Once you have received confirmation of where you will be studying, you should look for accommodation that suits your needs and budget. Student accommodation is usually highly sought after and requires prior planning. Considerations when searching for accommodation include:
- Costs will vary depending on your chosen state, city, and type of accommodation.
- Always confirm the total cost and any other expenses you may be required to pay, such as a bond and utility fees and ensure they are included in your accommodation agreement.
- Consider the distance of your accommodation from your campus and whether it is easily accessible by public transport, such as bus or train.
- Find out what shopping centres, hospitals and emergency service facilities, and other amenities are nearby.
Renting a property
You can rent or ‘lease’ a property by yourself or with friends. This can be done through a real estate agent or privately. There are often rental and share house options posted on boards at your institution or share house websites.
If you rent a property, you will need to pay a security deposit or ‘bond’ (which is usually four weeks’ rent), as well as rent in advance (also usually four weeks). The bond is held by the relevant state government department e.g. Residential Tenancy Authority, and is used to pay for any damages that you, your house mates or house guests may cause to the rental property. Some, or all, of the bond may be refunded to you when your lease ends.
For more information on your rights and obligations when renting in Australia, visit the website of the relevant Fair Trading government agency in your state and territory.
- Fair Trading New South Wales
- Consumer Affairs Victoria
- Access Canberra (Australian Capital Territory)
- Queensland Government
- Consumer Affairs Northern Territory
- Tasmanian Government
- South Australian Government
- Government of Western Australia
Accommodation For International Students in Australia: Finding suitable accommodation is essential for a comfortable and enjoyable stay as an international student in Australia. There are several options available to meet different preferences and budgets:
- On-Campus Accommodation:
- Many universities and educational institutions offer on-campus accommodation options.
- This provides convenience, proximity to campus facilities, and a supportive community.
- On-campus residences may include dormitories, shared apartments, or studio units.
- Off-Campus Rental:
- Renting a private apartment or house off-campus is another popular choice.
- Students can find rental properties through real estate agents, online platforms, or classified advertisements.
- Sharing a rental with other students can help split the cost and create a social environment.
- Homestay programs match students with local host families who provide accommodation and support.
- This option offers an opportunity to experience Australian culture and practice English.
- Homestays often include meals and a furnished private room.
- Student Accommodation Providers:
- Numerous companies specialize in providing purpose-built student accommodations.
- These facilities offer fully furnished rooms or apartments with shared common areas.
- Student accommodation providers often include additional amenities like study areas, gyms, and social spaces.
- Temporary Accommodation:
- Students may require temporary accommodation upon arrival in Australia.
- Hotels, hostels, or serviced apartments can serve as a short-term solution while searching for long-term options.
- Many cities have accommodation services that assist students in finding suitable temporary housing.
- Budget: Determine the affordability of accommodation options, including rent, utilities, and additional costs.
- Location: Consider proximity to the educational institution, public transportation, and necessary amenities.
- Facilities: Assess the availability of facilities such as laundry, kitchen, internet access, and security.
- Support: Some accommodations provide additional support services, including academic assistance or social activities.
It is advisable to research and book accommodation in advance, especially during peak intake periods. Consult the international student office at your chosen institution for guidance and resources to help you find suitable accommodation that meets your needs and preferences.