Depending upon what you are looking for will influence where you look for your accommodation
Student Pad This is a webpage run by the University where landlords and individuals can advertise houses and rooms and individuals can also share that they are looking for accommodation.
Letting Agents The council have produced a list of local Letting Agents who have attended training sessions run by the council in partnership with the University of Exeter. The training offers frontline staff a good practical grounding in the Housing Health & Safety Rating System (HHSRS) – the basic standard for all housing – and other related laws.
Purpose Built Student Accommodation
The University accommodation Webpage has a list of Purpose Built Student Accommodation and you can visit their webpages to see what they offer to suit you.
There are a number of websites that you could use to search for accommodation, however these are run by private providers so we are unable to recommend the use of one over another but they are listed as follows:
There are also a number of Exeter University Facebook groups with thousands of members that you could search for people looking to rent their accommodation.
Guild online Accommodation fair
There will also be Guild online housing fair in the new year, where more providers can advertise and we are working on some housemate finder activities for those people who have not had the chance to meet other students and form friendships.
How can I view a property with Covid restrictions
In normal years we would be advising you to go to the property and have a proper viewing, taking your time to look properly at the accommodation.
This year we are recommending that virtual viewing will be the safer option to prevent the spread of Covid and mixing of households. While in person viewings are still an option unless an area is in a higher level of lockdown, we feel that with the majority of Covid cases in Exeter being in the student population that it is sensible not to encourage any further spread.
We are aware that many agents, landlords and PBSA’ have been preparing for this and have virtual tours for their properties and payment options online to avoid unnecessary mixing.
If viewings in person are happening we would advise that this be with 1 lead tenant, rather than the full house and every practical effort made to reduction, as per Government guidance.
We would expect the following
Face masks worn as standard
Property fully ventilated
Ideally tenants are out of the property at the time of viewing
Surfaces that are high touch to be clean before and after viewing.
No viewings should take place if anyone in the property or viewing the property is self-isolating
Can a new tenant move in?
A new tenant can move in as long as no one is within a 14 day isolation period for testing positive for COVID or possibility of getting COVID, but they and other house mates need to be extra cautious with a cleaning regimes and distancing and possible face covering to begin with. To ensure that the new tenant feels welcome it could be good to say that for a couple of weeks, you will keep a bit of distance and then be able to come together as a house more thereafter.