Before you arrive

As an exchange student you will have access to the same accommodation options that all international students studying at RMIT have.

Many exchange students choose to live in share and rental accommodation while others prefer the convenience of living in purpose-built student apartments.

If you choose to stay in purpose built student accommodation, RMIT has carefully selected and quality assured a number of properties located close to RMIT campuses. These properties can be found by visiting the ‘Purpose built student accommodation’ webpage. You are encouraged to book in advance when you submit your application for your exchange program.

Deposits will be refunded if your RMIT application is not accepted.

If you decide you want to live in share or rental accomodation, it is recommended that you do not arrange long-term accommodation until you have arrived in Melbourne and have completed an inspection to ensure the accommodation is genuine.

For a complete range of housing options visit the accommodation page

For practical help and accommodation advice use RMIT Connect

As a study abroad or exchange student you are entitled to free airport pick-up. You need to register for pick-up before you arrive in Australia.
Course enrolment and timetabling are two separate processes. Exchange and study abroad students require specific information about these processes to enrol correctly. We will provide this information to you at the orientation event at the start of each semester, so make sure you attend.

Arrival and orientation

Get set for an action-packed three day orientation program full of events and activities that will introduce you to the academic and social side of campus life. You’ll meet loads of new friends, get a taste of Australian culture and most importantly - have a lot of fun!

Attend sessions that cover enrolment and timetabling, academic and support services for students, accommodation and rental advice, student visa rights and responsibilities. We will have a special key note speaker, guided campus tours and you will also get the chance to meet your fellow exchange and study abroad students at the Welcome to Melbourne party.
Learn everything you need to know about living in Melbourne, including health and safety, travelling around Australia, Aussie sporting culture and more.

After an action-packed two days of orientation, you have the opportunity to participate in a day trip to one of Victoria’s most iconic sights, such as the spectacular Great Ocean Road or Phillip Island, while getting to know other exchange and study abroad students.

You will receive your detailed orientation itinerary closer to the event.

Admin essentials

Contact the Global Experience Office if you need help or advice before or after your arrival.

Are you having so much fun that you don’t want to go home? If you would like to extend your exchange to another semester at RMIT you need to get approval from both your home institution and RMIT.

Contact to find out how to extend your stay.

One free RMIT transcript will be mailed to your home University upon completion of your studies. If you would like extra copies or to get one before you leave, find out how to obtain your transcript here. 
It’s always great to hear from our students. Before you go please complete a short feedback form and tell us about your experience at RMIT and in Australia!

Global Experience Fair

Volunteer at the Fair and help us promote global experiences - it’s a great way to make new friends and learn more about RMIT life.