Melbourne - this extraordinary city is the capital of Victoria and home to over 4 million people. In 2015 the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training reported that 175,000 international students studied in Victoria and this number is growing every year. All of these students need a place to call home whether temporary or more permanent.
When you arrive in Melbourne one of the first things you’re going to need is a place to stay. Secure, comfortable and plenty of study space aren’t always easy to find especially if you are new to the city. Here we’ve listed just some of the services and options for you to find accommodation in Melbourne.
Find a Beginning
There are many options for you when you arrive here, and one of the best is Youth Hostels Association - Australia. You don’t need to register but if you do, you can save more money on accommodation. There are two YHA Australia locations in Melbourne. Staying at YHA will give you your first base to start looking for more permanent accommodation.
More out more on YHA Australia HERE
Find a Flatmate
Flatmates.com.au is a share site that hosts thousands of different housing options. The site is filtered by room type, gender and ‘team ups’ (where you find a group of people and then look for a house together. The terms and conditions of these properties will lie with the agreement between landlord and tenant but this is a great site for finding a room or a roomie.
More out more on Flatmates HERE
Find a Flat
Yarra House is our on-campus accommodation situated at Yarra Bend Road Fairfield right up against the beautiful Yarra river. From a single room with shared facilities to deluxe rooms with your own bathroom. The site is not just for students studying at Fairfield campus and provides a peaceful and convenient base to get across Melbourne.
More out more on Yarra House HERE
Find a Network
Student Housing Australia (SHA) manages over 2,500 purpose-built student properties across Melbourne. A great network, they ensure that local and international students are given quality and affordable accommodation close to their place of study. SHA's philosophy is based on Quality, Security, Affordability, Community & Support. “SHA ensures that all students are protected by operating under the relevant residential tenancies act in each state.” That's GOOD news.
Find out more about Student Housing Association HERE
Find a Family
The service ‘Homestay Plus’ matches you with a family who has registered to host international students. Homestay Plus makes every effort to select honest and genuine host families and every home is regularly inspected, students take surveys to make sure that the hosts are maintaining the accommodation guidelines. Brilliant! Working With Children Check or Police Check are conducted on every family member over 18 years old living in the premises occupied by international students.
Find out more about Homestay Plus HERE
Although we encourage you to make the most of your time here and connect with as many people as you can, some students wish to find their own accommodation through messaging boards, social media resources and local media outlets. Without concerning you, it's good practice to:
- Do as many safety checks as you can
- Keep in contact with your classmates and family
- Make sure you have emergency numbers in your phone and report any unusual behaviour to the police.
- Have fun in Melbourne!
Here's some more resources for Melbourne accommodation and assistance:
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