Scape Accommodation Support Scholarship

For students who need to relocate to study at RMIT in Melbourne; provides a rental subsidy worth up to $9,620.

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Scholarship type* Scholarship value Student contribution (weekly) Student contribution (total)
Scape Melbourne Central - a bed in a Twin Room in an 8 Bedroom Apartment $5,980 $214 $11,128
Scape Melbourne Central - a bedroom in a 4 Bedroom Apartment (Ensuite)  $8,164 $292 $15,814
Scape La Trobe - a bedroom in a 7 Bedroom Apartment   $7,540 $270 $14,040
Scape La Trobe - Medium Studio Apartment $9,620 $344 $17,888

*All leases are for 52 weeks from February 2024 to February 2025 and include the summer vacation period. If you wish to return home during this period, you would still be liable to pay rent until the end of your agreement.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident or a permanent humanitarian visa holder
  • be from an interstate or rural/regional area and moving/moved to Melbourne to study at RMIT
  • be enrolling full time in semester 1 2024 in a certificate IV, diploma, undergraduate degree or postgraduate by coursework program at RMIT
  • not already be committed to a student accommodation provider under a lease agreement in 2024
  • be able to demonstrate circumstance/s which impact your ability to study such as:
    • receiving a government tested low income benefit or having a Centrelink Health Care Card
    • living with a disability, long-term medical condition or identify as neurodiverse
    • experiencing personal/family/social difficulties
    • have previously/are currently living in foster/kinship care or are a ward of the state
    • be from an under-represented background such as
      • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
      • were born overseas, are from a non-English background and recently migrated to Australia
      • current or former refugee
      • completed secondary school at a School Network Access Program school
  • have not previously commenced or completed a program at the same level of study or higher.

If you are a certificate IV or diploma student you must:

  • have a government-subsidised place.
  • not be enrolling in an apprenticeship or traineeship program.

Preference will be given to students commencing a program at RMIT for the first time.

The online application form will be made available here when applications open. 

Supporting documentation

Depending on your circumstances, you will need to provide different types of evidence and material to support your scholarship application. Applications without supporting documents will not be considered.

Please visit Supporting Your Application for more information.

Find out more about applying for scholarships.

Applications are now closed. 

Applications are now closed. 

View the Coursework Scholarships Office’s terms and conditions (PDF, 698KB).

Bond: Successful recipients will be required to pay a bond prior to moving in, in line with the requirements of the Rental Tenancies Act (Vic.). This will be refunded at the end of the contract following an apartment inspection and clearance of all relevant payments to the accommodation provider.

The scholarship covers half of the weekly rent (which includes 24/7 reception, all utilities, fully furnished rooms, safety app, and curated lifestyle and wellness programs) at Scape. It does not include food, telephone, bond, bed and kitchen packs, activities or departure cleaning fees. At the end of the tenancy, students are required to pay a departure cleaning fee.

If you are paying rent and want to cancel your lease agreement, you are required to continue paying all your rent charges until a new resident can be secured or the contract ends, whichever comes first.

About Scape Melbourne Central

About Scape La Trobe

Moving to Melbourne

Quotes from past recipients:

'This scholarship has allowed me to live in the CBD of Melbourne, something I would never have been able to do at this stage in my life without financial assistance. It has been a massive help for me to find my feet in a new state.' - 2022 recipient

'This scholarship has made both my studies and life easier this first year at RMIT. Being so close to campus has been very convenient and made studying much easier. It has also been a great experience for my social life meeting many new people at Scape in my student accommodation.' - 2022 recipient

Notice to applicants

The scholarship application process is highly competitive with a limited number of scholarships available. Unfortunately, not all eligible applicants will receive one.

Only successful candidates will be notified via email to their RMIT student account.

For information about other financial assistance available to RMIT students, please speak to one of our Student Welfare Advisors.

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