There are several different types of accommodation available and the costs vary depending on the area and type of accommodation you choose.
When choosing your accommodation some things to consider are:
Do you want to live alone or live with others?
How far is it from your study location?
Is it close to public transport such as buses or trains?
What facilities are close, like shopping centres or hospitals?
How much can you afford to pay each week on accommodation?
Short Term Accommodation:
When you first arrive in Australia you may want to organise short term accommodation in a hotel, motel or hostel. Homestay providers also provide short term homestay packages to help you settle in and familiarise yourself with your local area.
Hostels provide budget accommodation where guests can rent a bed (sometimes a bunk bed in a dormitory) and share a bathroom, lounge and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available.
Hotels, motels and hostels are all good short-term accommodation options while you settle into your area and look for more permanent accommodation.
Some useful websites to get you started include:
Youth Hostels Australia (hostels) - yha.org.au
Wotif (hotels/motels) - wotif.com.au
Lastminute (hotels/motels) lastminute.com.au
Homestay gives you the opportunity to live with an Australian family in their home. Homestay can be a good option for younger students as you will have a supportive family environment and a home away from home.
Some homestay options include meals and others are self-catered so you can choose an option that suits your needs.
Before accepting a homestay family, you can specify any special needs and the Homestay Provider will try and find a homestay to suit. Families offering homestay accommodation are thoroughly screened to ensure they can provide a suitable living environment for students.
Homestay usually costs between $200 -$300 a week depending on how many meals per day you would like.
International Student Care Australia (ISCA)
Phone: +61 7 3851 0704
Australian Homestay Network (AHN)
Phone: +61 7 3122 3595
ASAP Homestays Australia
Phone: +61 7 4041 7990
Eastern Shores International (Gold Coast only)
Phone: +61 7 5568 0835
Study Match (Gold Coast only)
Phone: +61 7 5527 8688
There are a range of student accommodation options available, ranging from studio through to shared four, five and six bedroom apartments.
Most student accommodations have features and facilities including:
bedrooms with or without en-suite
fully furnished options
cabled internet in rooms, and wireless hotspot in lobby
online booking and reservations system
in-house Residential Coordinators (RAs) who organise social, cultural and sporting activities.
Some student accommodation providers have additional services such as 24-hour reception, after hours security and an airport pick up service.
Some student accommodation providers include:
East Coast -
Gold Coast -
The price of shared accommodation will depend on the area and how many people you live with. In a shared apartment, flat or house each person usually has their own bedroom and shares the bathroom, kitchen and living areas with others. You will need a budget of approximately $250-$370 per week for accommodation, food, utilities, transport and personal goods. The price of these items vary - share accommodation ($70-$230), food ($80-$120), and utilities (electricity, telephone, internet/broadband subscription etc).
Some real estate search websites in Queensland are:
Signing a lease
When renting a property, you will need to sign a lease. A lease is a binding legal document between a tenant (you) and a landlord that describes the responsibilities of each party. Your responsibilities include paying accommodation expenses on time and cleaning and maintaining the property. You may be held liable if damage occurs to the property so be aware of your rights and obligations before signing a lease.
You can rent or lease a property by yourself or with friends. This can be done privately or through a real estate agent. When renting a property you will need to pay a security deposit or 'bond' (which is usually four weeks rent), as well as rent in advance (usually two to four weeks). The bond is held to repair any damage that is caused to the property while renting. Some or all of this amount may be refunded to you once your lease has ended. If your name is on the lease, you may be held responsible for any damage or unpaid rent, even if you are sharing with others.
For more information on your accommodation options, please contact International Student Support.
Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA)
The RTA is a government body which helps tenants with general advice. If you have any questions regarding rental properties the RTA can help you. They have an interpreting service and factsheets translated into many different languages. If you have problems with your landlord or real estate agent that you can't solve, you can lodge a dispute with the RTA who will then help to resolve the problem through a formal process.
Phone: 1300 366 311
If you require an interpreter, please contact the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450 during business hours. TIS will telephone the RTA for you at no cost.
Tenants Queensland (TQ)
TQ is a state-wide community organisation that provides services for residential tenants in Queensland. TQ aims to improve and protect the rights of all Queensland tenants.
Phone: 1300 744 263 or 07 3832 9403