Beaming with joy after having gained admission to study in Australia? Student life in the land down under...the sixth largest country in the world - known for koalas, kangaroos, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbor Bridge, Kylie Minogue and Nicole Kidman! In a few months, you could soon be soaking up the sun in Bondi Beach!
POP! We hate to burst your bubble of excitement now- of all times, but have you arranged for accommodation as of yet? And more importantly - are you planning to blindly take up whatever option you get sans research? A mistake like that could cost you quite a few doubloons!
We know deciding where you are going to live for a university abroad, thousands and thousands of miles away can turn out to be, to say the least, a difficult task. So- let us give you a general overview of the kind of accommodation options available for international students in Australia.
- First off, what do you start to look for?
- Start looking based solely on your budget and needs.
- The cost of the accommodation option will vary according to its location (which state and city it’s in), its size, and type.
- Is it close to your future uni campus and accessible through public transport?
- Are there any shopping centres, hospitals, and emergency service facilities available close by?
We suggest that you consider short term options when you step foot in Aus for the first time- until you settle in.
Some of them -
- Hotels with discounted rates for students
- The temporary option that your uni offers
You might want to discuss your requirements with the international admissions staff of your uni or browse their site for details of what is on offer.
You can choose to lease or rent a property either with friends or by yourself. You can get this done privately or through a real estate agent. You will need to produce a security deposit or a bond (generally four weeks’ rent), along with an advance (which will also be four weeks’ rent). This bond is in place to help take care of any damages that you may cause while renting. This amount, however, may be partially or completely refunded to you once the tenancy agreement terminates.
Right Where You Will Be!
On-campus accommodation options will be the best, without question. Many unis offer furnished and comfy apartments on campus or close to the campus. Get in touch with your uni to check the availability of these options and compare the costs with those you could arrange on your own outside. Which works out better?
No Place like Home!
It’s 12-you are being served rice and curry. As the clock strikes eight-voila-hot rotis are brought to you fresh from the stove! We know you’re probably used to having meals handed to you at the right times and have never walked into a kitchen till now. Have you? This is why the homestay option could be the right fit for you. You will enjoy all the benefits of an “established home” mostly with food and cleaning taken care of- as you live with a local family there. These families offering homestay are “thoroughly screened” to check if they will be able to provide a safe and student-friendly living environment- so rest assured.
This option will help you dedicate your entire time at home to studies. For those of you looking to improve on your English language skills, this could do wonders for your communication skills as well, since you would interact with native speakers on a daily basis.
A Sneak Peek!
Finally, let’s see how heavy a blow the Aussie accommodation could be to your wallet (or purse!)-
- Hostels & Guesthouses - $80 to $135 per week
- On-campus - $80 to $250 per week
- Rental - $100 to $400 per week
- Rental (Shared) - $70 to $250 per week
- Homestay - $110 to $270 per week
Plus here come the living expenses as well…
- Gas, electricity - $60 to $100 per week
- Public transport - $10 to $50 per week
- Groceries or Restaurants - $80 to $200 per week
- Phone and Internet - $20 to $50 per week
- Entertainment - $50 to $100 per week
These are some of the basic bills you will be busy paying off in the near future!
The Early Bird Catches the Worm!
Popular accommodation options fill in really fast so you’ll have to know when the last dates are and the ideal dates to start applying. Like the swift bird swooping in to catch its prey, be sharp and don’t let your options wriggle out of your hold. Act at the right moment; accommodation is not to be taken lightly- it is where you will be living for the next three to four YEARS of your student-life!
Have an idea of what to expect and look for now? Would you like to add anything or just have a question or two about the topic? Drop us a line below and we will get back to you!