How to Get Student Accommodation in Australia

ِAfter we previously tackled the Costs of Studying and Living in Australia, we will resume our series in this article to help the international students get suitable student accommodation in Australia.

Before we start, kindly note that all the mentioned prices below are inthe Australian dollar, which is equivalent to $0.77.

As for international students, there are different available options. You can get useful information about these options from many websites and through the international offices in the universities as well. These options are as the following:

Temporary accommodation once you arrive in Australia

The educational institutions and universities can help you find a temporary place to stay that is suitable to you and your lifestyle once you got accepted.

Moreover, there are a number of websites that handle this stuff. These websites help the international students to search and book places that they can use temporarily, such as the hotels, boarding houses and youth hostels.

The cost of these places could range between AUD 90 and AUD 150, according to the type of accommodation and its location.

Student Accommodation in Australia

University dormitory

The types of university dormitories differ according to the universities. Some provide the accommodation inside the campus, while others provide it in the surrounding areas to the university.

The price of these dorms ranges between AUD 90 and AUD 280 per week. It includes whether a private or shared room with all the needed utilities, except for the food.

You can inquire about the university dorms and utilities before traveling to Australia, but advance reservation is not available.

Special youth housing

These are especially for only the international students or the Australian students from far areas. This kind of accommodation provides the student with all the needed utilities and one daily meal. They also offer other services, such as telephone, internet, and satellite channels.

The cost of the private or shared room ranges between AUD 350 to AUD 500 per week.


Private apartments

This is the favorite option for international students in Australia. The cost of such apartments differs as per the city, but in general, it ranges between AUD 165 and AUD 440 per week.

These apartments are unfurnished, but you can find, in every city, markets selling used furniture at reasonable prices. You can also choose one or more flatmates, so the cost would be shared.

Staying with Australian families

This is a good and available option, especially for students who do not master the English language. Staying with a family helps the students to enhance their language.

The deal with the hosting families is being done through special offices for a small amount of money paid by both the students and the families.

This option is good for the students at the beginning of the year, as it gives them the chance to live within a family environment.

The cost of this option ranges between AUD 235 and AUD 325 per week,including all the needed utilities and three meals per day.

Advice for international students in Australia

There are online advertising websites to get the best deals for anything the student may need.

An example of such websites is the Gumtree website.

Make sure to regularly check the billboards in your university, as it helps in finding a suitable accommodation.

Try as much as possible to have home meals, as they are cheaper than eating in restaurants.

Keep an eye on the Australian government website for study and immigration to know the average prices. It offers all the information that international students may need.

To learn more about the customs and traditions of the hosting country, visit our article about customs and traditions in Australia.

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