There is a wide variety of accommodation options for international students in Australia and we have a few tips on how to secure the right option for you.
You’ve just been accepted to study in Australia, congratulations! It’s time to pack your bags and embark on your study journey. Moving to a new country can be challenging at the best of times, but moving to Australia comes with endless opportunities to meet new people, explore new cities and grow in your career. Finding student accommodation doesn’t have to be a stressful experience and we’ve got a list of options for international students to provide the ideal study-life balance.
Questions to ask about student accommodation
Rental accommodation is highly sought after and requires prior planning. The costs depend on the city you decide to live in and the type of accommodation you choose. When choosing a place to live you should consider:
- How far away is it from campus?
- Is it easily accessible by public transport?
- Is there access to shopping centres, hospitals and other facilities?
- Will I be sharing with other people?
- How much is the total cost? Does this include expenses like bond and utility?
With these questions in mind, it’s important to decide which accommodation option will best suit your needs and budget. Popular accommodation options for in Australia include:
- Purpose-built student accommodation
- Private rental or share house on realestate.com.au and domain
- Youth hostels, budget and short-stay accommodation
Using student accommodation websites
AmberStudent is a leading student accommodation platform with a presence across Australia, offering many housing options for students. They offer free expert assistance with 24x7 support, 100% verified listing and a price-match guarantee which minimises the hassle of paperwork.
Not only can they help you find the perfect accommodation for you, but they share tips and information on your city of choice, student life and how to live like a local. You can chat live with them today to get started on finding your new home.
Your state study body also has a great source of information about international student accommodation.
- Study Queensland: Student accommodation
- Study Melbourne: Accommodation
- StudyAdelaide: Accommodation
- Study NSW: Types of accommodation
Checklist before you moving into your new student accommodation
Things to remember when finding accommodation
There are a few things to note before you agree to any accommodation option. Carefully read your contract or lease agreement as it's important that you understand the terms of your accommodation agreement before you sign on.
Keep an eye on all your costs. Find out what additional expenses you may need to pay on top of your deposit and rent.
Always ask for advice. If you have any questions relating to your accommodation, talk to your real estate agent, landlord or rental accommodation.
Know your rental rights. Head to StudyAustralia to find out more about international student accommodation and your rights in each state.
There is an accommodation option to suit your needs and budget, so get started on looking for your new home.