Which Accommodation Option is right for you?
Choosing your accommodation is an important step in your transition to studying at CQUniversity Melbourne. After you have accepted your place in your course, you should begin by preparing a budget and identifying what type of accommodation will best suit your needs. Choosing the right type of housing can be challenging, and each option is worth investigating fully before signing a lease agreement or paying any money. Take time to explore all options!
Accommodation options include:
- Shared housing – if you already have friends who are also studying in Australia, sharing a house or apartment may be an option.
- Private rental - You can rent a house, apartment or studio through a real estate agent or private landlord. There are also many student apartment complexes available in Melbourne for students.
- Homestay - Homestay accommodation aims to provide students with a family-like environment with utility costs included and the option of meals at an extra cost. This is often a good option if this is your first time living away from home.
- Student Hostels - Student hostels are a popular accommodation option because they often offer a social atmosphere through organised social activities for residents. Some hostels offer meals, others provide kitchen facilities for self-catering. Communal areas commonly include lounge, bathroom, kitchen and laundry facilities. Utilities such as gas and electricity are often included in the overall cost.
There are also many hotels, motels, youth hostels and backpacker accommodation where you may like to stay temporarily while looking for ongoing accommodation.
Each accommodation option offers different benefits and costs. Rental prices will vary depending on which suburb you want to live in, the condition of the property and rental option you choose.
Generally, the closer the property is to the centre of Melbourne, the more expensive the rent.
Please consider the following questions/suggestions when choosing a place to live
Share accommodation is a less expensive alternative. In regards to share accommodation you usually move into an already established house. This often means living with people you don't know, which can be a little strange at first, but it is a great way to make new friends. Connection fees are already paid and the rest of the house is usually furnished.
When inquiring about shared households ask about things such as sharing of food and cooking, smoking, parties and noise, pets, small children, family and friends/partners.
In Melbourne, rent tends to be more expensive the closer you are to the city centre. but you can expect to pay between A$100-A$200 per week for a shared room in a house.
Make sure there is an affordable form of heating for the cold winter months. Gas heating is generally the cheapest.
It is highly recommended that you sign the lease even when you are sharing with your friends. If you run into difficulty with rental accommodation, you have little protection without a lease.
Standard leases, condition reports and other tenancy information are available at Tenants Union of Victoria.
Where to live?
The CQUniversity Melbourne Campus is located at 120 Spencer Street, Melbourne.
The campus is located across from Southern Cross Station, which is a main hub for transport both in Melbourne and interstate.
The main way to commute to CQUniversity is via train, bus or tram, so you must consider the accessibility your new accommodation provides to public transport.
Below is a list of suburbs that are within 8 kilometres from the city centre of Melbourne. From these suburbs below, the distance to campus is 0.5–8 kilometres. Suburbs are either within short walking distance or at most 15–20 minutes travel by tram. However, accommodation in these suburbs can be expensive, but most private hostels and student apartment complexes are located in these areas.
Albert Park (3206)
Fitzroy North (3068)
South Melbourne (3205)
Brunswick East (3057)
South Yarra (3141)
Carlton North (3054)
West Melbourne (3003)
Clifton Hill (3068)
Middle Park (3206)
North Melbourne (3051)
Port Melbourne (3207)
East Melbourne (3002)
As well as those suburbs listed in the chart above, the suburbs below are located within 12 kilometres of the Melbourne Campus. Travel time is approximately 15–40 minutes on public transport. There are very few private hostels or student apartment complexes located in these areas, however most other housing options are available.
Coburg North (3058)
Ascot Vale (3032)
Moonee Ponds (3039)
Balwyn North (3104)
Braybrook North (3019)
Glen Iris (3146)
Brunswick West (3055)
Heidelberg West (3081)
Kew East (3102)
Links to Accommodation Options
- YMCA Student Accommodation
105 Berkeley Street, Carlton
Tel: 1800 260 801 or +61 2 8091 9959 (international)
- Pacifica Campus Apartments
Tel: +61 3 8686 7600
- Budget Student Accommodation
Tel: +61 3 9347 1008
- Student Housing Australia (SHA)
Tel: + 61 3 8626 7700 / Toll free (Australia only): 1300 742 000
- Budget Student Accommodation
Tel: +61 3 9347 1008
- Carlton Melbourne College
743 Swanston Street, Carlton
Tel: + 61 3 9347 3238
- Carlton Student Accommodation
Tel: + 61 3 9347 2670
- Grattan House Student Accommodation
16 Grattan Place, Carlton
- Hillside Court (Female Residence Only)
155 Hoddle Street, West Richmond
Tel: + 61 3 9428 6698
- Kew Student Residence
25 Mary Street, Kew
Tel: +61 3 9853 5402
- Madre Nazarena Student's House
311 Church Street, Richmond
Tel: + 61 3 9429 9620 / + 61 3 9429 5979
- O'Connell Residence
15–19 O'Connell Street, North Melbourne
Tel: +61 3 9560 1718
- Student Hostel Network
Tel: +61 3 9886 8893
- Domain – offers up-to-date listings on real estate for sale and rent. www.domain.com.au/
- Realestate.com.au – one of Australia's most popular property websites. www.realestate.com.au/rent
- Homesales - offers up-to-date listing on properties for sale and rent. http://www.homesales.com.au/home/rental-properties/
Other Useful Links:
The Tenants Union of Victoria aims to inform and educate tenants about their rights. They provide advice, assistance and advocacy for tenants of private and public residential properties, and residents of rooming houses in Victoria, Australia. www.tuv.org.au/
Seek rental advice from Consumer Affairs Victoria, available in 23 languages. www.consumer.vic.gov.au/internationalstudents
Public Transport is the easiest way to get where you need to go in Melbourne. To do this a MYKI pass will need to be purchased. The Public Transport Victoria website has valuable information on fares, fines and different pass packages that may suit your needs. http://ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki/