If you’re about to start studying in Australia, you might be a little unsure where to live. There are plenty of great options, from sharehouses and homestays, to managed accommodation and college dorms.

If you’re looking for convenience, affordability, and the chance to meet students from all over the world, managed accommodation is a fantastic choice. Here are some of the benefits of living in student accommodation in Australia.

Affordability

Because accommodation is tailored to fit students’ needs, managed accommodation providers like Urbanest take student budgets into consideration. Many offer all-inclusive rent, so unlike renting from real estate agents, your electricity, water and internet costs and content insurance are covered in one simple payment. That means it’s easier to budget each month, as you’ll know exactly how much you’ll be spending on accommodation.

Making friends

Sharing accommodation is a great way to make friends during your time in Australia. In student accommodation, you’ll often be sharing buildings or rooms with a number of other people who study nearby or even at the same university as you. You’ll find that some students living in your building regularly organise dinners, gatherings and other social events to bring the student accommodation community together.

Sharing Tips

Whether you need to bounce some ideas off someone, are after tips on where to go out for lunch, or would like someone to 

proofread your assignment, when you stay in student accommodation, you’ll always have neighbours and roommates nearby to help out.

Safety and Security

It can be nerve-wracking moving to a new country to study, and student accommodation providers understand that. They offer extra security in the form of building passcodes and swipe card access, CCTV recording, and on-site management teams. You’ll always know that your new home is safe and secure.

Convenient locations

Not only are many student accommodation providers located close to universities, but they are also usually nearby shopping and entertainment hubs. So, even when you don’t have classes scheduled, or if you’re taking a break from study, you probably won’t have to travel far. When you do need to travel anywhere that’s not within walking distance, you’ll be close to public transport services like trains, buses or trams, so you can travel around your new city with ease.

Sense of Community

For a lot of people, the thought of being far away from family can be daunting, but you can find another type of family through student accommodation communities. You’ll often find yourself dining, studying and hanging out with the people in your building. Because you’re all here for the same reason, you’ll be taking on similar experiences adjusting to your new life. This means that you will always have someone to talk to, which can be a great cure for homesickness.

Activities

Many accommodation providers set up activities like wildlife visits, sports events, and holiday celebrations, so there’s plenty to keep you entertained outside of study. This also means you can learn about Australia’s wildlife and culture in fun and interactive ways.

Equipped Rooms

While options vary depending on where you stay and in what type of room, many student accommodation providers include essential needs like a bed, desk, shelving, and seating. This means that, on arrival, you don’t have to stress about setting up your new space, so you can move in and get straight to exploring or meeting your new roommates without the hassle of moving in furniture.

Plus, many student accommodation providers offer gyms, common areas, barbecues, and outdoor terraces, meaning the whole building is totally equipped for both everyday living and fun weekend activities.

Ease of Living

If you’re not big on cooking, you could hunt for a student accommodation provider that does it for you. Spots like Urbanest Darling House in Sydney include a dedicated eatery with meals included as part of your weekly rent, so you don’t have to worry about purchasing meals on the spot.

Learning from the Best

Student accommodation isn’t just about living with other university-goers and being near your university campus — it’s also about having a helping hand from specially trained staff. So, even though you’re getting a taste of independence by living away from home, you can also rest assured that if ever you need expert advice, the venue’s staff are there to help.