UniSA Accommodation Services

UniSA Accommodation Services

November 6, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Welcome to the University of South Australia. Now you can start planning where you’ll live while you studying at university. In Adelaide, there is a wide range of accommodation options to choose from which can suit your needs and budget. These options include Residential colleges, student apartments, student hostels, private rentals, and homestay. Let’s have a look at each of these. Residential colleges: Colleges are a popular option for students living away from the family home for the first time, and a great way to meet other students. If you choose to stay in a college, you can usually expect the following: your own fully furnished, single lockable bedroom. Internet access, a shared kitchen, library, music rooms, sporting and laundry facilities. Electricity, gas and water consumption are normally included in the rent. Located in North Adelaide, they’re within easy walking distance to the city campuses. Residential colleges cost approximately $310 to $460 Australian dollars per week in rent. Residential colleges are popular and book up quickly. So early applications are strongly advices. Student apartments: You’ll find many apartments that cater to a wide range of budgets and usually include the following features: your own fully furnished, single, lockable bedroom. Shared kitchen, bathroom, living area and laundry facilities. Close to UniSA campuses. Student Apartments cost approximately $150 to $390 Australian dollars per week in rent, with the lower rate based on a shared apartment. And they require a bond, plus two weeks’ rent in advance. Student hostels: student hostels are an affordable option for students living away from home and a great way to meet other students. With this option, you can usually expect these facilities: your own fully furnished, single lockable bedroom. Shared kitchen, bathroom, living area and laundry facilities. Electricity, gas and water consumption are normally included in the rent. Internet access may also be included. Close to public transport. Student hostels cost approximately $135 to $230 Australian dollars per week in rent and require a bond plus one weeks’ rent in advance. Private rentals: private rentals are an independent living option that you may wish to consider. A private rental may be: your own private unit, apartment or a house, or a shared house with other students. Private rentals can cost anywhere from $100 to $350 Australian dollars per person per week in rent. With the lower rate based on a shared rental. And they require a bond plus two weeks’ rent in advance. When considering a private rental, refer to the vacancies on the UniSA rental database. And you can also refer to reputable real estate websites for available options. When considering a private rental, avoid internet scams and don’t pay for properties which you have not inspected. Homestay: Living with a local family, couple or single person can be a good way to familiarise yourself with your new environment. For international students, it’s a further opportunity to practice your English language skills and learn about the Australian lifestyle. Homestay usually includes: your own fully furnished, single room. Meals are usually included in the rent, as well as electricity, water and gas consumption. For full board, costs range from $250 to $300 Australian dollars per week, as well as the application fee. Key things to think about: so when you are planning your accommodation you need to consider three important things: 1. Where. Do you want to live near your campus or near the city centre? How easy is it to get around from that location? Is there easy access to public transport? 2. How much: how much can you afford to spend? 3. Type: Do you want your own apartment? Or do you want to live with other people in a residential college, homestay, apartment complex or hostel? Smart choices: your choice will determine whether you should arrange your accommodation prior to arrival in Australia. If choosing a private rental, we strongly advise that you inspect the accommodation before you pay any money. And we’re always here to help if you need any assistance. So please contact our Accommodation Servies and they will be able to help you with any questions or concerns. To find out more about accommodation options, please visit unisa.edu.au/accommodation