Our Guide to Accommodation

Accommodation in Australia is notoriously pricey and if you are studying, university accommodation is absolutely no exception. Prices typically range from $300-600 AUD per week for on-campus rooms. The standard is usually very high however you’re bound to meet many students with this option. Another, arguably better and likely cheaper option, is to rent privately in a share house. The price range is dependent on your taste and budget however a typical student share house room shouldn’t set you back more than $300 per week at the maximum.

Universal resources for accommodation in Australia

Accommodation in Melbourne

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The best inner-city suburbs like Carlton, Brunswick, Fitzroy, Collingwood are awesome places with a lot more character than the CBD.

Hostels:
If you keep your eyes peeled, accommodation can be found across Melbourne from around £8 per night. Realistically, 4 to 18 man hostel rooms check in around £8-18 a night, depending on the location, size and cleanliness! Head North of the river to find hostels in the heart of the city with the best access to the city’s highlights. In the chain hostels such as Nomads or YHA you always know what you are going to get from every hostel which is perfect for new travellers. Head further up the coast towards Elwood (coastal) and Prahan (slightly inland just the other side of Albert Park). The latter being a stone’s throw from Chappell street – one of the liveliest streets in all of Melbourne no matter what the day.

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Accommodation in Sydney

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Location wise, the best place to head is either Woolamaloo i.e. backpacker central, or anywhere down George Street, the major street heading towards the Harbour. Honestly, if you find a hostel near a train station, you’re in a good location as everywhere is super accessible.

Hostels:
Sydney has an abundance of cool hostels depending on which area you’d like to stay. Bondi, Coogee, Central CBD, Newtown & kings cross are all pretty lively and have heaps of places to stay. The prices range from about £17 – £30 a night for a mixed dorm but most sit around £20ish Hostel world is the one so check if they have beds available on HW, then just rock up and it’s sometimes a little cheaper.

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Accommodation in Byron Bay

Hostels:

One of the most renowned hostels in Byron is Arts Factory Lodge. Located in the centre of Byron Bay, it has a pretty hippy feel to it! It’s well known for starting the vibe that Byron now has to offer, whether you want to chill at the pool or build a didgeridoo, you can experience some wacky and wonderful things at this hostel. With awesome evening activities, you can enjoy the DJ’s, Bands, Live Performances at the Byron Bay Brewery (the sister bar) or take part in the Zany Talent Show every Tuesday Night.

Backpackers Holiday Village is in the perfect location for everything Byron has to offer. This is the only hostel in Byron Bay free rental of surfboards, body boards, and bikes, meaning you can have free access to the local scenes, waves and nightlife! This is definitely one of the best located and clean hostels in Byron!

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Accommodation in Canberra

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Braddon and Acton are extremely well located but the new tram system means its easy to get in and out making all districts with a stop viable to live in. I was paying around $240 a week for my university acco modation which was on the higher side, but included rooftop barbecues, cinema and music rooms.

Hostels:

If you’re looking for hostels the Canberra City YHA is great If you do get a job make sure you are taxed correctly. If you are on a student visa and are living in Australia for more than six months then make sure you are taxed as an Australian resident rather than a traveller. This means that if you earn up to $18,200 you can claim any tax you have paid at the beginning of the following July. Any earnings above this amount will be taxed at 20%.

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