For current and prospective higher education students

A big part of moving away to study is finding the right place to live. As a tourism resort, Paignton offers plenty of accommodation to choose from and our free accommodation service will help you to find somewhere that matches both your needs and your budget. We also provide advice about renting generally as well as support with any accommodation issues that arise during your time here.

Types of accommodation and typical costs

In Paignton, student accommodation ranges from guest houses and self-catering flats to privately owned house shares. Our links with landlords/ladies are long established and most accommodation is located within easy reach of the College.

Self-catering accommodation

If you decide to rent a flat or a bedsit, you’ll have to buy and prepare your own food and pay for your gas and electricity (usually by meter). In a complex of flats, the landlord/lady will probably live there too, along with other students.

Cost: Around £95 per person per week

Room in a shared house

In a house share, you will have your own bedroom but share the rest of the house with other students (anything from 3 to 6 depending on how big the house is). A lot of landlords ask for their rent termly and can offer inclusive rents (this means your bills are included). You’ll need to buy your own food as well.

Cost: Around £75 to £95 per person per week for the rent

Finding the right place

Once you’ve been accepted for a course, we will notify you of suitable and affordable accommodation near to the campus. This will include pricings as well as useful information for those who haven’t rented accommodation before. If you need advice or guidance making your choice our Student Advisors will be happy to help.

International students

When we make you an offer of a place, we will provide you with information about how to find a suitable and affordable place to live. It’s a good idea to start looking for accommodation as soon as possible so you know what is available in the Paignton/Torbay area. Student Advisors can help you with this and any other accommodation needs during your time here. However, you may not be able to make your final arrangements before you have obtained your visa and we have confirmed your place.

Contact us

Feel free to contact us if you need information or advice on [email protected].

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Choosing to be part of South Devon College doesn’t have to be a daunting process. Let us help you make the right choice with our range of support, advice and guidance.