Living in the City

Many of our students choose to live within the private sector at some point during their time at university whether it is in a large purpose built block or a shared house/flat. Living within the city is a big part of university life. For some, it will be an exciting experience but for others it may feel rather daunting to not have the security of the University on their doorstep. This page is to advise students that they are not alone and there is still support provided by the University of Exeter for any students living within the private sector.

The University in the Community pages have been put in place by Rory Cunningham (Community Liason Officer) to provide information and guidance to students living and socialising off-campus, permanent local residents and landlords.

Are you currently living in private housing? We have been made aware of a useful video created by the West Midlands Police advising students how they can keep their belongings safe whilst living within the private sector.

Community Wardens

The Student Community Wardens encourage the integration of students as active citizens. Student Wardens 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.

To find out more about the Community Wardens, please visit their webpage.

Staying safe in the City

Devon and Cornwall Constabulary want to let students know that there are some simple, basic precautions for students to follow in order to take control of their own safety whilst living within the city. The risk of suffering from violence or aggression is thankfully very low but students do need to be careful, especially when they are in a new environment with new people.  We advise students to check the Personal Safety flyer.

Useful contacts

For contact information, please visit the University in the Community contact pages.


Take a look below for some useful videos created by our Student Community Wardens which provide advice on living in the city.

The video below provides information and advice from our Student Community Wardens on noise levels.

If you're unsure which bins need to go out and when, then take a look at the below video for information. If you still have questions, feel free to contact our Student Community Warden Team:

If you are living in the city this year, why not take the time to introduce yourself to the community and meet your neighbours? See advice and tips below:

We are a sustainable university and we encourage students who choose to live in the city to leave their cars at home. There is also a lack of parking in Exeter. If you do choose to bring a car to the city, this video has some advice to help you do so in a legal and considerate way.