Short-term and crisis accommodation

If you're arriving in Melbourne and need short-term accommodation, there are a range of options close to each of our campuses. If you need emergency housing, we've included links to a number of organisations that can help.

Short-term accommodation

If you're travelling to Melbourne from overseas or interstate, deciding where to live before you arrive can be difficult. You may want to book temporary accommodation, so you have somewhere safe to live while looking for more permanent housing.

Short-term stays are sometimes possible at our residences at the Hawthorn campus. Availability is limited, email us at to check your dates.

The following options include hotels and hostels close to our campuses.

Short-term accommodation near Hawthorn campus


Quest Hawthorn
Address: 616 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn 3122
t: +61 3 8803 7700
Description: 4.5-star and green-star accreditation, fully serviced studio apartment
Travel to campus: Two minutes to Hawthorn campus

Glenferrie Hotel
324 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
t: +61 3 9818 6530
Travel to campus: Two minutes to Hawthorn campus

Richmond Hill Hotel
Address: 353 Church Street, Richmond 3121
t: 1800 801 618
Description: 3-star bed and breakfast in heritage building. Single, double and group rooms, most with private bathroom. Serviced apartments also available.
Travel to campus: 30 minutes by tram or train to Hawthorn campus

Melbourne CBD and surrounds

Quest on Bourke
Address: 155 Bourke St, Melbourne 3000
t: +61 3 9361 0400
Description: Fully equipped kitchen with separate living and dining area. One and two bedroom apartments are available. For special student rates please email the property directly.
Travel to campus: Near Parliament train station, 25 minutes to Hawthorn campus

Victoria Hotel
Address: 215 Little Collins St, Melbourne 3000
t: + 61 3 9669 0000
Description: Hotel-style rooms with shared bathroom or private bathroom. No cooking facilities.
Travel to campus: 20 minutes to Hawthorn campus

City Centre Budget Hotel
22 Little Collins St, Melbourne 3000
t: + 61 3 9654 5401
Description: Good quality budget accommodation, fully-furnished rooms, roof top garden with kitchen, free internet and wireless
Travel to campus: Near Parliament train station, 25 minutes to Hawthorn campus

Claremont Hotel
189 Toorak Rd, South Yarra 3141
t: +61 3 9826 8000
Description: 3-star hotel that offers single rooms with shared bathrooms
Travel to campus: 30 minutes to Hawthorn campus


Greenhouse Backpackers Hostel
Address: Level 6 / 228 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000
t: +61 3 9639 6400
Description: Backpacker accommodation with shared bathroom, kitchen and lounge facilities
Travel to campus: 20 minutes to Hawthorn campus

Student Accommodation Victoria Pty
Address: 32-34 Kangerong Rd, Box Hill 3128
t: +61 3 9890 2812
Description: Student hostel with fully furnished rooms, shared kitchen and bathrooms
Travel to campus: 25 minutes to Hawthorn campus. Located in Public Transport Zone 2

Urban Central Accommodation
Address: 334 City Rd, Southbank 3006
t: +61 3 9693 3700
Description: 24 hours reception, funky bar with big screen projector, TV, pool tables, free breakfast and locker, air conditioned and heated. Cheap internet access.
Travel to campus: Tram to Southern Cross station, 30 mins to Hawthorn campus

Short-term accommodation near Croydon campus

Dorset Gardens Hotel
Address: 335 Dorset Road, Croydon 3136
t: +61 3 9725 6211
Description: 3.5-star motel-style units with ensuite bathroom available in double and twin share
Travel to campus: 5 minutes walk to Croydon campus

Short-term accommodation near Wantirna campus

Hotel Cavalier
Address: 343 Stud Rd, Wantirna South 3152
t: +61 3 9801 9733
Description: Hotel-style rooms with ensuite bathroom
Travel to campus: 5 minutes walk to Wantirna campus

Punthill Knox
337 Stud Rd, Wantirna Sth
t: 1300 731 299
Description: Fully furnished apartments
Travel to campus: 5 minute walk to Wantirna campus

Other temporary accommodation

The following websites offer short-term accommodation around Melbourne.

Emergency and crisis accommodation

If you’re homeless or in need of short-term emergency accommodation, the following organisations can help.

An international student can contact Swinburne International for accommodation support, and access after-hours support by calling our After-Hours Assistance Line: +61 3 9214 6741.