Rent will only be one of your expenses but don’t forget gas, electricity, internet and furniture, as many properties come unfurnished. You’ll also need to pay a bond, which is normally the equivalent of four weeks rent. If your rental isn’t near the University, figure out how much it will cost to travel there over the year.
Accommodation on campus and in surrounding suburbs is extremely popular and can be booked up fast – especially at the start of semester. Start looking at least two to three months before you want to move in. You need time to check a few places before making a decision.
In addition to the usual flat-share in a privately-owned apartment or house, why not investigate some of the other low-cost accommodation options near campus.
Purpose-built student apartments are a great option if you’re looking to explore Sydney independently, but want to stay close to a student community. Many offer fantastic city views, and quiet places for group work and solo study. Start by checking out:
Student boarding houses are also very common around the inner west of Sydney, offering a similar collegiate experience to living on campus. Most are run by a church or humanitarian group. What’s included in your rent will vary from one place to another. Check out:
Write a list of questions and ask the landlord or property manager. Does the rental include utilities or internet access? Are you allowed to have guests? What facilities are shared? (eg, laundry). What about pets, parking, bicycle lockup?
Make sure you thoroughly inspect any property before paying a deposit or signing a contract. Never pay money through a funds transfer to a private rental agency or individual you don’t know. One option to consider is short term housing which can be arranged before you arrive, which gives you time to search for a longer-term option.
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