If you’re an independent person, then private rental accommodation is the perfect option for you. It is also an excellent way to fully immerse yourself in Australian culture; living with locals will definitely broaden your horizons in your new city.
Finding your own private rental
Renting an apartment/house for just you or with a group of friends:
- Check individual real estate websites or www.realestate.com.au or www.domain.com.au.
- Avoid unregulated private rental options that are not arranged through a real-estate agent.
Rent a room in an established share house:
- Check the notice boards at your institution.
- Check out websites like www.flatmatefinders.com.au or www.flatmates.com.au
- Look up share house groups on social media.
- Let everyone know on your social media networks you are looking for a room – friends of friends are always looking for their new housemate.
- Avoid private rental rooming houses that are set up like a hostel – crowding 2-5 international students into each room. This is illegal in Australia and takes advantage of students by charging too much and provide poor living amenities.
Positives of living in Private Rental
- Control of your living arrangements and complete independence.
- Immerse yourself in Australian culture by living with locals.
- Living with friends can be great fun.
- Often cheaper than other forms of accommodation.
- Searching for rentals and going to real estate/house interviews can be time-consuming
- You will need to purchase all furniture, appliances and set up all gas, power, water and internet connection
- It can be hard to focus on study if your house is too fun
Depending on the apartment the cost will vary. You can expect to pay between $100 and $500 a week, not including utilities or food. Rentals are generally cheaper the further you travel from the city. If budget is an issue try looking a bit further out in an area that has a good public transport connection to your institution.
Prepare the documents you need to provide before you apply for your new house. Check the real estate agent’s website – you will need various references/guarantees, proof of income, proof of identity and rental history.
Things to consider before renting an apartment/house:
- What are the bond and lease conditions?
- What type of household do you and the other housemates, want to live in?
Some people want a quiet, tidy, calm house, and others want a more casual, noisy, social household. It’s best to work this out before you are living with together.
Things to consider before renting a room in a share house:
- What are the bond & lease conditions?
- Does the share house seem like a friendly, comfortable place to live?
- What are the house rules and customs?
- Are people living independently or do they share meals communally?
If you have any questions about private rental, signing a lease, bond or your rights in a share house, contact the Tenancy Union in your state for free advice.