International student accommodation

This page contains everything you need to know about applying for university accommodation as an international student.

If you are considering bringing your family with you to the UK, it is essential you read our International students with families page before making this decision and includes important details about accommodation for families.

If you have any further questions, contact the Residence Life team at

Applying for university accommodation

You can only apply for accommodation if you are holding a CF (conditional) or UF (unconditional) academic offer with the University of Plymouth.

International students are advised that it is not a requirement of a visa application to have pre-booked accommodation, only that you can afford the usual living costs for housing within our geographical area.

Find out more about visa applications.

Exchange student accommodation

Whether you are joining us on exchange for a full academic year or for one term, you can book your room in our halls of residence via the accommodation portal.

We recommend that international and exchange students join our university-managed halls community for the following reasons:

  • If you’re in University-managed accommodation you’ll benefit from fully-inclusive bills.
  • You will have a hall team to support your experience of living in a new country.
  • You can be part of our Residence Life community with an active social programme to help you meet new people and explore new places.
If you have any questions please contact the Student Accommodation Office or International Student Advice (ISA). Please include your full name and student reference number in all correspondence. We will be very happy to help you.

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University-managed halls of residence

We want you to enjoy living and studying in Plymouth, build life-long friendships and feel fully supported during your time with us. We offer a great variety of hallsof residence to choose from, that provide a safe and friendly environment for our students. Our halls are located on campus, or within the nearby student village, only a few minutes' walk from both University facilities and city-centre amenities.
Our halls of residence include:
- Francis Drake- Pilgrim
- Gilwell- Radnor
- Mary Newman

Thinking of applying for university halls? Find out more on our accommodation information for applicants page.

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Living within the private sector

If university accommodation is not for you the city of Plymouth offers a huge range of accommodation for students, so whether you are looking for purpose built student accommodation, student houses, flats or even homestays, there's something out there to meet all budgets both in the city centre or surrounding areas.

Find out more about private sector accommodation

Plymouth city centre from the Hoe

The Student Accommodation Code

We adhere to the Student Accommodation Code which means that we go the extra mile to make sure that you get the best quality accommodation while you are with us. The Code is managed by an external group which inspects our halls to ensure that they are in tip-top condition.