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    Student Accommodation Types in Australia: Comparing Housing Options for International Students

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    Australia is among the top countries preferred by both students and tourists. Due to its vibrant multiculturalism and reasonable study costs, Australia attracts students from everywhere. The Universities in Australia also provide wonderful options in globally recognized courses, without costing as much as the United States and the United Kingdom; which is why so many students want to study in Australia.

    One of the most advantageous aspects of Australia is its comparatively affordable accommodation. However, cost and availability are big determining factors while searching for accommodation in Australian cities. For International students, on-campus living facilities are very popular but are limited in number. Hence, there is no dearth of off-campus residence options.

    To weigh both options, here are a few important factors to keep in mind while considering living in Australia:

    Comparison: On-campus and Off-campus Accommodations

    Factors On-campus Off-campus
    Average Cost(Weekly) 160-470 AUD Prices vary for lodges, studio, single room, twin sharing and number of meals opted 85-440 AUD Prices vary depending on city, rent, number of people sharing, and amenities.
    Availability Limited number of seats, differs with each college Easily available
    Duration Depends on courses; 4-52 weeks Varies with type of accommodation; short term to long term
    Amenities Includes water, food, electricity, internet, etc;
    Different Halls and Lodges have different charges according to needs and budget of the student
    Everything needs to be arranged if living in a rented house;
    Homestays are inclusive of most amenities with options to out of desired services
    Transportation Convenient Varies with area, may cost a lot of time and/or money

    Students need to be aware of the limited number of university housing. In Australia, on-campus housing options exist sparingly as there are not many universities. While there are residential colleges that offer furnished rooms with good amenities, the majority of the students live off-campus because it is generally cheaper than average university-managed accommodation. All the options have their own pros and cons and ultimately depend on the needs and budgets of the student.

    Student Accommodation in Australia

    Homestays in Australia

    While there are options like private rentals, apartments, guesthouses, boarding houses, and Au Pair, homestays have been gaining popularity because of their enriching experiences and availability in varying budgets. Homestays are an affordable option for accommodation in Australia and are usually charged on a weekly basis. Here are some benefits of living in a homestay:

    • Enhanced English Language skills

    Most students may not have English as their first language. Even if they have passed the required tests to study in Australia, living in a homestay provides them with an opportunity to practice their English comfortably with the hosting family. This is extremely helpful for studies and communication in a foreign country.

    • A Cheaper Alternative

    Not everyone finds accommodation on campus. While house-sharing may be an option for some, it is still too expensive due to rising rent prices. An average homestay can cost anywhere from 110 AUD to 370 AUD per week. This includes a lot of amenities like water, food, the internet, etc., which students have to arrange otherwise at extra costs. Even though there are plenty of scholarships and loans that students can apply for if they need financial aid, it is always better to be economical.

    • Learning Australian Culture

    Living with a local Aussie family will help foreign students get comfortable with the new culture and local knowledge. The family will definitely guide you around local transport, food options, destinations and local way of life. Homestays can be a home away home where students can experience the new changes while they look for accommodation

    Homestays in Australia- Where to Find?

    There are many ways to find a homestay in Australia. These portals provide many services, varieties, budgets, and options so that they can cater to everyone’s requirements. Here are some popular options:

    • Australian Homestay Network (AHN)

    Formed in 2008, AHN is an online, national management system which ensures great standards for homestays throughout Australia. AHN makes it easy to facilitate and resource good homestays and supervisors. It meets all relevant legislation and provides National, State, and Regional compliance standards. Currently, overall 11 cities from six states offer affordable homestays throughout Australia.

    AHN provides everything online- including training, applications, and payments. It also provides 24x7 emergency phone support for hosts and students.

    Placement Fee One time only, Non-refundable varies according to the region
    Minimum Stay Period 28 nights
    Average Stay Period Three months
    Max. Distance From Place Of Study Within 60 minutes from Public Transport
    Notice Period For Leaving Two weeks
    Facilities Provided Internet, Laundry facilities, Utilities, Private bedroom, meals
    No-meal Option Yes
    Invoicing Every four weeks
    Contact info@homestaynetwork.org
    Website AHN

    Cost of Living in Australia When Opting For AHN

    Australia has a lot to offer in terms of work, higher studies and tourism, making it an expensive place to live in. There are student homestays in major cities like Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Brisbane, and Sydney. Due to student-specific pricing, prices differ for every homestay. Estimated costs of major Australian cities are tabulated below:

    • Homestays for students in Sydney
      • National Matching Fee: 290
      • Airport Pickup: 160
    Packages Private Room Shared Room
    Traditional Homestay (2 Meals Monday- Friday, 3 Meals on weekends) 330AUD 300AUD
    Complete Homestay (3 meals, everyday) 350AUD 320AUD
    Dinner Only 295 AUD 265AUD
    No-Meals 250AUD 220 AUD
    • Homestays for students in Canberra
      • National Matching Fee: 290
      • Airport Pickup: 130
    Packages Private Room Shared Room
    Traditional Homestay (2 Meals Monday- Friday, 3 Meals on weekends) 325AUD 295AUD
    Complete Homestay (3 meals, everyday) 345AUD 315AUD
    Dinner Only 295AUD 265AUD
    No-Meals 250AUD 220 AUD
    • Homestays for students in Melbourne
      • National Matching Fee: 290
      • Airport Pickup: 160
    Packages Private Room Shared Room
    Traditional Homestay (2 Meals Monday- Friday, 3 Meals on weekends) 325AUD 295AUD
    Complete Homestay (3 meals, everyday) 345AUD 315AUD
    Dinner Only 290 AUD 260AUD
    No-Meals 250AUD 220 AUD
    • Homestays for students in Brisbane
      • National Matching Fee: 290
      • Airport Pickup: 135
    Packages Private Room Shared Room
    Traditional Homestay (2 Meals Monday- Friday, 3 Meals on weekends) 320AUD 290AUD
    Complete Homestay (3 meals, everyday) 290AUD 260AUD
    Dinner Only 265 AUD 235AUD
    No-Meals 230AUD 200 AUD
    • Homestays for students in Perth
      • National Matching Fee: 290
      • Airport Pickup: 130
    Packages Private Room Shared Room
    Traditional Homestay (2 Meals Monday- Friday, 3 Meals on weekends) 325AUD 295AUD
    Complete Homestay (3 meals, everyday) 290AUD 260AUD
    Dinner Only 265 AUD 235AUD
    No-Meals 210AUD 180 AUD

    AHN also has a VIP Homestay package at an additional price of 75AUD to the traditional package.

    Students requiring a special diet( Halal, Kosher, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian) may be charged extra fees.

    • Homestay Australia

    This website lists trusted homestays in six cities. It has filters according to budget range, whether the guest is a student or tourist, and if they want to opt for pickup and internet facilities. The website lists accommodations in different cities along with price, preferences and genuine reviews.

    Official website: Homestay Australia

    • Homestay Direct

    Since 2006, Homestay direct has been helping national and international students find affordable accommodation in Australia. It provides living arrangements in eight major Australian cities. It has options for different living arrangements, including shared rooms, private rooms, VIP homestays for students under and above 18 years of age. However, the internet will be provided at a weekly fee of 10 AUD unless the student has selected the VIP package.

    Official website: Homestay Direct

    • Student Accommodation Services

    Established in 1998, SAS has received a quality management certification that ensures the highest standards of customer service. However, it only provides homestays in Victoria.

    Official website: SAS

    Rentals and Shared Accommodations

    Many students coming for higher education in Australia prefer living off-campus with other international students, which is a good way to cut down expenses as well as have a multicultural experience. Australian Colleges have a team of housing advisors dedicated to help and guide new students to consider their housing arrangements. Some of the popular listing sites are mentioned under:

    There are also university-provided housings which students can consider. These colleges provide accommodation related information and guidelines regarding legal, economic and social details concerning their stay in Australia.