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We have compiled the most frequently asked questions about accommodation at the University of Plymouth so that they are in one place for you to see them!

Which is the best halls?
We often get asked this question and really there's only 1 answer: it depends what you're looking for! For some people it might be that they want the cheapest option so they can save their money for other things. For other people it might be that they want an ensuite. All of this info you can find here: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-l...modation/halls so we definitely recommend you look there first. We do have student reps here on TSR though, and they might have more personal experiences that they can share with you.


I'm looking at studying medicine. Where is best to live if my lectures aren't on the main campus?
University-managed halls are a great and popular option for medical students as halls located in Derriford, by the hospital, are not in a very student-orientated area or have many local amenities around them. University-managed halls are really geared up for first years as everyone is together, the Res Life team organise events and there's a team around to support you. They're also still convenient for town, anything you do on main campus, and social events/nights out. Medical students receive free bus travel, so medical students that live in our halls hop on a bus (the bus stop Is located on the main road right next to our halls) and it’s around a 10-15 minute journey.


I can't decide between university-managed halls and privately-owned halls. What are the main differences and which should I choose?
This really depends on what your own individual needs are! Our University-managed halls are a popular option as they're located either on campus or just across the road, so they're super convenient and offer that more traditional university experience. They also come with additional benefits such as 24-hour security, loads of free ResLife social events, and lots of other additional services. Whereas, private halls are located around the city and offer accommodation to a wider range of individuals, including students attending other institutions. It really depends on what you want from your accommodation.


Is it possible to get to know my flat mates before I move into halls?
Yes! Once you've signed your license agreement you’ll be invited to your exclusive Halls of Residence Facebook groups where you can start to get to know your future hall mates!


I'm wondering whether to live in a house in first year. What areas are best? Will I get the same social experience as halls?
This depends on your own personal requirements however we always advise living in University halls for at least your first year to help you find your feet, get to know people and the city. Our halls offer a lot of support and for those who may be moving away from home for the first time we know it can be a little daunting for some. We offer a 24-hour support system to help you with any issues you may face during your time with us.


Are some halls more popular with international students?
A lot of international students opt to stay in either Francis Drake or Mary Newman for the convenience of living in the heart of campus. However our student village is located directly opposite the main University campus so if you don't mind the 2-3 minute walk they are just as convenient.


When will accommodation offers be sent?
Accommodation offers will be released from the end of April. To secure the room a payment of advanced rent is required. Please note that only the student intending to live in the room can sign the halls of residence license agreement.
**Due to COVID-19 this process has been delayed while we await further Government advice concerning the next academic year.


How do I select my hall preferences?
Bookings are made on a first-come, first-served basis. You can select your room preferences during your accommodation application via the portal.


When can I apply for accommodation?
Once you have confirmed the University of Plymouth as your firm choice, you will receive an email containing a link to our accommodation portal, which opened for applications in early February 2020. If you have already confirmed us as your firm choice, you will receive an email notification once the portal opens.


I have disabilities or require specific requirements.
If you have applied by the deadline specified on our website, we will try and allocate a room that meets your requirements where possible.


Which Halls are based on Campus?
Francis Drake and Mary Newman are based in the heart of the main city campus


Is there parking available?
Only blue badge parking is available on campus.


If you have any more questions please feel free to ask them here
Laura - University of Plymouth Undergraduate Student Rep
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So I am waiting to be sent a link to set my password for the accommodation portal but I know I have to wait 72 working hours for the link to be sent(as I’ve just firmed Plymouth).
I’m just worried that I’m not going to get a choice for the halls I want ,or a place at all.
Should I be worried and do you think a lot of places have been taken up already?
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So I am waiting to be sent a link to set my password for the accommodation portal but I know I have to wait 72 working hours for the link to be sent(as I’ve just firmed Plymouth).
I’m just worried that I’m not going to get a choice for the halls I want ,or a place at all.
Should I be worried and do you think a lot of places have been taken up already?
Hi there,

Hopefully you have received the link by now. If you haven't give us a message and I can give the accommodation team an email

Laura - University of Plymouth Undergraduate Student Rep
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Hello Everyone,

If you are going to be studying with us this September, congratulations on securing a place! If you still need to sort out your accommodation and find flatmates you can do this online via the university website https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-l.../accommodation.

You can access the dedicated website for further information about clearing accommodation here - https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-l...-accommodation.

Don't forget the University also offers postgraduate accommodation for those of you who will be studying for your graduate degrees! I stayed in university-managed halls and had such an amazing time! I had some really brilliant flatmates that were exactly what I wanted - I was after a more chilled out, quiet vibe and that's exactly what I got. You can enquire about spaces via the link provided https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-l...c-requirements.

Let me know if you have any questions about accommodation!

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Studio room for rent!😍🙌🏼Name:  78ae890d-1430-41b2-aac0-ba9e6c3b0675.JPG
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Change in circumstances mean that I no longer need this room so I am looking for a new tenant to occupy the room

Beckley Point is in the centre of Plymouth and located close to both Universities in Plymouth

Beckley Point is a stunning, modern building that has EVERYTHING within it that you will need. It is located extremely close to local shops too

Room details

-51 week contract (£161/week)
-First rent fee has been paid by myself
-standard studio apartment
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-move in date 12th September 2020
-Leave date 4th September 2021

I am gutted to no longer be moving to Plymouth as this room is PERFECT

ANY ENQUIRES please drop me a as soon as possible 🤞🏼
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AVAILABLE ROOM FOR RENT

Anyone looking for a room this September? Due to unfortunate circumstances I will be dropping out of University of Plymouth and therefore need a new tenant to occupy my room.

I stayed at Central point my last yr(my first year 19-20) and I can tell you Central Point is at a great location being right in the city centre with 2 Poundland shops right next to it, there’s a Pizza Hut, McDonald’s n KFC within 3 n 5 minutes of the accommodation each so great for coming back from a night out or Just eating out. It’s 5 minutes away from Drake Circus the shopping centre and 8-10mins away from the University. It’s a very ideal location with everything within walking distance😍.

Room details:

8 person flat
Classic en-suite
Double bed
Rent: £4085.00😱
Tenancy period: 12/09/20-10/07/21

Anyone interested please message thanks👌
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Hello Student Reps, Which is the best accommodation for postgraduate mature students as I'm looking for the same chilled out quiet vibe, alcohol-free, cheap and cheerful? I just need some insider information and firsthand experiences, to point me in the right direction, please? Kind Regards, Harry.
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Hello Student Reps, Which is the best accommodation for postgraduate mature students as I'm looking for the same chilled out quiet vibe, alcohol-free, cheap and cheerful? I just need some insider information and firsthand experiences, to point me in the right direction, please? Kind Regards, Harry.
Hello harry.bhatoa,

I stayed in Robbin's standard postgrad halls, which meant I didn't have an ensuite and shared the toilet and shower room with my housemates. Luckily, I only had 2 other girls in my flat even though the flat had 8 rooms in total. As I stayed in the university-managed accommodation, I got to fill out a survey before I moved in, which basically let me suggest the type of atmosphere I'd like. For example, I said I go to bed quite early, don't go out much and I like things to be extremely clean. My housemates were amazing, and we were always the cleanest flat in the block (our cleaner gave us a box of doughnuts as a thank you for always keeping our communal areas clean and tidy). I could not fault the flat, apart from the fact that it is located close to undergrad flats so on the odd occasion you may hear people being loud before they go out, but this is quite normal considering you are close to some bars and lots of other student properties. With the university managed halls you can also state you are after an alcohol-free flat and they are really good at accommodating for this.

As for the other postgraduate accommodations, I never visited any so I cannot personally comment on this. If you don't mind sharing a house, you can always have a look on Spareroom.co.uk which has various rooms in a houseshare, usually, they will state if they are a professional house which caters to mature and/or postgraduate students which might also be a good option. On the other hand, you could go for the student shared housing which is usually stated in the description box on the website, however, if you're after a quiet environment I'd check what the current housemates are like and what ages they are, this can sometimes give you a good idea about the atmosphere.

I hope this helps! Happy house hunting.

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Hello harry.bhatoa,

I stayed in Robbin's standard postgrad halls, which meant I didn't have an ensuite and shared the toilet and shower room with my housemates. Luckily, I only had 2 other girls in my flat even though the flat had 8 rooms in total. As I stayed in the university-managed accommodation, I got to fill out a survey before I moved in, which basically let me suggest the type of atmosphere I'd like. For example, I said I go to bed quite early, don't go out much and I like things to be extremely clean. My housemates were amazing, and we were always the cleanest flat in the block (our cleaner gave us a box of doughnuts as a thank you for always keeping our communal areas clean and tidy). I could not fault the flat, apart from the fact that it is located close to undergrad flats so on the odd occasion you may hear people being loud before they go out, but this is quite normal considering you are close to some bars and lots of other student properties. With the university managed halls you can also state you are after an alcohol-free flat and they are really good at accommodating for this.

As for the other postgraduate accommodations, I never visited any so I cannot personally comment on this. If you don't mind sharing a house, you can always have a look on Spareroom.co.uk which has various rooms in a houseshare, usually, they will state if they are a professional house which caters to mature and/or postgraduate students which might also be a good option. On the other hand, you could go for the student shared housing which is usually stated in the description box on the website, however, if you're after a quiet environment I'd check what the current housemates are like and what ages they are, this can sometimes give you a good idea about the atmosphere.

I hope this helps! Happy house hunting.

Yasmin ~ University of Plymouth Postgraduate Student Rep
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Hi all,

Hope you're well, if you’re considering a private student home for 2021 then please do get in touch? I’m currently looking for a student to replace me, to occupy a CLEAN, quiet and comfy student house (RENT FREE until 1st Jan 2021 if you wanted to move-in sooner), with two lovely housemates, and a good professional landlord, just off campus on North Road East, in a single room at £79 per week (cheapest student price in Plymouth), as unfortunately I've had to withdraw from postgrad study this year due to a change in circumstances. Please let me know if you are interested? Here’s the link again for room details No 59: https://adpropertysolutions.wordpress.com

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Hi sierragr95,

From my experience, not all of the rooms in my flat were occupied and people never moved in during the year. I will email the accommodation team to find out more about this and let you know.

Best,
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Hi sierragr95,

From my experience, not all of the rooms in my flat were occupied and people never moved in during the year. I will email the accommodation team to find out more about this and let you know.

Best,
Yasmin ~ University of Plymouth Postgraduate Student Rep
Hi sierragr95,

I have just heard back from the accommodations team. I have been informed that they will usually always be able to offer a post-graduate room; however, your preferred room type may not be available. E.g. Large en-suites usually sell out first. This was the case for me and I had to move into a standard room where I shared a bathroom. This wasn't an issue for me as we had a cleaner once a week and I found it was always spotless.

If you have any more questions about accommodation you can send an email to [email protected] to discuss their availability.

I hope this helps!

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Hi sierragr95,

I have just heard back from the accommodations team. I have been informed that they will usually always be able to offer a post-graduate room; however, your preferred room type may not be available. E.g. Large en-suites usually sell out first. This was the case for me and I had to move into a standard room where I shared a bathroom. This wasn't an issue for me as we had a cleaner once a week and I found it was always spotless.

If you have any more questions about accommodation you can send an email to [email protected] to discuss their availability.

I hope this helps!

Yasmin ~ University of Plymouth Postgraduate Student Rep
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Hi Everyone ,

I hope you are having a great week so far. I just thought I would talk about my experience in halls as many of you may want to know. I was in Robbins Hall, a university-managed hall. It was a great experience. The management team and the cleaners are all super friendly. They run events and competitions which are always great fun and often give away free food! My flatmates became like family and we often had flat cooking nights that are some of the best memories I have.

As usual, if you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Continue to stay safe.

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Hi Everyone,

Our Accommodation Portal is open for halls this September! :danceboy:

We guarantee a place in halls – either University-managed or from accredited private providers – to all undergraduate first-year students who make Plymouth their firm first choice and apply before 18 June 2021.

Once you've made us your firm first choice, you can enter our portal and make choices about your new home!

Follow our Residence Life Team on social media to see the latest updates and ask questions.

~ Catherine, University of Plymouth
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