There is a wide
range of student accommodation available in Australia. These include university halls of
residence, university apartments for post graduate students and privately rented
independent housing. Students can also arrange a 'Homestay' with a local family or board
at many of the private secondary schools. Once you get an admission, the university's
international office would help you find a suitable accommodation. Various options:
Homestay or farmstay
Institutions maintain a register of families prepared to board international students
during the academic year. Meals are usually included in the cost. Single or shared rooms
may be offered. , and the cost will vary accordingly. Homestay is popular with younger
students and those studying short term English courses. Farmstay offers the same
services in a rural setup.
ensure that homestay families are reputable, and that they offer accommodation of a
reasonable standard. This type of accommodation gives international students access to the
Australian lifestyle in a natural and friendly way. Students are often treated like
members of the family.
Approx. Cost : A$ 150 - A$ 200 per week
Private board is similar to homestay. Students negotiate personally with the
landlord about the standard of accommodation and meals they require.
Approx. Cost : A$ 50 - A$ 150 per week
(depending on the services provided)
Hostels and Guest Houses
Hostels are usually run by organisations such as youth Hostels Australia,
the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) and Young Women's Christian Association
(YWCA). Students share kitchen and bathroom facilities.
Approx. Cost : A$ 80 - A$ 120 per week
Share and Rental Accommodation
Students often share accommodation with fellow students. They advertise on student notice
boards and in the classified section of newspapers. All members of the household are
responsible for cooking and cleaning. Students may have to provide their own furniture.
Approx. Cost : A$ 70 - A$ 150 per week
Postgraduate and married students have access to this type of self contained, fully
furnished accommodation within the university system.
Approx. Cost : A$ 130 - A$ 215 per week
University Residential Colleges
Residential Colleges provide accommodation with meal. They are slightly more expensive
than university Halls of Residence The college undertakes cleaning and household tasks.
Sporting and social facilities, tutoring, libraries and generally computer access are also
Approx. Cost : A$ 150 - A$ 250 per week
Halls of Residence:
Halls of residence are
located on or near university campuses and are generally cheaper than residential
colleges. International students find them an attractive option. Students usually have
meals and some cleaning services provided. Only full time students are accepted. Students
need to apply early because of the high demand for places.
Approx. Cost : A$ 100 - A$ 150 per week