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Students' Guild advice

Your private housing options

Many students will need to secure private accommodation in the City as the University of Exeter offers its 5,500 bed spaces to those students who meet our Accommodation Guarantee. If you do meet the accommodation guarantee but would prefer not to live in University residences, you can search for private accommodation instead.

Please note landlord adverts for the 2019/20 academic year will go live on our Studentpad portal on the same date as the Students' Guild Accommodation Fair which takes place in the Great Hall. This year the date of the Accommodation Fair is Tuesday 20 November between 11:00am-2:00pm. Advertisements for 2019/20 will go live from 9:00am.

To help you to look for accommodation in the City, please see below for further information.

What private accommodation is available?

Whether you are looking as an individual or as a group, Exeter has a lot of private student accommodation options available in the city centre and surrounding areas.

For all of these properties, you should ensure that you have a written contract in advance which will detail any additional charges above the weekly rent that you will need to pay. You may need to pay a deposit, of up to a month's rent, to secure the accommodation. The contract will also detail the number of weeks of the contract which may vary between 40 to 51 weeks.

The Students' Guild offers a free contract tenancy checking service to all students.

These options include:

Purpose-built private halls of residence

There are a large number of purpose-built private halls of residence within the city which offer individual tenancies. These tend to be similar to University accommodation with cluster flats or en-suite and studio rooms available for all-inclusive rents. Remember that many 'all-inclusive' rents have a reasonable usage policy - if you use more energy than expected your rent may rise significantly. Some of the larger providers within the city include:

Shared houses and flats

There are many shared houses and flats available for students including those with a joint tenancy or a sole occupancy contract. Some of these properties will be advertised and managed by the landlord directly whereas other landlords will use letting agencies to manage their properties on their behalf.

Properties through private individual landlords

A number of landlords purchase one or two properties within the city and rent these out directly to students. Many of these landlords will advertise their properties through the Studentpad portal which go live on the same date as the Students' Guild Accommodation Fair. This year the date of the Accommodation Fair is Tuesday 20 November. Advertisements will go live from 9:00am.

The Students' Guild encourages landlords to get accredited, please see the information below to find out more about 'landlord accreditation'.

Properties through student letting agencies

There are some landlords who own a large number of properties in the city who will advertise through a student letting agency and will then manage the properties whilst the students are in residence.

There are lots of student lettings agencies in Exeter. All release their own student accommodation lists, but not all are free to use; many agencies charge non-refundable registration, booking and administration fees plus deposits, so please check before commencing your search. Prices do vary but we have included some approximate prices below:

ChargesApproximate cost
Application/Administration fee Between £100.00 - £125.00
Moving out charge £12.00

Resident Landlord/Host Family

Some students decide to live in a house with the landlord and these will be listed on the studentpad website as 'Resident Landlord/Host Family'. These rooms are lets on short contracts then the other options and are often suitable for students who will not be in Exeter for the full academic year, or who want to secure accommodation for a short period whilst looking for longer term accommodation.

To see what private accommodation is available to rent in Exeter, including private student halls, house shares and rooms for rent please visit our Studentpad pages. These pages are updated continually updated throughout the year as we receive details of new properties.

There is a room mate finder facility on studentpad where you can register to find other students who are looking to share private accommodation. To access this you will need to log into the Studentpad messageboard.

Purpose-built private halls of residence and shared houses/flats are currently being advertised on Studentpad for 2018/19. Adverts for 2019/20 will be available from 9:00am on Tuesday 20 November 2018.

If you are considering living with a Resident Landlord/Host Family or in a self-contained flat, you will find that this type of accommodation is only advertised 6-8 weeks before the start of the academic year so you may need to delay looking for this type of accommodation until early part of the summer before you want to move in.

Once you have signed an accommodation contract (and paid deposits where required) it is very difficult, and sometimes impossible, to reverse the decision. We therefore recommend that you consider the following questions prior to starting your search:

  • Do I want to live in a shared house or in purpose built accommodation?
  • Do I want to live on my own or which friends do I want to live with?
  • Do I want to have a shared tenancy (with others) or an individual contract?
  • Which areas of Exeter are of interest to me?
  • What is my budget?
  • Does my budget include bills or will I be willing to pay extra for bills?
  • How long do I want to rent for?

You can also look at our additional information on the aspects to consider when searching for private accommodation After Your First Year

Areas in Exeter which are close to the University of Exeter and are areas where student live include:

Close to the Streatham Campus

  • Pennsylvania
  • Stoke Hill
  • St Davids
  • St Thomas
  • Mount Pleasant

Close to both the Streatham and St Lukes Campus

  • Central
  • St James
  • Mount Pleasant

Close to the St Lukes Campus

  • Heavitree
  • Newtown
  • St Leonards

The postcode for the Streatham Campus is EX4 4QJ and for the St Lukes Campus is EX1 2LU. If you enter this when searching on the websites it will show you rooms available near the University.

These include:


  • 3 miles from Streatham Campus
  • Trains usually every 30 minutes and is a 30 minute journey to St David’s.
  • Buses K and B from Pinhoe travel to the city centre. From here, students can walk to the university (approx. 15 minutes) or connect to local bus services.
  • 25 minute bicycle ride to Streatham Campus

St Thomas

  • 1 ½ miles from Streatham Campus
  • Trains usually every 30 minutes and is a 4 minute journey to St David’s.


  • 5 miles from Streatham Campus
  • Trains usually every 30 minutes and is a 20 minute journey to St David’s.


  • 11miles from Streatham Campus, on the South-West coast
  • Trains usually every 30 minutes and is a 30 minute journey to St David’s.

From St. Davids, students can connect to the University’s free shuttle bus to campus.

There is a free shuttle bus which runs from St David's train station to both Streatham campus and St Luke's campus  Monday-Friday.

Frequent Stagecoach bus services serve both of the Exeter campuses. You can find out about subsidised bus prices and timetable information by visiting our sustainability website.

Exeter has two mainline railway stations - Exeter St David's and Exeter Central. The Streatham campus is a 15 minute walk from St David's station and 20 minutes from Exeter Central station. For St Lukes, it is approximately 30 minutes walk to St David's station and 20 minutes to Exeter Central station. The walking route to the Streatham Campus is signed from St David's' station and the campus map shows the walking route.

Students could consider purchasing a Young Person’s Railcard which offers them a discount on UK-wide train travel (off peak) which will be advantageous for exploring the UK.

There are a number of different teams within the University who can offer you support when you are looking for accommodation or living in the private sector:

The Students' Guild offer:

  • free tenancy and contract checking service for students who may have found a property.
  • free independent advice if you have any contractual issues with landlords
  • free advice if you have any issues with your housemates
  • an annual Accommodation Fair where they invite landlords and large private providers to attend in order to show students what private options are available. The Accommodation Fair for students looking for private accommodation for 2019/20 is on Tuesday 20 November and our Studentpad housing list goes live at 9:00am on the same day. Please check our weekly blog for any updates.

The Community team:

  • offer advice and support once you are living within the city through private housing via the Community Wardens.

The Accommodation Office team:

  • maintain a list of properties and rooms available in the City via Studentpad.

Please see the video below which provides you with a step by step guide on how to search for private accommodation through our Studentpad website.

For further information about accommodation after your first year and to see advice about what you need to look for, please see our website.