Living in the private sector


Private accommodation

Plymouth offers a wide range of private accommodation for students to choose from. Whether you are a new starter, postgraduate or returning student, there is something to suit all budgets and requirements. Accommodation can be found both in the city centre and in popular student areas which are just a short distance to the University and city-centre amenities.

What sort of accommodation is out there?

Shared flats/houses: Renting a shared house with other students involves sharing a kitchen, living room (if included), bathroom and toilet. En suite rooms are rare in shared accommodation. Rents can appear good value, however ensure you take into consideration any additional costs and bills before committing. Many students choose University managed halls during their first year at university and then move into private housing for their second year, once friendship groups are made. The University does not have an approved list, nor does it inspect any private sector properties, however, there are many letting agencies around Plymouth that do cater to the student market. It is therefore important to research the local market. There are multiple discussion threads and reviews available on many student websites that you can use to help learn about your choices within the local private sector. 

Individual flats/houses: If you are moving to Plymouth to study with your family, this is probably the best choice for you. Letting agencies will be able to advise you on all of the local amenities, for example, local schools.

Studios: Studios are self-contained, flexible living spaces, used for living and sleeping in that include your own bathroom facilities and a kitchenette. There are some student buildings that contain several studio flats if you are wanting to combine privacy with meeting other students. 

Home-stay: A home-stay is where students can rent a bedroom in their landlord's home and live as part of the family. Home-stays are often popular with students visiting for only a few weeks as the duration can be flexible. The university does not have a recommended list of home-stay landlords, however, there are dedicated websites you can visit, just be sure to check reviews beforehand. 

Private-sector halls of residence: Plymouth boasts a selection of purpose built student halls which are owned and managed by companies specialising in the student market. Private halls will generally have in-house teams to assist with resident issues or queries and will offer a range of facilities and services usually including some cleaning, laundry facilities, maintenance, and post. You may be living with students from other local universities and colleges as these halls welcome all registered students within the city. Room types differ and it is important to check all terms and conditions, including the length of your tenancy and any cancellation policies before booking.


Can the University support me if I have issues with my private accommodation?

The Accommodation Services team supports the residence of University managed halls and our Residence Life events programme, which is exclusive to our residence. Any questions concerning your private accommodation, including booking, rents or your contract, would be the responsibilities of your landlord or management company. The University does not recommend privately owned halls, however, those who hold ANUK accreditation and are part of our 'good practice' network are listed below.

UPSU can offer advice on a range of topics and offer a tenancy checking service. They also provide checklists of what to look for when you are viewing properties and the legal requirements landlords are expected to meet.

ANUK-accredited halls in Plymouth

Alexandra Works

  • Location: Mutley
  • Room types: En suite rooms 
  • Rooms available: 246
  • Website: host-students.com


Astor House

  • Location: The Barbican
  • Room types: En suite rooms and studio flats 
  • Total rooms: 519
  • Website: iqstudentaccommodation.com


Beckley Point

  • Location: City centre
  • Room types: En suite rooms, studio flats and one bed apartments
  • Total rooms: 505
  • Website: thestudenthousingcompany.com


Central Point

  • Location: City centre
  • Room type: En suite room and studio flats
  • Total rooms: 235
  • Website: host-student.com


Cross House

  • Location: City centre
  • Room type: En suite and studio flats
  • Total rooms: 500
  • Website: wearehomesforstudents.com


Discovery Heights

  • Location: City centre
  • Room type: En suite rooms and studio flats
  • Total rooms: 281
  • Website: host-student.com

Frobisher House

  • Location: City centre 
  • Room type: En suite and one bed flats
  • Total rooms: 193
  • Website: host-student.com


Mary Parker House

  • Location: City centre
  • Room type: En suite and studio flats
  • Total rooms: 165
  • Website: crm-students.com


St Augustines 

  • Location: Mutley
  • Room type: Studio flats and one/ two bed apartments
  • Total rooms: 90
  • Website: www.crm-students.com


St Teresa's house

  • Location: City centre
  • Room type: studio
  • Total rooms: 112
  • Website: host-student.com


St Thomas Court

  • Location: City centre
  • Room type: En suite and studio flats
  • Total rooms: 227
  • Website: host-students.com


The Court House

  • Location: Greenbank
  • Room type: Studio flats
  • Total rooms: 65
  • Website: primopropertymanagement.co.uk 


The Old Dairy

  • Location: City centre
  • Room type: En suite and studio flats
  • Total rooms: 134
  • Website: host-students.com

Exterior view of Alexandra Works in Mutley
Alexandra Works
Astor House
Astor House
<p>Beckley Point exterior</p>
Beckley Point
<p>Central Point exterior</p>
Central Point
<p>Cross House Private accommodation</p>
Cross House
Discovery Heights Exterior
Discovery Heights
<p>Mary Parker House</p>
Mary Parker House
<p>St Augustine exterior view from road</p>
St Augustines
Frobisher House
Frobisher House
St Teresa House
St Teresa House
St Thomas Court halls of residence
St Thomas Court
<p>The Court House Private Accommodation</p>
The Court House
Exterior view of The Old Dairy
The Old Dairy

Private-sector renting advice

Do your homework

Research what each property has to offer. In addition to reading online adverts, you should also view the properties to ensure they are the right option for you. University-managed halls can be viewed on open and offer holder days throughout the year. You can arrange viewings directly with private halls and private landlords.


Know what you want and what works best for you

Think about what you require from your potential new home. For example, do you want to be in the city centre among the hustle and bustle? Or would you prefer a quieter location? Other important elements to consider are the facilities, tenancy lengths (the most common tenancy lengths are for 41, 42 or 51 weeks, check your tenancy agreement to ensure it meets your needs.), security, number of housemates, and what amenities are close by. Making a checklist of the things that are important to you will help ensure that you make the right choice choosing your accommodation. 

What's my budget? 

Ensure that you have worked out exactly how much you can afford before committing to a room, as once you have signed your license/tenancy agreement, it is legally binding and you will, therefore, be liable to pay all costs until the agreement has ended. 


Ensure your private halls/landlords have accreditation

Looking for accredited accommodation ensures that the provider complies with a set of codes that set out standards, to measure the good management practice of student accommodation. The codes aim to ensure that you have safe, good quality accommodation. This means that they can offer you a way of dealing with things if something isn't right in your accommodation


Further advice

For further advice please visit:

TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk

ucas.com

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.