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How to pick the right student accommodation in Plymouth

Things to consider when choosing your Student Accommodation in Plymouth.

There are a number of things that you should consider when you are choosing your student accommodation in Plymouth for the academic year and it can be very easy to rush into it without ensuring that you have considered your requirements and needs. 

We have put together a guide to help ensure that you pick the right property for you. These are tips and a list of things you should think about before booking your viewings


Firstly, location is one of the key things you should consider when looking at student accommodation in Plymouth as it will greatly affect all aspects of the property including size and price. There are a number of key areas for students that you should consider:

Mutley: Mutley is one of the main student areas in Plymouth and it’s clear to see why it is so popular. With Mutley Plain packed full of bars, supermarkets and fast food restaurants, it is perfect for anyone looking for a property in the heart of the action and a quick commute into the Uni. This is also a great location for Marjon Students due to the easy access to transport links!

City Centre: The City Centre is great for anyone looking to live as close as possible to Uni in a modern property. The City Centre tends to offer modern apartment style properties for students, which tend to be slightly more expensive than other areas, however, you can’t complain living moments away from all of the best restaurants, bars and nightclubs the city has to offer.

Greenbank & St Judes: Greenbank and St Judes is another hugely popular area for the student population with its close proximity to the City Centre and the University. The properties in this area can range from 1 bedroom flats to huge 13 bedroom houses like our Lipson Road house! This area is great for anyone looking for large rooms, affordable prices and a short commute.

Number of rooms

Another key factor in deciding your student accommodation in Plymouth should be the number of rooms in the property. You might want to live in a large social house with 10 bedrooms in your first few years, this is a great chance to socialise and meet new people! This can be great fun for anyone looking for this lifestyle at University. 

However, if you are trying to concentrate on your studies you might find this more difficult in a larger property, where there will be a lot of noise. So if this is what you are looking to do this year, it might be best to consider going for a smaller house or even a flat or apartment. This will give you the space to work and still allow you to socialise and have your friends over. You should consider what you want to do and achieve this academic year as your accommodation can have a huge impact.

Who are you going to live with?

Choosing your housemates for the year is a big commitment so make sure you think through before signing a tenancy agreement. You need to remember that if you fall out with a certain person or group, you will still be liable for the rent on the property for the rest of the year! 

Our tips for choosing your housemates are:

  • Choose people who have similar interests to you. 
  • Think twice before moving in with your partner! We recommend couples to have their own rooms in the property, this allows for you to have more space and somewhere to go if you do argue.
  • Living with your best friend doesn’t always mean you’ll like living with each other.
  • If you’re moving in with friends from halls, think about their habits and if it fits in with our life.

Price – what’s included in the rent?

Another thing you should consider when selecting your student accommodation in Plymouth is the price and what is included in your rent for this price. The price of accommodation can vary massively depending on various factors such as location, condition of the property and the size of the property. If you are looking for a one-bedroom flat, you will pay much more than you would if you were just looking for a room in a shared house for example. You should make sure that when you sign for you a property, it is something that you can afford.

Another factor to consider is what you are getting for that price, for example, all of our student properties come with bills included. This means that all of your utilities and Wi-Fi is included in your weekly price. However, some properties may not have the same deal and you could be liable for the costs of your bills on top of your rent. This is something you need to confirm when viewing student accommodation.

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