If you are an international student living in Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong or other parts of NSW, there are different accommodation options available to you. Each type of accommodation has its own unique range of features. Some will align with your preferences and budget more than others – there is a type of accommodation to suit everyone!
Purpose-built student accommodation
You may hear this accommodation type called, simply, ‘student accommodation’. Located either on campus or near education providers, student accommodation can be incredibly convenient places to live.
In this kind of accommodation, you may have an apartment to yourself or share with fellow students. Rooms are generally fully furnished and come with 24-hour support. There is a real sense of community in student accommodations, and you will have many opportunities to make friends with other international and local students. This kind of accommodation may also offer facilities such as gym, pool, BBQ area and study areas.
Popular Sydney options include Campus Living Villages, Iglu, Scape and UniLodge
How much does student accommodation cost?
The cheapest studio apartments and single rooms in a shared apartment are available from around AUD $200 week but can reach $500 per week. Rent generally includes all utilities, however you will need to buy and cook your own meals.
It is best to book short-term accommodation before you arrive in Australia, and look for longer-term options when you arrive. This allows you time to explore the neighbourhoods and view the properties, and can help you choose an option that best suits you. Temporary accommodation includes budget hostels and hotels.
Private rentals and shared housing
This is true independent living! A private rental means renting a house, flat or apartment from a private landlord or real estate agent. You can rent by yourself or with other people, and rooms may be furnished or unfurnished. Private accommodation rent does not include utilities and you will have to buy and cook your own meals.
How much does a private rental cost?
A one-bedroom apartment or unit in the Sydney city centre will cost a minimum of AUD $450 per week. A three or four-bedroom house will cost around $550-650 per week. The further the house, flat or apartment is from the centre of Sydney such as suburban Sydney and regional NSW, the cheaper the rent will be.
Check out the following links to see what private rentals are available in Sydney:
Tenants NSW provides useful tips and information about renting in New South Wales.
Share housing is one of the cheapest student accommodation options in Sydney and New South Wales. The more people that share the rent and bills, the less each person will pay. Share housing also provides an opportunity to meet people and make friends.
City of Sydney has put together some helpful tips for when you are looking for shared accommodation. If you’re looking for someone to live with or a room in a sharehouse, visit flatmates.com
Halls of residence or residential colleges
Halls of residence or residential colleges is accommodation located very close to campuses. Usually this type of accommodation is very convenient, with fully furnished rooms, meals and room cleaning provided, and often feature onsite gyms and libraries too. In some colleges, there are also social activities organised for the residents. A key advantage of this kind of accommodation is that you have no travel time to get to your classes. You will also be able to easily make friends with other students staying in the same hall or college..
How much does a hall of residence or residential college room cost?
A room in a residential college or hall of residence will generally cost between AUD $450-550 per week, but this cost generally includes all utilities such as electricity and internet.
To find out more about accommodation options like this, please contact your education institution.
Eager to experience living like a local Australian? Homestay could be perfect for you! Through homestay, you live with a family in their home. The host family will provide a furnished room with a study space and access to communal spaces and facilities such as washing and drying machines.
Staying with a family provides you with the chance to get to know them and enjoy a familial atmosphere in an Australian home.
How much does homestay cost?
The weekly fee for a homestay is around AUD $250 without meals provided and around AUD $350 per week with meals. The fee includes utilities. However, additional administrative fees may also be required.
Eager to learn more about homestay? Check out these providers:
- Oz Homestay
- Aussie Families Homestay Care,
- Homestay Network
- Global Experience
- Australian Homestay Network
- Study Vision
- Homestay Australia
HomeShare is a similar option, which matches you with an older person living alone. You will be able to live in a fully furnished home at an affordable price while providing companionship for someone.
Some primary and high schools offer on-campus accommodation for students who are below 18 years of age.
For more information, contact your education institution directly.
Youth hostels provide cheap temporary accommodation, in either private or shared dormitory rooms. In a youth hostel, you have the opportunity to meet international travellers and students and make friends. Facilities such as bathrooms, kitchens and hang-out spaces are usually shared, and linen and free WiFi are provided. You won’t need to pay for utilities.
How much does a youth hostel cost?
In the Sydney city centre, private rooms cost from around AUD $70 per night and dormitory rooms from around AUD $30 per night per person. YHA Australia and Getaroom are great places to start looking for youth hostel accommodation.