Being a mentor has given me the opportunity to work as part of a great team and make new lifelong friends. The satisfaction of knowing that you are helping other students is something I really enjoy and is really special. Mentoring has also helped me improve my overall confidence, as well as providing me with new experiences and skills which I can use once I graduate. Definitely recommend it!

Past Residence Life Mentor

Residence Life Team

Welcome to Exeter!

We understand that living in student accommodation is a unique experience and can bring new challenges. The Residence Life Team is part of the Welfare Team at the University and are here to provide support, guidance and advice to students living in residence.

Our team of peer-support Residence Life Mentors hosts regular drop-ins and visit residences throughout the year. For information on how you can meet with the team, please click here. We also run a programme of social events to help build community within our residences. 

Explore the tabs below to learn who we are and what we can help you with. 

‌N.B. We will always treat your personal information with sensitivity and respect. Please read our confidentiality statement below for further information.

Contact Us

You can contact us in various ways:

  • To book an appointment, select a time through our online booking system.
  • For general enquiries please email us at:
  • Our Instant Chat function via the button below where you can talk live to a member of our team every evening (Mon-Fri)
  • You can attend an event and request to speak to an attending Residence Life Mentor or Coordinator.

You can follow everything we're up to - including updates about our programme of social events - by following our social media: 

We can help with any practical questions about your accommodation, worries about living with others, flat disputes, questions about living in Exeter and health and welfare concerns.

If you are in urgent need of assistance outside our team hours, please call Estate Patrol on 01392 723999. In an emergency, please call 999.

Meet the Team

The Residence Life Team is part of the welfare department and is responsible for providing support to students in university residences. Here's some more information about our team members:

Residence Life Coordinators

The Residence Life Coordinators are full-time members of staff in the Residence Life Team. They help the Mentors with their role, as well as supporting students with more challenging circumstances. The Coordinators are available to set up meetings with residents to discuss any concerns that they may be having. You can contact the Residence Life Coordinators via Their working hours are in the afternoons and evenings.

Residence Life Mentors

Our Residence Life Mentors are experienced students who have a wealth of knowledge about what it is like to live and study here at Exeter. They host regular events where you can meet with them to ask any questions that you may have, or if you just want a friendly face to talk to. Each Mentor is assigned to an area of halls and will visit periodically throughout the year.‌‌


Check our calendar below (updated regularly) for details of our programme of events. 

Follow our social media to keep up to date with everything we're up to and see pictures of previous events:

If you have any ideas for events that you would like to see us run please do get in touch and let us know! 

Weekly events*

M‌ondays: Baking in Spreytonway
Tuesdays: Crafting in Cornwall House
Wednesdays: iSCA Coffee Night
Thursdays: Cookery School
Fridays: Mature and Postgraduate iSCA Coffee Night

*‌Baking and Cookery School require pre-booking, so please see our eventbrite page to secure your place.

One-Off Events

Pig Therapy
Pet some adorable piglets on 9th and 10th May. 

9th May, 3pm-5.30pm - Streatham Campus: grass opposite Car Park A.
10th May, 10am-1pm - St Luke's Campus: grass between buildings 6 & 8.

What we help with

Living in university residences can sometimes be a challenging time for students, whether it is a students first time away from home, or the first time living here in Exeter. The Residence Life Team are here to help students have an enjoyable experience of their time with us, and can help with a range of different concerns that students may have.

  • Flatmate issues or conflicts
  • Harassment and bullying concerns 
  • Accessing further wellbeing support
  • Second year housing concerns  
  • Academic concerns  
  • Advice about student life: our Mentors are a great source for this although our staff also have a wealth of experience of university life.

If you raise a concern with us and it is not in our remit to help you we will signpost or refer you to the appropriate department to ensure you receive the answer you require.

To book an appointment with a Residence Life Coordinator (full-time staff) or a Residence Life Mentor (student-staff), please book through this form. 



Applications for 2022/23 Residence Life Mentors are open - visit the university jobs page to apply. 

Confidentiality statement

We understand that it can be difficult to trust other people with matters which may be deeply private. We will always treat your personal information with sensitivity and respect, and we regard this information (especially any concerns or problems you raise with us) as confidential unless you tell us otherwise. 

Residence Life Team members work closely with each other as part of a team. In order to provide continuity of support (we work on a rota basis), and to ensure that we are providing the best support we can, we may need to share information between team members. This information is only shared on a need-to-know basis.

Passing information to other people

We will not pass on any personal or sensitive information about you (including information about your studies, or your address in residence) to your family, friends or any other third party unless we have your permission. 

If family or friends contact us with questions about you, we will only discuss general topics with them (for example, giving details of support services available to help students) unless we have your permission to talk about your specific circumstances. 

We work very closely with other services providing support to students. Sometimes we may need to talk to a professional about your situation – for example, to make sure we are meeting your support needs, or to get advice on further help available to you. We are often able to do this on an anonymous basis, but if we need to pass on your details, we will seek your permission first wherever possible.

We do not routinely pass information you share with us to your tutors or anyone in your Academic College. If we are concerned that your studies are being affected by a personal issue, we will discuss this with you and seek your permission to advise your College that you may be in need of additional support. Where appropriate we are involved in the Health, Wellbeing & Fitness to Study Procedure

Exceptions to confidentiality

Very rare exceptions to confidentiality occur when:

  • We have good reason to believe that you or others may be at risk of serious harm.
  • We believe that you have committed or intend to commit a serious crime, or are required to provide information to the police as part of an investigation.
  • A member of the team would be liable to civil or criminal court procedures if information was not disclosed.

Wherever possible, we will discuss this with you before taking any further steps. Information passed on in these circumstances is kept to a minimum and only disclosed to relevant people on a need-to-know basis. 

Record keeping

We keep computer-based records of any issues you raise with us, so we can ensure that we have responded appropriately and provided the support you need. All personal and sensitive data that we hold is processed according to GDPR requirements.

The team also keeps records on our level of student contact. We use these records to produce statistical data on our service. No information about individual students is identifiable in this data.


If you would like to discuss any queries relating to this statement, please contact