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ACCOMODATION OPTIONS

 ACCOMODATION OPTIONS

A variety of high standard
student accommodation is available to suit different budgets and needs.
Institutions usually
provide students with help in finding accommodation and understanding lease and
tenancy conditions. Temporary accommodation can be arranged before they leave
home allowing time on arrival to consider where and how they would like to be
accommodated in the longer term. Student noticeboards and newspapers often
advertise rooms, apartments and houses for rent. 
Following is a summary of
accommodation options available:

Options and Costs

OPTION

APPROX COST*

FEATURES

Homestay

AUD290 – AUD310 per week

It is possible for students to gain access to the Australian lifestyle in a natural and friendly way through homestay.
This is popular with younger students and those studying short-term English courses.
Some meals are usually included in the cost.
Single or shared rooms may be offered and the cost will vary accordingly.
Self-catering homestay is sometimes available cheaply.
Farmstay offers the same services in a rural setting, and for short stays.

Institutions maintain a register of families prepared to accommodate international students during the academic year. Education providers ensure that homestay families are reputable and that they offer accommodation of a reasonable standard.
Australian Homestay Network (AHN) is a team of dedicated professionals managing homestay placements in Australia.

Hostels and Guest Houses

AUD190 – AUD265 per week

Hostels are usually run by organisations such as Youth Hostels Australia and the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA).
Students share kitchen and bathroom facilities.

Share Accommodation / Rental Accommodation

AUD150 – AUD370 per week /AUD220 – AUD500 per week

Students often share with fellow students. They advertise on notice boards, websites and in newspapers. Students may have to provide their own furniture.

When renting a house, apartment or bed-sitter, landlords require rent to be paid in advance and will require a security bond usually equal to one month’s rent.

Boarding Schools

AUD20,000 – AUD40,000 per year

Many private secondary schools provide accommodation, meals and laundry services for international students.

University Apartments, Colleges and Halls of Residence

Variable: approx AUD15,000-AUD35,000 per year

Most universities offer a variety of accommodation on or near to campus such as university apartments, residential colleges or halls of residence. Halls of Residence are a popular option with full-time international students. The cost depends on the type of accommodation.
Residential Colleges provide accommodation with meals. The college undertakes cleaning and household tasks. Sporting and social facilities, tutoring, libraries and (generally) computer access are also provided

*cost varies depending on
the location (e.g. rural or inner city accommodation)