There are many different types of student accommodation in Australia. Be sure to choose the correct accommodation option to suit your needs and budget. Obviously accommodation in some cities such as Sydney and Melbourne is more expensive than other areas such as the Gold Coast. Below are some of the most common options, as well as an estimate of the associated cost.
Find somewhere to live
Once you have established yourself you might start looking for something a bit more permanent. You could meet people at the Hostel or at your TAFE/ College who need a housemate.
Shared accommodation is by far the most common living arrangement for students in Australia. Many students choose this option, as it provides them with greater freedom than homestay, however they are not locked into any specified length of a contract unlike renting. Under shared accommodation students will be able to rent a room either by themselves or with another person. All occupants will then share the rest of the house. The students will split the bills such as electricity and internet, however it is not uncommon for these bills to be included in the overall rent.
Hostels upon arrival
When you first arrive in Australia you will realize there is no shortage of Hostel accommodation. We recommend booking into a Hostel prior to arrival and waiting until you are in Australia to find short term accommodation.
Brisbane, capital of Queensland, is a large city on the Brisbane River. Clustered in its South Bank cultural precinct are the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre, with noted interactive exhibitions. Another South Bank cultural institution is Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, among Australia’s major contemporary art museums.
The Gold Coast is a metropolitan region south of Brisbane on Australia’s east coast. It’s famed for its long sandy beaches, surfing spots and elaborate system of inland canals and waterways. It’s also home to theme parks such as Dreamworld, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild. Inland, hiking trails crisscross Lamington National Park’s mountain ridges and valleys, home to rare birds and rainforest.
Melbourne is the coastal capital of the southeastern Australian state of Victoria. At the city’s centre is the modern Federation Square development, with plazas, bars, and restaurants by the Yarra River. In the Southbank area, the Melbourne Arts Precinct is the site of Arts Centre Melbourne – a performing arts complex – and the National Gallery of Victoria, with Australian and indigenous art.
Perth, capital of Western Australia, sits where the Swan River meets the southwest coast. Sandy beaches line its suburbs, and the huge, riverside Kings Park and Botanic Garden on Mount Eliza offer sweeping views of the city. The Perth Cultural Centre houses the state ballet and opera companies, and occupies its own central precinct, including a theatre, library and the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
Sydney, capital of New South Wales and one of Australia’s largest cities, is best known for its harbourfront Sydney Opera House, with a distinctive sail-like design. Massive Darling Harbour and the smaller Circular Quay port are hubs of waterside life, with the arched Harbour Bridge and esteemed Royal Botanic Garden nearby. Sydney Tower’s outdoor platform, the Skywalk, offers 360-degree views of the city and suburbs.
Homestay allows students to experience real Australian life, as they would be boarding with an Australian family. Many students decide to use Homestay when they first arrive in Australia as it provides them with an opportunity to discover the surrounding areas. It is also a very popular option for younger students.
All Homestay families are thoroughly screened by institutions before they are allowed to accommodate students. Many institutions and homestay providers also match their students with the families based on their preferences. So students can specify with whom they would most like to stay.
Throughout the stay, students will be provided with a room and some meals. The family and other students will share the rest of the house, such as the bathroom, living room and kitchen.
Generally speaking the minimum stay for homestay students is at least 4 weeks.
If you are interested in organizing a homestay arrangement, contact your school counselor as soon as possible and they will be able to assist. It is advised that you do this as early as possible, as Homestay arrangements take considerable time to organize.
Alternatively you may be able to organise it through a homestay organiser
On Campus Student Accommodation
Many universities offer on campus living. This is a great way as it allows students to live minutes from where their classes are held. In on campus living, students are placed in a fully furnished shared house/apartment with other students and the cost of internet and electricity is usually included in the price.
Students should contact their university councilor to see if your institution offers on campus accommodation.
Homestay options in Brisbane
Homestay options on Gold Coast
Homestay options in Melbourne
Homestay options on Perth
Homestay options in Sydney