In the southwest of England, you’ll find Exeter, one of the most sought-after university cities in the UK. In the beautiful county of Devon on the River Exe, this Roman-era city is not just notable for its scenery, but the gothic architecture and intricate secret Roman passages that lie beneath it. Check out what student life can be like with our accommodation for students in Exeter.

Student accommodation in Exeter at a glance

There are some great options for student accommodation in Exeter, with one being the Study Inn Walnut Gardens. Only a short walk to the city centre, this modern accommodation offers both self-contained studios or shared, ensuite serviced apartments for when you want to live with friends. It also has a spa and a gym, plus a cinema and games room, and a bunch of fold-away push bikes to rent free of charge. In relation to campuses, you’re only a 3-minute walk from Exeter College or a 20-minute walk to the University of Exeter and University of INTO Exeter.

If you’re after stylish student flats in Exeter, then West Gate is a must-view for you. All rooms come with a private ensuite shower room, large wardrobe, and fully-fitted kitchen, with some rooms offering a private roof terrace. You’ll also enjoy an on-site gym, on-site library, private dining room, cinema room, and lots of quiet study spaces. Located right near the River Exe, this modern accommodation is a short walk to bars, restaurants, and pubs, but is a little further afield from universities, meaning you’re about a 15-minute walk to Exeter College or a 30-minute walk to the University of Exeter and the University of INTO Exeter from your student accommodation.

When looking for student apartments in Exeter that are right in the heart of the city, check out The Kingfisher. This high-quality student accommodation complex is perfectly located about a 20-minute walk to most university campuses and has self-contained studios with everything you need to live and study, as well as comfortable communal areas to hang out with friends or watch a film.

When it comes to Exeter student halls that are stylish, modern, and comfortable, The Neighbourhood is a must-mention. A 30-minute walk to the University of Exeter, this high-quality student accommodation in Exeter city centre is right near bars, restaurants, and the Exeter Central station, and it’s perfect if you’re after Exeter student studios, or a two-bed ensuite. With lots of great social spaces including an on-site gym, cinema room, dining room, and karaoke room, this contemporary student accommodation is sure to fill up fast.

Exeter at a glance

  • Home to higher educational establishments such as the University of Exeter, Exeter College, Exeter Tutorial College, University of INTO Exeter and Exeter School of Art and Design with most campuses only a short walk/bus ride to your student flats in Exeter.
  • Go on a tour to explore the intricate trail of underground passages under the city that were used back in the 14th century to distribute water to residents from a nearby natural spring.
  • Visit Exeter Cathedral, one of the most iconic cathedrals in the UK. Dating back to the 1400s, this impressive cathedral has its original Norman towers, a 15th Century astronomical clock, and the must-see Great East Window.
  • Fancy a pint with history? Check out The Old Firehouse, a popular pub with both students and locals and is said to pull the best ale and cider in Exeter.
  • Being south means you’re never too far from the beach. Only a 40-minute train ride away is Exmouth Beach, a great way to step away from studying and take some much-needed chill time. You’re also well-connected for a day trip, with Plymouth, Dartmoor and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, to name but a few, all close by to explore.
  • For a whole variety of fun, head to The Quay, a district close to most Exeter student halls that has everything on, from cafes and bars to watersports and shopping.
  • If museums are your thing, check out the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. This museum and art gallery holds impressive collections in areas such as zoology, anthropology, fine art, local and overseas archaeology, and geology.
  • Exeter was called the “friendliest city” in 2021 by Parkdean Resorts and is one of the top cities on our healthiest universities guide. It’s also a popular choice for international students, with over 5,000 students from over 140 different countries attending the University of Exeter.

Student travel in Exeter

Getting around from your student apartments in Exeter is fairly simple, with a variety of bus and train options to get you where you need to go. And if the weather is nice, it’s also a great city to explore on foot. Conveniently, Exeter also has an international airport only a 30-minute bus journey from the city.

By Bus

Buses are a great way to get around from your student halls in Exeter, with regular timetables and convenient stops for students for going to campuses. The main operator is StageCoach and you can find timetables and ticket prices here. There is also a free minibus service from Exeter St David’s railway station to the University of Exeter’s Streatham Campus for staff and students.

By Train

Exeter has two main stations, Exeter Central Station and Exeter St Davids Station, that connect to most major UK cities. Both stations are located in the city centre with Exeter Central Station being only a 5-minute walk to the High Street. While these stations are convenient and busy, they’re better used when heading out of the city, rather than helping you get around.

Featured neighbourhoods in Exeter

City Centre

A lot of student accommodation in Exeter can be found in the city centre due to its proximity to most university campuses and its great social and hospitality scene. Being in the city centre means you’re close to The Quay for a bite to eat, you can catch a film at the Exeter Picturehouse or just wander around and admire the Roman architecture. It’s also close to the major train stations when needing to head out of town.

Newtown

Located a little out of the city centre between St Sidwells and Heavitree is Newtown, a popular area with students due to its proximity to the University of Exeter. It’s the perfect area for those wanting to be close to the action without actually living in the city centre. You’ll probably find yourself heading into the centre for bars and restaurants, but there are still a few local places worth a visit such as EXE Coffee Roasters and Calvo Loco Tapas Bar.

Pennsylvania

If your Exeter student halls need to be right next to campus, then Pennsylvania is the best area for you. Though lacking when it comes to cafes and nightlife, this area more than makes up for the fact it’s on the doorstep of the University of Exeter and all the facilities that come along with it. This means less commuting time and more time for you which is an important thing to consider to keep your mental strength up during this lifestyle change.

Student accommodation in Exeter FAQs

When is the best time to look for student accommodation in Exeter?

Every university and provider of student accommodation in Exeter will have different processes and timelines, but as a rough guide, students look for accommodation from the end of term onwards. Check out our student accommodation guide for more information.

Is Exeter expensive for students?

It’s estimated that students living in Exeter will need around £1100 a month for accommodation, food, books, travel, etc. As a rough guide for student halls in Exeter, you can pay anywhere between £135 per week to £230 per week.

Is Exeter good for student life?

Exeter has consistently been voted as one of the best places to live, study, and work. With a rich history, access to beautiful countryside, a large student population, and lots of things to do, it’s one of the most popular locations for local and international students.

Where do students live in Exeter?

Many students at Exeter choose to live in ‘the triangle’, an area close to the university, the centre and the football stadium, such as Pennsylvania, or slightly further out in Newtown.

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