Searching for private accommodation
Students' Guild advice

Your private housing options

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 which may vary between 40 to 51 weeks.

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

Options include:

Purpose-built private halls of residence

There are a large number of purpose-built student residences in the city. These tend to be similar to University all-inclusive accommodation offering shared flats or independent studios. Please note that 'all-inclusive' rents may a reasonable usage policy - if you use more energy than expected your rent may rise. 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 (students rent as a group) or a sole occupancy contract (you do not need to have a group and you rent an individual room in a student house). To find a shared house visit our Studentpad portal

Properties through student letting agencies

The alternative way of finding a house is through a student letting agency which then manages the property throughout the academic year.

There are lots of student lettings agencies in Exeter. All release their own student accommodation lists, but not all are free to use. It is advisable to understand what their terms and conditions are and what is included in the rent before signing a contract. 

Resident Landlord/Host Family

Another option is to live in a house with the landlord. (These will be listed on the Studentpad website as 'Resident Landlord/Host Family'). These rooms are often short-term lets and are 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 you can simply do a Google search or visit our Studentpad pages. Studentpad is updated continually 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 residences and shared houses/flats are currently being advertised on Studentpad for 2019/20 and we continually update it when new properties are registered.  

Private providers and letting agencies may have vacancies throughout the year so it is advisable to contact accommodation providers individually. 

Once you have signed an accommodation contract 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 when searching for private accommodation on the  After Your First Year webpage, which offers useful information to any student looking to live in private accommodation. 

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:

Pinhoe

  • 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.

Topsham

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

Exmouth

  • 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. Please check our weekly blog for updates on the next fair.

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.