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Everything you need for the ultimate Australian experience.

Living costs in Australia

The costs of living vary depending on what campus/location you're in. According to Study in Australia you can expect to pay:

 

  • Rent/Accommodation - from $95 to $550 per week depending on location
  • Groceries and eating out - $140 to $280 per week
  • Gas, electricity - $10 to $20 per week
  • Phone and Internet - $15 to $30 per week
  • Public transport - $30 to $60 per week
  • Car (after purchase) - $150 to $260 per week
  • Entertainment - $80 to $150 per week

 

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Student accommodation costs

All Campus Living Villages properties in Australia come fully furnished, with all your bills and utilities included and are on campus.

Here's what our Villages include:

  • Rent
  • Utilities (gas, water, power)
  • No transport costs required
  • Furniture included
  • Fast, unlimited internet
  • 24/7 Support
  • Free student community events
Browse our Villages to see a full cost breakdown
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Safety & Support

Our Village Management Team and Resident Assistants are an important part of the Village community, providing coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

All of our Villages include key team members who are trained in first aid and mental-health awareness and work closely with university and community student services including medical, counselling, employment and language support.

Our onsite team are a first point of contact and are available to help International students navigate living in Australia. We'll answer any questions from how to get a bank account and phone number to where to shop for essentials and how to book an appointment with a doctor. We're here to help you!

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Arriving in Australia

When you land in Australia, you will need to go through Immigration and Customs. If you're unsure, you can ask any of the staff for help on your way through. Your passport and visa will be checked, then you can pick up your bags and go through customs. You can read more about going through Customs here.

It's best to book your accommodation before you travel to Australia. You can easily get a taxi or an Uber from any airport to your Village, or if you'd like to take public transport, search our the Frequently Asked Questions for specific directions to your Village.

If you still need help, fill out the form below and we'll answer your questions!

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Essential Services

Here's where you can find info on essential services you'll need on arrival in Australia:

 

  • Bank accounts - you can set up a bank account before or after you arrive. You'll need your Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE), passport, Letter of Offer and other forms of identification. Your University Student Support Officers should be able to help you, and our Village staff can also help direct you to the nearest bank. Learn more here.
  • Phone - if your phone provider won't work on arrival, we recommend getting an Australian SIM Card at the airport as soon as you land. Look for Vodafone or Optus stores to get set up right away. Check the airport website before you leave to see what options they have and how to find them
  • Public Transport - Transport systems are different in each state. Read more here
  • Internet - all of our Villages include unlimited WIFI. You'll be able to get access as soon as you arrive and check in

 

 

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COVID-Safety

Our students are our #1 priority, and from the beginning of 2020 our teams have gone above and beyond to ensure our Villages are COVID-Safe and to support students through a very challenging time. Here’s how we’re making our Villages safe, and why living on campus is helping our students thrive despite the pandemic.

How we're support students during COVID-19
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See the latest Government travel and visa advice

Learn more

Frequently asked questions about living in our Villages

Living at our villages gives you the best of both worlds: you get to live independently, with a full apartment where you can cook your own meals, but you also get to live in a supportive community with staff onsite to help you at any time. You're living in a Village with students just like you, which makes it the perfect place to make friends and build your own support network to make your way through University life together.

You also get the ultimate convenience - you can move into a furnished apartment where you just need to bring your clothes, laptop and get a few personal household items like sheets/towels and small kitchen items, and you're good to go! No need to buy any furniture or appliances. The best part is you don't need to worry about setting up any utilities or paying extra bills! Power, water, gas, electricity and WIFI are all included!

All of our Villages have laundries and maintenance teams on site to help fix any household issues, and you don't have to deal with a landlord or take out a complicated lease on a property.

Our Villages also provide a year round calendar of events and activities to support students to live, learn and grow. From yoga and wellbeing workshops to Village dinners, trips, quiz nights, movie nights and more - there are so many great opportunities to meet other students and have a great time.

At Campus Living Villages properties, our most common accommodation types are a shared apartment, a studio or a 1 bedroom apartment.

A Shared Apartment means you will be living in an apartment with other students. You each rent an individual room that comes furnished (usually with a bed, desk and wardrobe as a minimum) and share the bathrooms (usually there are 2 bathrooms in our shared apartments, however smaller apartments will have only 1) and you will share a kitchen and lounge space. The kitchen and lounge are furnished, and you will all share the responsibility of cleaning the apartment together.

Our shared apartments range from 2 bedrooms to 8 bedrooms. Living in a shared apartment is a great way to make amazing friends for life, as you'll be living together and sharing your University experiences.

studio means you will be in a small apartment that is usually a large bedroom that also includes some kitchen/cooking facilities. You will have your own ensuite bathroom. If you like your own space and privacy, want to balance affordability but still want to live in the Village community, this is a great option for you. Many of our Villages have a range of studio apartment options, from value options to premium.

A 1 bedroom apartment is a larger apartment where you have a separate bedroom and a larger kitchen and lounge. This is a premium living option, if you like lots of space and privacy.

We have specific instructions for each of our Villages if you navigate to the Village page and click the 'Frequently Asked Questions' button at the bottom of the page. However, our Customer Contact Village is always here to help support you. Fill in the form at the bottom of the page, and our team will help you plan your arrival at the Village.

Generally, the office is open 9am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday. If you do plan to arrive outside of office hours you can contact us in advance and let us know your arrival time, and we'll make sure someone is there to check you in.

We recommend that when you leave your home country and move to Australia, you pack your personal items and minimum essentials. There are a number of things you can buy locally very cheaply. However, if you are moving into a Shared Apartment, you may find that there are already students living there who have a lot of household supplies you can share, or you can plan and shop for them together so you can split the costs and don't end up with too many of the same items.

Here is a list of what you’ll need:

  • A photocopy of your ID, such as Passport or Driver's License to assist in your check in
  • Bedding/Linen including a pillow
  • Towels and tea towels
  • Food and household supplies - until you can arrange a group shopping trip with your housemates
  • Cooking equipment, crockery, cutlery, glasses, cooking utensils etc.
  • Laundry detergent – some areas have clothes lines for communal use, all laundries have dryers
  • Toasters, irons, ironing boards, TV’s etc. – although some residents wait until meeting their roommates on arrival to share the costs of small appliances

Every room is private with a lockable door - only you will have access to your room. If you are in shared accommodation, the communal areas will the be accessible to all tenants of the specific apartment.

You can secure your room for 2022 and rest easy knowing that you have the peace of mind to cancel your Residential Agreement if you are an International Student and you do not get your visa, you may cancel your Resident Agreement within 5 days of receiving notification from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

If you have not yet moved in, you will be refunded your security deposit and any other upfront fees. Refunds will be processed within 30 days. If your contract has already started, you are liable for rent up to the date of notification / moving out of the village and your security deposit will be returned to you provided you have met the move-out conditions.

However, application, registration and cleaning fees (where applicable) are non-refundable.

Learn more by reading our Free Cancellation (before you move in) policy

Unfortunately COVID-19 has caused many disruptions to people's plans. Depending on your circumstances, you have a number of options:

 

  • If you need to change your travel plans slightly you can speak to our team about adjusting your arrival date
  • If semester dates don't suit you - you can book flexible dates on many of our rooms, and if you can't see a flexible option, you can speak to our Customer Contact Village team who may be able to make a special arrangement for you
  • If you cannot get to Australia at all this semester - we're happy to help you defer your contract to a different start date
  • If Government restrictions (in your country, or Australia) mean you can't get to Australia at all - you're covered by our Free Cancellation (Before you move in) Policy
  • If your campus is closed or your course goes to online only teaching - you are also covered by the Free Cancellation (Before you move in) Policy

If you're affected in any way that's not listed above, we encourage you to speak to our team and we'll try our best to be as flexible and supportive as possible, based on your individual circumstances.

Yes, absolutely! All of our rooms have multiple contract types that range from 52 weeks (Full year) through to completely flexible (Choose Your Own Dates) on some of our room types.

Our most common contract types are Full Year, 48 Weeks, or a single Semester (or Trimester/Session at Universities that don't have Semesters). Each of these contract types are subject to availability and may not show on the website if they are sold out.

If you're not sure, fill out the form below to enquire with our team, and we'll help organise the length of stay that best suits you.

There is no deadline for applications; however, please note that once the Village has reached capacity, you are only able to sit on the waitlist, and this does not guarantee you a spot with us.

The kitchens are already equipped with large appliances, such as the fridge and the microwave. However, you will need to supply your own small appliances such as a toaster, kettle, and sandwich press for example, and your cutlery, plates, bowls etc. If you live in shared accommodation, you can always wait until you meet your roommates to organise a group shop to figure out what everyone has brought along with them, or what might already be in your apartment that you can share.

There are many great options to buy low cost appliances nearby, including Kmart, Target and Ikea - all of which deliver if you order online.

Speak to a member of our team

If you have any questions about moving to Australia, living on campus, studying or our properties, don't hesitate to ask! Simply fill in the form below and one of our team will get back to you.