Accommodation and lifestyle
Why Choose Deakin?
Deakin University is renowned for its outstanding student support, its choice of four vibrant and friendly campuses, as well as its flexible study modes and options. Deakin boasts the latest teaching and learning technologies and has won several recognitions for its teaching and research success.
International students can also take advantage of the many pathways that lead to study at Deakin. Among them, MIBT and Deakin University English Language Institute (DUELI) are located on campus and offer direct pathways to the University.
Deakin University has won the prestigious Australian University of the Year award, twice for our innovative use of technology in education and for our partnerships with industry.
Deakin continues to win numerous academic awards and receive high rankings by various independent research organisations, these include:
- Ranked in the top 3% of universities worldwide according to THE and QS University rankings*
- Ranked 59 in the world in the THE 2014 '100 Under 50' rankings
- Ranked 23 in the world in the discipline of Education and Training in the 2014 QS Discipline rankings
- Top 100 in the world in Politics in the 2014 QS Discipline rankings
- Top 150 in the world in Accounting and Finance, Psychology, History and Archaeology, Sociology Law and Legal Studies in the 2014 QS Discipline rankings
- Top 200 in the world in Communication and Media Studies in the 2014 QS Discipline rankings
- Ranked 3rd in the world for Sports Management in the Sports Business International 2014 Postgraduate Sports Course Rankings.
- 5-star rated university, awarded by the prestigious university ranking organization Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).
- Australian leader for student satisfaction, first in Victoria and third in Australia (Australian Graduate Survey)
- Highest number of Australian Learning and Teaching Council awards in 2011
- 9th largest number of grants awarded by the Australian Research Council Linkage Round for 2012 Funding.
*UNESCO world list of universities and institutions of higher education.
** GMAA: Graduate Management Association of Australia.
Deakin University is a member of Universities Australia and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. Our award-winning approach to higher education ensures professional associations, relevant industries and universities worldwide recognise your degree.
Victoria International Education Awards
Deakin was the most honoured university at the 2014 Victoria International Education Awards (VIEAs), an initiative of the Government of the Australian State of Victoria. The three awards won by Deakin place it at the top among Victorian universities for international student education and careers support. The 2014 VIEAs won by Deakin are:
- The Premier's Award for International Education Provider of the Year, the highest award presented at the VIEAs
- Excellence in International Education (University)
- Excellence in International Education (Student Employment and Careers)
Australian Research Council linkage awards Three awards were given to the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment.
- Two awards for the Institute for Frontier Materials, and;
- Both the Centre for Intelligent Strategic Research and the Faculty of Arts and Education were awarded one award each.
Victoria offers an experience found nowhere else. Surf beaches, snowfields, expansive countryside and native forests make Victoria a great place to live and study.
Victorians come from more than 200 countries around the world , giving the region a vibrant cosmopolitan feel with diverse multicultural festivals and events.
Victoria is home to diverse regional areas and attractions , from pristine beaches and coastlines to national parks and forests teeming with native wildlife. Watch the video below to explore Victoria's amazing scenery.
Video made by Deakin student and filmmaker Filip Laureys.
The capital city of Melbourne, voted the world's most liveable city*, is known as the multicultural heart of Australia. It's exciting, vibrant and famous for its:
- fantastic choice of food
- entertainment precincts
- social scene
- beautiful surrounds
Melbourne has a population of four million people. It's well known for its music festivals, free community-based activities, performing arts, quality restaurants, excellent shopping and beautiful parks and beaches which attract visitors from around the globe.
World-class sporting facilities draw international events such as the Australian Grand Prix, Australian Tennis Open and the International Cricket Test series.
The world famous Melbourne trams complement the city's public transport system, which includes train and bus services that run from the city centre to Deakin campuses. See more of Melbourne in the video below.
Video made by Deakin student and filmmaker Filip Laureys.
* Source: The Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Liveability Survey 2012.
Living in Australia
The cost of living will vary from campus to campus, from one type of accommodation to another, and from one individual student's needs to another.
The Australian Government's studyinaustralia website provides a general guide to costs associated with living and studying in Australia, which may help you to plan and budget for your stay in Australia.
In the summer months, from December to February, temperatures in coastal Victoria average the mid to high 20's, while in the winter months, from June to August, maximum temperatures drop to 14° on average. Autumn, from March to May, and spring, from September to November, are generally much milder.
Light clothing is recommended for summer and warm, waterproof clothing would suit winter. It is often recommended to layer clothing, as Victoria's weather can be very changeable, even within a day!
Summer can see hot and dry spells of weather, with temperatures soaring to the high 30's and occasionally reaching 40°. It is very important to drink plenty of water on hot days to avoid dehydration, to always wear SPF30+ sunscreen and a hat.
Australia has some of the highest levels of UV radiation in the world. Too much exposure to UV radiation can cause sunburn, skin damage and skin cancer. From September to April, when average UV levels are 3 and above in Victoria, sun protection is required. At this level, the UV radiation is strong enough to damage the skin and eyes. SunSmart informs you about sun protection measures.
Reliable information on Australia's climate, including weather forecasts, can be found at the Bureau of Meteorology
Australia has a modern and efficient banking system, which is accessible and easy to use. It is advisable to set up a bank account as soon as possible after your arrival and discuss your needs with the bank. New students are given assistance with their banking needs on arrival through the Welcome Desk.
To open an account you need your COE, passport, Letter of Offer, or other forms of identification. The standard banking hours for major banks are Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4pm.
There is an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) on each campus which can be accessed 24 hours a day if you have an access or key card from an Australian bank. To locate the ATM on your campus, have a look at your campus map.
Need more help with your finances while studying in Australia? Student Financial Support can help you with budgeting.
Myki is a reusable smartcard that allows you to travel on Melbourne's trains, trams and buses, V/Line commuter train services, buses in Geelong, as well as buses in a number of other regional areas.
Find out more about myki, how to get one, and how to top it up.
Deakin's Travel and Transport pages provides comprehensive information about travel to and from your Deakin campus, both via public transport and other means of travel.
There are two types of insurance that international students should be aware of, your compulsory Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), and personal insurance - particularly car insurance.
International students are required to take out Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their studies in Australia. Deakin's preferred provider for OSHC is Bupa, a major health insurer.
Don't forget to order your Bupa member card online after your arrival in Australia. You will have to show your card whenever you visit a doctor or have to go to hospital.
Some students may have OSHC through another provider, such as WorldCare or Medibank Private.
Deakin Medical Centre will not charge you for a doctor's consultation if you present an OSHC member card from one of the above mentioned providers.
If you are bringing expensive items with you to Australia, such as your laptop, digital camera or jewellery, you may wish to consider applying for personal property insurance to insure your belongings against loss or theft.
Students interested in purchasing a car while in Australia should consider taking out comprehensive insurance or Third Party Property insurance. The Transport Accident Commission provides personal injury insurance which is included in your annual registration fee. It does not, however, cover any property damage. Please read the VicRoads website for further information.
Deakin's Jobshop has information about finding work and lists available jobs. In addition, Jobshop provides a wealth of resources, including online tools, that will help increase your chances of finding part time work whilst studying.
For information about your rights as a worker in Victoria, Job Watch is a useful tool. It's important to be aware of your rights as a worker so that you don't make yourself vulnerable to exploitation by less scrupulous employers.
One of the conditions of your student visa stipulates that you can work no more than 40 hours per fortnight while your course is "in session", that is, during the trimester. A fortnight is calculated as any period commencing on a Monday and ending at the end of the second following Sunday.
During the trimester breaks and holidays you can work unlimited hours. Trimester 3 is a non-compulsory trimester. If you are not enrolled in any units in Trimester 3, you can also work unlimited hours in that period.
For more information, please refer to the Compliance website.
Australia is a relatively safe and secure country to live in. However, learning more about your environment and the local culture will help you stay safe and healthy.
Security Officers are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are based at all Deakin campuses. You can identify Security Officers by their uniforms which display the Deakin Security badge.
Deakin Security recommends you avoid walking alone on campus at night. They provide an escorting service, accompanying students to any location on campus, including car parks, student residences, and bus and tram stops. Learn more about the escorting service from the Deakin Security website.
Tips for keeping safe when traveling on public transport:
- Stay in well-lit areas
- At night, travel with friends
- Put your valuable items out of sight
- Make sure you have topped up your myki before traveling
- Plan your journey, know where you're heading
Introducing George: George is the face of the international student safety campaign and has a number of tips for international students on how to keep safe on public transport.
Australia has a water-based culture and if you intend to enjoy your visit here by seeing some of Australia you will no doubt visit a beach or river.
Only swim at a beach patrolled by lifesavers. And always remember 'FLAGS':
F: Find and swim between the red and yellow flags
L: Look at and read the safety signs
A: Talk to and ask the lifesavers about the beach and how to stay safe
G: Get a friend to swim with you. Never swim alone
S: Stick your hand up and wave your arm if you do get into trouble in the water.
The free Beachsafe app developed by Surf Life Saving Australia allows users to monitor surf and weather conditions at over 12,000 Australian beaches from their iPhones, and is an essential tool for anyone planning to visit Australia's coastline.
When spending time near a river or other inland waterway, you should take note of the safety checklist compiled by the Royal Lifesaving Society of Australia.
A number of checklists for a variety of other situations regarding water safety are available for downloading.
Australian attitudes to sex and relationships may differ from those of your home country. It's important you don't feel pressured to start a sexual relationship. However, if you are sexually active, you need to protect your health by seeking advice about:
- preventing pregnancy (by using effective contraception)
- preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
Deakin Medical Centre staff are experienced in providing students with confidential and sensitive sexual health advice and testing. The Sexual health and relationships page on the Deakin website provides further information on this important topic.
International students traveling between their home country and Australia should take note of the information on the Travel health page on the Deakin website.
Students with dependant family members not only have to consider their own arrival, accommodation and education, but also that of their families.
The type of accommodation you will need will obviously differ from that required by students without families and this will affect the cost. Deakin's Off-campus Housing Service can be of help when you are looking for suitable accommodation for yourself and your family.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection lists visa conditions for dependants on international students' visas.
If you have children up to age 6 and are in need of childcare, it is highly recommended that you apply for this as soon as possible after arriving in Australia. Waiting times for a place in childcare can be as long as 12 months. It is also important to know that childcare in Australia is costly.
Information on childcare services can be found at the Deakin University Childcare website.
Schooling is compulsory in Victoria for children between six and 17 years of age. Children can study at a government or non-government school. Parents who are enrolled in an undergraduate or Masters by Coursework degree pay full fees for their children's education. Only parents who are recipients of an Australian Government-funded scholarship (i.e. Australia Awards students) or students who are completing a Masters by Research or a PhD program are exempt from paying school fees for their children.
Please check the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development for the most up-to-date information on schooling for children in Victoria.
International students with dependent family members who have been granted permission to work should find out from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection what their work entitlements are.
As a Study Abroad and Exchange student, you have the option of applying at any of our on-campus residences, enjoy a homestay experience or receive assisted off-campus accommodation on arrival.
Please fill in the the housing preference form (part of the online application) to organise your housing at Deakin University. Demand for on-campus residences is high and allocation is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
When deciding which option to apply for, you should take into account the following:
• cost (e.g. weekly rent)
• type of accommodation (shared room, single room)
• number of tenants
• facilities available (e.g. laundry, shared kitchen)
• meals (i.e. provided or self-catered)
• distance to campus
• location and access to facilities (e.g. close to shops, transport, beaches)
• tenancy agreements and payment schedules.
Each Deakin location offers a unique atmosphere and study environment. You have the flexibility to choose when, where and how you study.
A dedicated space for delivery of selected Deakin courses, in partnership with The Gordon Institute of TAFE.
Bringing learning resources to university students in Dandenong.
Providing high-quality, technology-rich, sophisticated meeting and event spaces.
Previously known as off-campus study, is fast becoming the preferred way to combine study with work or family commitments.
Acknowledgement of traditional land owners
Deakin University would like to acknowledge that the present site of the Melbourne Burwood Campus is located on the land of the Wurundjeri people, the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus and Geelong Waterfront Campus are located on the land of the Wathaurong people, and the Warrnambool Campus is located on the land of the Gunditjmara people. They are connected to these lands, have walked these lands, and continue to care for them and nurture them for future generations.