The University of Exeter recognises that meeting everyday costs of living can be very challenging. To support our students, we have been able to launch the Accommodation Bursary for the 2023-24 academic year. This means-tested bursary is available to Home tuition-fee status undergraduate students.
Take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions below for further information.
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Frequently asked questions
The scheme is open to undergraduate students with a “Home” tuition fee status and a household income of £42,875 or less.
There are two brackets available which are dependent on your household income:
|Household income||Under £16,000||£16,001 - £25,000||£25,001 - £30,000||£30,001 - £42,875|
Take a look at the separate FAQ below about how your eligibility will be checked.
The Bursary amount is a single amount credited to your Student Account. Read more in the FAQ below about how this payment will be made.
You will need to apply for, and be allocated to, one of the following qualifying residences:
- Birks Grange Village - Ensuite (Catered)
- Lopes - Single Standard (Catered)
- Mardon - Single Standard (Catered)
- Ransom Pickard - Single Standard (Catered)
- Clydesdale Rise - Ensuite (Self-catered)
- James Owen Court - Ensuite (Self-catered)
- Nash Grove - Ensuite (Self-catered)
- St Davids (Kingdom Mews or Brunel Close) - Standard (Self-catered)
The Accommodation Bursary is not available for any other residences, and you must select at least one of the above residences in your accommodation application for us to consider your Bursary request.
The scheme will close on Friday 6 October 2023 and you must have submitted your Bursary Application Form by this date. We are unable to accept any applications after this time.
You can register your interest when making your accommodation application and you will need to include at least one of the qualifying residences in your accommodation preferences. You must then complete the Accommodation Bursary Application form which is available here. The Bursary Application Form will be available to complete until Friday 6 October 2023.
If you have already submitted your accommodation application but now wish to make changes to your residence preferences in order to be eligible for the Bursary, then please complete the Bursary Application Form. You will be asked within the application whether you need to make changes to your existing application, and what your new preferences are. If we have already sent you an offer of accommodation, then we can look to reallocate you to a Bursary-eligible residence – again, you can advise us of this by completing the Bursary Application Form.
This scheme is only in operation for the 2023-24 academic year and will close on Friday 6 October 2023. There are currently no plans for it to be reintroduced in 2024-25.
If you have applied to Student Finance England/Wales/Northern Ireland or Student Awards Agency for Scotland for a student loan (tuition and/or maintenance) and have been means tested, you will have been asked to provide details of your household income. Providing you have not requested that this household income figure be withheld, then the University of Exeter will use this data to confirm your eligibility for an Accommodation Bursary. Your household income figure must be £42,875 or below as of 9 October 2023 to be eligible for the award. For more information on how to apply for a student loan, please visit our webpages.
The award applies to the academic year and your eligibility will only be checked on 9 October 2023.
If your household income changes after 9 October so that you would no longer meet the eligibility criteria, you will be able to retain the original award provided you are not in debt to the University.
Provided you meet all the eligibility criteria as of Monday 9 October, we will apply a credit to your student account to reduce your accommodation fees. We will begin applying credits from the week commencing 9 October. Your online student statement will be updated with a new balance reducing the amount to pay for term 1.
If you meet all the eligibility criteria for the Accommodation Bursary then you are able to apply for it, no matter what other funding you receive.
We will allocate you to the next available residence in accordance with our Room Allocation Procedure, however we will not be able to apply the Bursary unless you are allocated to a qualifying residence.
As long as you submitted your Bursary application form by Friday 6 October and would have met the eligibility criteria as of Monday 9 October then we will be able to prioritise you for a room move to a qualifying residence should we get availability at a later stage. When you submit a Changing Room or Residence enquiry via SID Online you will need to indicate that you were an Accommodation Bursary applicant who we couldn’t allocate to a qualifying residence. If we are able to move you to a qualifying residence at a later date, then the amount of bursary paid to you will be adjusted pro rata in line with your new contract start date.
You will need to continue living in one of the qualifying residences for the bursary to be applied. If you choose to move from a qualifying residence to one which is not listed above, you will not be able to transfer the remaining value of bursary. The amount will be adjusted pro-rata to the date your accommodation contract changes. If you move from one qualifying residence to another qualifying residence then no adjustment will be made, and you will retain your original bursary amount.
If you submitted your Bursary application form by Friday 6 October and would have met the eligibility criteria as of Monday 9 October, then a pro-rata amount of bursary will be paid to you in line with your new contract start date in the eligible room. You are not able to apply for the Bursary after Friday 6 October.
If you leave your University-allocated accommodation, you will no longer be eligible for the Accommodation Bursary. The University will reclaim a pro-rata amount of any Bursary already awarded, based on the date we agree to terminate your accommodation contract.
Currently, this scheme is only in place for the 2023-24 academic year. If you Interrupt your studies and leave your university accommodation part way through that year, you will no longer be eligible for the Accommodation Bursary. The University will reclaim a pro-rata amount of any Bursary already awarded, based on the date we agree to terminate your accommodation contract.
The Accommodation Bursary only applies to full time study.
Provided you are not interrupting your studies to restart in another academic year then a change in course would not affect the terms of your Bursary.
The Accommodation Bursary is related to the occupation of rooms within qualifying residences, which have set contract lengths attached to them. If your course length extends beyond the end date of your initial accommodation contract, then we cannot guarantee accommodation will be available, nor will additional Accommodation Bursary funds be available.
We would encourage all students to refer to the University's Financial Help webpage to understand what other support might be available to them.