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Finding a Rental

Renting a property, either solo or with others, can be done independently or through an agent. University boards and websites often list rental options.


Expect to pay a bond, usually equal to four weeks' rent, and rent in advance, often the same amount. The bond, held by a state authority like the Residential Tenancy Authority, covers potential property damage. Upon lease end, you may receive a full or partial bond refund.


For rental rights and responsibilities in Australia, consult the Fair Trading body of your state or territory:

  • Fair Trading New South Wales

  • Consumer Affairs Victoria

  • Access Canberra

  • Queensland Government

  • Consumer Affairs Northern Territory

  • Tasmanian Government

  • South Australian Government

  • Government of Western Australia


Purpose-Built Student Housing

These residences range from studios to 16-bed shared rooms, with communal spaces and amenities. They're centrally located, often with utilities and internet included in the rent.

Temporary Accommodation

New students may opt for short-term housing to settle in and find roommates. Options include:

  • Hotels and hostels

  • University-provided temporary housing

University-Managed Accommodation

Universities offer fully-furnished housing with utilities and support services included. Contact your university for options and costs.


On-Campus Colleges

These facilities provide housing with programs for academic support, sports, and leadership development.



Living with a host family offers a home-like environment, often with meals and housekeeping. Host families are carefully screened.


Legal Protections

Tenants must pay for accommodation, upkeep, and maintenance on time. You have the right to safe, well-maintained housing with utilities. If issues arise, contact your landlord, agent, or university support staff. Tenant unions and consumer advocates can also

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