Applications

If you are enrolled in a tertiary institution in Australia and are over 18 years old, you’re eligible to apply for a place at ACU student accommodation. While the majority of our residents study at ACU, we also accommodate students from other institutions, including Notre Dame, UTS, and University of Sydney.

The application form is available online. To submit your application, a $75 non-refundable application fee is required. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

It is best to secure student accommodation as early as possible. If you apply before you receive an offer, you are still able to proceed with a lease and secure your place. If you do not gain admission to ACU, we are able to cancel the rental agreement and refund the bond.

You will be contacted within a week of submitting your application. If you are offered a place, you will be emailed an acceptance letter and sub-lease to complete. Your place will be confirmed once documentation has been completed and submitted, and a bond equivalent to four weeks of rent has been processed.

There is no closing date for applications. You can enter ACU accommodation at any time during the year if there are spaces available, however, we do recommend submitting applications early as spaces are limited.

Accommodation

MCR has four and five-bedroom multi-share apartments, private studio apartments, and premium studio apartments. 

Multi-share apartments

  • Multi-share apartments consist of four or five bedrooms, adjacent to a shared kitchen, lounge area and two bathrooms.
  • Individual rooms in multi-share apartments are fully furnished with a desk, desk chair, lamp, and king single bed. They are also equipped with built-in shelves and a closet.
  • Individual rooms lock automatically, but can easily be configured with your unique swipe card to be left unlocked, depending on your preference.
  • The shared kitchen is equipped with a large fridge, four-burner induction stovetop and microwave. An oven is available for students to use in a common area kitchen.
  • The shared lounge room includes a dining table and chairs, and two large lounges. Each bathroom includes a shower, toilet, and basin.
  • The typical size of an individual room in a multi-share apartment is 9m². The typical size of a multishare apartment, including bedrooms, lounge area, kitchen, dining areas and bathrooms, is 80m² for a four-bedroom multi-share and 90m² for a five-bedroom multi-share.

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Studio apartments

  • Studio apartments consist of an open-plan room with a kitchen and ensuite bathroom.
  • Studio apartments are fully furnished with a desk, desk chair, lamp, dining table and chairs, and a king single bed. They are also equipped with built-in shelves and a closet.
  • The kitchen includes a medium-sized fridge, two burner electric stovetop and microwave. An oven is available for students to use in a common area kitchen. All studio kitchens are equipped with a toaster and a kettle.
  • The ensuite bathroom includes a shower, toilet and basin.
  • The typical size of a studio apartment is 18.5m² (including an ensuite).

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Premium studio apartments

  • Premium studio apartments consist of an open-plan room with a kitchen and ensuite bathroom.
  • Premium studios are wheelchair accessible, and MCR has lifts connecting all levels of the property. If you have any questions regarding accessibility, please contact staff.
  • Premium studio apartments are fully furnished with a desk, desk chair, lamp, dining table and chairs, and a queen bed. They are also equipped with built-in shelves and a closet.
  • The kitchen includes a medium-sized fridge, two burner electric stovetop and microwave. An oven is available for students to use in a common area kitchen. All studio kitchens are equipped with a toaster and kettle, as well as cutlery, crockery, utensils, chopping board, a saucepan, and a frying pan.
  • The large ensuite bathroom includes a shower, toilet, and basin.
  • The typical size of a premium studio is 30.2m² (including ensuite).

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Our premium studio apartments at MCR are accessible rooms suitable for students that require wheelchair access. MCR has lifts connecting all levels of the property. As we have limited premium studio apartments, it is best to apply early to secure a room.

If you have any questions regarding accessibility or any special needs, please contact staff.

MCR has several common areas available to students.

  • On the ground floor of MCR we have a large communal space, The Hall, which plays host to various events at MCR, including dinners, academic skills sessions and Pilates classes. The Hall is also equipped with a projector, which is often used for movie nights and special events, and can be used by students to practice presentations.
  • There is a library on level one with a small collection of books, couches, and several computers
  • Across from the library are four private study rooms, which are available for group and individual study.
  • At the centre of level two is a two-storey high atrium area, providing an open, sunny area for students to relax and socialise in with Adirondack chairs and beanbags.
  • Adjacent to the atrium is the games room, which is equipped with a television, Play Station, foosball table, ping pong table, and a pool table.
  • Also adjacent to the atrium is the TV room, featuring a kitchenette, casual dining area, and a TV and lounge area.
    On a balcony off the atrium, you’ll find a barbecue area available for use by students.

Our Residential Life Program engages students from diverse backgrounds with equally diverse aspirations and support needs. To help you make friendships and enjoy everything university life has to offer, our dedicated team of staff and residential advisors run a comprehensive program of academic, social, health, sport, wellbeing, spiritual, cultural, and community events.

Getting involved in our Residential Life Program will help you meet new people and have a great time, however, our residents are free to participate in as many events as they wish.

RAs are recruited from students within MCR. Our RAs represent our diverse community and we encourage international and exchange students to apply for positions. RAs are chosen for their leadership skills, community participation and demonstrated commitment to improving student life at MCR.

We recruit RAs in October for the following year, although occasionally we recruit them at other times. To be an eligible candidate, students must be residing at the property for a minimum of two semesters.

Camperdown is a thriving student hub in the heart of Sydney’s trendy inner west. MCR is located across the road from Camperdown Oval and an outdoor gym, and you’ll find several cafes within a two-minute walk.

King Street in Newtown, a twelve-minute walk up Australia Street, is lined with cafes, restaurants, bars, retailers, supermarkets, theatres, and a cinema.

Annandale, an eight-minute walk from MCR, has bustling cafes and independent grocery stores.

Broadway shopping centre is a five-minute bus trip from Parramatta Road. It features several supermarkets, clothing stores, a cinema, and a newly refurbished food court.

MCR is a highly secure building. There is a security door at the building entryway that requires a swipe card to enter. When reception is unattended, there is a second locked security door students must enter to access their rooms.

Multi-share apartment and studio apartment doors automatically lock from the outside and can only be accessed with a valid swipe card. Individual rooms in multi-share apartments also automatically lock from the outside, but can easily be configured with your swipe card to be left unlocked, depending on your preference.

Windows are tinted and have a limited extension preventing access to the building.

Australia Street in Camperdown, where MCR is located, is a quiet, leafy street connecting King Street, Newtown with Parramatta Road, Annandale. The street is very well lit and is in a safe part of the city. There is also a police station and a fire station located on Australia Street.

All staff are First Aid trained, and the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital is a five-minute drive from the property. The property coordinator lives on site.

MCR is close to a range of public transport options.

Newtown train station is a 12- to 15-minute walk from MCR. It has direct trains to Central and Strathfield stations and easily connects you to the Sydney train network.

Parramatta Road is a three- to six-minute walk from MCR (depending on which bus stop you are walking to) and has buses running every few minutes to the city. The bus takes around 10 minutes to get to Central train station.

MCR houses two GoGet cars, which students can hire after signing up with the company. GoGet offer affordable student rates, with no joining fee and an hourly rate of $6.55 (at the time of writing). For more information, head to their website.

MCR also provides 13 bikes that are free for students to use (you must provide your own helmet). Given the central location of MCR, we also have a high density of Uber drivers in our area.

To travel to ACU North Sydney you can catch a bus from Parramatta Road, then alight at Central train station to catch a train direct to North Sydney. You can also walk to Newtown train station, catch a train to Redfern or Central stations, and change trains to a North Sydney service. The campus is a seven- to 10-minute walk from North Sydney train station.

To travel to ACU Strathfield you can catch a bus directly to the campus from Parramatta Road. You can also walk to Newtown train station and catch a train to Strathfield station. The ACU Strathfield Campus operates several free shuttle services from the station to the campus. The wait time is usually less than five minutes during semester. The shuttle takes around 10 minutes to get from the station to the campus. Alternatively, the campus is a 20-minute walk from Strathfield station.

Wi-fi access is available throughout the property. Students have a basic wi-fi package included in their lease, but you can purchase data add-ons and data packs through our provider, BigAir.

Your partner may apply for a separate room in the residence if they are a student, and you may request to live in the same multi-share apartment, but all rooms in the residence are single occupancy only.

Visitors are permitted until 10pm Sunday to Thursday, and until 11pm Friday and Saturday. Visitors are not permitted to stay overnight in the premises.

No pets may be kept or brought into the residence. If you have a support animal, please contact staff to discuss.

Smoking is strictly not allowed inside or around the perimeter of the residence. If you wish to smoke, you will need to cross the street to Camperdown Oval.

MCR is a self-catered accommodation. All students have access to a stovetop and microwave in their apartments, and we have an oven available in a common area.

We have a coin laundry on site. We also have an iron and ironing board available for use.

We do not offer a cleaning service at MCR. Students are able to access mops and vacuum cleaners from the laundry. Apart from these items, students will need to purchase their own cleaning materials.

Cost

Rent is dependent on the length of the contract and the type of room you are interested in. Six-month
contracts must commence in either January or July.

Our 2019 rates are below:

Room 1 semester 2 semesters 6 Months 12 Months
NRAS studio


$350
Multi-share $375 $370 $355 $345
Studio $390 $385 $370 $365
NRAS premium studio


$400
Premium studio


$425

Rental fees are all-inclusive, covering use of electricity, water, and a basic internet package. Students can purchase data add-ons and data packs through our provider, BigAir. Six and twelve month agreements are provided with 80GB of free internet per month.

MCR also runs a number of social or academic events per week during semester (and usually two per week outside of semester), which are mostly free.

To secure your place at MCR a security deposit equivalent to four weeks of rent is required. This payment does not contribute towards rental fees, but it is held for the duration of your rental agreement. In addition, a standard $90 cleaning fee plus two weeks of rental fees are required.

At the end of your rental agreement, the security deposit will be returned to the account from which it was taken. If there are any outstanding fees, or damage or cleaning fees allocated to your account, these will be deducted from the security deposit.

Rental fees are processed fortnightly via direct debit only. For international students, we are able to take credit card payments until you open an Australian bank account. Our payment schedule operates two weeks in advance.

The National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) is a commitment by the Australian Government in partnership with Australian states and territories to provide affordable housing for low-income earners.

To be eligible for the NRAS, your personal income for the last year must not have exceeded $48,527.

To apply, you must complete the necessary forms and provide relevant proof of income documents, including payslips, bank statements, Centrelink statements, or a letter from your parents if you receive financial support.

International students are eligible to apply for the NRAS.

Please contact staff if you have any further questions about NRAS.

MCR offers 50 NRAS studio apartments. NRAS rooms are in high demand and it is best to apply early.

To apply, select an NRAS studio apartment as your first preference on your application. Once we receive your application, we will send you through the necessary documentation. When you have completed the documentation and provided the necessary supporting documents, we will forward your application to an external assessor. NRAS applications are usually processed within a few days.

If you are offered a place in an NRAS studio apartment, you will be emailed an acceptance letter and sub-lease to complete. Your place will be confirmed once documentation has been completed, submitted, and a bond equivalent to four weeks of rent has been processed.

NRAS contracts are strictly 12 months only.

MCR provides 50 regular and premium studio apartments as part of our NRAS allocation. There is no difference between NRAS and non-NRAS apartments and students have the same access to all amenities.

We do offer short stays to students, subject to availability.  Rates are dependent on the length of your stay.

Please contact us if you are interested in a short stay at MCR.

We do accommodate groups of students for short stays, subject to availability. Please contact us if you are interested in a group booking,

Contact Details

Miguel Cordero Residence
43 Australia Street, Camperdown, NSW, 2050
Phone: +61 (0)2 9739 2676

 

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