Not interested in student accommodation? There are plenty of other options to choose from around the campus you’re studying at.


Get a taste of family life on a homestay. Homestays are an ideal short-term option for students who are travelling from overseas or interstate. Settle in to 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.

Find out more at 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

  1. Inspect the place before you pay any money (and take photos of any damage).
  2. Read the contract before you sign it.
  3. Your agent/lessor lodges your rental bond with the RTA (Residential Tenancies Authority)
  4. You’ll need an Australian bank account to get your bond back
  5. Pay your rent on time and get receipts
  6. Keep the place clean, tidy and undamaged
  7. Keep to the terms of your contract
  8. Make sure you know your rights and responsibilities

Finding a rental

Some useful websites to find rental properties are;

Need more advice?

You can contact the ACU Rental Advisory Service for more support and advice when approaching the private rental market.

Contact us

Each state or territory has a tenancy body that supports and protects renters and that provides information about your rights and responsibilities as a renters. There are also places to go if you need to resolve a rental dispute.

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