Private rental market and sharehouses

It's easy to build a life around the University of Melbourne.

Surrounding our city campuses you will find a network of private accommodation providers, hostels and share houses. Whether you want the fully catered option or you want to lead a fully independent life, there are different options to suit your needs.

With a thriving arts and foodie scene, the inner city is a cluster of exciting communities connected by public transport and bike paths. You can spend time in the famous cobblestone lanes, at world-class theatre productions or at sporting events. There are trams you can catch to every corner of the city, and an extensive public transport network will take you to our suburban and regional towns.

Choosing the right suburb

Every Melbourne suburb has a different flavour, from the quirky bars and always open noodle shops of the CBD to the famous falafel houses of Coburg. So it's really just a matter of finding the place that's right for you.

Living close to our Parkville campus

For local students, the University of Melbourne's Parkville campus is a commuter campus. The majority of local students take advantage of our extensive public transport system and commute each day from the family home in the suburbs. Rural, interstate and international students tend to choose options closer to campus. This has resulted in a strong student culture developing around the northern edge of the city. Living close to our Parkville campus has its benefits - you can access a range of sporting facilities, study zones, outdoor spaces, cafes and more. Hang with your friends, catch up on study, relax and have fun.

Our city campuses


Our Parkville campus is a city within a city - it even has its own postcode.

Spread across a mix of historic sandstone buildings and state of the art facilities, you can enjoy:

  • cafes
  • 12 libraries
  • gyms
  • specialty stores
  • a small supermarket
  • seasonal farmers market.

The campus is also situated within a renowned knowledge precinct, which includes eight hospitals, many leading research institutes and a wide range of knowledge-based industries.

University Accommodation offers housing close to the Parkville campus to students.

Find out more about University Accommodation


At our Southbank campus, you'll find the University's acclaimed music and visual and performing arts faculty. Our Southbank campus is set against the city's lively creative arts precinct - which itself is in the centre of Australia's cultural capital.

Facilities are purpose built for the creative arts and feature:

  • sound and dance stages
  • animation studios
  • cinemas and visual arts studios.

This campus sits alongside the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Theatre Company, Melbourne Recital Centre, the Australian Ballet, Chunky Move dance company, the Arts Centre and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

Our suburban and regional campuses

If you're staying at our Werribee, Burnley, Creswick, Dookie and Shepparton campuses, you'll also experience a unique atmosphere and experience that each campus and region offers.

Find out about our regional campuses

Finding private rentals

You can find a range of private rental and share house accommodation types through several private accommodation search websites.

Private accommodation search websites

You can also find private rental and share house accommodation through the following websites.

Note: The following companies listed are independent, private businesses and are not owned or operated by the University of Melbourne.

It is your responsibility to make sure your private accommodation suits your needs. Any rental agreement or arrangement you enter into is strictly between you and the private accommodation provider. Each provider will have their own application process. You'll need to contact them to find out how to apply.

Also ensure you know your tenancy rights before signing a rental agreement.