The Student’s Guide to Topsham

Studying in Exeter – it’s a great city isn’t it? But let’s be honest, you’ll want to experience more than the life of bars, shops and clubs.

By far the most fashionable part of Exeter is Topsham, which is an easy bike ride along the canal or just a few minutes by bus or train from Exeter Central and St David’s (your nearest stations to the University and Exeter College).

It’s got a fabulous selection of all type of indie shops. If you’re on a budget, then there are second hand goodies from the thrift shops, a preloved bookshop and a collectibles centre; visit a cellar serving pizza and wine from Topsham’s own Pebblebed vineyard, and check out the zero-waste shop with everything from Pokito cups to Sumatra coffee.

And talking of coffee – there are over 15 places to open the laptop while enjoying a cup, and brilliant outdoor benches galore right alongside the estuary.

Hungry now? Try Exeter’s biggest burger (it’s as big as your face – yes, really) at Topsham’s unique Pig and Pallet. Don’t worry, there are vegan options too, as there are at many of the town’s other cafes.

You can wash it all down with a drink at one of Topsham’s legendary bars and pubs – and that includes one you get a ferry to!

If you’re planning ahead for the parental weekend visit – and you know that will happen, like it or not – get them to take you somewhere upmarket. In Topsham there’s The Galley and The Salutation Inn, both boasting Michelin Plate awards and perfect for that special meal when you might have to ask for an extra subsidy to see you through the term…

And if all of this isn’t enough, here are Topsham things you definitely won’t find in Exeter city centre – a Saturday market, waterside walks, RSPB bird watching, independent shops, and views to die for.

Before you head over though, did we mention the discount card? £3 a month gets you a Love Topsham Card. 10% off here, a free drink there…it’s the must-have for all those watching their bank balance. Click here to see well over 50 offers to take advantage of.

You get the picture: Topsham’s a great alternative to the city. See you here soon…

The Student's Guide to Topsham - You can eat by the water
The Student's Guide to Topsham - Regular busking in the town
The Student's Guide to Topsham - Great place to brink the parents