It is important to organise your accommodation in Australia before you leave your home country, otherwise you will have a lot of added stress as soon as you arrive with all of your belongings ready for the semester or year abroad.

Being happy and comfortable with where you live, not to mention being able to afford the rent, can greatly affect your study experience. Some institutions will offer on-campus accommodation for international students, and others will require you to find your own accommodation in the town or city.

When researching your accommodation choices, you may wish to consider:

  • How close is it to the institution?
  • What public transport links are there and how much will it cost?
  • How close is it to shops and services?
  • How big is your room?
  • How many people are sharing your bathroom/kitchen?
  • How much are the rent and bills?

Below is some more information about the three main types of accommodation available to students in Australia: On-campus/residential colleges, home stay and private rental. (All amounts shown in AUS$):

On-campus accommodation/residential colleges

Approximate cost: $90-280 per week*

On-campus accommodation comes in various forms, ranging from shared or private rooms to one bedroom flats, and can be catered or self-catered with private or shared bathrooms. The majority will have a kitchen, typically shared by four to eight students, though some accommodation is catered and food will be served in a dining hall. You may be able to choose to live in a single-sex residence if this is a concern for you or your parents.

On-campus accommodation is a popular choice for students as usually it is located near the institution and provides basic services such as shops and laundry facilities. It's also a great way to meet people and share your experience with other students. Basic facilities and bills will be included in your rent, which varies greatly according to location and room type. Students should apply for accommodation as early as possible to secure their preferred room type.

Get a tour of the student accommodation at Whyalla Campus, UniSA

Residential colleges are typically the most expensive option as they provide meals. In some cases, they may also provide sporting facilities, tutoring, libraries and computer facilities. These can cost approximately between $10,000 and $20,000 a year, but when you factor in the cost of food and the facilities, they can be a good option if you want to know how much your outgoings will be each month.

Staying in on-campus accommodation is a great opportunity for international students to integrate into student life, make friends with domestic and international students and absorb the Australian culture. The proximity to campus also has a huge benefit on academic growth, with easy access to the libraries and other campus facilities.

Watch a virtual tour through Edwards Hall on-campus accommodation at University of Newcastle, Australia

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