Getting convenient accommodation as an International student becomes burdensome when the student gets little or no information at all. It worsens when the student has no one to contact in the host country.

Nearly all major institutions do offer on-campus accommodation to cater for international students and local students who live in rural areas. Living on campus is convenient. However, it could prove to be an expensive option. Most of the accommodations in Australia have all necessary home appliances including laundry, kitchen, secure cooking panel, microwave oven, refrigerator and some even provide free rice. Cost for student accommodation in Australia depends on several factors where the topmost are condition and location of the property if you decide to study in Australia.

Most universities and colleges in Australia can offer on-campus student housing, usually prioritizing first-year international students. There is also the option to rent either an apartment or a room in a residence hall with shared kitchen facilities.

Affordable housing can be difficult to find in Australia, so it is best to contact your school about accommodation options as soon as you know you’ve been accepted. It is highly recommended for students to arrange temporary accommodation for a few nights before they arrive in Australia. This allows them some time to explore various accommodation options and find what best suits them.

There are various types of accommodations available to international students in Australia.

Major Accommodation Options

  • The “On-campus” Option: Living on campus is an easy way to make friends. It is convenient and gives you the opportunity to attend lectures early due to the proximity to lecture halls. You should consider your budget and location which will suit your person and lifestyle. Prices of Properties in Australia change from year to year. Locations within big cities like Sydney, Melbourne and close to beach fronts are on the high side. However, if you have the financial muscle, shoot!
  •  Homestay: This arrangement gives students the opportunity to live as guests within an Australian household for the duration of their studies. These arrangements are always sorted out by an agency before you arrive, and the cost usually includes meals. This is a convenient option which gives the student the “real” Australian experience. This could make the student live in a closed environment. It is a more expensive option than living in a share house, with average costs per week likely to be between AUD 110-AUD 270. A homestay with an Australian family can be another good accommodation option for students to become integrated into the local community right away and have a truly Australian experience.
  • The “Off-campus” Option: Staying outside campus will give you the option of getting a private rental or student shared houses/apartments. The latter is the most preferred option for international students and locals living outside the home mainly because it is cost effective. Australia is huge, with widely varied rental costs depending on the city you are in. Students tend to live, based on affordability and relative proximity to campus.

Students who are not interested in living on-campus can often find off-campus housing opportunities on local noticeboards or in newspapers. Off-campus housing does not always include furniture and often requires payment of a security bond equal to one months’ rent.

Having an all-encompassing study experience is key. Getting an accommodation outside campus might not be convenient but will sure give you the experience you need within Australian cities. Basically, it all depends on what you really want from studying in Australia.

Minor Accommodation Options

  • A room in a residence hall
  • A shared apartment (usually preferred)
  • A Private Apartment (usually expensive)

Things to Consider While Sourcing For An Accommodation

  • Affordability: Students are to look into their wallets before choosing what type of accommodation to consider. Students, upon resumption, have expenses to make. Having a prudent attitude is key.
  • Proximity to Campus: Depending on what you want, either an Australian experience or academic experience in the strict sense, proximity to campus is a matter of choice and convenience. It is suggested even if you will be staying off-campus, It is necessary to stay close to the campus especially if you have punctuality issues.
  • Convenience: It is fundamental to put this into perspective. This could affect academic output or the overall experience.
  • Security: Students should consider safety first before concluding on settling down within the vicinity. Even though Australia is a safe country, caution should be exercised.
  • Experience: You can choose to either have the Australian experience or not. This boils down to individual differences.
  • Social Media: Students could make use of social media to get strategic information about accommodation. Social media platforms are like village squares where everyone gets the requisite information necessary for daily living and safety. You can engage the audience to know if there is a vacancy. Students are expected to follow the host institution’s social media profiles and engage with them publicly. Students should be paying around AUD80- AUD 200 per week for an unfurnished, modest room
  • Distance to Work Place: Peradventure you are working while studying, you ought to put this into consideration. This will reduce stress.
  • Distance To Amenities: This is necessary to aid convenience and reduce unnecessary cost on transportation. It is advised students seek accommodation close to Markets and Malls.
  • Ethnic Surroundings & Religious Places: For the experience, students should consider staying within locals and within people from similar cultures. Building the spirit of oneness is good to the soul and possibly, good for survival. Getting close to a religious institution will aid spiritual growth and ensure stability.
  • Real Estate Companies: Students can make inquiries from Real Estate companies. New property lease requires 4 weeks rent as a security deposit and 2 weeks rent in advance. In this way, you must have 6 weeks rent with you if you want to get a property. However, people offering shared accommodation usually ask for a two-week bond and 2-week rent in advance. The rule for shared accommodation may vary from person to person. Rent for a single room in a shared apartment range from AUD 150 to AUD 300. Same rent can be shared between two persons if they are sharing the same room. Rooms with attached bath and balcony may be higher as compared to room using a shared bath outside the room.

Australian real estate market has strong security measures.  To lease property in your name, you would require your valid visa, passport, bank statement or other identification documents. 

Conclusion

Affordable housing can be difficult to find in Australia, so it is best to contact your school about accommodation options as soon as you know you’ve been accepted. It is highly recommended for students to arrange temporary accommodation for a few nights before they arrive in Australia. This allows them some time to explore various accommodation options and find what best suits them.

Lastly, get in touch with your university’s student services to help you find housing agencies and advertisement boards.

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