Housing and schooling

When moving to Victoria, whether you want to rent, buy, or just find temporary accommodation is up to you. There are many things to consider that will be unique to your situation.

Here you'll find some tips on each of these options, as well as schooling information if you have a child.

Temporary accommodation

When moving to Victoria, you might initially require temporary accommodation until you can find something more permanent.

There are different types of accommodation ranging from serviced apartments to hotel and motels. For some good options on temporary accommodation close to the campus where you'll be working, visit our accommodation for students page.


Instead of buying, you may initially choose to rent a property. This gives you the flexibility of familiarising yourself with towns and suburbs before deciding where you'd like to live.

Rental properties and costs vary widely across Victoria's towns and suburbs. How much you can afford will be a key factor in choosing where you live and what style of home you live in.

Prior to your arrival, you should compare rent prices in different areas. Nearby suburbs can vary in price enormously, as can different properties in one suburb.  As of March 2017, median rental prices in metropolitan Melbourne is $430 and regional Geelong is $380 per week.

Some useful sites to research areas and costs are Realestate.com and Domain.

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Buying a property

Property prices in Victoria vary widely from region to region.  The following is a guide to the varied prices based on metropolitan Melbourne to regional Geelong.

As of March 2017, median property prices for houses in metropolitan Melbourne were $826,000, while in regional Geelong it was $640,000.

Once you've decided to buy, it’s worth investigating different areas. Neighbouring suburbs can vary in price greatly.  Before you buy, try looking at other property prices that are for sale in the area for comparison.

Other things to consider when buying a property

Be aware of the costs associated with purchasing, legal advice and conveyancing, applying for a home loan and whether you're eligible for any grants through the government.

Learn more at Realestate.com

Learn more at Domain

Learn more at Homesales

Schooling in Victoria

Finding the right school for your child can be challenging when moving to a new state or country. It can also depend on whether you're looking for a primary or secondary school, and is also based on the needs of your child.

Things to consider

When choosing a school for your child, you'll need to think about your family circumstances and needs. For example:

  • How far do you want to travel and is the school reasonably close to home and work?
  • Will the school be able to cater for your child's needs and interests?
  • What facilities do they offer and are you comfortable with the feel of the school?
  • Will the teachers and the school curriculum support all aspects of your child's development, including social, emotional, physical and cognitive needs?
  • Does the school's policy on homework and discipline reflect your own values and expectations?
  • Does the school work in partnership with families?