Melbourne and regional Victoria offer high-quality, safe student accommodation. From cosmopolitan inner-city living to leafy garden suburbs and beautiful regional centres, there are plenty of fantastic accommodation options to choose from.
How your institution can help
Many universities in Melbourne and regional Victoria have housing officers or residential services to help you understand your options.
You can contact them:
- before you leave for Victoria - Contact them via email or phone to ask for information
- when you arrive in Victoria – Book an appointment to ask for support in person.
It is best to book short-term accommodation before you arrive in Australia, and look for longer-term options when you arrive. This allows you time to explore the neighbourhoods and view the properties, and can help you choose an option that best suits you. Temporary accommodation includes budget hostels and hotels.
Renting a home means you choose your ideal location, furniture and housemates.
Expect to pay between $175-400 a week for a room in a sharehouse, depending on how many people you share with and where you live.
Remember - rent payment in this type of arrangement usually does not include any bills such as water, electricity, gas and internet.
Signing a lease
If you are renting from an agent or direct from a landlord, you will need to sign a lease. You do need to ensure that you have read and understand the terms and conditions of the agreement and that you are signing the right lease for the rental type.
The Consumer Affairs Victoria website has information about types of rental agreements.
You will also need to pay a security deposit – called a bond – to the agent or landlord. They must lodge it with the Residential Tenancies Bond Authority (RTBA).
Managed student accommodation
If you want to live on or near campus, consider managed student accommodation and apartments. This style of housing lets you live independently with support from the managed student accommodation provider. You won’t have to worry about furniture, electricity, gas or telephone, as these are already provided.
Apartments are often located in blocks that include shared facilities, so you also have the benefits of living in a community. Some managed student accommodation complexes house over 500 students.
The various types are:
Furniture and facilities
Most apartments offer a private or twin room with a shared kitchen and bathroom.
Rooms are often fully furnished with a bed, mattress, wardrobe, study desk and chair. Generally, you also have access to common rooms, laundry facilities and internet.
Some managed student accommodation facilities provide a regular cleaning service, on-site staff and social activities.
Costs vary, but you can expect to pay between $250-$500 a week including utilities and sometimes internet.
Help and advice
Living with a family (homestay)
A homestay involves living with a family in their home. A homestay gives you a family support network who can help you ease into your new life in Australia.
When you stay with a family in a homestay, you will have your own furnished bedroom and most meals provided. You will also have internet and other utilities included.
You will not have to clean the home, but you will have to keep your room tidy. Your responsibilities and independence depend on the family you stay with. It’s also important to note that the homestay may be further away from campus than other types of accommodation.
A homestay costs between $250-$300 a week. The cost depends on facilities, location, and the number of meals the family provides.
When you first arrive in Australia, temporary or short term accommodation gives you time to explore permanent living options. Book short term accommodation before you arrive.
Many universities in Melbourne and regional Victoria have housing officers or residential services to help students find out what their options are.
Contact them before you leave your home country or book an appointment to meet with campus advisors when you arrive in Victoria.
Budget accommodation - hostels
Hostels in Melbourne and Victoria offer cheap, short term accommodation. Most have a mix of private rooms and dormitory accommodation.
Tip: To find out more about hostels and budget accommodation, check out websites like YHA Australia at yha.com.au.
Discounted online rates - hotels
For lower-cost hotels, try booking online on discount accommodation websites. Some websites give discounts for booking well in advance, while others offer last-minute discounts.
Luxury hotels and accommodation
Book high-end hotels and accommodation through many sites on the web.
Tip: Do an internet search using keywords like 'luxury hotels Melbourne' or 'luxury accommodation Victoria'.