Applying after the guarantee deadline

We’re really looking forward to welcoming you to the University of Exeter. Once you’ve firmly accepted your study place then you are welcome to apply for accommodation, however as we prioritise applications from students who applied within the accommodation guarantee deadline it is unlikely that we will be able to make you an offer. Our availability will also not be known until quite close to the start of term, and for these reasons you may prefer to go ahead and secure accommodation in the private sector. You can find lots of additional information on our website about private housing options, the housing areas which are close to campus, and transport links around the city.

If we are able to offer you accommodation it is most likely to be in one of our off-campus residences. Exeter is a lovely, small city and living off campus has the benefit of being close to the city centre and it is still within walking distance to both Streatham and St Luke's campuses. To get an insight into what living off campus may be like take a look at this accommodation video featuring students living off campus.

It might be that you prefer to find your own accommodation off campus, which you can easily find using our walking distance map, showing all purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) in Exeter. PBSAs offer a very similar living experience to our own halls of residence and many have additional facilities such as study spaces, large communal social areas and gym/fitness rooms. For more advice on private accommodation we recommend taking a look at our private housing webpage. 

For more information please choose from the appropriate drop-down:

If the University was your insurance or clearing choice or you've received a place through adjustment, you can apply for accommodation once your course offer is confirmed.

Please note - it can take up to two days for a firmly accepted offer to be transferred from Admissions to our accommodation system and therefore you will not be able to activate an accommodation account immediately. In most cases it will take between 24-48 hours for the information to reach our accommodation system. Please refer to the next set of drop-down options for details on how to apply.

When you make an accommodation application after the guarantee deadline, you will not be able to specify your preferred residences. You will be asked to indicate your preferred catering basis (i.e. catered or self-catered), room type (standard, en-suite or studio) and contract length. As availability will be limited, we cannot guarantee to be able to meet any of your preferences.

How likely am I to be allocated University accommodation?

We will do our best to house as many new students as we have spaces available. The likelihood of being able to offer accommodation to insurance/clearing applicants varies each year and is dependent on the number of guaranteed applicants whose study place is then confirmed after exam results have been released.

Please note that post-guarantee applications are processed in date order of receipt (a first come, first served basis).

If you submit an application for accommodation, we will provide updates to you via email and will advise you by early September if we are able to offer you accommodation. Our Accommodation Blog also provides updates and between August and September we will be posting these three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  

What happens if you are unable to offer me University accommodation?

If we are unable to allocate you to University accommodation you will need to make your own arrangements for private accommodation in the city. We encourage you to take a look at the Student accommodation in Exeter map which provides a handy list of student accommodation showing locations and walking distances. 

If you are an International postgraduate student applying for accommodation at the University after the guarantee deadline date, then we will process your application in date order from when it was received (a first come, first served basis).

Please note - it can take up to two days for a firmly accepted offer to be transferred from Admissions to our accommodation system and therefore you will not be able to activate an accommodation account immediately. In most cases it will take between 24-48 hours for the information to reach our accommodation system. You must also have paid your tuition fee deposit. Please refer to the next set of drop-down options for details on how to apply.

When you make an accommodation application after the guarantee deadline, you will not be able to specify your preferred residences. You will be asked to indicate your preferred room type (standard, en-suite or studio) and contract length. As availability will be limited, we cannot guarantee to be able to meet any of your preferences.

We will provide updates to you via email and will advise you by the beginning of September (early December for January starters) if we're able to offer you accommodation. If we are unable to provide you with University accommodation you will need to make your own arrangements for private accommodation in the city. For more information and advice we recommend using the following resources:

  • Accommodation Blog also provides updates and between August and September we will be posting three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Student accommodation in Exeter map which provides a handy list of student accommodation showing locations and walking distances
  • Our dedicated private housing webpages that will help you navigate through finding private accommodation in the city

If you are a Home postgraduate student (i.e. you do not pay International fees) then you do not fall within our Accommodation Guarantee. Due to the limited availability of postgraduate accommodation then if you are applying after the guarantee deadline it is highly unlikely that we will be able to provide you with University accommodation.

We strongly recommend that you make your own arrangements for private accommodation in the city. Exeter has a wide range of options in the private sector; from purpose-built student accommodation to house shares, or lodgings with a resident landlord. You can find lots of additional information on our website about private housing options, the housing areas which are close to campus, and transport links around the city. The Accommodation Office also administers a website called Studentpad where we list available student accommodation in Exeter and the surrounding area.

If you are not entering Year 1 of your studies you will need to your own arrangements for private accommodation in the city as all of our accommodation has been set aside for Year 1 students. Exeter has a wide range of accommodation options for students, and we recommend taking a look at our private housing webpages to help with your accommodation search.

Information about applying after the guarantee deadline

Before you can activate an accommodation account and apply you must:

  • Accept an academic offer and make the University of Exeter your firm choice - undergraduate students only.
  • Accept an academic offer and pay your tuition fee deposit - postgraduate students only.
  • Know your University of Exeter Student ID Number, which might be written as your Exeter Reference Number (see the information given within our FAQ about finding this).
  • Have a valid personal email account/address which you will be able to access after your arrival at university. Do not use your current school/college/University email address as these may become inactive once you leave.

Please note that it may take a couple of days for your firm offer to register on our system, therefore if you are unable to activate an accommodation account immediately, please try the next day. If you still can't access the system after two working days from making your offer firm, please contact us

The button below will redirect you to the accommodation account in a new window:

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Once you have activated your accommodation account, you will be able to apply for accommodation. 

Students applying after the guarantee deadline cannot apply for specific residences but can choose the following: 

The application type that you will need to use depends upon the type of student you are:

  • New Undergraduate applicant applying after the Guarantee deadline
  • New Postgraduate applicant applying after the Guarantee deadline
  • Full Year Exchange Applicant applying after the Guarantee deadline

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If you receive an offer for university owned / managed / approved accommodation you will be given a deadline date to either accept or reject the offer. You will need to log in to your accommodation account to review the offer.

If you have successfully found private accommodation and no longer need to be considered for university accommodation then please contact the Accommodation Office so that we can withdraw your application.