Where will I live?
Once you have accepted your offer from the University, it's important to make sure you get in your application for accommodation. Most first-year students choose to live in University residences, either on or off campus, however, there are also a number of options in private housing in the city. Whether you choose private or University residences, catered or self-catered, shared or studio - you can find all the information on how to apply, as well as virtual tours of accommodation, on our accommodation website.
Best accommodation for Humanities subjects
All Exeter Humanities subjects are based on our Streatham Campus so we'd recommend choosing accommodation either on the Streatham Campus or within the local area. Accommodation near the St Luke's Campus would be much further away. For example, Rowancroft, Rowancroft House, Rowancroft Mews, and Rowancroft Court are approx. 40 minutes walk from the centre of Streatham Campus. Luckily most halls of residence are within 5-20 minutes walk of the buildings our subjects are based in. Accommodation based in the centre of town like The Printworks and James Owen Court are a 20 minute walk on average, while housing based just off campus like Point Exe, Cook and Llewellyn Mews, and St David's are about 15 minutes from the centre of campus.
For a guide of the residences around campus, please see our accommodation map.
If you have any questions relating to accommodation, please contact the accommodation office.
If you're struggling to decide whether to apply for catered or self-catered accommodation, read our pros lists below to help you make your choice!
What are the pros for choosing self-catered accommodation?
Independence, flexibility and freedom - you can shop for, cook and eat whatever and whenever you like, while in catered accommodation, you have to eat at set times, which can be a pain for some students, because if you miss your meal time, you don't get fed but you've paid for it anyway. If you're a night owl rather than an early riser (preferring to do essay work in the small hours), self-catering can be more suitable, as you can stay snug in your bed longer rather than having to race to the canteen before breakfast is over.
If you love to cook, self-catered is perfect, but you do not need to know how to cook to live in self-catered accommodation - most students in self-catered halls have had no cooking experience when they move in! However, if you're nervous because you've never cooked before, cooking for yourself is a skill that you will need to learn at some point in your life (as well as budgeting for food shopping!), so see it as an exciting and fun experience rather than a daunting one. Plus, you'll have flatmates, most of whom will be in a similar boat to you, to share in the experience of learning how to cook together, or better yet, sharing their abilities with you.
Cooking together or hanging out in the kitchen is a brilliant opportunity for socialising and getting to know your flatmates - you can have themed food nights or take it in turns to cook for each other. You could also get your 'Bake Off' on and try some baking! A recommended tip - either have a washing up rota or have regular meetings, as washing up can pile up in groups. Lastly, if you have days when you're tired of cooking, you can always eat out on campus, in cafes or restaurants in town, or order food in - it's your choice.
If you're a savvy shopper, food shopping can work out a lot cheaper than catering fees. Visit the Food Shopping section of our 'Life in Exeter' area for food shopping tips!
Please visit the accommodation website to find out more about self-catered residences in detail.
What are the pros of choosing catered accommodation?
The pressure is off in terms of cooking for yourself - your rent includes your breakfast and evening meal seven days a week, with a continental breakfast, brunch and dinner at weekends - in total 16 meals a week. You need to purchase your lunch during the week separately. Although you have to organise your time well when staying in catered halls (as meals are at fixed times and slots), budgeting for, shopping for, preparing, eating and washing up can be time-consuming, especially in your first year when you are already spending time getting used to a new way of life. More time can be spent on settling in and getting work done than on the process of cooking.
Catered accommodation offers you the opportunity to maintain a healthy, balanced diet with regular meals at regular times, ensuring that you are eating a variety of foods, and not succumbing to pizza and pasta every day. A vegetarian choice is always available and those with dietary requirements can get in touch with the residence manager on arrival. Although again, timings can be tight, it is possible to request a replacement meal if there are academic, timetabling or society conflicts. Halls usually have a sink and a microwave so you can prepare light snacks at home. The University really considers your opinion, and improvements have recently been made to meal choices following market research, e.g. For breakfast, fruit/vegetable smoothies, omelettes with a variety of fillings and a wider selection of fresh fruit have been recently introduced, and daily specials such as American pancakes and breakfast burritos. Tasty! There is also a meal suggestion form whcih you can fill in.
While you miss the social hotspot of having a kitchen to share with flatmates, eating in catered halls means that you can socialise not only with flatmates, but you can end up meeting and chatting with people from other halls and courses, widening your social circle.
Find out more details about specific catered residences and about living in catered accommodation.
For more information on the types of accommodation available, please see the main University site.