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Accommodation Options

There are many different types of accommodation available, so you should be able to find something that suits your needs. Most accommodation, except home stay, does not include electrical items, furniture, and bedding or kitchen utensils. Cheap household goods are available from second-hand retail outlets or are advertised for private sale in newspapers or on institution noticeboards, but you may wish to bring some of your own basic items.

Temporary accommodation can be arranged for you before you leave home so that when you arrive you have some time to consider your long-term options.

Finding the right accommodation is one of the biggest challenges facing a new international student, and finding a place in your price range can be even harder. It is extremely important that you factor the cost of housing into your budget before you come to Australia, and have access to funds that will cover rent expenses. Keep an eye on websites like, and which list accommodation for rent. This should give you a good idea of the type of accommodation that is available to a person with your budget. Another good tip is to get references from people you may already have rented accommodation from at home. Providing copies of these references to a real estate agent when you apply for a property can show them that you have a proven record of being a good tenant. You should also be prepared to provide them with evidence that you have enough money to pay for your accommodation, for example with a bank account statement.

Consumer Affairs Victoria has information on your rights and responsibilities when renting a house or apartment in Victoria.