It’s great to be able to have freedom and independence by choosing where you want to live while you study. That’s why the Rental Advisory Service wants to help you.
Get a taste of family life in Australia. Homestays are an ideal short-term option for students who are travelling from overseas or interstate. Settle into a new city with the help of a local family. Fees cover everything you need to be comfortable in your new home – including rent, furniture, utilities and even some meals.
We encourage international students to consider a homestays option while looking for a long-term accommodation onshore.
Find out more about the Australian Homestay Network
If you prefer more independence, renting on your own or sharing with others is a great choice. It’s important to remember that furniture, utilities (water, electricity, gas) and food are usually not included in rental fees. Try to choose reputable real estate agents and ensure that you read all the documents provided to you carefully.
Tips for renting
- Inspect the place before you pay any money (and take photos of any damage).
- Read the contract before you sign it.
- Your agent/lessor lodges your rental bond with the RTA (Residential Tenancies Authority).
- Complete the conditional report once moved in and return it back to your agent/lessor.
- You’ll need an Australian bank account to get your bond back.
- Pay your rent on time and get receipts.
- Keep the place clean, tidy and undamaged.
- Keep to the terms of your contract.
- Make sure you know your rights and responsibilities.
Finding a rental
Some useful websites to find rental properties are: