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Accommodation in Australia for International Students

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Blog Summary International students moving to Australia have various accommodation options, both on-campus and off-campus. On-campus accommodation, such as Residential College and Halls of Residence, offers convenience with meals, room cleaning, and laundry services but may be costlier and limit independent living experiences. Off-campus options provide more freedom and opportunities to explore the city but may involve commuting and arranging food and other facilities. Popular off-campus choices include Student Hostels, costing between $100 and $400 per week, and Homestays with Australian families, offering a chance to understand local culture. Many students initially stay on-campus and later move to private places, adapting to their new environment.

If you are an international student moving to Australia for studies, the very thought of finding accommodation may be unnerving at first. You might have many questions on your mind about the cost, location, facilities, comfort etc. The ground reality is different though. International students living options are plenty in Australia and they are easy to find. Like your home country, there are on-campus and off-campus accommodation options. Each of them has its pros and cons.

Highlights of Student Housing in Australia:

  • Short-Term Accommodation Options: Many international students initially stay in short-term accommodations like hotels and hostels to familiarize themselves with the new city and find potential housemates.

  • Renting Houses or Apartments: Students often rent properties either through real estate agents or directly from landlords. It's common to live with other students to make living costs more affordable.

  • Managed Student Accommodation: These purpose-built residences for students range from private studio apartments to shared rooms with communal areas and are usually located near major education providers.

  • University-Managed Accommodation: Many universities offer fully furnished accommodation near campuses, with costs typically covering utilities and integrated support services.

  • Residential Colleges: Located on university campuses, these colleges provide managed accommodation and facilities exclusively for enrolled students, often including meals and various student support services.

  • Homestay Programs: Homestay involves living with a local family, offering a family home environment, often with meals and cleaning included, suitable for younger students.

On-campus accommodation:

If you choose to live in an on-campus residence, you save a lot of time on the commute, food is taken care of, other facilities like room cleaning and laundry are readily available. Safety measures are top-notch. While these are the pros, cons are that you may miss out on the experiences of living on your own, exploring the city with friends and taking part in amusing events happening across the city. Also, the cost of living in a university-provided residence is higher due to the services they provide.

Off-campus accommodation:

Off-campus accommodation offers much more freedom that a student can decide where to live, whom to live with and at what budget. Living in the city costs substantially higher than living in the outskirts. Pros of this option are flexibility in setting the budget, experience of living independently, more opportunities to explore and socialize. Cons are the time spent on commuting every day, extra effort to put into arranging food and other facilities, the hassle of searching and applying for a safe place.

Many international students initially stay on the university campus and get accustomed to their new life. In a few months, after making friends and learning the city in and out, they move out and start living in a private place.

Here are some of the popular accommodation options among international students in Australia.

 1. Residential College

It is an on-campus accommodation wherein the students and the staff reside together. The university will take care of basic needs such as timely meals, room cleaning, and laundry. So, you can comfortably stay, study and spend your spare time better. This is especially beneficial for students in their first year to build good bonding with friends. You will also be able to access the university libraries, internet and study rooms anytime they stay on-campus.

It costs A$200 - A$750 per week, depending on the university.

2. Halls of residence

Halls of residence provide safe and comfortable accommodation in close proximity to the educational institution or on the premises of the university. This is a pocket-friendly option and it emphasizes a great deal on forming community connections which enable you to enjoy your university experience to the fullest. You can make strong connections here and students conduct exclusive fun events and sports events here which is an experience you as an international student should not miss out.

It costs anything between A$165 - A$440 per week.

3. Student hostels

Hostels are very affordable accommodations for overseas students especially. It offers you an opportunity to socialize with other students frequently as you will be sharing common spaces like kitchens and bathrooms. Hostels are usually supervised by a staff committee and are subjected to curfews to ensure the safety and security of the students.

Hostel stay usually costs between A$100 and A$400 for a week.

4. Homestay

A homestay is an option where you live with an Australian family in their home. Vacant rooms are usually listed by the families online and you can apply to live in. Homestay usually takes care of basic needs such as laundry and food. Homestay is the best option if you prefer to live in a home environment and understand the cultural nuances of the country. Homestay could be costly and you may need to double-check the rules of the house and their food menu. If you find a compatible family, this is the closest Australian life experience you can get while being a student there.Single or shared rooms are generally available, and costs vary by type of room, but are usually between A$110 and A$270 per week.

5. Private rental

Once you have got the hang of how things work in Australia and feel confident to figure things out on your own, you can go for this option. There are numerous real-estate websites where you can look for a property online and apply for it. It could be the costliest of all the accommodation options since you are taking a whole apartment on rent. The best way to cut costs here is to share the place with your close friends. Websites like can provide accurate information on the average room rent in all major cities of Australia. Since you are finding a place on your own, it is important to have the documents thoroughly checked, visit the place in person before paying the money.Rental accommodations generally cost around A$100-A$400 per week, and shared rental accommodations cost around A$70-A$250 per week.


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the main types of accommodation for international students in Australia?
The main types are on-campus accommodation like Residential College and Halls of Residence, and off-campus options like Student Hostels, Homestays, and Private Rentals.
How much does it cost to stay in a Residential College in Australia?
Staying in a Residential College in Australia costs between $200 and $750 per week, depending on the university.
What are the benefits of living in on-campus accommodation?
On-campus accommodation saves commuting time, provides meals, room cleaning, and laundry services, and offers top-notch safety measures. However, it may be more expensive and limit independent living experiences.
What is a Homestay, and why might a student choose this option?
A Homestay is where a student lives with an Australian family in their home. It offers a home environment and a chance to understand local culture but may have specific house rules and costs to consider.
Are there affordable hostel options for international students in Australia?
Yes, Student Hostels are an affordable option, usually costing between $100 and $400 per week. They offer opportunities to socialize with other students and are supervised for safety and security.

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