Starting at university is an exciting time and we realise the importance of finding the right place to live. Being in university residences enables you make friends straight away. You will meet a diverse range of people from different backgrounds and cultures, studying a variety of degrees.

In recent years there has been a multi-million pound investment in the building of new accommodation on all our campuses, which are designed to the highest standard and complement our existing residences.

At our Penryn Campus in Cornwall we are able to offer self-catered accommodation in our purpose-built student village on campus. Please see the Penryn Campus Accommodation page.

One sure way to make university life easier to adapt to is by living in university accommodation. It helps you settle in, make friends and, especially somewhere like the Penryn Campus, you’ll really start to get a feel for the place.

The Campus’s self-catered accommodation is safe, secure, well designed and purpose built; its atmosphere, attractiveness, intimacy and convenience will help your university career get off to the best possible start.

Conveniently located

Glasney Student Village is based on campus, while the Sidings are a short walk away in Penryn, adjacent to the train station.


We offer a guarantee of accommodation in university owned, managed or approved accommodation to the following students;

  • A UK, EU or international undergraduate applicant who has firmly accepted an offer to study at University of Exeter – Penryn Campus as their first choice university and will be entering into Year 1
  • A Study Abroad or Erasmus student studying at University of Exeter starting in September
  • An International postgraduate applicant who has firmly accepted an offer to study at University of Exeter – Penryn Campus as their first choice university.

You must apply for accommodation by the published deadline to be guaranteed a bed space within our accommodation.

Glasney Student Village

Offering high quality, en-suite self-catered accommodation, divided into flats of seven bedrooms, students at Glasney have:

  • An en-suite bathroom; double bed (or bunk beds if students express a preference for dual occupancy); wardrobe; desk; telephone and internet point.
  • Communal kitchen/dining area with a fully fitted kitchen and television.
  • Access to bike hire, coin-operated launderettes; and the on-campus café, Koofi.
  • 24/7 Accommodation Services team on call.

The Sidings

This self-catered accommodation offers:

  • An en-suite shower room; double bed; wardrobe; desk; internet point. 
  • A communal kitchen/dining area; living area with sofas and a television.
  • On-site service management, including IT, laundry, cleaning, security and bikes available for loan.

Typical costs 2018 prices

Type of roomLength of letTypical cost
Self-catered - single occupancy 40 weeks £5,661.60
- £6,814.80
Self-catered - shared occupancy 40 weeks £3,396.40 - £4,247.60

Rents are reviewed annually and details for 2019/2020 will be available in spring 2019.

Utilities are included within all our halls, with some capped by an average allowance that needs to be 'topped up' if exceeded. Contents insurance is included in the rent.

Internet is provided free of charge and, in some halls, there is the option to pay extra for increased provision.

Food options

All residences are self-catered, but if you prefer to have your meals prepared for you, the nearby campus restaurant and bar, The Stannary, offers a range of options throughout the day (Mon-Fri). You can pay as you go or buy vouchers from the Finance Office to cover your meals. Koofi also offers freshly-made light meals and snacks, the campus shop sells a variety of essentials, and there's also a large supermarket in Penryn.

Accommodation for disabled students

A number of rooms in both Glasney Student Village and The Sidings have been modified for students with a range of disabilities. We're happy to discuss individual requirements with students who have disabilities, and we encourage you to contact the Accommodation Office and the Accessibility Service at an early stage.

Private sector accommodation

A good range of local, rented housing is available. The Accommodation Office helps students with an online list of private accommodation, house-hunting sessions and accommodation fairs. The Private Sector Liaison Officer is always available to offer support and information.

Any questions?

Penryn Campus Accommodation Office
Phone: +44 (0)1326 253639

Visit the Penryn Campus Accommodation website

At our campuses in Exeter we have something for everyone, from catered halls and self-catered accommodation, to self-contained family flats. Visit the Accommodation website for full details, including virtual tours of our halls and self-catering residences [new window].

Conveniently located

All our accommodation is

  • either on the campuses or a maximum of a 30-minute walk away;
  • close to your campus and the city centre.

A bus service runs regularly between the campuses and the city centre, train and coach stations.


With over 5,600 places, we are able to offer accommodation to many of our students.

We guarantee accommodation to:

  • new students entering the first year of an undergraduate programme who have firmly accepted the offer of a place at the University of Exeter*;
  • Study Abroad or Erasmus students studying at Exeter for the full academic year.

We would advise you to make your application by 31 July which is our Accommodation Guarantee deadline.

* University accommodation is accommodation owned, managed or approved by the University. We are unable to guarantee you a residence on campus.

Room types available

  • Standard room with washbasin
  • En-suite room with private shower, washbasin and toilet
  • Studio with en-suite bathroom and a kitchen area. 

Catered or self-catered?

If you’re no budding chef, catered halls may be preferable. These have the advantage of significantly reducing your need to budget for food (lunches during the week not provided) and offer well-balanced meals and a vegetarian option.

Self-catered accommodation is normally arranged in cluster flats or town houses, from three to 12 people, with well equipped kitchens, dining areas and sometimes a communal lounge.

Self-catered flats offer single sex accommodation as well as rooms in designated quiet areas.

Wellbeing in residences

Throughout the University there is a comprehensive range of support services available as well as our 24/7 security response team. In our accommodation, we have a Residence Life Team who provide help and advice on welfare issues and offer guidance on other matters.

Students with a disability

We have accessible, en-suite rooms. We are happy to discuss individual requirements and encourage you to contact the Accommodation Office and the Accessibility Service at an early stage so that we can do all we reasonably can to find or adapt accommodation for you.

Typical costs 2018 prices

Rents include all utility bills, internet and contents insurance, plus 16 meals per week in catered halls.

Type of roomLength of letTypical cost per year
Catered – single occupancy 32 weeks £5,647 - £7,916
Catered – twin occupancy 32 weeks £5,244
Self-catered – single occupancy 40/42/44 weeks £4,458 - £7,822

Please refer to the self-catered and catered price lists for a breakdown of contract lengths and accommodation fees for each residence. Rents are reviewed annually and details for 2019/20 will be available in spring 2019.

Applying for University accommodation

Our website is updated with information for the next academic session by the end of March each year. If you have Exeter as your FIRM choice, you will be able to apply for accommodation online from the middle of April 2018 for entry in September 2018.

Accommodation after your first year

We are able to offer a limited number of rooms to returning students, ie, students in their second or third years, or postgraduates. This means you are able to continue to enjoy the benefits and convenience that living in University accommodation provides throughout your academic career.

Private accommodation

Apart from the University accommodation, Exeter has a wide range of housing options, from purpose-built student accommodation to private houses, to suit different budgets and requirements.

Any questions?

Exeter Accommodation Office
Phone: 0300 555 0444 (UK callers)
+44 1392 724724 (EU/International callers)

Visit the Accommodation website

Daniel Venton, BA Geography, Penryn Campus

It’s so difficult to single out a particular element which I enjoy most about the Penryn Campus. It’s very social; you don’t feel like another student, but a member of a family within a close-knit community. I have really enjoyed meeting a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds, and the small class sizes on my programme allow you to make some very close friends. 

Daniel Venton, BA Geography, Penryn Campus

I found it so easy to meet people when I first arrived at Exeter, and generally the people I met in my first couple of weeks in Halls are still my best friends, and I have continued to live with them ever since.

Angharad Smith, 3rd Year Drama