How affordable are the accommodations in Australia 

There are various types of accommodation to choose from for international students looking to study in Australia. Students must be aware that housing accommodation in Australia is different from what you are used to because universities in Australia usually don’t provide accommodations unless you are on a scholarship funded by the Australian government.  On-campus housing is scarcely available, but international students studying at Australian Universities are offered off-campus accommodations such as homestay, residential, student apartments, or rental property. 

With a wide range of accommodation options available, international students can either choose to stay at homestay or rental. Don’t worry! There are places for students on a budget.

 Availability and Cost

The cost and accommodation to live in Australia depend on the type of accommodation you select. For example, on-campus housing is flexible but expensive and limited, so students need to apply in advance to secure a room. In contrast, rental accommodations are available and easy to find; the cost varies depending on the university location and transportation access (rental places are expensive if it is within a few minutes’ walk to train or busses). 

Before you arrive in Australia, contact the institution’s accommodation service center to ask about accommodation availability, criteria, and the cost.

Homestay

Homestay for students to adapt Australian lifestyle

Homestay accommodation gives the international student the chance to experience life with an Australian family. Students living with an Aussie family are best for them because they can learn how to merge into the Australian lifestyle. 

For students studying in a short-term course, homestay are popular because there is no rental lease. While you stay at the homestay, you can either get a single room or a shared room to live in, and the cost varies with the type of room you want. The room’s charges can cost you up to A$ 110 and A$270 per week, including meals, but you can opt for self-catered if you’re going to cook your food. The university will help international students to stay in a homestay.

The university’s accommodation service approves homestay providers, and they only register those that are trustworthy.

Hostel and Guest House Accommodation

Guesthouse and hostel for students for easy life

Many international students prefer staying in hostels or guesthouse accommodations because a private room for each individual and a shared kitchen and bathroom facilities with a full self-catering option is available. Hostel and guesthouse accommodation is affordable compared to on-campus or homestay. This accommodation can cost you around A$80 to A$135 weekly. This accommodation type also provides the opportunity to socialize with other international students. 

Rental Property

Rental property for international students to be independent 

Sharing of the rental place’s cost and the utilities are the best option for international students to be cost-effective. The students rent a property and then share the cost among the housemates. Students will be able to move into an already existing household with other friends or rent a new house with new college mates. Rental properties come fully furnished or unfurnished. Most of the time, you buy your furniture for the new home. The cost of a rental property can be around A$100 or A$499 per week, and if you are looking for shared property, then the price is A$70 – A$250 a week. Tenants usually pay a bond for rental properties in advance as insurance. During your stay in a rental property, you have to pay your bills such as electricity, water bill, and gas. Some institutions help their international students to find the best rental property with all details and information about your rights and obligations. 

On-Campus Housing

On-campus housing facilities available for students 

With most students staying off-campus while studying, some universities offer students to stay on the campus through residential colleges, residence halls, or apartments. The cost of living varies among the universities; thus, international students contact their institutions before reaching their destination. The early bird catches the worm! This is because the students need to apply early for accommodation because of its popularity and limited space. The cost of an on-campus living house can be A$80 to A$250 a week. 

Residential Colleges

Residential College for students in Kings College, Brisbane 

Students who choose residential college accommodation experience better services because they provide housing, meals, cleaning, and other social and academic services. The residential college accommodation offers different services; living in it can be expensive compare to the hall of residence. The services offered are the same, but residential colleges have added value services such as dining hall, recreation areas, a shared bathroom, and a private room. The residence hall includes services like meals and cleaning services, with a self-catering option available if you want to be independent. 

Apartments

Apartments for students to live with friends 

Universities also offer apartments for rent to international students, be it on-campus or off-campus. The students can rent apartments approved by their institutions, but have the freedom to live independently and fully self-catering. Renting an apartment, students can either stay in a shared or single apartment.  

With a wide range of accommodation options available for students who wish to study in Australia, you can choose the best option that meets your needs. About 90-100% of students studying in Australia choose to live off-campus, with different accommodation types. This means that the housing demand in Australia is high, mainly for houses situated near college campuses. International students must reach their destination in Australia two to three weeks before their classes begin to adapt to your new home for a few years.

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