Accommodation for international students is as varied as the requirements of the students themselves! Perth and Melbourne both have many options available that would suit your study program.

An approximate guide to accommodation costs are below:

Accommodation Type


Perth - Average Price Range (AUD)

Melbourne - Average Price Range (AUD)

Hostels and Guesthouses

This is a great temporary solution for students still seeking permanent accommodation. Hostels are normally located in the city-centre and close to tourist attractions. They’re less formal than hotels are which makes them cheaper, but you generally have a furnished room and access to amenities such as a kitchen, laundry and common areas. You can choose to have your own room or share a dormitory with other people.  

$80 to $150 per week

$110 to $280 per week

Shared Rental

While you’re staying in a hostel, you can organise a permanent accommodation solution, such as a shared rental. This means you share a house or apartment with other people. Usually you each get your own bedroom but share amenities such as the bathroom, living space, kitchen and laundry. Costs vary depending on suburb, size of the residents and the number of people living in the property. You may also need to pay for utilities such as water, electricity, gas and internet.

$80 to $250 per week

$150 to $300 per week


This accommodation is also generally organised once you’re in Australia. You can rent a house or apartment to live in by yourself or with friends. You may need to buy or rent your own furniture, however some properties come furnished. A tenancy agreement or lease contract needs to be signed between yourself and the owner. There is generally a minimum amount of time you need to stay, such as 6 or 12 months. Prices depend on the suburb you live in and the size of the property. 

A$100 to A$400 per week


A$170 to A$450 per week



This means you live with a local family, which means you have an extra opportunity to practice your English and experience the Australian culture and lifestyle. These families are often experienced in hosting foreign students and there are agencies that can help you find a family that suits your individual needs. Your room is usually furnished and you’re provided with necessities such as linen and towels.

A$140 to A$270 per week

A$150 to A$300 per week


How do I start looking for accomodation?

Your educational institution will provide you with help in finding accommodation and understanding contracts such as leases and tenancy agreements.

Student noticeboards and newspapers often advertise rooms, apartments and houses for rent. Some institutions also post accommodation vacancies on their website.

Websites like REIWA,, Gumtree,,, and are great places to look for rental accommodation.


Please select a maximum of 3 courses on this form, all the information regarding your selected courses is provided via separate emails and a highly trained Course Advisor will be in touch to discuss your personal circumstances.