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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:

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

KEEP READING: Find out about homestay and private student accommodation rental

Host family (homestay)

Approximate cost: $235-325 per week*

You may be offered the opportunity to live with a host family during your studies; this is the most common type of accommodation for language students. It's a great way to practise speaking English and learn about Australian culture. You will be allocated your own private room, or possibly a shared room, and will be treated as a member of the family, sharing other facilities and being included in their activities. Students are also normally given morning and evening meals. You may be expected to help with household chores, and sometimes may also need to contribute financially to bills and costs. Your institution may be able to arrange, or provide contact details for, host families.

Find out more about homestay hosts and students 

You can find homestay hosts in Australia on Homestay Network, a website which provides you will full fee breakdowns for homestays across Australia in 2017. Each plan incurs a one-off placement fee of around $280 and an optional airport pickup, for a fee of around $160. You can save around $30-40 per week by opting for a shared room rather than a private room, and there are a number of meal packages from no meals to 3 meals, 7 days per week (opting for no meals will save you around $100 per week, but many international students find it easier and cheaper to opt for a package that includes meals).



Private rental

Approximate cost: $165-440 per week*, plus bills

Alternatively, you can rent a private flat, or room in a shared house. This usually entails your own private room with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. This option often suits those wanting independence. In most cases, bills will not be included in the monthly rent; you will need to agree how you are going to share these, as well as the cleaning duties, with your other housemates.

You should be aware that there may be a minimum lease; often six to twelve months, and a deposit is usually required to cover possible damage, which will be refunded when the tenancy ends. Students wishing to privately rent are advised to arrive in Australia a few weeks before their course starts in order to secure a place, as most landlords will not reserve accommodation without signing a contract. It is advisable to make sure you have seen the accommodation before handing over any money. Consult your institution's accommodation office for advice about renting privately.

Rental prices vary greatly in Australia. For instance, in the most expensive city Sydney, the closer you live to the centre of the city, the more expensive the housing is, but the closer you are to amenities and most institutions. If you don't mind travelling by train or bus to your university, you can find cheaper options in the suburbs.


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*Amounts from For more information and details about accommodation options in Australia, visit the Study in Australia website.