The University of Melbourne offers study abroad and exchange students a range of accommodation options to suit different personalities, budgets and lifestyles.
Planning for accommodation
|Housing Type||Applications open||Applications close|
|Semester 1||Semester 2||Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Residential Colleges||There are no deadlines for Residential College applications. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible to allow enough time to find suitable accommodation.|
|University Accommodation (Lisa Bellear House, Lincoln House, etc)||September||September||When allocation has been reached|
|Shared housing||There are no deadlines for shared housing: Students are encouraged to arrive several weeks before orientation to allow enough time to find suitable accommodation.|
Choosing your accommodation
There are several accommodation options you can choose from when you apply for an Exchange or Overseas Abroad program.
From Semester 1, 2020, the University of Melbourne will provide an accommodation guarantee to all undergraduate students. Postgraduate students can also apply.
With one simple application, you can rest easy knowing your new home is waiting for you to arrive.
Access a range of trusted, University-operated and partnered accommodation, available exclusively to students. Life in University Accommodation offers a complete residential experience, connected to the University. Dedicated staff are also available to support you while you study.
There are ten Colleges on campus for you to choose from, each with its own unique community spirit, and each offering a supportive environment that will help you to make lifelong friends, build lasting connections, and become part of a strong global network.
Located on the edge of the CBD the University of Melbourne is well placed to take advantage of the many opportunities that the City of Melbourne has to offer with different options to suit your needs. The private rental options around the University have evolved into a network of private accommodation providers, hostels and share houses.
When looking for accommodation, things you should consider include:
- the length of your stay, as many housing options are suited to tenancy periods of six months or more
- your personal budget and the cost of living in Melbourne
- lifestyle preferences - communal or independent living
- location - particularly suburbs which are accessible to campus by public transport (see ‘Suburb Guide’)
- tenancy rights - Tenancy agreements are legally binding documents. Understanding your tenancy rights and duties will help you manage your housing and communicate with your landlord with more confidence. Visit Tenancy Victoria for more information
- check with your home institution to see if there are any accommodation requirements, as occasionally your home institution may have preference for where you stay.