Getting through to Australia to make your dreams come true, is in itself an achievement for students but there’s so much more to do, like to settle yourself in a foreign land. Finding a decent place to stay can be quite a challenge and also intimidating at times since you’re new to everything, but with proper guidance and support, you can overcome just about any obstacle. Here we’ve simplified it for you!
In a huge country with limitless options for accommodation, it is common for newbies to feel confused, and the major concern always revolves around safety and security. But don’t worry, Australia is a safer place for international students. From homestays to rentals to on-campus accommodations and hostels, there’s a range of accommodation options to choose from. The best you can do is to go with the one that best fits your budget and lifestyle.
Homestay is simply living as a guest with a registered Australian family which is arranged by an agent before your arrival. Basically, during your studies, you will be living as a guest within an Australian household where agents will match you up with a family. For a homestay, you can expect to pay around AUD110-AUD 350 per week depending on the area that you will live in, type of room you choose and the selected meals and utility options. At some households, you can also have the facility of cooking your own meals. Staying in a homestay arrangement can be a rewarding experience as you will get the opportunity to experience family life in Australia, learn Australian culture and live in a family environment. Almost everything is sorted out by an agency, so there’s not much you need to worry about.
Students also have the option to rent a property on their own or share the property with their housemates. These can be houses or apartments which need furnishing and students need to set up the household by themselves or they can also move into an existing household. For students wanting to live independently, rentals will be a great option. From the price perspective, however, sharing the space is a much better option than living alone since it gets really expensive to pay the rent on your own. It also helps you make friends in a new environment and will expose you to the Australian culture. Renting a space alone will cost you an average of AUD$165-$440 per week whereas shared rentals cost about half of that price.
On-Campus accommodation is usually considered a convenient option for international students, especially to students who prefer proximity to the university which saves them all the travel time. Even though living on campus is not the Australian norm, almost all institutions offer on-campus stays and the price varies across universities. If you wanna make some friends, get additional support with your studies, reach classes and return home within a short time and get easy access to health and support services, on-campus housing is the option for you. The costs, however, tend to get higher with meals and different facilities included. Some on-campus accommodations are very expensive so you should be well informed and prepared beforehand in choosing a suitable type of stay.
Hostels are quite popular among students since they are a cheaper temporary option than on-campus housing. It’s a great way to save money if you cannot find a part-time job within the first few months and in the meantime, you’ll be able to familiarize with the completely new environment and housemates. Staying in a hostel will cost you around AUD$90-$150 per week which is a much cheaper option and there’s so much social interaction at the same time. All the facilities provided are shared by 3-4 people and you can also cook for yourself.
When considering these options, it is important that you are well informed about the procedures and costs associated with them. Choosing the one that best fits your personality and budget is recommended. As it is a hassle to change accommodation frequently, you need to take your time, do proper research and choose your housing options wisely.