You’re a few weeks into your new life in Exeter and you may already be hearing from other students or local agents that you need to start looking for next year’s accommodation. If that’s the case, please don’t panic – help is here.

Move Smart

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Together with the Students’ Guild, we’ll be helping you to Move Smart – take your time, understand all your options and make the right choice for you when it comes to finding a place to live.

Although you may be feeling pressure to start your search early, there is a lot of accommodation available in Exeter and taking your time to consider all the options is the smart move.

Take the Pressure Off and Broaden Your Horizons

If you want a particular type of accommodation in close proximity to campus and it’s on a popular street, you may need to act quickly to tick it off your wish list. But you need to be certain you have made the right choice – on price, people to live with and the quality of the accommodation – before you commit yourself to a legally binding contract.

By being open to other options, such as locations slightly further away from the University, or a type of accommodation that you hadn’t previously considered, you’ll take the pressure off yourself and buy time to research, ensuring you’re making the right decision for you.

Help is Here

Over the next term and beyond, you’ll find a wealth of relevant information through the campaign, including:

  • Where to look, how to look and what to look for
  • What you can afford, what your rent includes and the logistics of making payments
  • How to decide who to live with and how to find those people
  • The paperwork you need to carefully consider before agreeing to or signing anything. Don’t worry, our resources and advice teams can help.


We have a range of drop-in events over the coming months with advice from the Students’ Guild Advice, Community Engagement, Residence Life and University Accommodation Teams. At these events, you can:

  • Ask questions and get advice on anything related to finding and moving into private accommodation
  • Find potential people to live with
  • Get advice on settling in and integrating into life in the city

Want to Know More?

Visit the University and Students’ Guild websites for resources, guidance and further information about Move Smart events.