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
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.
- 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.
|Housing Type||Applications open||Applications close|
|Semester 1||Semester 2||Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Residential Colleges||10 October||10 March||10 December||10 May|
|Student Apartments (RMIT Village and Student Village)||Late September||Late April||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.
There are 12 colleges for undergraduate and graduate students, located on the Parkville campus or within short walking distance. The colleges provide academic and pastoral support as well as 24-hour access to study-related facilities including libraries, music practice rooms and common areas. College students live in fully furnished single rooms which all have phone and internet connects. All meals are provided.
To apply for accommodation at a Residential College you need to apply through the Melbourne Global Mobility office.
|Distance from Parkville campus||5 - 15 minutes walk|
|Lease length||One or two semesters|
Semester 1 - mid February*|
Semester 2 - mid July*
|Average weekly rent||$550 - $750 (See fee comparison)|
|Cooking facilities||Generally no|
|Utilities included in cost||Yes|
|Website||See below for ‘List of Residential Colleges’|
|Application Process||See below for 'Residential Colleges application process'|
*Please note your residential college will advise you directly of the move-in date and earlier move-in dates can be arranged after you have accepted a place.
Share houses often offer a cheaper alternative to other accommodation options as well as giving more independence. However private renting also means more responsibility so be sure to research your options and prepare in advance.
Approximately, half of our study abroad and exchange students choose to find their own accommodation in Melbourne through the private housing sector. Shared households are popular with students because they can provide an opportunity for an independent lifestyle in a shared environment. They are also generally the cheaper housing option.
|Distance from Parkville campus||Varies|
|Lease length||Various (20 – 52 weeks)|
3km from Parkville: $183 - $240*|
6km from Parkville: $155 - $217*
*Based on a single person sharing a three-bedroom house
|Utilities included in cost||No|
|Website||University of Melbourne Housing Online Noticeboard|
|Application Process||No application deadline|
1. Research your options in advance
We recommend researching your options in advance, but keep in mind that it is very difficult to arrange a room in an established shared house from a distance. You really need to be in Melbourne to find a property, view it, meet potential housemates, and sign the necessary paperwork. Refer to the suburb guide to gain a better understanding of where you might like to live.
2. Arriving prior to orientation
Keep in mind that it can take time to find suitable housing so it's recommended you arrive several weeks before orientation.
3. Temporary accommodation
If you arrive in Melbourne without first arranging your housing, you may need to stay in temporary accommodation for a longer period. View the list of Temporary Accommodation options recommended by the University
4. Housing in Melbourne
Please read information on Share housing available on the Student Housing Services website as it contains comprehensive information from where to live, where and how to look for advertisements, life in Melbourne, cost of living, etc.