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PGCE students


Accommodation options in the city

You can search for private accommodation within the city using Studentpad our free, accommodation search engine. Accommodation specifically for PGCE students are advertised on Studentpad and include private short term rentals and lodgings with host families. These adverts are only accessed upon entering a password. The password is sent to you in your course offer letter/email but if you prefer you can request this password by emailing: and including your nine digit student ID number. As we receive new information about available rooms, the adverts will be updated throughout the summer.

The Initial Teacher Education Partnership Office usually notifies trainees of their provisional placements in late July. They recommend that you do not commit yourself to long term accommodation until your placements are confirmed in the Autumn term. The Partnership Office has a database for accommodation across the region (excluding Exeter and surrounds) and you will have access to this when you commence the course.

Please see below for information on where to begin your search for private accommodation and which areas of Exeter to consider.

Our private accommodation webpage will help with your search and we will update this information when landlords inform us of other accommodation available for shorter lettings.

It is likely that the type of accommodation available to you will be a 'homestay' where you share the house with the landlord. These will be listed on the Studentpad website and these pages will help with this search. 

If you are considering living with a Resident Landlord/Host Family or in a self-contained flat, you may 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.

To narrow your search on Studentpad you can:

  • use the Contract Type box to select PGCE listings so that only properties available for flexible, short term letting are displayed. Note - you will need a password to access these listings which will be sent to you with your course offer letter, or you can request it from the Accommodation Office by emailing and including your student ID number.

  • or use the Contract Type box to select Short Lets (up to 23 weeks) so that only properties available for short term letting are displayed

  • or use the Living Arrangement box to select Resident Landlord/Host Family so that only properties available as a homestay are displayed.

You may find that landlords will only consider letting to groups of students and we would recommend using the Message Board on Studentpad to form groups. Please contact us to be emailed the password to gain access.

There are also a number of purpose-built private halls of residence within the city which offer individual tenancies who may offer short term contracts. These tend to be similar to University accommodation with cluster flats or en-suite and studio rooms available for all-inclusive rents. Please check the contract length they are offering you is suitable for your requirements.

We will provide information on availability within purpose-built halls in the city on this page as we become aware of it.

PGCE students are based at the St Lukes Campus and students will want to consider housing in this area. You may also wish to receive information from the university about your teaching placement before securing accommodation. Please see below for local areas:

Close to both Streatham and St Lukes Campus

  •     Central
  •     St James
  •     Mount Pleasant

Close to St Lukes Campus

  •     Heavitree
  •     Newtown
  •     St Leonards
  •     St Thomas

There is a regular bus service between the two campuses and Exeter is a cycle friendly city.

We would also recommend that PGCE students consider living at areas which are on a bus or train route such as: Dawlish, Exmouth or Teignmouth, especially if your placement is located nearer these places. Bus route information can be found on the Stagecoach Bus website. Train information can be found on the South West Trains website.

Further advice and information to help you source your accommodation in and around Exeter can be found on our private accommodation webpage.

Here to help

Once you have decided where you want to live, if you need help with understanding your contract you can contact Students’ Guild Advice who will guide you through this process.

If you need any help or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Accommodation Office Team.