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Frequently Asked Questions

What is ACU Student Accommodation-Sydney?

This is a residence run and managed by the Australian Catholic University (ACU). Built in a historic factory/warehouse style building all of the rooms have a stunning and unique design.

Where is the accommodation located?

The accommodation is located at 43 Australia Street, Camperdown.

Camperdown is centrally located close to suburbs such as Newtown with funky cafes, a cinema and grocery or shopping outlets. The residence is also directly across the road from Camperdown Oval with plenty of green space to enjoy the sun, play a game of footy, book in to the tennis or basketball courts for a game or exercise daily on the outdoor gym. Camperdown is located centrally between both the ACU Sydney campuses (North Sydney and Strathfield) with easy access for students from either campus.

What types of rooms are on offer? What are their size variations?

Room options are 4-5 bedroom multi share apartments, single studios or premium studios.

Room sizes vary throughout the building; however, typical room sizes are as follows:


  • Typical Studios (incl. ensuite) – 18.5m2
  • Large Studios (incl. ensuite) – 30.2m2


  • The 4-bed apartments are about 80 m2
  • The 5-bed apartments are about 90 m2
  • These measurements include all bedrooms, living, kitchens, dining areas and bathrooms. Each bedroom is around 9m2

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Is there an application fee?

Yes, there is a non-refundable fee of $75 for all applications.

What are the contract lengths?

The standard lease lengths at ACU Student Accommodation - Sydney are 52 week (this is the only option for NRAS), 40 week with a key back option over university break times available. All leases in 2016 will start prior to or on February 15.

What does my rent include?

A fully furnished room, utilities (Electricity, Gas & Water), 5GB* of Wi-Fi data per month, onsite facilities** and common areas (games room, social room, study spaces and courtyard), 24/7 onsite support, community event calendar including social, academic and chaplaincy activities** are all included.

* Wi-Fi data allowances can be increased at an extra cost to occupant
** Some onsite facilities such as GoGet Cars, vending machines & Laundry ($1 coins only) will incur extra expense
*** Some community activities will incur extra expenses

What does my rent exclude?

Food, transport and cleaning are all at extra costs.

What is an NRAS room?

The National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS or the Scheme) is a long term commitment by the Australian Government in partnership with the States and Territories, to invest in affordable rental housing.

There are 50 NRAS approved Studio Dwellings at ACU Student Accommodation – Sydney. All students, domestic and international can apply for NRAS rooms if they fit the below eligibility criteria;

  • Household gross annual income must not have exceeded AU $47,289 during the past 12 months.
  • Household gross annual income must not exceed AU $59,111 during the rental period.

Find out more about NRAS visit the Department of Social Services website.

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Can I receive financial support?

The Australian Government Department of Human Services provide income support payments like Austudy, ABSTUDY and Youth Allowance to eligible people who are studying full time.

Austudy provides financial help to full time students aged 25 or over.

ABSTUDY provides help with costs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Youth Allowance provides financial help for young people who are studying full time.

The Government recently announced that if you need to live away from your parents' home to study, train or look for work, you may be eligible for additional support for the living away from home rate of Youth Allowance.

Further information on Austudy, ABSTUDY and Youth Allowance is available from The Australian Government Department of Human Services.

Is there a bond?

Yes, a bond to the value of four (4) weeks rent must be paid before moving along with two (2) weeks rent.

How is rent paid?

Rent is paid fortnightly in advance by direct debit from a nominated Australian bank account.  If you are prepared to pay a full year or half year in advance, this can be done online by credit card.  These are the only payment options.

In the share apartments can I make special requests to share with certain flat mates?

Yes, please advise the residential manager of your preferences. We cannot honour all such requests and reserve the right to make the final decision on rooming arrangements both at application and throughout the year, for the welfare of all students in the community.

Can my partner live with me?

No. The rooms are single occupancy rooms.

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What does it mean by fully furnished rooms?

Each room contains a bed with mattress protector, large study desk and chair, storage space and small closet. Each individual room in the multi-share apartments has the above mentioned furnishings; the communal area has two lounge seats, dining area, kitchen with stove top, microwave, large fridge and two share bathrooms. Single studios have a small dining area and kitchenette with stove top, microwave and Fridge and ensuite.

The rooms will be equipped with a number of standard kitchen appliances (Toaster, Kettle) and utensils (pans, bowls, plates, cups, and cutlery) along with a pillow, blanket and sheet set.

Do you have any tips on what I need to bring?

Students may wish to bring extra linen, toiletries and any other personal items they may need for their stay.

How do I apply for a room?

You will need to register your details in the ACU Housing Portal and then complete the application form within this site. Applications are accepted online, through our application portal and you will be notified once your application has been received and reviewed.

How do I reserve a room?

The first step is to fill in an application form. When you are offered a place you will be required to confirm your acceptance within the timeframe detailed in your offer letter, including the advance payment equal to four weeks rent. Once this is received we will confirm your place.

Are priorities given to particular students?

If demand exceeds supply, ACU international and ACU regional students will have priority over local students. Other policies may be implemented at the discretion of the University.

I am thinking of coming to ACU as an exchange student, will I be guaranteed a room at the residence?

There are a small number of rooms which are held by ACU International each semester especially for incoming exchange and study abroad students. We suggest that you liaise directly with the International office, who in turn will advise you of the deadlines that apply.

If you have any concerns, don't hesitate to contact us directly: studentaccommodation.nsw@acu.edu.au or 02 9739 2676.

What is the best way to get around from the accommodation?

Public transport is only a short walk from the accommodation, 5 mins to buses on Parramatta Rd and 10 – 15 minutes’ walk to Newtown station. The accommodation is home to two GoGet cars which students can hire for use as they need. There are 30 bikes for hire which are kept in the basement.

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What does the local area offer to residents?

Located only a short walk from Newtown and easy access to the city and central station, the accommodations location allows students to easily get anywhere in Sydney or out to country NSW.

Newtown offers you a range of eateries and cafes close by. Dendy’s cinema, Enmore theatre, grocery stores, boutique clothing, book and other speciality stores are scattered along King St.

Broadway shopping centre is also close by (30-35 min walk, 10-15 min bike ride, 8-20 min bus ride). Stores include: Hoyts Cinema, Coles, food court, fashion, beauty and Apple store.

Sydney city centre also has great facilities and places to visit. Town hall – 10 minutes on train from Newtown has the Queen Victoria Building, Pitt Street Mall close by and is only a short walk to Darling harbour (IMAX Theatre, King St Wharf, Harbourside Shopping Centre), Circular Quay – 20 min (Via Wynyard Station) brings you to one of Sydney’s historic areas, the Rocks and the Opera House with great eateries and small boutique shopping spots.

What is security like in the building?

As would be expected in inner city living the building utilises sophisticated access control systems which include electronic access to the building itself as well as each of the apartments. CCTV will monitor the main entry points to the building and 24/7 onsite ACU staff for your assistance as needed. We're working to assist our residents to be very safe and secure, so that you can focus on learning, joining community events and making new friends. We all share a responsibility for security and residents will need to do their part to keep the building secure.

Should I bring my car/motorbike/scooter?

No, we strongly recommend that you don't. Public transport is plentiful and often more efficient than getting stuck in heavy traffic.
Parking is not available at the residence and free parking in the local area is severely limited.
A cost effective GoGet car hire scheme will operate from the residence.
Please give serious consideration to not bringing your car, motorbike or scooter.

Is there somewhere to store my bicycle?

Yes, we have plenty of bike racks. If you don't have a bike you can borrow one of ours from the bike share program.

Will there be on-site social programs?

Yes. Working with the RA’s and other members of the community the residence will put on a number of onsite and offsite activities and outings for you to participate in at your choosing. Activities from Pancake and soup nights, sporting games, to joining into local community events like the Newtown festival or beach trips and surf lessons will all be on offer to you.  The ACU Campus Ministry team will provide support onsite running small groups, Jam sessions and assist with the running of masses held at the residence.

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Why Miguel Cordero Residence?

ACU Student Accommodation – Sydney is officially named Miguel Cordero Residence after Saint Miguel Febres Cordero of Ecuador. Influenced by the Catholic social teaching of care for the common good, the dignity of the human person and socialisation the residence aim is to provide support and guidance for those who reside within. The residence is not just a place to eat and sleep but a community – providing the true university experience to its residents.

Is there a meal plan I can buy?

No, this is a self-catered residence. The studio rooms have a kitchenette; the multi-share rooms have a shared kitchen/dining area. We will have regular meal nights for the community and with interest wish to run cooking classes and recipe swaps.

Will wireless internet be available?

Yes, wireless internet will be provided throughout the building - 5GB included per month. Please visit the front desk if you wish to pay more and increase your monthly data allowance.

Are pets allowed?

Permission may be given to have fish and Certified service animals (such as guide dogs) required by students will be permitted. Please contact the residential team via studentaccommodation.nsw@acu.edu.au to enquire further.

Can I smoke in the apartments?

No. There is strictly no smoking in the apartments.

My question isn't listed

Please feel free to submit your question via the contact us form.

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