Deciding where to live is a key decision when you move to Melbourne. We can help you find your new home away from home.
Students under 18 years of age
International students under 18 years of age must only live in approved accommodation. Check the special requirments and find lists of approved providers of accomodation and welfare for students under 18 years of age.
Help finding accomodation
RMIT offers accommodation support for new international students. This includes:
- arrival services for international students (airport pick-up)
- short-term or temporary accommodation for when you first arrive
- long-term accommodation student apartments, homestay, student hostels, renting and sharing.
Finding long term accommodation takes planning. RMIT’s Student Support Advisors can help you find and book accommodation. Advisors can help you decide which suburb you want to live in, find affordable, safe and appropriate housing, and provide information about renting and tenancy agreements.
When choosing accommodation, you will need to consider travel time and transport to campus. Discover the closest suburbs to your campus and the transport available to you to get to university.
Shared or private rental
You can rent or ‘lease’ a property by yourself or share with friends. This can be organised through a real estate agent or directly through a landlord. The benefit of shared accommodation is reduced living and set-up expenses and is the most popular accommodation choice amongst students. Approximate weekly costs for a student living in shared accommodation are: AUD $120 – $250.
Read our Renter’s guide for tips to get started.
The Housing for students database is free and lists shared and private rental options near each campus.
Living in student accommodation gives you security and your family back home peace of mind. Student apartments can also reduce travel costs and are a great way to meet other students. Residency fees vary according to your preferences; do your research and compare costs.
RMIT Village is a five-minute tram ride from the city campus and offers a great student community. It includes internet access, fully furnished apartments, outdoor heated pool, on-site gym, and a lounge and courtyard area.
UniLodge properties in Melbourne’s central business district are safe and friendly. Accommodation is in central and convenient locations close to RMIT, with public transport, shops and cafés on your doorstep.
Bundoora on-campus accommodation
UniLodge @ RMIT Bundoora offers 370 beds for undergraduate and postgraduate students. The accommodation is first class and there are a variety of studio apartments to choose from as well as large two, three and four bedroom shared apartments.
Homestay or “full board” accommodation is when a room is offered within an existing household by a single person, a couple or family. It is a good choice if you want to experience living in an Australian home, reduce set-up costs and improve your English.
Families offering homestay accommodation to international students are thoroughly screened to ensure they provide a suitable living environment for students.
RMIT can arrange this type of accommodation before or after you arrive in Melbourne. Approximate expenses are AUD$230 - $300 per week, based on 7 nights’ accommodation and 3 meals per day.
Students with families
RMIT’s Student Support Advisors can help when you are looking for suitable accommodation for yourself and your family.
When you move to Melbourne, you need to budget for setup and living costs. Use our cost of living guide to help you figure out your finances and what you’ll need to get started.