Private rental market and sharehouses
The private rental options around the University have evolved into 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.
Living and renting in Melbourne
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 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, or at world-class theatre production or sporting event. There are trams you can catch to every corner of the city, and an extensive public transport network that 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 campus
For local students, the University of Melbourne 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 the University. This has resulted in a strong student culture developing around the northern edge of the city. And living close to campus has its benefits. You can access a range of sporting facilities, study zones, outdoor spaces, cafes and more – where you can 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. With cafes, 12 libraries, gyms, specialty stores, a small supermarket - even a seasonal farmers market - spread across a mix of historic sandstone buildings and state of the art facilities, you'll never have to leave. It’s also situated within a renowned knowledge precinct, which includes eight hospitals, the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (relocating to Southbank in 2019), many leading research institutes and a wide range of knowledge-based industries.
University Accommodation offers accommodation close to the Parkville campus to first-year undergraduate students and Exchange or Study Abroad students.
At Southbank campus, in the city's lively creative arts precinct - which itself is in the centre of Australia's cultural capital - you'll find the University's acclaimed music and visual and performing arts faculty. Southbank campus is purpose built for the creative arts, and features sound and dance stages, animation studios, cinemas and visual arts studios. It 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.
Finding private rentals
You can find a range of private rental and share house accommodation types through the Housing Online Noticeboard and several private accommodation search websites.
Housing Online Noticeboard
The Housing Online Noticeboard is managed by the University of Melbourne and lists a range of student accommodation vacancies, including private rentals and rooms in share houses.
To see what's available, visit Housing Online Noticeboard
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.