University Approved Private Accommodation for International Students

After you have chosen your course of study at Plymouth University, your next thought will be for where you will live once you arrive in Plymouth. Please rest assured that the Residence Life and Student Accommodation team are available to offer advice and guidance on properties that you will find on the university’s database of private property, and to help you make the right choice when looking for your new home.

If you have decided that you would like to live in a student share house or flat (where the landlord does not live) we can help you find your new home once you arrive in Plymouth. We strongly advise against agreeing to live in a house that you have not personally visited and have assessed yourself to ensure that it is suitable for you and meets all your personal requirements. You will be asked by the landlords to sign a legal tenancy agreement, usually for ten months, so you must be sure you are happy with the property, its’ location and the facilities that it offers.

We suggest that you book into a guest house/hotel for your first few nights stay, so that you can take time in searching for your permanent home, that are close to the main campus, for your convenience. You may also like to consider staying in Homestay accommodation for a short period of time whilst you look for somewhere permanent. You will find a small selection of landlords that offer a room in their own home on our Studentpad database or you may investigate www.homestay.com where many home owners advertise.


Our database called Plymouth Studentpad offers student share property that is managed directly by landlords. Before we promote any of the properties to our students, they are inspected by our Off Campus Housing Coordinator to ensure that they meet high standards in safety. We must also be satisfied that the landlords manage their properties well and offer our students a good service.

Only when you have been confirmed on your course, may you register on Studentpad, using your email address and your Plymouth University student registration number.

As soon as your account has been activated by our office, you will be able to view the properties that are showing as having availability, and see the approximate cost to rent a room to enable you to budget your finances accordingly. Many landlords will ask for a UK based guarantor, and often our overseas students do not have such a person that will guarantee their rent. If this is the case landlords may ask for the full rent of the term of the tenancy in full, so please make sure that you are financially prepared for this.

If your parents/guardian has any questions, they may find our Parents Information page a useful source of information.

If you have any questions regarding approved privately owned accommodation, please email the Residence Life office


University Approved Private Accommodation for International Students

The Residence Life and Student Accommodation team are available to offer advice and guidance on properties that you will find on the university’s database of private property, and to help you make the right choice when looking for your new home.

All of the properties on Plymouth Studentpad have been inspected by Residence Life for safety and suitability.

Find out more about student housing in Plymouth