Accommodation: Things to consider when looking for a place to live

Accommodation: Things to consider when looking for a place to live

Let us talk about accommodation: things to consider when looking for a place to live in Australia. If you are still not in Australia, you need to learn as much as you can about the country and the city you are moving in - especially about the accommodation, food, transport, health and security services. 

All of these are related to your life and living at your destination. In this writing, we will try to explore a few things you need to consider when you are looking for a place to live.

Public transport

Is your house close to public transport like train or bus services? Living close to public transport will cost more than if you stay a bit far away from it. If you need to walk only for five minutes, it is close to your public transport

However, if you have to walk more than ten minutes to get to the bus stop or train station, then you are living far away. Remote areas cost less in accommodation. All bills like water, electricity, internet, telephone, etc., remain the same everywhere. So, if you prefer a bit of walking, then you can save some money on accommodation.

If you live closer you save less money but save time, if you live far from public transport you get to save a lot of money but lose time. Time is important when it is the exam season, but during other times money comes first. You decide.


Comfort is very important as well. You need to check for insects, damp areas, water system, noise from the neighbors, kids, etc. If you have kids around you and noisy neighbors having fights every other day, or having parties during your exam time, it will be very disturbing. Try to find a place where mostly students live. 

If you look for shared rooms, there will be many available. Talk to your friends in  your classroom about this. International students will often have something to offer. If you find them agreeable, you can make a deal. Always look for your comfort. Many students can still be noisy and play loud music. 

Also talk about bathroom manners, kitchen and dining rules, rents and bills divisions and payment, cooking and cleaning rosters, bringing in a girlfriend or boyfriend or someone else, smoking-drinking-addiction problems, everything. 

If you do not clear things up before you make a contract, you will regret later. Lots of students have internal disputes because of this carelessness. Only look for your comfort even if you have to pay a bit more.

Paperwork and contracts

Alway pay extra close attention to contracts and paperworks. You should be able to read and understand various contracts in English if you are starting your Education in Australia. Have a look at the terms and conditions, hidden payments (ask about them, without being intimidated), etc.

If your university is managing the accommodation, then you need to learn what the university is expecting from you - behavior, length of your tenancy, rent per week,etc. Pay special attention to the clause regarding early ending of the contract, breach of contract, fines and fees payable, etc. 

If you suddenly wish to stay in an off-campus accommodation then you need to abide by the rules set for you by the contract. So, learn about it.

If you want to live off-campus, then you need to look up on Craigslist or GumTree. You can rent a share or the whole house. Whichever you choose, you will have to submit a tenancy application, 3 months of bank transaction statements, a reference from your previous land owner, and an ID. 

A local government bond must be paid. This bond is refundable when your tenancy ends provided that you keep your home in good condition and no payment is due. 

This process can greatly vary from state to state. So, you will have to talk to your student adviser regarding the process once you arrive in Australia. We will help you, so you do not have to worry.   

Accommodation options:

On-campus accommodation

These are managed by the university. The facilities may vary a lot. You need to check the support services, availability of cleaners, meals, other amenities, etc. These student accommodations are purpose-built and have things that are commonly requested or needed for a student. 

You just have to live there, and the rest will be automatically managed. Students need to focus mainly on studies and assignments, and doing other things properly will not be possible for them. This is why university managed accommodations are good for them. 

Non-university run accommodation

The difference between this and the university run accommodations is that a third party manages these accommodations. However, the facilities are all the same, safe and secured. You can decide what you need and how things will be managed. 

You can choose to live alone or share a flat with someone else.

These accommodations have a shared kitchen, study areas, gym, etc. for international students to enjoy.


You can also choose to homestay. This option can give you a unique opportunity to learn about native Australians, their culture, language, etc. You may have to share a room with a child or live in a separate room. You get three meals per day. All you need to do is to clean your own room, bathroom, do your own laundry, etc. However, house rules can differ a lot.

Private rentals

This is the most common option for you, but when you first arrive this will not be easy. You will need to understand the city, transport system, the demography, lifestyle, markets, hospitals, etc. before you can decide on this option. 

As a newcomer, you will not be able to differentiate between good, bad, and the worst. You need to gain confidence to make a deal and express what you want and what you want excluded. If you spend some time, you will eventually become an expert at this.

Usually, ask around among your classmates. There is a possibility that you will find people from your own country. Students pin their vacant flat notice on notice boards, keep your eyes open for them. 

You will have to do everything on your own. This option is very cheap as well. However, this will be difficult when you will be busy with semester work.

When you find a place for the first time, you will need to contact the utilities provider on your own and get connected to services and supplies like electricity, water, telephone, etc.

These are all the options you can explore before you start from your home country. Consider the pros and cons of every option and then decide. This way you will not be at a loss, when you arrive at your long awaited dream land. 

We hope you have read through this article about accommodation: things to consider when looking for a place to live in Australia.