Moving to Melbourne

First steps

  • Be informed before you arrive. Learn about the different types of housing and the options available to you, it will mean that you can get straight into house hunting once you arrive.
  • If possible, arrive in Melbourne a few weeks before Orientation. This will give you enough time to find suitable accommodation and settle in before classes commence.
  • Make sure you book temporary accommodation for your arrival and are financially prepared  for the days/ weeks you may need to spend in temporary accommodation.
  • Make housing your first priority but don’t rush. Rushing can lead to bad decisions and housing problems can have a major impact on your studies.

Accommodation options

Student apartments

Student apartments are properties specifically designed for University students. These properties are fully furnished and often provide community building activities that allow you to get to know other students and connect with the University. Hostels often cater for more independent residents and shorter stays.

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Homestay options provide a furnished room and vary in cost depending on your arrangement. Meals are provided in full-board homestays.

How to arrange homestay →

Private rentals

Many students choose to rent an apartment or property through the private rental market. You can rent alone or organise to share the property with other tenants.

Renting a place →

Share housing

Share houses often offer a cheaper alternative to other accommodations options as well as giving more independence. However private renting also means more responsibility so be sure to research your options and prepare in advance.

Organising share housing →

Residential Colleges

There are eleven Residential Colleges at the University of Melbourne. They provide an enriching and supportive environment for approximately 2500 undergraduate and graduate students.

The colleges offer first-class academic support, cultural activities and sporting programs. Each college has a vibrant and diverse social atmosphere.

More about Residential Colleges →

UnitingCare lifeAssist Homeshare is free, Government funded program that matches people who need companionship and some practical assistance (e.g. cooking, housework) to live at home with people who need accommodation. You provide your own food and a share of utility bills. More information