Off campus accommodation

Living off campus is a great way to get to know the local area. Use our online accommodation finder, Houseme, to find a place to live. You can then access the off-campus housing resources to get help with your application, as well as information on your rights and responsibilities when renting.

What's it like to live in...

Melbourne

Melbourne is considered one of the most beautiful and liveable cities in the world. There are plenty of rental options in and near the suburb of Burwood, and a great public transport system if you decide to live a bit further out from campus.

  • The closest suburbs to our Melbourne Burwood Campus are Burwood East, Box Hill South, Camberwell and Ashburton.
  • If you don’t mind living a bit further away, the beach-side suburb of St Kilda is popular with students and backpackers (and it's just a short tram ride away from the CBD).
  • Melbourne has the largest public tram network outside of Europe – so getting around is easy.
  • There are more cafes and restaurants per person in Melbourne than any other city in the world.

Geelong

Geelong is the second largest city in Victoria, with a population of nearly 185,000. Once an industrial town, it's continuing to emerge as an exciting cultural centre and tourist destination. Located on a peninsula, Geelong's surrounding beaches are very popular with surfers. World-class surfing competitions are held just 15 minutes from both Geelong campuses.

Our Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus is a 20-minute drive from the city centre, so if you choose to live centrally you won't be far from your classes. Suburbs closer to campus include Grovedale, Wandana Heights and Highton. You can access the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus by car, train, or the free shuttle bus that runs between our two Geelong campuses – and Melbourne is just an hour away.

Our Geelong Waterfront Campus is right in the centre of town. If you choose to live centrally you'll be living within walking distance to your classes. If you live further from the city centre, getting to campus by car, cycle or public transport is easy too.

Warrnambool

Warrnambool is a coastal town of nearly 30,000 people. It's an increasingly popular tourist destination, with historic buildings, beautiful waterways and surf beaches, and a whale-watching centre.

There are plenty of affordable rental options near our Warrnambool Campus. Located along the Great Ocean Road – one of the world's most scenic coastal drives – you can get to Warrnambool by car, bus or train.

The word Warrnambool originates from the local Indigenous name for a nearby mountain. Summers here are slightly cooler than in Melbourne, while winters are slightly warmer.

Find a place to live online

Houseme is Deakin's online accommodation finder. It's the best place to start when you're looking for somewhere to live off campus. You can use it to search for long-term, short-term, casual and temporary accommodation within a particular area or price range.

Search for somewhere to live on Houseme

How we can help

Found a great room but not sure how to organise a rental inspection? Or unsure of what to expect when you do?

Our off-campus housing service can help. They regularly run information sessions for new arrivals and can help you with:

  • using Houseme
  • filling out rental application forms
  • understanding your rights and responsibilities as a tenant
  • avoiding housing scams
  • arranging emergency accommodation.

Moving to Australia to study?

If you're an international student wanting to live off campus, you should only start looking for accommodation once you’ve arrived in Victoria.

We recommend that you stay in short-term accommodation for at least the first week of your arrival while you look. All of our campuses have short-term accommodation options nearby, such as hotels, motels and hostels.

You're also welcome to stay for a short amount of time at one of our campuses.

Read more about campus short stay options

Making good accommodation decisions

As with many online products and services, rental listings can be susceptible to scamming. Make sure you're aware of the telltale signs of a scam so you don't get caught out.

Telling you to transfer or wire money to secure the rental

Transferring or wiring money is the same as sending cash: once you send it, you're unable to get it back.

Scammers will sometimes ask you to transfer or wire them money to secure the rental. Deakin recommends you do not transfer or wire money for a rental property you haven't personally inspected.

Wanting a deposit or first month's rent before you've signed a lease

It's not a good idea to send money to someone you've never met in person, or for a property you haven’t seen.

If you can’t visit a property yourself, see if you can arrange someone you trust to go and confirm that the property's a genuine rental and matches the advertisement.

If you pay money in advance without personally inspecting the property and it turns out to not exist, or not be what was advertised, it's very difficult to get your money back.

They say they're out of the country...

But they have a plan to get the keys into your hands.

It might involve a lawyer or an 'agent' working on their behalf. Some scammers even create fake keys, or require you send more money before they release the keys to you.

Don’t send money to them overseas. If you can’t meet in person, see the apartment or sign a lease before you pay, and keep looking for other accommodation options.

Renting your space to Deakin students

If you're interested in renting out your room, apartment or house to Deakin students, all you need to do is register on Houseme. Once registered, you'll be able to put up and manage your listing.

Visit Houseme to register as an accommodation provider

Contact us

If you need help completing housing forms, have a tenancy issue, or you've been looking for off-campus accommodation for a few weeks without any luck, get in touch with us. We can offer advice, and may be able to help in other ways as well.

Melbourne housing
+61 3 9251 7671
Email the Melbourne housing team

Geelong housing
+61 3 5227 1158
Email the Geelong housing team

Warrnambool housing
Email the Warrnambool housing team

Or fill out our accommodation support form