When moving to Australia you have a wide variety of student accommodation options. Depending on your budget, you can choose a student house, student village, private accommodation, uni accommodation and these are just some of your options. You can also choose to rent a student room or homestay, which is living with an Australian family, who will provide you with food that is included in the rental price.

If you are not sure which option suits you best, no worries! We will pick you up at the airport and arrange your initial accommodation in advance. This will give you some time to look around and mark places that really work for you. Once you know where you want to live during your adventure in Australia, we will help you with finding accommodation.

The rental costs vary depending on the city you live in and can be anything between AU$140-250 per week per person. If your budget allows, you can upgrade to a room with a balcony or garden, maybe even a building with a gym, swimming pool or tennis courts. To find out more about the prices and options of student accommodation in the city you want to move to, we have gathered information about every main Australian city for you: Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Hobart, Canberra and Darwin.

Australia student share room


Student share accommodation is probably the most popular option. Sharing accommodation unites international students groups. Naturally, you can get a single room but the cost will be somewhat higher. The units usually have 3 bedrooms although you will come across even 4 and 5 bedroom houses. They usually come furnished and equipped with essential appliances like a vacuum cleaner, washing machine, dryer, TV, Internet connection (WiFi), microwave etc. Remember to always check all the costs – media, Internet, transportation will have to be covered by your weekly budget.

Average price of a share room in Sydney: $140-$190 a week per person.


If you want to experience the life of an average Australian family this option is for you. The price usually includes all the hospitality offered by the family like cleaning and cooking. Homestay is also a great way to practice your English and learn interesting facts and trivia first hand. It is available for both short-term and long-term.

Average price of a homestay in Sydney: $260 a week per person.

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It’s a perfect option for a short stay. It is also a safe haven for all people who just arrived and are looking for a place to stay. It’s a great place to meet fellow travellers and new friends. In the long run a hostel isn’t a cheap student accommodation, and can be a bit costly so it is better to consider hiring a room instead.

Average price of a hostel in Sydney: $195-$260 a week per person

Student Apartament

Another student accommodation option is living in a student apartment. Some universities offer housing for rent on campus or nearby. They are often large accommodations for 50-300 students but in separate areas.

This form of renting both ensures safety and gives a lot of freedom and independence in terms of independent living. Single or shared apartments are usually available.

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  • Staying on a University Campus
  • Hotel
  • Renting a room in a sharehouse
  • Renting a unit or a house and finding flatmates to share it with

Everything depends on your budget and preferences. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding student accommodation options.

Where to look for student accommodation? These are some of the most popular websites:

If you are interested in homestay, it is worth taking a look at the following websites:

Popular websites for booking Hostels in Australia:

If you are interested in renting Managed Students Apartments, here are some popular websites:

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions below. We have the answer for you!
How much does accommodation cost in Australia?

The cost of student accommodation in Australia depends on the type you choose. Another factor affecting prices is the state and city, and the neighborhoods you want to live in. Once you know your budget, you can start your search on that basis.

You can expect to pay between AU$140 and AU$350 a week. To check the costs that you can expect in the region you are interested in, go to the AUSTRALIAN STATES tab by clicking HERE.

How do I choose the right student accommodation?

Before knowing the suitable student accommodation for you, you need to answer some important questions. Once you know the answers to all of them, it’s a good time to start your search!

  • What is my budget?
  • Would I like to live close to the school?
  • Would I like to live close to other factors, such as shops, beach or friends?
  • Would I like to live with other students, alone or with an australian family?
  • Would I like to share a room?

If you are not sure what type of accommodation will be best for you, you could live in a hostel or airbnb for the first month in Australia. This will give you some time to look around and mark places that really work for you. Once you know where you want to live on your adventure in Australia, we will help you with finding the best option for your student accommodation.

What are popular websites for booking private rentals in Australia?

If you have decided on private rentals in Australia you have many options to find the right apartment for you. Here are some most popular websites:

  • Gumtree gumtree.com.au
  • Flatmates flatmates.com.au
  • 2stay 2stay.com.au
  • Domain domain.com.au
  • Airnbn airbnb.com.au

In addition, you can find many ads on Facebook groups. In any major city in Australia you can join the “rentals in…” or “housing in…” groups and look for suitable accommodation there.

Can we help with finding accommodation?

Of course we can help you!

If you are not sure which form of student accommodation suits you best, you are not sure if the contract you have to sign is correct, or you do not know the city and need advice in which districts are best to live in – no worries! You’ve got us!

What are the types of accommodation in Australia?

There are many student accommodation options in Australia. As an international student you can use any form of rental, therefore, you have the following options:

  • Hostel
  • Hotel
  • Homestay
  • Residental Colleges
  • Managed student apartments
  • Private rentals (rooms, units, houses, apartments)
  • Halls of residence
  • Boarding schools for private secondary schools
Do you need to be a student to live in student accommodation?

There are many accommodation options for students in Australia, some are available regardless of what visa you have, some are available only for students, such as:

  • Residential Colleges
  • Managed student apartments
  • Dormitories
What is student accomodation called?

You can find different terms for student accommodation, such as:

  • Urbanest
  • Scope
  • Uni Lodge
  • Campus Living Villages
  • Residential Colleges