Exeter has two campuses – so where should I live?

We are halfway through our series of 2019 Offer Holder Visit Days at the moment and the Accommodation team are really enjoying meeting our prospective students and helping to answer their many and varied questions. If you need a copy of our Undergraduate Accommodation Guide for 2019/20 then you can view or download a copy from our website. We have met several prospective students who will be studying at both our Streatham and St Luke’s campuses, or will be studying at St Luke’s but will be participating in sports on the Streatham Campus, and so aren’t sure which preferences to put on their accommodation application. Take a look below to see what options you have:

Which residences are close to both St Luke’s and Streatham Campuses?
The answer to this question mostly comes down to personal preference and whether you are looking to live in catered or self-catered accommodation. All of our catered accommodation is located on the Streatham Campus and there are set meal times, so you may want to consider whether you will be able to make the most of this option if you are going to have to travel between the two campuses. Our self-catered accommodation is much more evenly spread between the Streatham Campus and various off-campus locations, so you do have plenty of options available to you. We have several residences in the city centre, along with others near to St Luke’s or close to the main train station for Exeter at St Davids.

  • Closest to St Luke’s – Our Rowancroft residences, including Rowancroft (en-suite), Rowancroft Court and Rowancroft Mews (both standard), are only a five minute walk to St Luke’s. Nancherrow is located right next to St Luke’s or would be about 30 minutes’ walk to the Streatham Campus. St Luke’s Campus does have its own sports hall, health and fitness studio and swimming pool; find out more on their website. There is also a local bus service route which runs past St Luke’s, through the city centre and up to the Streatham Campus. It currently runs every 15 minutes through the day and half-hourly during the evening and at weekends.
  • Equal distance – Both James Owen Court and The Printworks are en-suite residences located in the city centre and are only 20-25 minutes’ walk to Streatham and 15 minutes’ walk to St Luke’s. These are self-catered residences providing en-suite accommodation. Northernhay House is also approximately 20 minutes’ walk to Streatham and 15 minutes’ walk to St Luke’s, but benefits from being right in the city centre, with the main High Street only a minute’s walk away. This is a self-catered residence providing standard rooms, which means that you share the kitchen and bathroom facilities with other students in your flat. A new option for undergraduate students in 2019 is Clifford House, which has en-suite rooms. Located approximately 15-20 minutes’ walk from both the Streatham and St Luke’s campus, you can also get to the High Street within 10 minutes.
  • Closest to Streatham – All other residence are located on or within a 20-25 minute walk to the Streatham Campus; please see our website for further information on these. There is a free shuttle bus which runs from St David’s train station to Streatham and St Luke’s daily. Our closest residences to St Davids are: Brunel Close and Kingdom Mews (collectively known as St David’s), Point Exe, and Cook & Llewellyn Mews. These are approximately 15 minutes’ walk to the Streatham Campus. Northfield is 5 minutes’ to the Streatham Campus but is only 5-10 minutes’ walk to the St David’s train station.
  • Closes to the Streatham Sports Park – The residences closest to the Sports Park at Streatham include Holland Hall and Mardon Hall (catered), Nash Grove, Clydesdale Rise and Birks Grange Village (self-catered and catered). Residences located on the Streatham Campus but closer to the city centre or St Luke’s include: Exeter Halls (catered), Lafrowda, Rowe House and St Germans.

Did you know we have virtual tours of most of our residences? These are a great way to get a better feel for what the accommodation is like, especially if you have not been able to visit us in person. You may want to have a look at our guidance on how to choose your accommodation, and we also recommend you read our accommodation guarantee and room allocation procedure to understand how your application will be processed.

Other options available
If living in university accommodation is not for you, then please remember that this is not compulsory, and you can look for private accommodation in the city if you prefer. There are a number of larger providers of purpose built student accommodation located across the city centre and also private landlords/letting agents with rooms, houses and flats. Take a look at our website for advice and information.

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