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 tell us a little bit about why you would like to live on campus and what you can bring to our community.
* For Studio Apartments you will also need to complete an income declaration and tenant demographic assessment as part of the application process
* For Shared Units a small ($30) application fee is applicable.
If you have completed an application in the past please log in via the Resident Login.
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 being assessed. For new students it is not recommended to leave your accommodation application until you know you have been accepted as a student to Deakin University.
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.
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.
If you have any questions or problems with your accommodation application then you can contact the team at Residences Reception and they will be able to help you out.
This is purely a personal decision. As a general rule the shared accommodation is more social as you use the same kitchen, lounge and dining area as the other students in your unit. This will ensure you are interacting with your peers. Studio apartments are self-contained so you can cook in your own kitchenette and watch TV in seclusion, however 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.
All room allocations are done automatically. This assists a balanced mix of international, domestic, genders and faculties in order to encourage a multicultural community.
If you have a legitimate need to be located somewhere specific then you'll need to note this in your application. We also suggest to contact the Residence office with your request.
If you are unsure which Deakin campus you will be studying at, please submit a separate application for each campus and once course offers are made we will match up the correct campus application with your course offer.
Note: depending on which accommodation type you are applying for you may be asked to pay the application fee more than once.
Once you have been offered an academic place at Deakin, we will then consider your application for on-campus accommodation using the following selection criteria:
1) Application is completed
2) Timing of your application (date received)
3) Geographic location - distance that you live from campus
4) Your responses to the questions in the application process
Note: If applying for a Studio Apartment you must also meet the low income criteria and complete an income declaration. If applying for Shared Accommodation the application fee must be paid..
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 in obtaining an on-campus accommodation place you will receive an email notifying you of your offer. The email will detail you instructions of how to accept your offer online which must be done to confirm your place and paying the appropriate fees all by the date specified.
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 be able to contact you if a late offer becomes available.
The Trimester 2 intake occurs mid year, please refer to key dates for closing dates for applications. If you have already completed an application, you will need to log in via the Residences Login to do your Trimester 2 application as you have already registered and created a profile.
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.
Acceptance of offer should be made as specified in the offer email. Please refer to key dates. Failure to accept your online offer by the date outlined in your email will automatically forfeit your accommodation place.
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.
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. A License or Lease is the contractual agreement between DRS and yourself that binds both parties to the terms of the 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.
You may be able to arrive and check into your room early as long as the room is available. Contact Residences Reception to make arrangements. Additional charges will apply.
You can arrive at a later date than agreed. You will however, still be required to pay for the whole term of your stay as written in your agreement.
Ideal check in time for residences is between 10am to 4pm however reception is staffed 24/7 so you can come at any time. If you are unsure you can contact the Residences Reception to confirm.
Residences Orientation Week runs the week before DUSA's (Deakin University Student Association) O'Week. It's a great opportunity to learn about living on-campus and meet the people you'll be living with. You will be emailed more information about this prior to your check in date.
A small number of Studio Apartments will be available in Geelong walking distance from the Geelong Waterfront Campus, however 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 shuttle bus (cube) service that operates weekdays throughout the day and evening.
There are a number of facilities we have here on res. They include use of our recreation rooms which are set up with lounges, Foxtel, billiard and table tennis tables, a music room, an outdoor ½ basketball court, tennis courts, many outdoor BBQ and picnic areas and access to walking paths and a running track around the campus. Sporting equipment and games can be hired at reception along with our recreation rooms if you are wanting a private space.
The number of people you'll be living with on residence will depend on the type of accommodation you've chosen. Our shared unit sizes vary from 2 bedrooms up to 13 bedrooms in each unit. All students will have their own private bedroom. Our studio apartments are all single occupancy. Please contact Residences Reception if you require further information.
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. Also on Res are self-contained Studio Apartments. These are one occupant however there is still a mix of males and females in each building.
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