Living off campus

You’ll love making your home in Melbourne, whether it’s an apartment in the city or a share house in the suburbs. 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 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 Burwood Campus are Burwood East, Box Hill South, Camberwell and Ashburton. 
  • If you don’t mind living a bit further away, St Kilda is popular with students and backpackers (it’s where the beach is). 
  • 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.

Find a place to live online

Houseme is the best place to start when you’re looking for somewhere to live. It’s our online database of rooms, houses and apartments for rent. You can use it to search for long-term, short-term, casual and temporary accommodation in different areas of Melbourne and Victoria.

It also has a lot of general information about renting and living in Victoria, including frequently asked questions. 

Visit the Houseme website

How we can help

Our off-campus housing service regularly runs information sessions for new arrivals. They 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 Melbourne. 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.

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, 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

Housing Melbourne enquiries
+61 3 9251 7671
Email Housing Melbourne