What is the Best Accommodation at Exeter University?
Exeter University is one of the most popular universities in the UK. It’s known for its excellent academic programmes, beautiful campus, and strong student community. Not to mention fantastic nightlife and restaurants. There’s enough going on for you to never be bored and it’s a manageable size to really explore. The big question is, where is the best accommodation at Exeter University? In this blog post we highlight the accommodation options in the city, including Project Student’s Verney Street Studios which offers private accommodation in Exeter.
Types of Accommodation at Exeter University
Deciding where to live at university is a big decision. It’s both exciting and scary but ultimately, it’s all about choosing the best option for you. Whether you choose to live in halls, in a dedicated student studio or in private rented accommodation, there is something for everyone.
University Halls of Residence
Living in halls of residence at university is a great way to dive into student life.
Halls of residence are typically large blocks of flats, designed to house hundreds of students. They have individually furnished bedrooms organised around corridors or apartments with a communal kitchen and living area. In some halls of residence, bathrooms are also shared but en-suite options are now more readily available.
In halls, you’re at the heart of student life. This environment is bustling with other students, making it easy to meet new people under one roof and learn about university living. You’ll often find hall committees that arrange social events and hall staff who are on hand to answer any questions you may have throughout your residency.
Before you decide where to live, it’s a good idea to visit one or two halls of residence at your chosen university. That way you can make a more informed choice between the different options.
Managed Student Accommodation
Managed Student Accommodation is usually apartment blocks built specifically for students arranged in flats to share with your mates or studios if you want your own space. They will have an element of management to keep you safe and secure but are more independent than university halls.
These apartments are often located in or near university campuses and they offer all sorts of amenities and services to help make life at university easier including bills included.
Project Student’s dedicated student studios on Verney Street are conveniently located within a 15-minute walk of Exeter City Centre. They’re also close to the University of Exeter Campus, where you’ll find many other student facilities including the library, student health centre and sports hall.
Project Student’s dedicated student apartments are ideal if you want your own kitchen and ensuite bathroom but you will have your friends and neighbours nearby. The Project Student team keep the building safe and secure and any maintenance issues dealt with quickly and efficiently.
There are many options to live in an apartment or house owned by a landlord – you can either rent directly or via a letting agent. You can choose to live with friends or by yourself, in a flat or a house.
It’s worth bearing in mind that private landlord accommodation options are often located further away from the main campus. This means you’ll need to factor in your commute to university.
For some students, this type of accommodation might appeal. However, it’s worth remembering that you’re responsible for staying on top of paying bills, mowing the lawn and other domestic admin, like contacting the landlord if an appliance stops working or a pipe bursts.
If you’re looking for a stress-free alternative, Project Student’s accommodation cuts out the middleman of renting through a private landlord. Rather than waiting a week for your landlord to arrange a plumber to unblock the drains or fix a broken dishwasher, the on-site team will see to the problem straight away. Plus all bills are included in the cost of rent.
Factors to Consider When Choosing Student Accommodation in Exeter
Consider your budget
When looking for the best accommodation in Exeter, it’s important to know your budget.
Keep a figure in mind and then note down the cost of rent, bills, deposits etc. for each student flat. This will help you compare the expenses involved with each option and you can then easily see which one falls within your budget.
Be aware that some landlords may require a guarantor. This is someone (a parent or guardian) who agrees to pay your rent if, for whatever reason, you’re not able to pay it yourself.
Project Student’s dedicated apartments all come with bills included. Wifi, electricity and water come within the cost of your weekly rent, to make it easier for you to manage your budget.
Consider the location you want to be in
Knowing where you want to live in the city is a good place to start. Spend some time researching different neighbourhoods around Exeter and consider whether you want to live close to the university or further away.
In Exeter, there are lots of student accommodation options within easy reach of the city centre. Areas such as St David’s, Exwick or Heavitree all have large populations of students. In all three areas, you’re close to the University of Exeter campus and you have easy access to shops, transport links, bars and restaurants.
Also worth bearing in mind is where you want to live in relation to your university. Do you want to be able to walk to the university within five minutes? Or would you prefer to live close to your part-time job?
Consider the type of lifestyle you want at University
Are you looking for accommodation in the thick of city life? Or an off-campus flat for two? Or maybe you want to live a stone’s throw from campus alongside lots of other students? Consider the type of lifestyle you want at University and weigh up the pros and cons of each accommodation option.
Project Student’s off-campus studios are a secure and friendly place to live in Exeter. They’re designed to offer students a more independent lifestyle compared with halls, but they’re equipped with amenities and facilities that mean you don’t need to worry about things like repairs or bills.
Contact Project Student to Find Accommodation in Exeter
There are all sorts of accommodation options in Exeter. At Project Student, we can help you find some of the best in the city. Check out Verney Street Studios, which offers 29 studios close to the University of Exeter campus.
Posted on April 17, 2023