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Before you even start looking for accommodation there are a few questions you need to ask yourself to ensure you are going to find the correct property for your needs.
First consider what is important to you -
There are many different types of off campus accommodation available, each varying in cost and inclusions. Below outlines the approximate cost of each accommodation type to give you a good starting point for your budget.
Shared housing is one of the cheapest, most common and readily available housing options available to students. When staying in a shared house you would have your own room but be expected to share facilities such as the kitchen, bathrooms and living areas with the other occupants of the house. In a shared house, bills will generally be included in the weekly rent and rooms would normally be furnished, however, it is important to check with the landlord or real estate before you make any commitments.
Approximate costs of shared housing per week-
This can be a costly option if you only want to live on your own. Many students choose to rent a vacant property with friends, which is much more cost effective. The majority of vacant flats, units and houses are unfurnished, so you may need to be prepared to supply all your own furniture. The availability of one and two bedroom units varies depending on location and can take more time to secure due to availability and demand.
Most vacant properties are managed by a real estate company, and they will require you to complete an application for the property you have chosen, detailing your income, identification, rental history and references. Your application for a property is not a guarantee of securing the property you prefer. If you do wish to choose this option you will need to conduct a broad search in a wide range of suburbs, as well as allowing a minimum of three to four weeks to secure accommodation.
Approximate costs of renting a vacant property per week-
|Fully-self contained Bungalows/Granny Flats||$160+|
|1 bedroom flat/unit||$240+|
|2 bedroom flat/unit||$280+|
|3 bedroom house||$360+|
|Fully-self contained Bungalows/Granny Flats||$180+|
|1 bedroom flat/unit||$220+|
|2 bedroom flat/unit||$250+|
|3 bedroom house||$280+|
|Fully-self contained Bungalows/Granny Flats||$120+|
|1 bedroom flat/unit||$160+|
|2 bedroom flat/unit||$190+|
|3 bedroom house||$250+|
There are a number of off-campus residences in the community operated by private providers. Off-campus residences offer furnished bedrooms and equipped common areas, as well as residential assistants. Rent includes all expenses such as gas, electricity and water unless the rooms are separately metered. This type of accommodation is considerably more expensive than shared housing but includes more support options.
DUSA operates a 17-bedroom student residence specifically for low-income (or homeless) students in Geelong. Selection criteria include
Usually includes a fully furnished room, an evening meal and utility (gas, electricity and water) costs included in a set price. Breakfast, lunch, laundry and other services may be negotiated or offered by the provider.
Approximate costs of full board 5 and 7 days
This option is perfect for students who study off campus and only need to stay somewhere a few nights here or there at exam time. It’s also a good option for students who only require accommodation a couple of night per week. Rooms are fully furnished and all bills are included, however you may be expected to supply your own food. Casual accommodation can take time to find.
Approximate costs for casual accommodation per night