Sidwell Studios, affordable, self contained studio flats in the centre of Exeter, for those leaving Supported Housing

Sidwell Studios is a positive community in Exeter city centre, ran by YMCA Exeter housing for young people, who are at the end of their journey within supported accommodation, but would still like some low level support.

The flats themselves come furnished, with a kitchen space, double bed, and toilet and shower room.

Sidwell Studios comes with wifi throughout the building, onsite laundry room, with a community centre on the door step, that hosts our weekly gaming cafe.

The accommodation being in the middle of town, the council would have to be contacted to access a parking permit should you have a moto vehicle.

Sidwell Studios is designed to meet the needs of young people aged 18-29 who:

·       Are currently living in Supported Accommodation (or similar), *

·        Are in employment or ready to enter into employment, *

·        Have a proven ability to successfully manage living independently

·        Are willing and able to engage in the Sidwell Studios community and with support staff.

·        Seeking Single Person only accommodation.

*  We recognise that there are circumstances and situations that do not fit neatly into these two descriptions, and we welcome applications where these situations are given explanation and detail where the applicant feels that this is appropriate.

We are currently not receiving applications for Sidwell Studios, please find information on how to apply to our other projects here.

We have a number of different housing projects around the city. Would you like more information about them?

Frequently Asked Questions


There is a free onsite laundrette, with three washing machines, and three tumble dryers. There are also a number of other laundrettes in the local area.

The kitchen is fully furnished including an Oven, hob, and Fridge Freezer. 

There are four floors, which includes a lower ground floor that has two step free flats, and our laundrette. 

Sidwells Studios is found at the end of Acland Road behind Sidwell Street.  There are doors there, and by Sidwell Community Centre.

During the 2023/24 financial year, the “top up” part of the rent is £20 per week. The full rent is £169 or £180 depending on the specific room in question.

There is wifi installed as throughout the building. Please see our MightyNetworks app for further information. 

As with any laundrette, it will work on a first come first served basis. While there will be instructions in the laundrette, there will be more in-depth instructions available on our Mighty networks app.

When you move in, you will have a fob for your room, and the front door. You will also be given instructions on how to use an app to unlock your door directly from your phone.

Yes. There is CCTV covering areas inside and outside the building.

Mighty Networks is the name of the app that we use to share information about how Sidwell Studios works, advertise any notices, and share what is happening in the local community.

The app can be found here. Once downloaded, search for YMCA Exeter and follow the sign up process. Please use your real name as it will help speed up processing the join request!