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International students often have some unrealistic expectations about accommodation in Australia.
It is important to remember that the standard of living you are accustomed to at home may not be the same here. Rental accommodation in Australia is expensive and you should not expect to be able to find certain types of accommodation cheaply. An indication of rental costs at and around the different Deakin campuses can be found on the Off Campus Housing website. It is important to understand that these prices are indicative only and usually refer to the lower end of the market. If you are used to a higher standard of accommodation, you will need to consider a higher budget.
In Australia, it is usual that you would be expected to sign a lease or tenancy agreement. This is a legally binding document that requires certain responsibilities of both the tenant and the landlord. Once signed, a lease can be difficult to get out of without some form of financial penalty, so it is always best to be sure of your decision before signing any agreement.
Consider the distance from both your campus and public transport services. International students studying in Victoria are not entitled to public transport concessions and are required to pay full adult fare, so although you might find a cheaper house in outer suburbs, it is essential that you factor in transport costs and travel time when deciding on your accommodation.
Check out the Off Campus Housing website and more useful information.