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Accommodation in Australia

Where you decide to live is a very important decision as you will be living here for the duration of your course.  Choose somewhere where you are going to be happy. There is a shortage of affordable housing across Australia that affects everyone, from international students to Australian residents.

Campus accommodation
Most universities and some vocational institutions offer a variety of accommodation on or near campus, such as apartments, residential colleges or halls of residence. The cost varies depending on the type of accommodation. Residential colleges are slightly more expensive and provide accommodation with meals. They may also have sporting and social facilities, tutoring, libraries and computer facilities. Halls of residence are located on or near institution campuses. Students usually have meals and some cleaning services provided. Students need to apply early because demand for places is high.

Hostels and guest houses
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.

Shared / rental accommodation
Sharing off-campus accommodation is very popular with international students. You should look for advertisements on campus noticeboards and local newspapers. Expect that you will have to provide your own furniture. When renting a house, apartment or bed sitter, landlords require rent to be paid in advance, and will require a security bond equal to one months’ rent.

Make sure to apply for your accommodation as soon as you have chosen your university.  Demand for accommodation is very high and availability of on-campus accommodation, (if available) can not be guaranteed.