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Help with finding accommodation
Many Australian education providers
have accommodation services that offer
information and advice about the different
accommodation options and help students
find appropriate accommodation to suit
their needs. This service may also be able
to arrange temporary accommodation for
students when they first arrive in Australia.
Students can contact their institution’s
accommodation service before their arrival
in Australia to arrange this.
Availability and cost
The cost and availability of accommodation
in Australia depends on the type you
choose. For instance, on-campus
accommodation is very popular and
requires students to apply for a room well
in advance, whereas rental accommodation
tends to be more readily available and can
often be organised when you arrive. You
will also find that costs and availability vary
between states and territories, as well as
between metropolitan and regional areas.
Australia has a large range of accommodation options available to international students.
With choices ranging from university accommodation or homestay to self-catered
apartments or share houses, there’s an option to suit every personality and budget.
Prior to your arrival in Australia, it is
important to contact your education
institution’s accommodation service and
ask about what is available and the costs
Below is a table outlining the various
accommodation options on offer in
Australia and their costs. Cost estimates
were sourced from the Australian
Government’s Study in Australia website in
2014 at www.studyinaustralia.gov.au.
Many private secondary schools offer students fully catered boarding options, meaning that meals, cleaning and laundry
services are provided. Boarding costs may also cover academic tutoring and social activities after school, with most
schools providing a supportive family atmosphere. Depending on the school, there may be shared or private rooms.
Tuition fees are charged in addition to the boarding fees. On average, boarding school accommodation fees are around
AUD$10,000 to $20,000 per year.
Homestay accommodation gives international students the option of living with an Australian family in their home.
Single or shared rooms may be available, and costs vary according to the type of room (usually around AUD$110 to
$270 per week). Meals are usually included in the cost, although self-catered homestay is also available. This type of
accommodation is popular with secondary students and those studying short-term English courses. Most accommodation
services at Australian institutions keep a register of approved and reputable homestay providers.
The prices and accommodation options at residential colleges, halls of residence and apartments vary between
institutions, so you should contact the institution you’re interested in for full details. These options are very popular, so it’s
a good idea to apply early. On average, on-campus accommodation costs around AUD$80 to $250 per week.
Residential colleges provide accommodation, meals, cleaning and a wide range of support services for social and
academic needs. They are generally more expensive than halls of residence because of the range of facilities and support
services offered. Most offer private rooms, with shared bathrooms, dining halls and recreation areas.
Halls of residence also offer accommodation and a lively social atmosphere, but with fewer facilities and services included.
Some meals and cleaning services may be included, but self-catering facilities are provided, enabling students to be more
independent. Most offer private rooms, with shared bathrooms, kitchens and recreation areas.
Some institutions also offer apartments for rent either close to or on campus. This provides students with the security
of institution-approved accommodation, but with the increased freedom of fully self-catered living. Single and shared
apartments are usually available. Apartments are popular with students in the later years of their degrees.
Many students use hostels and guesthouses as temporary accommodation. Most offer private rooms, with shared kitchen
and bathroom facilities. Residents cook for themselves. This type of accommodation tends to be cheaper than on-campus
accommodation (at around AUD$80 to $135 per week) and still provides good opportunities for social interaction.
Many students choose to rent a property by themselves or share the cost of a rental property with housemates. You
may move into an existing household or set up a household with some friends. Rental properties are rarely furnished,
so you will generally have to provide some or all of your own furniture. Rental agreements usually require payment of
rent in advance, as well as a security payment called a ‘bond’ (usually one month’s rent) that is paid up-front. You will
also need to pay bills for electricity, gas and water. Your institution’s accommodation service can help with finding rental
accommodation and provide information about your rights and obligations. Rental properties or rooms are advertised
on student noticeboards, websites (such as www.realestate.com.au and www.domain.com.au) and in newspapers.
On average, rental accommodation costs around AUD$100 to $400 per week and shared rental accommodation costs
around AUD$70 to $250 per week.
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