On-campus accommodation: On-Campus Accommodation is only available at the following campuses:
- Melbourne Burwood Campus
- Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Accommodation varies at each campus but all are within walking distance of campus facilities.
Homestay provides you with the opportunity to live with an Australian family. This accommodation option is very popular with students arriving in Melbourne for the first time. Homestay is a good choice if you want to improve your English and want to experience Australian life and culture. Homestay may be families, couples or single people. All are selected to provide good quality facilities and meals if required.
Rental / Sharing
Students may choose to rent an apartment or a house - either on their own or with friends. The majority of rental properties are not furnished. Rental costs usually do not include the payment of expenses (bills) such as gas and electricity.
If you rent a property you will be required to sign a contract (lease) which will make you responsible for that property and any damages that may occur. If you are sharing with friends then each of you should sign the contract and share equally in all expenses. Prior to moving into a rental property you will be asked to pay a bond, plus one months rent in advance. The bond is usually equivalent to one month of rent payment. When you leave the rental property the bond will be returned to you provided the property is in the same condition as it was when you moved in and there aren't any outstanding bills (eg. telephone, electricity, etc.).
Before agreeing to rent, it is important that you fully understand what is expected of you as a tenant. You also need to be aware of the rights and responsibilities you have, as well as those of your landlord. The Rights and Responsibilities booklet at your real estate agent office will tell you what you need to know. Ensure that you read it carefully.
Deakin University Housing Service
As a Deakin College student, you can access the Deakin University Student Life Housing Service. This service provides a number of accommodation options for students, including full board, share housing and vacant properties for private rental. You can have access to their service housing database of local properties. The database provides information regarding available properties and current prices. For more information visit:
A range of hostels and apartment style accommodation are available for students to choose from. Most hostels/apartments offer single or shared fully furnished rooms.
Accommodation for International Students Under 18 years of age
An international student who is under 18 years of age is a "minor". Minors must meet immigration requirements for accommodation, support and general welfare arrangements before a student visa will be granted.