“It all happened so fast. We were both leaving our jobs, organising ourselves … and we got married, too. I can’t remember if we even thought about renting before we left,” recalls Camila. The 32-year-old… Read more
This article has been provided by Consumer Affairs Victoria. They are a business unit of the Department of Justice & Regulation, within the Victorian government. Their purpose is to help Victorians be responsible and informed businesses and consumers. Tens… Read more
There comes a time in every student’s life that they dread. No, not exams—we’re talking about when it’s time to move out of your accommodation. You paid a lot when you moved in, and you… Read more
Housemate horror stories abound for international students. For many, study abroad is one of their first opportunities to live out of their parents home. Whether it’s your first time going it alone, your housemates first… Read more
In terms of livability, there are certain things that if overlooked when choosing a place to stay, can make your life very uncomfortable. And if it’s your first time living away from home it’s especially… Read more
International students who choose to do homestays in Australia usually find them very rewarding. A homestay it a type of cultural exchange, it allows a student from overseas to live in the home of a… Read more
This excellent flowchart, created by Consumer Affairs Victoria, explains exactly how to choose and secure your accommodation. While specific to Victoria, most of the information applies to international students across the country. Work your… Read more
Finding somewhere to live is a crucial component of a successful study experience in Australia. Whatever you choose it is vital to understand all of your options fully and be aware of your rights and… Read more
Most universities offer student apartments where you might share with a few other students or have your own room. You’ll get fully furnished rooms, which can range from 1 to 5 bedrooms, a shared kitchen and bathroom. There’s a real emphasis on community – some house over 400 students! Plus you don’t have to worry about furnishing your place.
This is true independent living – renting an apartment or a house either alone or with housemates. Renting a place means you call the shots. You have to pay for everything though, including furniture, food, utilities as well as rent. Independent living is great and you can meet a whole bunch of new people but paying for everything, including furniture and all utilities can be tough.