Each accommodation option may mean you have different rights and responsibilities, so make sure you know your rights and responsibilities before making any agreements, or paying any money for accommodation. You can get an expectation of the price for each option by conducting a search on the Houseme database.
Shared and Rooming Houses
Deakin On-Campus Residence
Off Campus Residences
Boarding and Full Board
Casual or Short Term Accommodation
Shared housing is one of the cheapest, most common and readily available housing options available to students. When staying in a shared house you usually have your own room and share facilities such as the kitchen, bathrooms and living areas with the other occupants of the house. In some shared houses you will join a group already living in the property, and be added onto the one lease. In these situations, the bills will usually be shared between the tenants, and all furnishings will usually need to be supplied by those living in the property.
In cases where there are four or more occupants in a property, and you are renting out an individual rooms, with an individual lease, this is known as a Rooming House. Rooming Houses must be registered with Council, and meet the Consumer Affairs Victoria minimum standards in rooming houses before they are able to be occupied.
All Rooming Houses listed on the Houseme database are required to provide their registration number, but you can also check in a property is registered by looking it up on the Public Register of Rooming Houses. In a Rooming House, utilities are included in the weekly rent and the property, including individual rooms are fully furnished, however, it is important to check with the accommodation provider before you make any commitments.
This includes vacant houses, unit, studio apartments and granny flats. These types of properties allow you to live independently, without the need to share your living environment if you don’t want to. This can be one of the more expensive options as you are solely responsible for meeting all rental costs such as the bond (security deposit), weekly rent, gas, electricity, water and furnishings.
Most vacant properties are managed by a real estate agencies, which can have lengthy application requirements and they will not accept applications if you have not personally inspected the property in advance. If you do wish to choose this option you will need to allow a minimum four weeks to secure accommodation. This is a popular options for student waning independent living, or perhaps mature aged student or those moving with a family.
Deakin on-campus residence is exactly that. At times throughout the year there may be vacancies available on-campus in a variety of accommodation types including shared apartments, dorm units and studio apartments.
If you are interested in on-campus accommodation as your first preference, you can find out more infomation and apply online.
There are a number of off-campus residences in the community operated by private providers. Off-campus residences offer furnished bedrooms and equipped common areas, as well as residential assistants. Rent includes all expenses such as gas, electricity and water unless the rooms are separately metered.
This type of accommodation is considerably more expensive than shared housing but usually includes more support and social options.
This accommodation type is where the property owner resides in the property. The rent usually includes a fully furnished room, with utility costs (gas, electricity, and water) included in the set price. Full board is similar, but usually includes evening and other meals. Boarding situations are not covered by the Residential Tenancy Act and the boarder has limited rights. Read more about your rights and responsibilities when boarding (link)
This is similar to boarding, where the property owner resides in the property, however it will require additional tasks be completed in exchange for low rent. For example, elderly people who may need some assistance with gardening or cooking may offer a low rent room in their home in exchange for 10 hours of assistance per week. Or a family may offer a low rent room in their home in exchange for babysitting after school, or on weekends.
This can be a great option if you want to meet other people and are willing to exchange low rent for additional tasks.
This option is perfect for students who study off campus and only need to stay somewhere a few nights here or there at exam time. It’s also a good option for students who only require accommodation a couple of night per week, or a couple of months. Rooms are fully furnished and all bills are included, however you may be expected to supply your own food. Due to demand and the low supply of this type of accommodation it can take some time to find.
Homestay accommodation is not available on the Houseme database, but searching for boarding accommodation can give you similar style options of living with a local family.
If you are particularly interested in Homestay accommodation, you can find more infomation on the Deakin site.