Family and couples accommodation

Bringing partners and dependants to Exeter

There are very limited places in university owned accommodation on our Exeter campus for students with partners and/or with children, meaning the majority of new students who are accompanied with others have to seek private accommodation. In this instance the University cannot guarantee accommodation or accept any responsibility for housing couples, students with families or single parent families.

Currently, the demand for accommodation suitable for families in the South West of England exceeds the supply available and securing accommodation will be difficult, take time to find and be expensive.

Therefore, we would recommend that you do not bring dependants with you to Exeter unless you have secured accommodation.

Please be aware that if you accept a single room in university accommodation or in the private sector, even if you would like to move out to find suitable family accommodation, you will remain responsible for full payment for the accommodation until the end of contract. The Guild Advice team can check your private accommodation contract before you sign it.

Family accommodation on campus

A family is defined as: adult(s) with child/children under the age of 16; unfortunately this accommodation is not available for friends wishing to share. The flats have one, two or three bedrooms and the number of occupants per flat is restricted. Please refer to the information on the Clydesdale Court webpage which explains how many people can live in each flat.

This type of residence is mainly in our postgraduate accommodation. Some residences are self contained units; others are rooms with shared facilities.

Applications for 2022/23 accommodation open on 4 April 2022. For further information on how to apply please visit our designated webpage.

Please note that only one application per couple or family is required.

Accommodation options include:

Residence Letting Room type Number of flats available
Birks Grange Village  Double studio 5
Clydesdale Court   One, two, and three bedroom flats (suitable for families) 16 (12 suitable for families)
King Edward Court  Double flat 8

Applications for couple accommodation are processed from late April onwards whilst family accommodation applications are processed after 30 June each year. Applications are prioritised depending on each applicant’s circumstances, using the criteria below as a guide.

  • Students requiring accommodation on medical grounds.
  • New international students.
  • New home students.
  • Returning students (allocated by date of application, if there are vacancies).

Unsuccessful applicants will be kept on a waiting list and offered accommodation should a vacancy arise at a later date.

The contract for these flats starts on Sunday 18 September 2022 and if you should arrive before this date, you will need to find alternative accommodation until the contract starts.

If your application for families and couples accommodation is unsuccessful, we recommend that you look for accommodation within the private sector.

Supported Applications

The University recognises that some students may have particular accommodation requirements – for example, relating to a disability or health issue – which may best be met through living in a University residence.  If you require a room in University accommodation for a welfare reason, this will not be automatically allocated to you, even if you are currently in residence. 

Your application should be supported by the relevant Student Support service. Please contact us for more details or if you require assistance in making your application.