Get help with any accommodation-related matters including moving interstate, finding safe and legitimate accommodation, moving out of home for the first time, tips and tricks to succeed as a renter, ways to avoid sleeping rough, and other tenancy issues with the ACU Rental Advisory Service.
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.
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:
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We know moving to a new city or country can be a little scary. There’s so much to get your head around. And finding somewhere to live is one of the most important. We know it can be overwhelming – but ACU’s Rental Advisory Service is here to help.
Living away from home for the first time can be exciting, but sometimes things don’t go according to plan. Knowing your rights as a tenant will help you move forward and resolve issues quickly and fairly. ACU’s Rental Advisory Service can assist you to make a step by step plan, to solve any disagreements, you might be experiencing while you’re renting.
We know living with housemates can be fun and it’s a great way to meet friends in a new city or country. The Rental Advisory Service can provide you with some tips and tricks that will not only make you a champion housemate, but will also allow you to focus on your studies and enjoy uni life.
Each state in Australia has different rental regulations, so we compiled state-based resources for your reference.
Did you know that we provide a variety of other services that can help support you while you’re studying at ACU?
Student Advocacy Service
The Student Advocacy Service is part of Student Support Services and is free and confidential. Available to all current ACU students, this service helps students to navigate ACU policy and procedure with confidence.