How to apply for accommodation

Applying for on-campus accommodation at Deakin is easy, but there are a few things you should know first about how the process works. That way, you'll have the best chance of successfully snagging a spot.

Application timeliness

Accommodation offers for new domestic, international, and DUELI students are made in conjunction with the release of University course offers. That's why it's important that you apply before you know you've been accepted into a Deakin course.

Do I have to apply before I know if I've been accepted into a Deakin course?

There's a great deal of competition for places, so it's best to submit an application early to avoid disappointment. Very few late offers are made. In fact, the timeliness of your application is one of the criteria used when assessing applications.

Important dates

We’re currently accepting applications for Trimester 3 2016 and Trimester 1 2017.

Applications openApplications closeOffers sent from residential office
T3 2016 now openTo be advisedApplications assessed within seven days of being received
T1 2017 now openTo be advisedTo be advised

Term selection 2017

Room typeLease lengthDates
Studio apartments (Double, single or one bedroom) 
Shared unit
Shared dormitory 
40 weeks6 February 2017–
13 November 2017
Studio apartments (Double, single or one bedroom) 
Shared unit
Shared dormitory 
52 weeks

6 February 2017–
5 February 2018 

Medical student shared accommodation44 weeks27 January 2017–
4 December 2017

How much does it cost to live on campus?

Your rent also covers things like heating, air-conditioning, all utilities (water, gas and electricity), laundry facilities (washers, dryers, clothes lines and ironing facilities), use of shared spaces, internet access and 24-hour security and staff support.

Geelong Waurn Ponds room prices


2017 weekly rent2016 weekly rent
Studio apartment$221$217
Studio apartment with double bed$234$230
One-bedroom apartment$250$246
Medical student shared apartment$232$228
Shared unit$226$222
Shared dormitory$222$218

The above fees exclude catering and have been rounded up to the nearest dollar. Fees are valid for the periods noted only and may increase.

How to pay

Once your application has been accepted and finalised, you’ll receive an invoice every month. 

Residence fees are invoiced one month in advance, and are due to be paid by the first of each month. We accept a range of payment methods and arrangements.

Financial assistance for on-campus accommodation

Deakin University offer a wide range of scholarships and awards to assist students from many different backgrounds in paying for their university experience, including accommodation. 

Learn about our available scholarships

Tips for filling out your application

Sadly, we can’t accept every application to live on campus. There are a few things you can do to improve your chances of getting a place to live on campus: 

  • Apply as early as you can. You can always withdraw your application if your plans change
  • Fill in your application fully and make sure you include all the required information
  • If you're unsure which Deakin campus you'll be studying at, please submit a separate application for each campus. Once course offers are made, we'll match up the correct campus application with your course offer.

It's important you read the following resources before you apply, so you understand all the benefits of living on res.

PDF Residences handbook 2016 -2.5 MB

PDF Licence agreement terms and conditions -50.7 KB

Apply now

Completing your online application will take between 15 and 30 minutes, and you’ll need to have your personal and contact details handy. 

For studio apartments, you'll also need to complete an online income declaration and a tenant demographic assessment as part of the offer process, as these fall under the National Rental Affordability Scheme. 

If you have any questions or problems with your accommodation application, contact the team at Residences Reception and they’ll be able to help you out.

Apply now to live on campus at Geelong Waurn Ponds

Contact us

Contact the residences reception team.

Deakin Residential Services
+61 3 5227 1158
Email Deakin Residential Services