The following types of accommodation are available for International students: please note these are indicative prices and could vary from time to time based on market conditions.
- Full Board (Homestay) AUD$110.00 - $270.00 per week.
- Hostels and Guest Houses AUD$80.00 - $135.00 per week
- Shared Accommodation AUD$70.00 - $250.00 per week
- Rented accommodation AUD$100.00 - AUD$400.00 per week
This accommodation can be booked prior to arrival. Two weeks advance notice is required before you depart for Australia. Further details can be obtained from the Student Support Officer prior to or on arrival.
Temporary or permanent accommodation
Finding the right accommodation is one of the biggest challenges facing a new international student, and finding a place in your price range can be even harder.
It is a good idea to arrange some form of temporary accommodation before you come to Australia. This will allow you time to get to know the place where you will be living and look for a more permanent place to stay.
Arranging temporary accommodation before arrival
At the very least, you will need to arrange temporary accommodation for your first few days while you look for something more permanent. If you require assistance with accomodation, please nominate on your enrolment form and a Student Support Officer will assist you. You can look up hostels and book online at www.yha.com.au or www.hostels.com
For last-minute bookings at hotels and short-stay apartments there are a number of internet booking services such as www.getaroom.com.au or www.wotif.com but city hotels in particular are expensive at upwards of AUD$150 per night, so you should find something cheaper as soon as possible.
Arranging permanent accommodation
Australia has a variety of high standard student accommodation available to suit different budgets and needs and there are several long-term housing options available to you. There are hostels (rooming houses), Homestay (living with a family in their home), and rental properties (either on your own or sharing with others). Shared accommodation with other students is common and popular and student noticeboards and newspapers often advertise rooms, apartments and houses for rent.
Most accommodation, except homestay, does not include electrical items, household equipment, sheets and blankets etc. Second hand household goods are available quite cheaply, but you may wish to bring some of your own basic items.
You should use the information on this website in conjunction with your own research. You can look at websites like www.domain.com.au and www.realestate.com.au that list accommodation for rent. This should give you a good idea of the type and cost of accommodation that is available.
Another good tip is to get references from people you may already have rented accommodation from in your own country. Providing copies of these to a real estate agent when you apply for a property can show them that you have a proven record of being a good tenant. You should also be prepared to provide them with evidence that you have enough money to pay for your accommodation; for example, with a bank account statement.
Homestay is when you live with a family in their home. It is popular with younger students and those studying short-term English courses. Single or shared rooms are available and the costs vary. Meals are usually included, but cheaper self-catering Homestay is available.
You should pay for your Homestay rent and deposit (usually the equivalent of four weeks’ rent) on arrival if you have not paid before you leave home. Make sure you get a receipt each time you pay the rent.
As you will be living in someone else’s home, you will be expected to clean up after yourself, especially in shared areas. You should seek your host’s approval before you install any equipment, such as a television, in your room. If you have any questions, talk to your host and they will try to help you. If there is still a problem, contact your education institution for assistance.
It is a good idea to discuss the following issues with your host family when you first arrive. This will help you to better communicate with them, and to get the most out of your Homestay experience:
- When should I pay the rent or phone bill?;
- What are the rules about using the kitchen, using the telephone/internet, washing my clothes, going out and having my friends over?;
- What time at night should I stop receiving incoming telephone calls?;
- When is the latest I can return home after school? (For students who are in high school or under the age of 18); and
- How much notice should I give if I decide to move out? When can I get my deposit returned?
If you’re not getting along with your Homestay family, talk to your Homestay coordinator or your Student Support Officer. You won’t get in trouble, and they’ll try to help you find a solution.
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