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6. Housing Options

A variety of high standard student accommodation is available to suit different budgets and needs. We search for your housing intensively at the time of your university application to book the best option for you in time. Whether your preference is on-campus or off-campus housing, we get the best options for you so that you can have peace of mind.

Institutions also provide you with help in finding accommodation and understanding lease and tenancy conditions. Temporary accommodation can be arranged before you leave home allowing time on arrival to consider where and how you would like to be accommodated in the longer term. Websites, student noticeboards, and newspapers often advertise rooms, apartments and houses for rent.

For example, following is a summary of accommodation options available in Australia:

HomeStay

AUD150 - AUD270 per week

  • It is possible for students to gain access to the Australian lifestyle in a natural and friendly way through homestay.
  • This is popular with younger students and those studying short-term English courses.
  • Some meals are usually included in the cost.
  • Single or shared rooms may be offered and the cost will vary accordingly.
  • Self-catering homestay is sometimes available cheaply.
  • Farmstay offers the same services in a rural setting, and for short stays.
  • Institutions maintain a register of families prepared to accommodate international students during the academic year.
  • Education providers ensure that homestay families are reputable and that they offer accommodation of a reasonable standard.
  • Australian Homestay Network (AHN) is a team of dedicated professionals managing homestay placements in Australia.

Hostels and Guest Houses

AUD90 - AUD165 per week

  • Hostels are usually run by organisations such as Youth Hostels Australia and the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA).
  • Students share kitchen and bathroom facilities.

Share Accomodation / Rental Accomodation

AUD80 - AUD270 per week / AUD120 - AUD420 per week

  • Students often share with fellow students. They advertise on notice boards, websites and in newspapers.
  • Students may have to provide their own furniture.
  • When renting a house, apartment or bed-sitter, landlords require rent to be paid in advance and will require a security bond usually equal to one month's rent.

University Apartments, College Halls of Residence

AUD10,000 - AUD25,000 per year

  • Most universities offer a variety of accommodation on or near to campus such as university apartments, residential colleges or halls of residence.
  • Halls of Residence are a popular option with full-time international students. The cost depends on the type of accommodation.
  • Residential Colleges provide accommodation with meals. The college undertakes cleaning and household tasks.
  • Sporting and social facilities, tutoring, libraries and (generally) computer access are also provided
    *cost varies depending on the location (e.g. rural or inner city accommodation)
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