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Accommodation in Exeter

Local Information

Whether you're new to Exeter or moving from University accommodation after your first year into the city, choosing the right area for you is key.

You may be reassured to know that there is support provided for students and in particular, information and guidance available from the Community Engagement Team for students living and socialising off campus.

From advice on finding accommodation, to what to consider when viewing a property and staying safe in Exeter, our videos will help with your accommodation search and transition into city life.

Click here to watch them now.

You can also find helpful Community Engagement Videos providing tips on topics including Bins, Noise, and getting on with your neighbours.

Below are some areas located close to the campuses where students live:

Close to the Streatham Campus

Close to the St Lukes Campus

Close to both campuses

  • Pennsylvania
  • Stoke Hill
  • St Davids
  • St Thomas
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Heavitree
  • Newtown
  • St Leonards
  • Central
  • St James
  • Mount Pleasant

Take a look at the Accommodation in Exeter Radius map for an idea of area locations, walking distances and rental costs in the city.


  • 3 miles from Streatham Campus
  • Trains usually every 30 minutes and is a 30 minute journey to St David’s.
  • There are regular bus services that travel from Pinhoe 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.


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


  • 11 miles from Streatham Campus, on the South-West coast
  • Trains usually every 30 minutes and is a 30 minute journey to St David’s.

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 which will be advantageous for exploring the UK.

The Community Engagement Officers encourage the integration of students as active citizens. Student Wardens work closely with the Students’ GuildDevon and Cornwall Constabulary and Exeter City Council to support fellow students living off campus.

There are three Community Engagement Officer teams. The Exeter East, West and Central Teams provide a supportive presence to students living across the wards of St James, St David's, Pennsylvania, Newtown and Polsloe. They wear branded 'Community Engagement Team' jackets and polo shirts and are always available to chat.

To find out more about the Community Engagement Team, please visit their webpage.

International Students

We know that moving to a different country can be a daunting experience. The International Student Support pages provide useful advice about the cultural differences that you might experience and how you can overcome these in order to feel well-informed and safe.

Estate Patrol Team

The University has its own campus security known as Estate Patrol, a friendly team of officers who provide a 24/7 security and safeguarding services across our University campuses. They can also offer advice on securing your possessions and valuables, as well as providing the following safety resources to help keep you safe during your time at University, both on and off campus:

  • SafeZone App - The free app-based system for students and staff enhances personal safety and connects you round-the-clock directly to the University Estate Patrol Security team. It provides a quick and easy way for users to alert Estate Patrol if you ever need advice or urgent help when on campus. Find out more including how to download for free on the Estate Patrol website.
  • Campus Safety Guide - Provides lots of information not only about campus safety, but also tips to consider when you are out and about, personal safety and securing your property.

Emergency Services and Facilities

  • Accident and Emergency (A&E) - Exeter's A&E is located within the RD&E Hospital (Wonford), Barrack Road and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you require an ambulance in an emergency, please telephone 999.

  • Police - The Exeter Police Enquiry Office is located on the outskirts of Exeter at Sidmouth Road, EX2 7RY. For further information and opening times, please visit their website.

If you require the police in an emergency, please telephone 999. For any non-emergencies, please telephone 101.