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Getting into your perfect course and campus may mean moving
interstate or finding a new place to live. Most higher education
providers have housing offices that can help you find
accommodation and advise you of your rights and responsibilities
as a tenant. Australian residents who are full-time students may
also be eligible for government allowances and scholarships to
fund their relocation and rental costs (see ‘Financial help and
scholarships’ on page 40). These can ease the financial burden
of relocating, especially if you’re from a rural area. But first things
first: whether you are relocating or just moving on, ask yourself
where you want to live and, more importantly, who you want to
live with. All that we can say is choose carefully! Here are some
of the most popular types of student accommodation to get you
Halls of residence/university colleges
What do you get? A single bedroom/study with shared
bathrooms, lounge room and kitchen. All utilities (electricity, gas
and water) and maintenance are included in the fees. Some of
the older colleges provide services such as meals, tutors and
Positives: There are constant opportunities for socialising, you
are close to campus and there is plenty of support.
Negatives: It can be expensive and you may find yourself
distracted from study or missing your privacy.
What do you get? You usually get a self-contained apartment
with its own kitchen, bathroom and small living area. Some
apartment facilities are affiliated with institutions, while others are
Positives: Apartments provide more independence and privacy
than colleges and are often located close to institutions.
Negatives: No meals or extra tutoring are provided, and you may
miss the sense of community of living on campus.
What do you get? You rent a room in someone’s home (usually
a family). You will probably share facilities, and meals may be
Positives: Homestay can be economical and provide a homely
Negatives: You might struggle to adjust to the family’s way of life
(or rules) and find it lacking in social opportunities.
What do you get? You rent a place of your own or move into a
shared house or flat with a bunch of friends (or strangers). Share
houses can be found through word of mouth, commercial
accommodation services (often on the internet), newspapers and
Positives: You have a lot more independence and responsibility,
as well as a social atmosphere and shared cost if you live with
Negatives: It can be pricey renting on your own, and you have to
deal with bills, landlords and real estate agents. If you're renting
with others, share house disputes can get ugly!
What do you get? Most hostels provide a private bedroom and
access to shared bathroom, kitchen, laundry, lounge and
Positives: Hostels are an economical short-term option, provide
opportunities to meet new people and are usually positioned in
Negatives: Meals will cost extra and you will usually have to
share recreation and laundry facilities with a large number of
Living at home
What do you get? Your childhood bedroom and the comfort of
Positives: It’s cheaper than moving out and means you can keep
enjoying all the creature comforts of home (and a quiet place to
Negatives: You might miss some of the social aspects of living
with friends or at college, and it can be a hassle getting to and
from class if you live further away.
Make sure you know how much you’ll be paying and what it
What’s the length of the rental period?
Can the rent go up?
Is there a security bond/deposit?
How much are utilities?
Does it come furnished?
If it’s a share house, which parts of the house do you
share and with whom?
If you’re going to have housemates, what are the living
details? How are costs and chores split? When is it
okay to have guests? Is it a non-smoking house?
See our state and territory profiles in Section 4 for
information on rental prices in metropolitan and regional
areas in each state and territory.
For more help, visit your institution’s housing service for
referrals or advice.
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