We would normally be advising students to take their time and not rush into signing into accommodation. The housing market in Exeter is very early starting in late October. This is led by agents keen to secure tenants for their clients 10/11 months in the future. Students can feel pressured or panicked into signing into fixed term tenancy. We see problems every year with household disputes and people wanting to leave tenancies as they may have rushed into them.
This year more than ever we are concerned about the potential implications of signing contracts so early in the year and we are working together to advise students to take your time.
In normal years students will meet lots of people to find who they want to live with the following year- mixing in halls, in class, societies etc. This year this has been severely impacted meaning student’s ability to find compatible housemates is likely to be harder.
We do not know how things will improve with COVID-19. We hope that teaching can be more face to face and that activities can happen next year. Every week we are learning more and with so much uncertainty it is a concern that students are signing into contracts that are not due to start for nearly a whole year. These are fixed term legally binding contracts for a large amount of money that do not generally have a break clause.
There is lots of accommodation in Exeter for students, so we are confident that there is accommodation for all.
If you are very specific in your needs for housing such as you must be in a house with 6 of your friends within a 5 minute walk of the University, these types of properties may go quicker. However, if you are willing to look further out and consider smaller house shares or purpose built student accommodation, there will be more options for you.
If you are not sure who to live with or about the people you have said you will live with, then take your time.
The Guild will run a virtual Accommodation fair in February and Student pad is open continuously.