Living off campus
Living in Warrnambool is a great way to experience regional Australia, and you'll be able to share the experience with a close community of locals, students and staff. 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 Warrnambool
Warrnambool is a town of nearly 30,000 people. It's an increasingly popular tourist destination, with historic buildings, beautiful waterways and surf beaches and a whale-watching centre. There are plenty of affordable rental options near our Warrnambool Campus.
Warrnambool at a glance
- Warrnambool is located along the Great Ocean Road – one of the world's most scenic coastal drives.
- You can get to Warrnambool by car, bus and train.
- The word Warrnambool originates from the local Indigenous name for a nearby mountain.
- Summers in Warrnambool are slightly cooler than in Melbourne, while winters are slightly warmer.
Find a place to live online
We have an online housing database of local properties available called Houseme, in which students can search for long-term, short-term, casual and temporary accommodation options in different areas of Geelong, Melbourne and Warrnambool.
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.
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.
Off-campus housing enquiries
Email Housing Warrnambool