When choosing accommodation in Sydney or wider NSW, the most important thing is to feel secure and happy, so you can focus on your studies and enjoy life. It is a good idea to research all your options before making a decision.
There are different accommodation options available to international students in Sydney and NSW. Each type of accommodation has its own unique range of features. Some will align with your preferences and budget more than others. There’s a type of accommodation to suit everyone!
If you are an under-18 international student in Australia, the Australian Government requires special accommodation arrangements to ensure your welfare and safety.
The National Property Accreditation Scheme (NPAS) is an industry-led program that is owned, governed, developed and administered by the Student Accommodation Association (SAA) to assist international students and stakeholders to identify and support quality, accredited student accommodation.
The accreditation means a property is being operated to a set of industry led minimum standards for the exclusive use of students with a focus on student safety and wellbeing.
Visit the NPAS website for up-to-date information on accredited properties providing quality accommodation to international students in NSW.
Knowing the average living costs in Australia is an important part of your financial preparation.
The Department of Home Affairs has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa for Australia.
Refer to the step by step Student Visa Subclass 500 application and Document Checklist Tool for details on how to provide the evidence required to cover the costs of your stay, including your travel, study and living expenses.
The Home Affairs website covers in more detail how to work out how much money you might need to cover the costs of your stay in Australia as international student.
The Insider Guides Cost of Living Calculator is also a useful, practical tool to help estimate your cost of living in Australia.
Education and living costs in Australia
There are a few steps you’ll need to take when moving into a new home in NSW.
If you have any questions, you can contact your education institution and speak to their international student support team. Alternatively, visit Tenants NSW for tips and advice on renting in NSW. Multilingual factsheets are also available. City of Sydney council has some great tips on what to look for in share accommodation.
Tenants NSW can help you understand your rights when renting a room, apartment or house in Sydney. Visit the Tenants NSW website to learnabout bonds, condition reports and where you can ask for assistance with accommodation issues before and after you arrive.
Community Legal Centres are independent community organisations that provide free legal services to the public. They help people who are ineligible for legal aid and cannot afford a private lawyer. Redfern Legal Centre is a great resource if you need free information and advice on tenancy issues.
Do you have questions about housing and the law? The My Legal Mate App offers international students in NSW instant access to confidential and free legal information, and answers to commonly asked questions about the law in Australia.
This free guide is designed to help you enjoy your new home on your terms. Filled with local student contributions, this guide not only helps you get settled but gives you the inside word on adventure, shopping, nightlife, food and more.
The Student Accommodation Association (SAA) is a national body representing education providers and student accommodation operators who manage student accommodation options, including university accommodation, residential colleges and student hostels.
SAA member properties offer:
Visit the National Property Accredited Scheme (NPAS) website for up-to-date information on accredited properties. This national body promotes the value of quality accommodation that is provided for the exclusive use of students, to enhance the Australian education experience.