Spring is officially here and that means applications for our accommodation are open today, Monday 8 April!

You may have already done a bit of research or perhaps you’re just starting your journey in deciding what type of accommodation you might want to live in during your time at university.

When you’re ready, here are a few things you’ll need before you can make an application to live in University accommodation.

Activate an accommodation account

Before you can apply for accommodation, you’ll need to register for and activate an accommodation account.

Our Applying and Paying webpage provides you with useful information on how to activate an accommodation account and how to submit your application. If you are struggling to login, please check the following things:

Your offer 

You need to have accepted a Firm offer to be able to apply for accommodation. If Exeter is your Insurance choice, you won’t be able to apply until August, once you have changed Exeter to your Firm.

Please note, you may need to wait a couple of days after accepting for this to be updated on our systems. If you will be starting a postgraduate course, then you will also need to have paid your tuition fee deposit and for this to have been received and processed by the university.

Student number 

This is not your UCAS number, but a 9 digit reference number beginning with a 73 or 74 (depending on when you applied for your course) and it should appear on any University of Exeter admissions or offer correspondence.

Date of Birth 

Make sure you enter your date of birth in the format DD/MM/YYYY.


It might sound silly but more often than not, students aren’t able to apply because they’ve written their name incorrectly! The name will have to match our records exactly so any double-barrelled surnames can be a bit tricky, and don’t use any nicknames! If you’re having problems with this, please get in contact so we can get this sorted.


Your password will need to be 8 digits long and with at least one uppercase letter and at least one number.

I haven’t received my validation code yet

You will need this in order to complete the account creation process. Due to the high volume of traffic our Accommodation system, there can sometimes be a delay in your validation code being sent through. To find this email, please check your Junk/Spam folder. If after a couple of hours, this has still not been received, please contact us.

We’ve got further blogs coming up to help with Application FAQs and lots of information to help you decide what type of accommodation to apply for. Although it can seem like a big decision to make, we hope you enjoy this stage and we’re looking forward to receiving your application.