It is important for international students to find accommodation that is well priced and close to their university of choice. Many universities offer accommodation on-campus which provides students with a rich, immersed, university lifestyle.
Even though on-campus accommodation such as colleagues, halls, and on-campus apartments are fantastic options for international students, they are often quite pricey since they can include things like meals and social clubs. Luckily there are other options out there for international students looking for accommodation in Australia.
Stay with a family: Homestay is a great accommodation option for international students as they will not need to pay a bond or sign a lease. The Australian Homestay Network (AHN) takes applications online and will find a home near the student’s university of choice.
All homes offering student accommodation through AHN have to go through a police check first so they are very safe. AHN also offers student support services such as banking help. If you are an international student looking for a supportive Australian accommodation, then homestay may be for you.
Rent or share: Australian websites such as realestate.com.au, domain.com.au or gumtree.com.au offer a database of rental properties and share properties in Australia. Renting with a few other students can be a great option for international students.
Renting a room in a share house can also be a financially viable accommodation option as many share houses include utilities in the prices. Depending on how close to a capital city the rental is, the price can be anywhere from $100 – $500. Many Australian Universities have their own online rental databases so if you are an international student seeking accommodation, make sure you check out your university’s website.
Hostels and Guesthouses: Hostels and guesthouses are often used by international students as a short-term accommodation option. Hostels usually have shared bathrooms and kitchens so students can cook for themselves.
Hostels are a great way to still get social interactions but are cheaper than staying on-campus at approximately $80-$135 per week. There are usually hostels or guesthouse accommodation options in every capital city in Australia and are a great option for international students looking to reduce their costs.
Airbnb: Another great short-term accommodation option for international students is Airbnb. Airbnb allows hosts to offer their home or space up for rent. Students can rent a shared room, a private room or the entire home depending on their budget.
Often space up for rent will include either private or shared facilities so students can cook or even entertain in their rental. Airbnb offers options for rent across the whole of Australia and is a great option for international students who may be studying in more rural areas. Options begin from approximately $40 a night so if you are in international student on a budget, then Airbnb accommodation may be for you.