Living off campus

Living off campus is a great way to meet locals and get to know the city of Geelong. Whether you're moving across the state or from the other side of the world, we have advice and resources to make moving easier.

Living in Geelong

Geelong is the second largest city in Victoria, with a population of nearly 185,000. Once an industrial town, Geelong is emerging as an exciting cultural centre and tourist destination.

  • Our Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus is a 20-minute drive from the centre of Geelong, so if you chose to live centrally you won't be far away from your classes. There are closer suburbs to live in though, such as Grovedale, Wandana Heights and Highton. 
  • You can access the 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.
  • Geelong is on a peninsula, with surf beaches, diving, and recreational fishing all on offer. Beaches are very popular for surfers, with world-class surfing competitions held just 15 minutes from campus.

Find a place to live online

Houseme is the best place to start when you're looking for somewhere to live in Geelong. It's our online housing database of available rooms, apartments and houses. You can use it to find long-term, short-term, casual and temporary accommodation option.

Visit the Houseme website

How we can help

Our off-campus housing service regularly runs information sessions for new arrivals. They can also 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. We recommend that you stay in a hotel or hostel while you look, as it’s possible to get scammed if you apply while you’re outside the country.

Make 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.


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.


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.


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, keep looking for other accommodation options.

Renting your space to Deakin students

 If you're interested in renting out your space to Deakin students, all you need to do is register on Houseme. Once you do, you can put up and manage your listing.

Visit Houseme to register as an accommodation provider

Contact us

Off-campus housing enquiries
+61 3 5227 1158
Email off-campus housing enquiries