There are various kinds of accommodation choices that you can use while you study in Australia:
Hostels and backpackers are an option while you are looking for suitable accommodation. Their rates can vary from $17 per night. You will have to share the room and bathroom with other lodgers. Bookings can be done in advance or “on-the-spot” for one night’s stay.
Living with a local family. Board and meals are offered. This is a great way to learn about the Australian way of living. If you are under 18 years old, you will need a Guardianship arrangement.
Rent a room where perhaps other students live, or with a working couple. You will need to pay for your rent and share the electricity, water, phone and internet bills. You will need a deposit (or bond).
These are purpose-built student accommodation buildings or complexes for students only. They usually offer a package which includes rent, utilities (electricity, water, phone and internet) and the use of all facilities.
Rent a place
Rent a flat or house. You need to apply through a Real Estate Agent or directly with the owner. You will need to pay a bond (deposit) that you will get back upon completion of your contract. Pay separately for electricity, water, phone and internet.
Note that when opting for Sharing Rented Accommodation it is advisable to have your name down on the lease, in this way you are lawfully able to get your security bond money back, otherwise if the Security Bond is under one of your Flatmates you may be facing difficulties on getting your money back! Check with the Real Estate Agent about this.
- Choose your flatmates carefully when sharing a place.
- Check with the local rental authority, for example in Queensland is the Rental Tenancy Authority (RTA), what your rights and responsibilities are. For more information visit this link: www.rta.qld.gov.au.
- In Queensland, there is an organisation advocating for international students with Tenancies Authorities, please visit tenantsqld.org.au.
- Always try to choose a place close to transport and other facilities.
- Leave all your belonging safely secured. When not at home close all windows and lock the entrance door and garage.
- Respect others’ space and ask them to respect yours too.
Find where you want to live and the type of accommodation you want and can afford.
Obtain a list of the Real States Offices within the area you want to live in; you can do this through your institution’s Student Services or just by checking your local newspaper, websites.
Go through the Tenancy Agreement and ask as many questions as you require.
Most places in Australia are let unfurnished, so you’ll need your own stuff. This can costs between $1,500 and $2,000 to buy second-hand furniture for a full household. This includes beds, desk, chair, lounge chairs, dining table and chairs, washing machine, refrigerator and vacuum cleaner. You will also need kitchen and bathroom items, such as rice cooker, pots and pans, cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery and cleaning equipment as well as your own linen. One budget-friendly option is to haunt op shops and garages sales in your area … you’ll be amazed at what you pick up.
It is also a good idea to take a picture of the place that you rent when you arrive and also when you leave. This gives you physical proof on how you left the place to avoid monies taken out or your bond.