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Accommodation Guarantee

Accommodation guarantee

Accommodation guarantee

We believe it’s important that you’re able to settle into student life with us as easily and smoothly as possible. That's why we guarantee to make you an offer of accommodation within University owned, managed or approved residences, as long as you meet the criteria and deadline listed in the New Students section below.

Coming to us through clearing or is Exeter your insurance choice? Find out more about applying after the guarantee deadline here.

Not sure that living in halls of residence is quite right for you? You don’t have to live in university owned or managed accommodation during your first year. If you prefer, you can search for private accommodation within the city.

New Undergraduate students for September 2021 entry

We guarantee to make you an offer of accommodation if you apply by our guarantee deadline of 31 July 2021 and are:

  • An unaccompanied* home or international undergraduate who has firmly accepted an offer of a place at the University of Exeter entering your first year of study (i.e. Year 1) as a full-time student.

  • An unaccompanied* incoming study abroad or exchange student studying at the University of Exeter for the full academic year starting in September.

*Unaccompanied relates to the student only and not those who wish to live with a partner and/or children.

New Postgraduate students for September 2021 entry

We guarantee to make you an offer of accommodation if you apply by our guarantee deadline of 31 July 2021 and are:

  • An unaccompanied* international postgraduate in your first year of study for the full academic year starting in September as a full-time student. Note: You are defined as an international student if you pay international fees.

  • An unaccompanied* incoming study abroad or exchange student studying at the University of Exeter for the full academic year starting in September.

*Unaccompanied relates to the student only and not those who wish to live with a partner and/or children.

New Postgraduate students for January 2022 entry

We guarantee to make you an offer of accommodation if you apply by 30 November 2021 and are:

  • An unaccompanied* international postgraduate in your first year of study for the full academic year starting in January as full-time student. Note: You are defined as an international student if you pay international fees.

*Unaccompanied relates to the student only and not those who wish to live with a partner and/or children.

Please note that we will open applications for January entry in October 2021 (specific date to be confirmed). This will be a dedicated application type marked for PG January 2022 entry. Please do make an application before this time. Any application made before October 2021 will be declined and you will be asked to submit a new application when it is available. 

 

Applications for 2021/22 September entry can be made now


It is important to note that we do not guarantee that your accommodation offer will be for any of the preferences you list in your application. This means that you may receive an offer for a room that was not one of your preferences. 

As we have a number of residences spread across campus and within the city centre, inevitably some are more popular than others, and may be oversubscribed. In this situation, we will use the information you have provided in your accommodation application as a guide when we look to allocate you to a room. 

Depending on the volume of applications we receive, it may be necessary for us to source additional accommodation in the city which may not have been advertised. 

Next steps: Find out how we allocate you to accommodation


Your own circumstances may affect 
whether you are eligible under our Accommodation guarantee. See below for further information depending on which type of student you are. 

ScenarioGuaranteedNot guaranteed

New student with an insurance, clearing or adjustment offer

 

 
Unless you are able to confirm Exeter as your Firm choice and apply by the guarantee deadline. See point 1 below.

Deferred student with an Unconditional Firm course offer
See point 2 below.
 
New student entering year 2 of a University of Exeter course  
See point 3 below.
New student holding both Firm and Insurance choices at Exeter
As long as your place on your Firm choice is confirmed. See point 4 below.


If your place on your Insurance choice course is confirmed. See point 4 below.

Firm offer is declined but secures new study place through clearing  
See point 5 below.
Receive amended grade (re-mark)


As long as your amended results are received by us by (2021 date to be confirmed). See point 6 below.

 

 

If you have put the University of Exeter as your insurance or clearing choice or have received a place through adjustment, you will only be able to apply for accommodation once your university offer is confirmed. This is likely to be after the guarantee deadline date.

Applications from those who apply after the guarantee deadline are processed in order of receipt (first come, first served). An offer of university owned/managed/approved accommodation will only be made if rooms are still available.

If we are unable to allocate you to University accommodation, we will point you in the direction of alternative options so you can make your own arrangements for private accommodation in the city.

If you have deferred entry and will be commencing your degree programme in 2021/22, you will fall under our accommodation guarantee and can apply to live in University owned, managed or approved accommodation when applications open on 12 April 2021. A formal offer of accommodation will be sent to you via email from July 2021 so making an application before mid-May is advisable. 
 
Although we advise deferred students to apply early, your preference of accommodation will not be guaranteed. Our aim is to allocate deferred students in rooms across our residences and there is no particular residence specifically reserved for students who have deferred their entry.

If you are entering your second year of an undergraduate/postgraduate course you will not be covered by our Accommodation Guarantee. You will therefore need to seek private accommodation within the city. Further information and advice is available on our private housing webpage.

If you hold both a firm and insurance offer at the University of Exeter you will need to apply for accommodation by the guarantee deadlineHowever, if your place at Exeter is subsequently confirmed for your insurance choice course, you will not be covered by our Accommodation Guarantee and your original accommodation application will be declined on results day. 
 
You do not need to apply again, but you must contact the Accommodation Office as soon as you have accepted your insurance place, and ask for your application to be reinstated. 

Please note that once your application has been reinstated you will be considered as an insurance applicant (please see point 1 above).

Following results, if your firm course offer is declined then you will no longer be covered by our Accommodation Guarantee and your original accommodation application will be withdrawn on results day. 

If you then confirm an offer through clearing and decide to come to the University of Exeter, you do not need to apply again, but you must contact the Accommodation Office as soon as you have accepted your clearing place, and ask for your application to be reinstated. 

Please note that once your application has been reinstated you will be considered as a late applicant (please see point 1 above).

Following results day, if you do not meet the entry requirements needed for your course then your accommodation application will be declined. If you are going through a re-mark of your results in order to amend your grade through your school/college, please contact our Admissions Team to make them aware. You must also notify the Accommodation Office. 

If you applied within the accommodation guarantee period and your revised grades are received by the deadline set by Admissions, then we will still guarantee you accommodation.