Things to consider
Study facilities & the home environment
The place where you live will not only be a place to sleep. You need to be able to study, socialise and be at rest when at home.
Think about your study requirements:
- Do you plan to do most of your study at home?
- Will you need a fast internet connection?
- Can you concentrate with traffic noise or with noisy housemates?
- If you plan to study in your bedroom, is there space for a desk?
When you have thought about these types of factors, choose your housing so that you can get the best out of your study.
If you have never had to manage household duties before, it may take you some time to become accustomed to all the things required for self-sufficiency. Self-sufficiency is being able to manage the following types of things:
You don't need to pay someone or buy expensive cleaning products to keep your house clean and hygienic. Try cleaning products such as sugar soap and methylated spirits. Eco-friendly options include some physical energy combined with baking soda in bathroom areas and vinegar on glass and tiled areas.
Managing your money & expenses
Learning how to balance your budget can be tricky, especially if you're on a low income. Check out the Finances section of this website for advice about the cost of living, and the financial assistance available to University of Melbourne students in financial need.
Striking a balance between study, rest, socialising and employment is vital to a healthy lifestyle. If you try to do too many things you are at risk of running yourself down and compromising your health.
Many students who can't cook think they need to live somewhere that provides meals. If you can't cook, learning a few basic recipes is a good idea. That way you will be able to choose what you eat rather than whatever the menu says you're having.
If someone you know cooks a healthy meal, ask them for the recipe and then practice it. It may not taste the same first go, but it will get better the second, third or even fourth time you cook it.
Remember the importance of a healthy and balanced diet. This is important if you want to get the most out of your academic and social life.
There are many online resources and recipes for people at all levels of cooking experience.
The many benefits of looking after your health may seem obvious. A balanced diet will help keep you healthy, and planning time for work, rest and leisure activities will help keep your mind stimulated.
At the University's Health Service, a dedicated team of doctors, nurses and support staff provide students and staff of the University with immediate and ongoing medical care.
There are many reasons why the University's Counselling Service may be of assistance. Adjusting to life at Uni, stress management, relationship issues or depression are some of the many common issues that students may face. Disputes within your share house can also cause stress and anxiety. Seeing a qualified counsellor at the Counselling Service can be helpful during times of difficulty.
If you have been sick or disadvantaged in any way, it may also be worthwhile to ask your faculty or department about Special Consideration. Applications for Special Consideration are made on the Student Portal.
For International students, the International Student Services website provides information on Overseas Student Health Cover.