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Accommodation in Exeter

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You will receive an email with an offer of accommodation that can be viewed on your accommodation account. 

There will be a deadline date you need to accept or decline your offer by. 

If you do not respond within the deadline, we will chase you by email. If we do not hear from you within 24 hours of our chaser email, we will withdraw the offer of accommodation automatically. Due to the demand for rooms, if you contact us after your room offer has been withdrawn, we may not be able to reassign you accommodation. 

Only one offer of accommodation will be made. Please read the offer of accommodation carefully and make sure it is suitable for your needs.

If you reject our offer, we will not make another offer.

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Am I guaranteed one of my preferences?

Please note, we do not guarantee you’ll be offered one of your four preferences from your application, so you could be offered a room in a residence you haven’t considered. This depends on how many applications we receive for each residence. View our 2023-24 Undergraduate Application Ratio Table to see how the number of applications made by the guarantee deadline compare to available bedspaces.

If we cannot allocate you one of your preferences, we will use all the information in your application as a guide to give you the most appropriate room.

In some circumstances, we will source additional accommodation in the city which may not have been advertised.

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When will I hear?

Applicant Type

Offer Status

Application Processed

Offer Period


Conditional Firm (CF)

 Once your status becomes Unconditional Firm (for many students this will be after A level results day in August)

If your offer becomes UF in August, we will send you an accommodation offer from week commencing 19 August 2024.

If your offer becomes UF before August then please see the Deferred Students section below for further information.


Unconditional Firm (UF) (e.g. deferred students)

Between May and August

Varies depending on when your application is submitted. Please see the Deferred Students section below for further information.

Full Year Exchange Student (starting in September)

Unconditional Firm (UF)

May onwards

If your accommodation application is received by end of May, an accommodation offer will be made by end of June.

If your accommodation application is received from June onwards, the accommodation offer will usually be made within one month of your submission.

Postgraduate and PhD students (starting in September)


Late April onwards

Usually within two weeks of your application submission.



Late April onwards

June – September

Semester 1 Exchange Student (i.e. studying September – January)


In date order of receipt

Early May

Semester 2 Exchange Student (i.e. studying January – June)


In date order of receipt

TBC – Offers of accommodation are subject to availability.

For undergraduate students whose academic offer is, or becomes unconditional (UF), we process applications before A level results are released in the summer.

When we review undergraduate accommodation applications, we allocate to a percentage of rooms in each residence based on the number of unconditional offers made by the University, and the percentage of accommodation applications received. This means that we do not fill all the rooms within our residences before A levels are released.

This allows us to ensure that there is a mix of students living in our residences whose applications become unconditional at different times, which helps to build a diverse community in each residence during the academic year.

We do undertake allocations through the summer and our current programme is:

Applications received between Applications processed Offer will be sent to you
8 April to 5 May - UF status only In May By 30 June 2024
6 May to 31 May - UF status only In June By 30 June 2024
1 June to 30 June - UF status only In July By 26 July 2024
1 July to 31 July - UF status only By 8 August By 8 August 2024

Room allocation procedure

The University of Exeter values the diversity of its community and believes this enriches employment, research, studying and learning experiences. As such, we allocate students within our residences with the aim of achieving a mixed and diverse community. 

For undergraduates, applications are processed in a random order, and therefore, rooms are not allocated on a first come, first serve basis. 

For postgraduates, applications are processed in date order of receipt, meaning we will allocate on a first come, first serve basis.

If we are unable to allocate you to your first preference of residence, we will look to allocate you to your second preference. If this is also full, we will look to allocate you to your third preference, and so on.

Please see further details on how we allocate rooms.

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