While you’re studying, it is important to have a home base where you feel comfortable and secure. There are many housing options in Melbourne to explore.
Choosing the right type of housing is an important decision. Explore your options before you commit - whether that’s signing a lease or other agreement, or paying money. Some things to consider are location, your budget and lifestyle.
Purpose-built student accommodation is conveniently located and designed for student life.
Other housing options, outlined below, include renting and sharing, homestay and student hostels.
These apartment complexes are designed for students and meet RMIT’s quality standards. The properties provide a friendly, community environment with strong links to university supports. Click the button below to view purpose-built student accommodation providers
Many students choose to rent a house, unit or apartment via the private rental market. Make sure you know your rights and responsibilities if you choose to rent.
Rental properties are usually unfurnished and the cost of utilities (electricity, gas and water) and internet are not included in the rent.
You will need to budget for the upfront costs of furniture, bond, the first month’s rent, utilities and internet connection.
Lease agreements are typically 12 months long, but this may be negotiated with the real estate agent or landlord.
Places to look for private rental properties include:
Homestay is where you live with a local family, couple or individual. Your host will provide a supportive environment and can help you transition to Melbourne.
‘Full board’ homestay usually offers a furnished room and access to shared facilities with meals and utilities included.
The Australian Homestay Network selects hosts that will provide a safe and welcoming home.
Student Accommodation One is a housing search website which includes homestay options.
Student hostels offer furnished, lockable rooms and shared facilities. These properties are designed for university students and provide a social atmosphere.
Some student hostels offer meal plans while others provide kitchen facilities. Utilities are often included in the overall cost.
See below for student hostels located near RMIT campuses. The companies listed are independent, private businesses and are not affiliated with RMIT.
Fitzroy and Fitzroy North
If you’re new to Melbourne, short-term accommodation provides a place to stay while you become familiar with the city and look for a permanent place to live. See below for short-term accommodation located near RMIT campuses. The companies listed are independent, private businesses and are not affiliated with RMIT.
It's best to arrive at least two weeks before classes start (to find out when classes start, check your Important dates). This will give you the opportunity to make an informed decision about the location and type of accommodation you want to live in long-term. For advice about your housing options, make an appointment with a Student Welfare Advisor at Student Connect.
RMIT regional sites
These websites list more short-term accommodation providers.
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