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Arrange Accommodation

Overview

There is a wide range of student accommodation providers near UNSW and in Sydney.

In order to secure accommodation, we recommend you make applications with accommodation providers as soon as possible - accommodation is in high demand and it can take a few weeks to organise.

Below are some accommodation providers that our students have chosen to live at.

Applications for accommodation should be made directly with the accommodation provider.

Students under 18

If you are under 18 years of age you will need to stay at an approved accommodation location. Please see “Under 18 Accommodation” tab above for more information and locations.

You must book and pay for your accommodation and submit an Enrolled Students Under 18 Care Arrangement Form at least 4 weeks before the start of your course.

To find out what accommodation best suits you, try our quiz.
Under 18 Accommodation Quiz

If you are over 18, try our quiz.
Over 18 Accommodation Quiz

Apartment style Student Accommodation

The below accommodation is specifically designed for students and offers a range of room types, including twin share, shared apartments, en-suite bathrooms and studios. Utilities such as water and electricity costs are generally included in your total rent price at these locations.

At student residence style buildings below you will find many benefits such as, friendly environment, opportunity to meet other students, conducive study areas, chance to practice your English, 24 hour security, WiFi, water / gas / electric bills included in your weekly rate and always close to restaurants and cafes.

This type of accommodation is perfect for students who want to make friends with other students and want an introduction to independent living, whilst benefitting from onsite security and residential advisors.

Some UNSW Accommodation offers meals. All other accommodation below is self-catered, so students can cook for themselves.

  Price per week Distance from UNSW (Approx.) Vacancy for C Plus Program commencing on 29 August 2018 Vacancy 2018 programs**
Unilodge@UNSW
Available to all students. Priority given to under 18 year olds
From $414 10 minutes, walk Very Limited Limited, make an enquiry
UNSW Accommodation
Students over 18 ONLY
Various options On Campus Very Limited, make an enquiry Very Limited, make an enquiry
Urbanest Darling Square
ALL Students
From $369 31 minutes, bus Yes, but limited Limited, make an enquiry
Urbanest Darling House
ALL Students
Fully catered
From $560 31 minutes, bus Limited Limited, make an enquiry
Scape
ALL Students
From $419 35 minutes train + bus Limited Limited, make an enquiry
Iglu Broadway***
Students over 18 ONLY
From $456 30 minutes, bus + walk Limited Limited, make an enquiry
Iglu Central***
Students over 18 ONLY
From $429 25 minutes, bus + walk Fully booked Limited, make an enquiry
Iglu Central Park***
Students over 18 ONLY
From $365 35 minutes, bus + walk Full booked Limited, make an enquiry

Notes

** Please note that there may not be availability for all programs.

*** UNSW Global does not have any formal arrangement with this accommodation.

For more information please contact our Student Support and Accommodation Officer by filling the Enquiry Form

Unilodge@UNSW

Accomodation

Unilodge@UNSW is an excellent accommodation choice, and is suitable for students under 18 years of age as well as students over 18.

You have a choice of studios or shared multi-bedroom apartments, some with ensuite bathrooms and balconies. All rooms are modern, fully furnished, secure and connected to the internet.

Ten Reasons to choose UniLodge

  1. 24-hour security with secure swipe card locks and security cameras
  2. Great location, only 10 mins walk from UNSW, close to shops and restaurants
  3. Unlimited data usage - Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) in every bedroom
  4. Accomodation
  5. Air-conditioning
  6. Individual bedrooms with en-suite bathroom options
  7. Excellent student support with live-in Residential Advisors and Manager
  8. Organised student activities
  9. Cleaning services each fortnight
  10. Public transport at the door to get you to the city and the beach
  11. Close relationship with UNSW Global to support student life

What our students and parents say

Accomodation

“As parents who were living away from our son, we were grateful that UniLodge had regulations, as it put our minds at peace knowing our son was in the right hands.” Wenny, parent, Indonesia

“I think UniLodge is the best place to live in, especially for under-18-year-old international students like me. It might be the best decision I’ve ever made!” Barney, student, Hong Kong

For more information go to the Unilodge@UNSW website

Students under 18

You must book and pay for your accommodation and submit an Enrolled Students Under 18 Care Arrangement Form at least 4 weeks before the start of your course.

For more information please contact our Student Support and Accommodation Officer by filling the Enquiry Form

Homestay

Homestay is where you live in and experience an Australian home. Homestay provides an opportunity to practice your English, make Australian friends and experience a different way of life in a family environment.

Applications must be made directly to the Homestay agencies. When you have applied to the Homestay agency you will be invoiced for the placement/administration fee and several weeks' accommodation in advance. You will then be matched with a homestay host. Homestay is available for both under 18 and over 18 students.

Students under 18

You must book and pay for your accommodation and submit an Enrolled Students Under 18 Care Arrangement Form at least 4 weeks before the start of your course.

Only the following homestay agencies are approved for our under 18 year old students’ placements:

  Suitable for which type of student Price per week* Vacancy for 2018 programs** Homestay contact details
Auzzie Families All students $335* Yes, make an enquiry Auzzie Families Homestay Care
PO Box 1219, Eastwood NSW 2122 Australia
T: 61 2 8904 4700
E: info@auzziefamilies.com
www.auzziefamilies.com
Oz Homestay All students $330* Yes, make an enquiry OZ Homestay
PO Box 416, Sydney Markets NSW 2129
Australia
T: 61 2 9325 6988
E: info@ozhomestay.com.au
www.ozhomestay.com.au
Homestay Network All students $330* Yes, make an enquiry Homestay Network
Suite 2, 7 Sefton Road
Thornleigh NSW 2120
T: 61 2 9412 3100
E: placements@homestaynetwork.com.au
www.homestaynetwork.com.au
Global Experience All students $330* Yes, make an enquiry Global Experience
Level 1, 141 York Street, Sydney NSW 2000
T: 61 2 9264 4022
E:enquiry@globalexperience.com.au
www.globalexperience.com.au
Study Vision All students $330* Yes, make an enquiry Study Vision
Suite 301, 414 Gardeners Rd, Rosebery NSW 2018 Australia
T: 1800 HOMESTAY (1800 466 378)
E:info@studyvision.com.au
www.studyvision.com.au
Australian Homestay Network All students $340* Yes, make an enquiry Australian Homestay Network
Office 508, 616 Harris St Ultimo NSW 2007
T: 61 3 9264 0470
E: info@homestaynetwork.org
www.homestaynetwork.org

Notes

* The price quoted is the rate for students under the age of 18. Weekly fees may be higher for under 18 year old students as the host families take on additional responsibilities when students are under the age of 18. Homestays have additional fees, including Administration and Placement fees. Check the homestay agency's website for more information.

For more information please contact our Student Support and Accommodation Officer by filling the Enquiry Form

UNSW Accommodation

Accomodation

UNSW Accommodation provides on-campus and off-campus student accommodation for students 18 years of age or over. Please note that availability is limited and contracts may be for fixed dates and an acceptance interview maybe required.

UNSW Accommodation is more than just a place to live. It provides a home - as supportive, safe and secure as a true home should be. More than this, it provides a community lifestyle that encourages the new friendships and experiences that are essential to a fulfilling University life.

There are different types of accommodation

UNSW Colleges

There are fully-catered, part-catered and self-catered options. Colleges offer a unique experience for undergraduate students, by combining a strong support network delivered through an established residential care program as well as academic mentoring.

UNSW Apartments

Located either on-campus or off-campus, UNSW student apartments are designed for independent living, including couples and families with children.

UNSW affiliated accommodation

A number of other accommodation providers around campus provide student accommodation, and have services to enhance community and student life.

For more information and to make an application please visit UNSW Accommodation.

For more information please contact our Student Support and Accommodation Officer by filling the Enquiry Form

Other options

Off-Campus Student Accommodation

There are a number of Student Accommodation providers in Sydney. These buildings are specifically set up for students to ensure you have a great student environment. You not only have the opportunity to meet many new friends at these locations but you will also find areas for both study and relaxation to ensure you have the best study life and social life balance. These properties generally have an "all-inclusive rate" which covers utilities (water, gas, electricity) and internet costs. Student Accommodation providers we recommend are:

Share house and private rental

Many students rent accommodation off-campus, often with other students. If you think that you want to rent accommodation in the private rental market, think about how what type of housing you want to live in, how many people you want to live with and how much you want to pay each week. When you know what you are looking for, you can start looking for places.

Once you have found somewhere you like, you will usually need to pay 2 weeks rent in advance and a bond (normally the amount of 4 weeks' rent). You will get your bond back when your tenancy agreement or contract ends, assuming you do not owe your landlord money. You should make sure you get receipts for your rent and bond.

Note: Remember in addition to your weekly rent you will be required to pay for such things as water, electricity, gas and internet. It is not like a Student Accommodation residence where these things are included in your weekly rent rate.

A good place to start looking is:

TIPS for searching for Private / Shared Accommodation:

You should always take care and be aware of the following when booking accommodation:

  • Use Official websites
  • Avoid non-regulated sites such as WeChat, Facebook or Gumtree
  • Keep accurate records such as:
    • payment receipts
    • landlord’s full name, contact number and email address
    • company name, address and contact number
  • Keep payment receipts
  • Keep Landlords real name and email address
  • Obtain correct company name, address and contact number
  • Never give anyone any money for a property you haven’t inspected (inside and out)
  • There are laws that protect you as a tenant in NSW
  • It’s good to take a friend to inspect a property
  • Beware of scams. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Make sure you sign a Share Housing Agreement or the Standard Residential Tenancy Agreement issued by NSW Fair Trading
  • Take time to consider different suburbs as prices, size and quality vary with location. Review this helpful suburb overview map
  • Being close to public transport is very helpful in Sydney
  • Make sure you understand the tenancy agreement before you sign

Disclaimer: Off-campus accommodation is a privately owned and is not controlled by UNSW Global. Links to other website are provided for convenience and do not constitute endorsement.

It is important to understand your tenancy rights and responsibilities before you rent a room or a property. The Tenants’ Union NSW has a number of factsheets to help you. Information is available in many languages.

For more information please contact our Student Support and Accommodation Officer by filling the Enquiry Form

Under 18 Accommodation

If you are an Under 18 year old international student when you start studying with us, and you want to be part of our Under 18 Care Program where we issue a Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW), you must stay in approved accommodation.

UNSW Global has approved the following accommodation as suitable for you:

When we assess accommodation for approval we look at factors including safety, student support and location. UNSW Global has close working relationships with our approved accommodation providers.

All under 18 students are required to book and pay for their accommodation and send us a completed Enrolled Students Under 18 Care Arrangement Form at least 4 weeks before the start of your course.

When we are confident that your accommodation is suitable, we are able to approve your care arrangements.

As part of the Under 18 Care Program, you will have scheduled interviews with Student Advisors to assist you with your life as a student, both inside and outside the classroom. An additional fee is charged for the Under 18 Care Program. Please see Arrange Under 18 Care for details.

For more information, please contact our Student Support and Accommodation Officer by filling the Enquiry Form