Which Accommodation Option is right for you?
Choosing your accommodation is an important step in your transition to studying at CQUniversity Perth Campus. 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.
- Student Accommodation (off-campus) - Student accommodation is a popular accommodation option because they often offer a social atmosphere through organised social activities for residents. Some student accommodation providers 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.
- 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 Brisbane, 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 Perth you can expect to pay AUD 150 – AUD 250 per week for a shared room in a house (excluding utilities).
- Most students want to live within walking distance of the campus but this is not always possible and is usually determined by availability and cost. When searching for accommodation use Google maps and TransPerth Journey Planner to determine how far you will be from the campus and the public transport available.
- Make sure there is an affordable form of air conditioning for the hot summer months.
- 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 the Rental Tenancies Authority.
Where to live?
CQUniversity’s Perth Campus is located a few metres away from Elizabeth quay, the city centre, Hay St and Murray St malls and also all the major modes of transportation. It is very easy to access the campus and it is situated near the two major busports – Esplanade busport and Perth busport as well as the major train station, Perth Underground.
You may want to look at accommodation in suburbs located close to the CBD. Below is a list of suburbs that are within 5 kilometres from the city centre of Perth. From these suburbs below, the distance to campus is 0.5–5 kilometres. Suburbs are either within short walking distance or at most 15–20 minutes travel by train, bus or ferry. However, accommodation in these suburbs can be expensive, but most private hostels and student apartment complexes are located in these areas.
Bentley South (6102)
Shenton Park (6008)
Kings Park (6005)
South Perth (6151)
Subiaco East (6008)
East Perth (6004)
Victoria Park (6100)
Mount Hawthorn (6016)
Mount Lawley (6050)
West Leederville (6007)
North Perth (6006)
West Perth (6005)
As well as those suburbs listed in the chart above, the suburbs below are located within 10 kilometres of Perth 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.
Alfred Cove (6154)
City Beach (6015)
|Salter Point (6152)|
|St James (6102)|
Mount Claremont (6010)
Mount Pleasant (6153)
|Tuart Hill (6060)|
East Victoria Park (6101)
Osborne Park (6017)
Peppermint Grove (6011)
Carlisle North (6101)
Carlisle South (6101)
Links to Accommodation Options
- Perth has a large selection of hostels. For further information.
- Australian Homestay Network
Tel:1300 697 829
Other Useful Links:
The Residential Tenancies Authority aims to inform and educate tenants about their rights. They provide advice and assistance for tenants of private and public residential properties, and residents of rooming houses in Western Australia.