This blog post is written by Courtney Harmstone, a recent graduate of the MA International Film Business. Since graduating, Courtney has worked in freelance production on a variety of projects in London and across the U.K. Courtney is currently assisting the University of Exeter as a Marketing Assistant and working on the development of two feature films
Finding a place to stay is already a challenge, and it is made even harder when you need to find accommodation that allows you to rent for three months. Exeter, despite being a university town, does not have many options to rent for a short period of time. However, there are a few places that are open to short term leases and have housed students from the MA International Film Business in the past!
After speaking to a few recent students, and alumni, I have been able to compile a short list of the organisations that offer short term leases in Exeter.
When I was a student in Exeter, I rented a room in the INTO buildings. The INTO accommodation is convenient, clean, has an en suite bathroom and small kitchenette. Multiple alumni and current students have rented rooms in INTO.
King Edwards Studios:
King Edwards Studios is another great option, with large rooms, a convenient location and short term leases. The apartment comes with an en suite bathroom, a double bed and plenty of storage space.
The Kingfisher is a newer build in Exeter, independently run (meaning it is not affiliated with the university). They offer short term leases (September to January and come with an en suite bathroom and small kitchenette.
Exeter Student Pad:
A couple of students from the past two years also found a place to stay through the website Exeter Student Pad. This website allows for you to search for accommodation in Exeter, with multiple categories.
Although this is a more challenging option as it requires more time and more research, many of our students found superb apartments and room shares for their time in Exeter. If you decide to take this route, I recommend skype calling with the landlord before committing – that way, you can see the space and make sure it’s right for you!
Airbnb is often seen as a short term option, many of our students were successful in finding their apartments or rooms in Exeter via Airbnb. One current student even said he received a discount for renting an Airbnb for the entire time he stayed in Exeter. You never know – it is worth a shot! Nevertheless, this may end up being a more expensive option, and it is recommended, if you have a smaller budget, to look at the other options listed.
Written by Courtney Harmstone, alumni of the MAIFB and Film Producer