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Student Housing Guide: Sydney 2022
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Student Housing Guide: Sydney 2022

Housing Tips
May 23, 2022
4 min

Isn't it true that you spent excessive time planning, filling out paperwork, and cutting through red tape to get confirmation from your Sydney University? You have to make the only decision now between you and the Australian sun about where to stay. It's nearly the clock. 

Congratulate yourself for all your efforts. Finding student housing in Sydney is relatively simple if you know where to go and what to look for. The cost of living in Sydney is high, but that does not mean you will have to spend a fortune. This is where we think this essay will be helpful.

Each year, Sydney invites hundreds of overseas students to study at some of the world's most prestigious universities. In 2016, more than 500,000 overseas students enrolled. There must be something exceptional if so many students choose to make Sydney their home each year. So let us assist you with your journey to Australia.

Finding student accommodation in Australia may become more accessible with some study and help from the tips below.

Where do you want to stay?

There are four different types of student housing in Sydney: purpose-built student housing, homestay, private rentals, and residential colleges. Some colleges may offer more possibilities, but they will almost always fall into one of these groups.

Purpose-Built Student Housing

Student housing explicitly designed for students will typically be erected around the university campus. Students will have their own fully furnished rooms, but bathrooms and kitchens will be shared with other students. Additional amenities, such as a gym or a TV room, will be available in some towers.

Bills are usually included in the total price, and you won't have to deal with internet or power providers on your own. These locations are typically self-catered, but catered options may be offered.


A homestay allows overseas students to live with a local family for the first month or two after arriving in the country. This option will assist students in fully integrating into the Australian culture, meeting people, and spending time living like a local. Some websites can assist you in finding a suitable homestay, or you can contact your university for recommendations.

Private rentals

This is when an estate agent helps you find and rent a flat or a house. You will almost certainly have to pay rent to a landlord and manage your bills and utilities. This means you'll have to budget extra for unforeseen expenses, but you'll have more options for where you want to live.

The cost varies according to where you live in Australia. Local estate agencies are usually a good place to look for them, and your institution may be able to recommend some.

Residential Colleges

The majority of residential institutions are located on or near campus. They differ from purpose-built student housing in that you will almost certainly be served meals and will have a weekly cleaning. All rooms will be furnished, and internet access and other utility expenses will not be charged individually.

How much can you spend?

Calculating how much you can spend on lodging will help you cut down your choices and focus your search.

The pricing for the four options mentioned will vary greatly, so it's always good to conduct your research and see what you'll get for your money. A homestay, for example, may be slightly more expensive than purpose-built lodging, but this could be because all meals are included. And because rent for apartments and houses varies across the country, do some research on average student rents in the city or town where you want to live.

On-campus housing costs between A$440 and A$1,100 per month, a homestay costs between A$450 and A$1,200 per month, and shared rental housing costs between A$380 and A$850 per month.

Another factor to consider is that larger cities, such as Sydney and Melbourne, have substantially higher rents and living costs than smaller towns.

When should you start looking?

It's a good idea to start planning your living arrangements as soon as you know where you'll be attending university.

It may take some time for you to decide which of the four options listed above is the most excellent fit for you and your budget. Allow ample time to look at a few different properties/homestays and ask friends or family members who have studied or lived in Australia for advice. If you're considering renting a flat or a house, it may take some time to find a place you like and then make sure you have all the necessary papers to secure the property.

Check with the agent/landlord to see what papers you'll need at the start of your search to be prepared to find the perfect student apartment in Sydney.