If you’ve decided to relocate for university, there are various accommodation options available:
- Live on-campus and have immediate access to the university and its resources.
- Rent privately and have a house of your own, or share with other students.
- Private board gives you the option of living in someone else’s house, with food and furniture usually provided.
No matter which option you choose, it’s essential that you make enquiries early so that you don’t miss out.
Most universities offer on-campus accommodation options with some great advantages:
- College life: You’ll have help settling in quickly, you’ll have tutor and peer support, meet new friends and tap into lots of social, sport, recreational and cultural activities.
- Proximity: You’ll save on daily travel time and costs.
- Food: Some options include catering of meals, so you don’t have to cook.
- Access to facilities: You’ll have libraries, tutors, games and music rooms, sports facilities, uni bars and food outlets all close at hand.
Cost: Living on-campus is not cheap, but do the sums before you rule it out. On-campus living can be good value when you consider the costs you avoid, such as food, transport/petrol, electricity, rent during term breaks and furniture. Check out the websites of each university for costs and availability.
Living with other students in private rental accommodation can be a great option, too:
- Privacy: You might find being in your own place a quieter, more private option than living on campus.
- Choice of flatmates: Renting privately means you can choose who you live with.
- Holidays: Living on-campus often means you have to move out during uni holidays. You won’t have this issue renting privately.
Cost: When you rent privately you’ll need to pay bond upfront, which is usually four weeks’ rent. Also consider the costs of connecting and using electricity, phone and internet, as well as purchasing any furniture you’ll need. Don’t forget to add transport costs to get to and from university. Realestate.com.au will show you available rentals in the area you choose. The universities themselves will also be able to advise you.
Living in someone else’s house can be a cost effective option, because your food, electricity, phone and furniture are all usually included in the board. Living with a family can also provide you with a homely and supportive environment. Costs vary; your chosen university may be able to point you in the direction of boarding options, or speak to family and friends to see if they have any contacts.