Australia is a country that annually receives students from more than 80 countries worldwide.Therefore, there are a variety of accommodation options for international students and institutions often help them find the best option.

These are the most common options for your stay in Australia:


Host families (Homestay)


This is most appropriate for those who want to take a total immersion in the language and Australian culture, in addition to adult supervision (in the case of very young) and enjoy a home security option. It may be more economical than a dormitory and many times the value includes one or two meals a day.

The student has a single furnished room, sometimes with bathroom. The other services should be shared with family and case that students help with small tasks like lifting the table dishes or making beds. Average Cost per week: AUD $200-300. Includes food.

University Housing



The dorms have the advantage of being in or near the university, so they are a very appropriate choice for students who have just arrived and do not know the city. They are excellent to create ties with other international students thanks to the wealth of cultural and social activities they perform. Such housing provides furnished single or shared rooms, with or without food. It is simply furnished rooms with bed, desk and wardrobe. Usually, the bathroom, the kitchen, the TV room and laundry facilities are shared with other students. Average Cost per week: AUD $150-300. Depends on whether or not to include food and if single or shared room.

Backpackers or Youth Hostels



They are temporary lodging options that offer excellent stay at an affordable price. Some require membership and a reservation in advance. Depending on the demand for beds, also can allow maximum stay of one week. Shared rooms and bathroom, kitchen and laundry areas are common. Average Cost per night: $15-40 AUD. Does not include meals. Rooms shared with up to 12 people.

Apartments or houses



It is the usual choice for students who have been some time living in an Australian city. Along with other students, looking for homes or apartments to rent, thus obtaining greater independence. However, independent living also represents more responsibilities, they must sign lease with a deposit of an additional month, account for the monthly service and sometimes must buy furniture. If the appropriate sector with the right company is chosen, this option can be very convenient and economical. Average Cost per week: AUD $ 70-250. Does not include meals.

Secondary Boarding



Many high schools offer this type of accommodation for international students who are about to finish their studies or Secondary School. This type of accommodation is private and has food service and laundry facilities. Average Cost: AUD $ 10 000-20 000 per year.


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Andrea Palacios

Andrea Palacios

Andrea Palacios arrived in Australia from Colombia in 2001 as an international student. She studied Diploma of Business Marketing before going on to study Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University followed by a graduate Certificate in Australian Immigration Law at Victoria University. Following the completion of her studies, Andrea went on to start her own company in early 2006 – Blue Studies International, a student recruitment agency assisting students that want to live, study, work in Australia, USA, UK, Canada and New Zealand.