Is it compulsory to live in university accommodation?

Many students believe that living in University of Exeter accommodation is their only option for their first year. This is not the case at all. Students are also able to choose whether they live at home and commute, live in a shared house or live in purpose-built accommodation within the city. This week’s blog explores the different private accommodation options available for 2017/18:

What private accommodation options are available?
Private accommodation within the city centre includes the following:

  • Purpose-built private halls of residence through larger providers.
  • Shared houses and flats through private landlords.
  • Shared houses and flats through student letting agencies.

Where do I search for private accommodation?
A number of landlords and agents advertise through the University property search engine at: Adverts for 2017/18 went live on 22 November 2017 for students looking for accommodation for their returning years of study. Please rest assured that many landlords and agents continue to advertise their rooms/properties throughout the year and it is therefore advisable to keep checking Studentpad on a regular basis to keep updated.

Who can offer advice on private accommodation?
The Accommodation Office have designed a dedicated webpage for private accommodation which provides information and advice about searching for accommodation within the city. It includes the links to larger providers who have purpose-built private halls of residence within the city and also some useful areas of Exeter to consider which are located close to both the Streatham and St Luke’s campuses.

If you require any additional support or advice on searching for accommodation within the city then the Accommodation Office can be contacted via SID on: 0300 555 0444 between 9:00am-5:00pm Monday to Friday or by email at:

If I live in the city in private accommodadation, is there any support?
Living within the city is a big part of university life and for some students, it will be an exciting experience whilst for others it may feel rather daunting to not have the security of the University on your doorstep. The University of Exeter has employed Student Community Wardens who work closely with the Students’ Guild, Devon and Cornwall Constabulary and Exeter City Council to support fellow students living off campus.

There are two Student Community Warden teams, with five in each team. The Exeter East Team and the Exeter West Team provide a supportive presence to students living across the wards of St James, St David’s, Pennsylvania, Newtown and Polsloe. They wear branded ‘Student Community Warden’ jackets and polo shirts and are always available to chat. For further information please see the community webpages.

Next week’s blog will be looking at our forthcoming Offer Holder Visit Days and letting you know what you should sign up for when visiting us. We are also going to be available at our Accommodation stand throughout these events should you have any queries.

Accommodation Catherine

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