of great suggestions from the team here at Collegiate.


South Devon Railway – Rails & Ales Festival

The August Bank Holiday in Devonshire is all about the Rails and Ales Festival, run by South Devon Railway. You may think you are a bit young to be attending a steam fayre, but this event is a novel way to enjoy some of the UK’s finest countryside and enjoy a wide range of local ales and ciders in the process.

If you don’t really drink, then fear not as this attraction is just as suitable for any teetotallers as the selection of soft drinks is vast. Running from Buckfastleigh to Totnes, there are loads of opportunities to hop off and enjoy some of the loveliest places in the Exeter locale and you can jump back on whenever you like. This line is bursting with great vibes over the Bank Holiday Weekend – from garden railways to museums, it could well be your ideal day out.

Click here to see the full Rails & Ales timetable.


Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink

As you will discover pretty quickly during your time studying in the region, the south-west and Devonshire, in particular, is pretty proud of its heritage when it comes to food and drink. From Michelin starred chefs to some of the best and most famous ciders made anywhere in the world, the county is blessed with some of the best produce and pioneering chefs you can find anywhere in the UK and this food and drink festival brings them all together for a superb weekend.

Now in its fifteenth year, the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink is held at Exeter Castle every May and you can find out more about the next event by clicking here. This is just a fifteen-minute walk from our student accommodation in the city, meaning a walk back be swift no matter how much luxury cuisine or home-made ciders you manage to quaff. A truly perfect event when looking for things to do in Exeter for students over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

Looking for a few nights away from this wonderful city, check out our recommendations for bank holiday getaways!


Are You Looking for Student Accommodation in Exeter?

Making the very most out of your university experience and your time living in Exeter is crucial to embracing one of the most important periods in your academic and personal lives. Private student halls you can trust is pivotal to that, so why not take a look at the acclaimed and award-winning residences we have in the south-west? You can do so by heading to our dedicated Exeter section or clicking here to contact us and ask any questions you may have about our properties or living in this region of the UK.