Before you leave for Australia it is very important that you find a place to
live after you get there. If you have relatives and friends already living in
Australia it will be easy for you to find a place to live. And if your friends
and relatives let you share their accommodation it will be lot easier and
cheaper for you. So it will be better for you to find someone you know in
Australia and live in their apartment. Otherwise you will have to choose a place
to suit your life style and living standard.
TYPES AND COST OF ACCOMMODATION.
HOSTELS: Hostels are usually run by organisations such as Youth Hostels
Australia and the Young Men`s Christian Association (YMCA). Students share
kitchen and bathroom facilities.
The cost is around A$80-A$135.
HOME STAY: staying, in your own bedroom, in the home of a carefully-selected
Australian family. This option gives you the chance to really experience the
Australian way of life - and many students form lifelong friendships with their
The cost is around A$180 - A$200 per week including all meals.
RENTAL ACCOMMODATION: When you want to rent a unit, apartment or a house you
can choose either furnished or unfurnished by signing a legal contract for a
fixed period. Furnished apartments are comparatively more expensive as they
provide almost everything needed in a house. Before signing a legal contract you
require to pay the rent in advance and will require a security bond equal to one
month`s rent. You will be responsible for your own cooking, cleaning, food and
The cost is around A$70-A$350 (Electricity, gas, telephone are extra)
SHARED ACCOMMODATION: For more independence, you can arrange to share an
apartment with one or more adults. You`ll have your own bedroom, but share
household facilities and responsibilities (like cleaning and laundry). Each
person provides their own blankets and linen, and buys their own food. Food and
utilities (such as electricity, gas, telephone) are extra.
The cost is around A$50-A$160.