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There are a number of accommodation options available for students to choose from regarding accommodation in Melbourne and Geelong. Sharing accommodation is very popular with international students. You should look for advertisements on campus noticeboards and local newspapers. When renting a house, apartment or bed sitter, landlords require rent to be paid in advance, and will require a security bond equal to one months’ rent.

Share House

The most popular type of off-campus accommodation is sharing a house or unit with other students. Students do their own cooking and share the cost of household expenses. The cost for a single room is approximately A$75-A$150 per week. Living expenses including food, water and electricity are additional to this. Most share houses are unfurnished.

Townhouses and Home Units

Are generally larger than flats and contain two to three bedrooms. They are particularly suitable for families and often have a small garden area. They range in price from A$250 - A$400 per week


Consist of a lounge and/or dining room, bathroom, toilet, kitchen, laundry and two to four bedrooms. If you are planning to rent a whole house, you should be prepared to pay somewhere in the vicinity of A$300 - A$500 per week (approx A$75 - A$125 per bedroom). Please note that most houses for rent will be unfurnished so you will have to allow for purchase of furniture. The front and backyard maintenance is usually the responsibility of the tenant.

Hostels and Guest Houses

Hostels are usually run by organizations such as Youth Hostels Australia and the YMCA, students share kitchen and bathroom facilities. They range in price from A$80-150 per week.

Carlton Hotel

Geelong has an arrangement with “Carlton Hotel” (a prominent residential property in Geelong city) to provide accommodation to its international students. The accommodation provided at Carlton is self-contained with 1-2 bedroom units. The residences are all within easy access of the campus. All units are self-catering with students being responsible for food, cooking and cleaning. The student residences are educationally oriented and provide great opportunities for academic and personal growth of students. All residences are fully supervised by residential staff.

Consumer Affairs Victoria

Consumer Affairs Victoria has information on your rights and responsibilities when renting a home in Victoria. They can also help if you have a complaint or problem with your landlord. Go to the Consumer Affairs Victoria website or call 1300 55 81 81 for advice or more information.

Accommodation Websites

The Melbourne LJ Hooker office is staffed with licensed and knowledgeable rental professionals who can personally assist you.

If you need ATMC to arrange for Temporary or Permanent student accommodation, please email the request to ATMC at