Living on campus

On-campus living combines cost-effectiveness with convenient access to everything you need as a student. Living on campus offers:

  • secure and safe accommodation
  • closeness to classes and support services
  • access to public transport such as trams, trains and buses
  • nearby shops and eateries
  • social environment
  • 10 minutes' travel to central Melbourne
  • availability for a semester or a year 

  A$290–A$425 per week
Bills: Included
Furnished: Yes

See more information on our on-campus accommodation options, including a breakdown of costs and facilities.

Renting with others

If you prefer greater independence, a room in a share-house with others may suit you. Sharing a rental can allow you to make friends outside of your university network and live more independently.

You may also have to pay:

  • a security deposit or bond payment
  • room furnishings such as a bed and desk
  • share bills and other expenses

 A$140–A$350 per week (approximately)
Bills: Not included (unless stated otherwise)
Furnished: No (unless stated otherwise)

Renting on your own

Though it is more costly, you can rent your own one-bedroom house or apartment for ultimate privacy. Solo renting lets you live more independently, but you will most likely need to:

  • pay a bond or security deposit
  • supply all your own furniture and appliances
  • follow lease restrictions in terms of minimum stays (e.g. six months or one year)

Cost: A$200–A$450 per week (approximately) 
Bills: Not included
Furnished: No (unless stated otherwise)

Homestay accommodation

homestay is an arrangement in which a student lives with a local host family. The family provides some meals and a private room in their home. A homestay may be particularly suited to you if you're under 18, or an international student seeking:

  • a relaxed family environment
  • opportunities to improve your English skills and experience Australian culture
  • an inclusive weekly cost that covers most bills (phone and internet may not be included) and two to three meals daily
  • 24/7 support from the Australian Homestay Network
  • a stay of longer than 28 days.

There is a one-time, non-refundable booking fee of A$290 when you book your homestay.

Cost: From A$300 per week
Bills: Included
Furnished: Yes

Accommodation for international students who are under 18 years of age

If you’re an international student and under 18, you will need to live on-campus, in homestay accommodation, or with a relative approved by the Department of Home Affairs.

Looking for more information?

For more information on the accommodation options available in and around campus, download the Swinburne Accommodation guide.

Accommodation guide