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St James Park Station


St Anne's Well




Devon and Exeter Squash Club


University of Exeter


St James Park Station


St Anne's Well




Devon and Exeter Squash Club


University of Exeter


About student living in St James


St James is a very conveniently located area for students. It takes just ten minutes to walk from student accommodation in St James to both the University of Exeter and Exeter city centre. As the neighbourhood also has its own train station, St James Park, it is easy to get around the wider city or pop home for a weekend visit.


There are lots of pretty green spaces close to student houses in St James, like Powderham Gardens and Devonshire Place Orchard. Take a walk around your local neighbourhood and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere. Or, walk a little further and you’ll get to Belmont Park which is a great place to hang out with friends.

Food and Drink

Student accommodation in St James, Exeter, is surrounded by places to eat and drink. Head to St Anne’s Well for a relaxing drink with friends, or try The Victoria Inn for a delicious pint. Harry’s Restaurant serves up a wide-ranging menu that will suit every taste, while iFood Thai Taste is the perfect place for some flavourful, authentic cuisine.


There will be plenty to do when you live in St James. Head over to Exeter City Football Club to watch some live sport, or tear up the courts at the Devon & Exeter Squash Club. The venue, Lemon Grove, is just a short walk from student houses in Exeter’s St James, and is the perfect spot to watch live music or comedy.


St James doesn’t have the most extensive shopping scene, but you can grab all your essentials from the local Co-op or the selection of independent stores in the area. Student houses in St James are also just a short walk away from Exeter city centre, where you can shop at the many high street stores until your heart’s content.

Student Housing

The wide range of student accommodation St James has to offer means there is something for everyone. There are student lets in St James to suit every taste and budget, from shared houses to purpose-built apartments. Have a browse of our student housing in St James and find your next home, today.

FAQs about student accommodation in St James

Is St James a student area?

Student accommodation in St James, Exeter, is popular with students as the area is close to both the city centre and the University of Exeter. There is also a nice selection of pubs nearby for students to enjoy.

How far is St James from Exeter city centre?

St James is about 0.6 kilometres from Exeter city centre. You can walk from student accommodation in St James to the city centre in about ten minutes.

Where is St James Park Exeter?

St James is positioned between the University of Exeter and Exeter city centre. It is close to other popular student areas, Mount Pleasant and St Davids.

Is St James a nice place to live?

St James is a great place to live, with an extremely attractive location, very convenient transport links, and lots of pubs and restaurants to enjoy.

Where do students live in Exeter?

Students don’t only live in one area in Exeter. They live all across the city depending on their accommodation preferences and budgets. However, typically, students will live in student houses in St James, Mount Pleasant, Heavitree, Exeter city centre, St Davids, and St Leonards.

Does the University of Exeter provide accommodation?

The University of Exeter has several halls of residence. Generally, students will live in these halls in their first year before moving into private student accommodation in St James and the surrounding areas for the rest of their time at university.

Are bills included in the cost?

Many student houses in St James are now advertised with bills included in the price. Where this is the case, your rental price could include electricity, gas, internet, TV licence and water bills and this is clearly stated on the listing. Properties without bills included are also available, giving you the flexibility to choose your own energy and water suppliers and internet service provider.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

It is normal for property managers to require you to pay a security deposit at the time of booking or before you move in. Where a deposit is required and you are signing a tenancy agreement, your property manager must protect your deposit in a legally recognised tenancy deposit scheme. As long as you look after the property and have no deductions for damage or unpaid rent, your deposit will be returned to you after your tenancy agreement ends. Whilst tenancy deposits are legally capped at five weeks' rent per person, it is more common for student deposits to be in the lower £100-250 range.

How long does a tenancy agreement last for?

The majority of student accommodation in St James can be rented for fixed contract lengths. For purpose built student accommodation, 43 and 51-week fixed-term contracts are the most common. For shared houses, 52-week contracts are the most common and generally start in July to September.

Do you offer student accommodation for short-term stays?

Short-term student rentals in St James are becoming more popular every year. As a result, property managers are increasingly offering shorter tenancy lengths, whether for the summer period or for individual semesters and terms. This is more common in the purpose-built student accommodation sector than in shared student rental houses across Exeter.

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