Complete the online application form, which will take between 15 and 30 minutes depending on the accommodation type you are applying for. You will need to have your personal and contact details handy, and also tell us a little bit about why you would like to live on campus and what you can bring to our community. A small ($30) application fee is applicable if you are interested in living in one of our shared units.
Please refer to the application closing dates listed in key dates.
Students are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible prior to this date as the timing of applications is taken into account when assessing applications.
No. The demand for on-campus accommodation at Waurn Ponds is always extremely high and unfortunately a large number of students who submit applications miss out on a room. Assistance is available via the Off Campus Housing Service for students who may miss out.
This is purely a personal decision. As a general rule the shared accommodation is a bit more social as you must go to the shared lounge/kitchen to cook etc. This will ensure you are interacting with your peers. Self-contained apartments/units allow you to cook in your own kitchenette and watch TV in seclusion, though there are also communal kitchens in the buildings and 'break out' areas to study and relax. These are good options for when you wish to be with your peers.
No matter what room type you end up in, there are events organised for individual units and also for the whole of res and a lot of times it is purely up to you on how social you would like to be.
Accommodation offers for new domestic students are made in conjunction with the release of University course offers. This is due to the tight timelines associated with the release of University places and the residential offer being made and accepted before the University year commences.
There is a great deal of competition for places and it is best to submit an application to avoid disappointment. Very few late offers are made.
If you are unsure which Deakin campus you will be studying at, simply indicate all campuses you are interested in on the application form. Once University course offers are made, we will adapt your application to match the campus where you will be studying.
Note: If applying to an NRAS studio apartment at Waurn Ponds or Warrnambool, a separate application is required.
Once you have been offered an academic place at Deakin, we will then consider your complete application for on-campus accommodation using the following selection criteria:
1) Timing of your application (date received)
2) Geographic location - distance that you live from campus
3) Your responses to the questions in the application process
Note: If applying to an NRAS studio apartment at Waurn Ponds or Warrnambool you must also meet the low income criteria and complete an income declaration.
To find out when accommodation offers will be sent, please refer to key dates.
Please note that you will not be informed of the status of your application over the phone.
If your application is successful, you must confirm your place by accepting your offer online and paying the appropriate fees by the date specified.
If you are successful in obtaining an on-campus accommodation place you will receive an email notifying you of your offer. The email will detail how to accept your offer online.
If you are unsuccessful in obtaining a place, you will receive an email notifying you that you have been unsuccessful and providing advice regarding other accommodation options and assistance available.
Should you be unsuccessful in obtaining a place on residence, all is not lost! Successful applicants are given a deadline date for accepting their offer. If the online acceptance and payment are not received by the specified date they will forfeit their accommodation place.
You are encouraged to keep in contact with Residences during this time. Vacancies do occur up until the official shift in date (and beyond!) due to applicants accepting offers from other institutions or deferring from their course of study.
It is not unusual for vacancies to exist leading into the intra-trimester break at Easter in April so please, let us know if your preference is to live on-campus and we may well be able to accommodate you.
The Trimester 2 intake occurs mid year, please refer to key dates for closing dates for applications. If you have already applied at the start of the year, there is no need to reapply, but you will need to contact us and request that your application be "reactivated" for Trimester 2.
Assistance is also available via the Off Campus Housing Service for students who may miss out.
Once you have received your offer email you will need to pay the appropriate fees and accept your offer online by the date specified in the email. When accepting your offer you will be accepting the terms and conditions within the:
Failure to accept your online offer by the date outlined in your email will automatically forfeit your accommodation place.
Note: For Studio Apartments (NRAS) you will also select your chosen room at this stage and will be required to provide supporting documentation for the income declaration step.
Acceptance of offer should be made as specified in the offer email. Please refer to key dates.
No. Many students miss out on a room each trimester and then have to search for alternative accommodation. Once you have accepted your License Agreement, you are legally obligated to honour the agreement until the date specified. Most students are offered a License Agreement for the full academic year, however agreements for exchange students are usually for a single trimester. You should also be aware that once you accept the residency agreement, you are bound by the terms and conditions of that agreement. If you do vacate before the specified date on your agreement, you will incur financial penalties.
No. We encourage a dynamic multicultural community and as such room allocation is based on a "balance" of international and Australian students, gender and faculty mix. All units are within close proximity to one another anyway, so if you don't end up in the same unit as your friend, you will not have far to walk to meet them.
In case of a legitimate need to be located in a certain area or near a certain individual please contact the Residences office directly and advise our staff who will assess your request.
Note: Tenants moving into a Studio Apartment (NRAS) are able to select their own room at the time of accepting their offer.
No. If you defer your course, you will need to forfeit your accommodation place and will need to reapply for accommodation the following year.
If offered a place in residence you will be required to agree to the terms and conditions within the License or Lease Agreement.
Please read your Agreement carefully and be aware that you are accepting your offer for the dates specified in the email, as the charges have been set on that expectation.
Whilst university owned accommodation is not available at the Geelong Waterfront campus, many students live on residence at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus and commute for their studies.
It is approximately 8 kilometres from the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus to the Geelong Waterfront campus. The University operates a free intercampus bus service. It operates weekdays throughout the day and evening.
No. While you will have your own bedroom, all shared units consist of males and females and you will share all other facilities in the unit, such as kitchen, lounge room and bathrooms. Self contained studio apartments are now also available at each campus.