Finding private accommodation in the city

If you are not covered by our Accommodation Guarantee then we strongly recommend that you look for private accommodation in the city. It is not compulsory to new students who are covered by our Guarantee to live in University owned or managed residences and you can look for rooms/property in the city also. See below for some useful hints or tips about searching for private accommodation:

What types of accommodation are available?
Whether you are looking as an individual or as a group, Exeter has a lot of private student accommodation options available in the city centre and surrounding areas. Options include:

  • Private halls of residence – offering individual tenancies
  • Shared houses and flats through agents/landlords
  • Resident landlord/host family – living in accommodation with the landlord and/or their family

You can see examples of these and further advice and information on our website.

To find out what it’s like to live in city accommodation then take a look at our ‘Looking for private accommodation ‘video put together by current student Poppy Barr.

How do I search for private accommodation?
Before you begin your search for private accommodation, think about what it is you really want:

  1. Budget – weekly/monthly and if you want bills included or not
  2. To live on your own, with friends, with family or to meet new people and share
  3. The areas of Exeter you wish to live (we have a handy list of locations on our website under the ‘local area information‘ tab)
  4. Whether you want a room with a landlord, room in a purpose-built residence (similar to university accommodation), a flat or a house

Once you know what you’re looking for, you can take a look at the private housing list available via our Studentpad website to see what accommodation is available. Studentpad is a free, easy to use ‘one-stop-shop’ student accommodation site and you are able to search by accommodation type, number of bedrooms or the weekly rent price.

For information and a step by step guide on how to use Studentpad and how to receive the best out of it, take a look at our ‘how to video‘.

Finding flat mates?
Our Studentpad website has a facility whereby you can register your details in order to find other students who are looking to share private housing. You can therefore find other students in a similar position to you. You can do this via the Studentpad Message Board – the password to access this was included within the email sent on 23 August. If you do not have this, then please contact us.

Is there support for students living in the city?
Yes, there absolutely is. Our Student Community Wardens encourage the integration of students as active citizens and they work closely with the Students’ Guild, Devon and Cornwall Police and Exeter City Council to support fellow students living off campus.

Our wardens are always available to chat if you have anything you wish to discuss. To find out more about the Community Wardens, please visit their webpage.

Closed for the Bank Holiday
With the bank holiday weekend approaching, please note that the Accommodation Team are not available during this time and if you are sending an it will be answered from Tuesday 28 August onwards. We will be closed from 6:00pm on Friday 24 August and will re-open at 8:30am on Tuesday 28 August. During this time, we will not be monitoring our social media accounts either until our return on Tuesday. We will however have scheduled posts going live.

Accommodation Catherine

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