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. 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.
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
Move-in dates Semester 1 - mid February*
Semester 2 - mid July*
Average weekly rent $550 - $750 (See fee comparison)
Meals included Yes
Cooking facilities Generally no
Furnished Yes
Utilities included in cost Yes
Application ProcessApply online

*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.

The private rental market offers a range of options when you come to live in Melbourne. From studio apartments to four bedroom shared houses, there are many options to choose from.

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)
Cost 3km from Parkville: $183 - $240*
6km from Parkville: $155 - $217*
*Based on a single person sharing a three-bedroom house
Meals included No
Cooking facilities Yes
Furnished Varies
Utilities included in cost No
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.

See Accomodation at Melbourne to view all your options.