Staying in Canberra and surrounds
If you prefer to live off-campus or you haven't been able to secure a place at one of the University lodges, you have a number of options:
Renting in Canberra
|Domain and RealEstate.com.au are national property websites tailored for buying and renting in Australia. RealEstate.com.au also lists share accommodation on their website.|
|Rent.com.au||Rent.com.au is a rental-only website. Their aim is to provide renters with the widest possible choice of homes from both agents and private landlords.|
|Flatmates and Easy Roommate both allow people to look for share accommodation, list their spare room and allows people to find others looking to team up to find a share home.|
|Allhomes||Allhomes is linked with Domain but is a Canberra centric property site that caters for people looking to buy, rent and share in Canberra.|
|Gumtree||By searching Real Estate in Bruce, Gumtree will give you options for renting a room, apartment, house and sharing accommodation close to the University.|
|Canberra Student Housing Co-operative||$155 rent per week and $60 co-op kitty per month; Single bedrooms in shared 5 or 7 bedroom units. A furnished single bedroom in a shared unit with kitchen, and a shared bathroom, unlimited utilities, broadband, weekly fresh fruit and vegetables, cleaning supplies and most co-op events. Email.|
|UniGardens||Canberra Student Accommodation - long and short term, shared and private fully furnished apartments located in Belconnen, next to the University, starting from as cheap as $159 p.w.|
|Fully catered women’s hostel in Lyneham with students from all universities and CIT from first years student to those doing their PHD. Rent is $300/week and includes all meals, utilities, use of facilities such as washing machines, parking and cleaning of common areas.|
Local motels, hotels, apartments and B&Bs
|Short Stays @ Campus West||Short stays offering a range of self-catered apartments year round.|
|Belconnen Premier Inn||Hotel rooms from $131 per night.|
|Belconnen Way Motel & Serviced Apartments||Rooms from $129 per night (double). Apartments start from $149 per night depending on the number of occupants. Pets allowed on request.|
|Canberra Furnished Accommodation||Fully furnished and self-contained short-term accommodation in Griffith. Daily and weekly rates available. Rates start from $119 per night for a studio apartment. One bedroom and two bedroom apartments also available.|
|Canberra's Share Accommodation Serviced Suites||Fully furnished, serviced share accommodation suites in Bruce. Short term and long term stay available. Rates from $260 - $320 per week, and include all utilities, internet and cleaning. Call or SMS Trish on 0412 545 448 or email to enquire.|
|Canberra Short-term and Holiday Accommodation||Duplex, studio and apartment accommodation. Rates start at $70 per night for weekly and long-term bookings|
|Hotel Formula 1 Canberra||Rooms from $79 per night. Rooms can accommodate up to 3 people.|
|Mantra on Northbourne||Located less than 10 minutes' drive from the University, Mantra on Northbourne offers a choice of beautifully appointed studios starting from $149 and apartments starting from $179. Each apartment features a self-contained kitchen, laundry, spacious bathroom and the very latest in features and technology.|
|Quest Apartments||A serviced apartment property which specialises in both short and long term accommodation.|
|Goolabri Resort, Sutton||Offers 1 bedroom villas and 1 bedroom cottages.|
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|Rahula Community Lodge||Medium/long term accommodation with single beds only. Short term stays are at times available on inquiry. Prices start at $175 per week. Vegetarians only. Email or SMS +61 0412 224 553 to enquire.|
Backpackers and Hostels
|The Canberra YHA||Twin/double ($103 - $165 per room) and multi-share rooms ($30 - $40 per bed).|
|Victor Lodge||$79 per night (single) or $96 per night (double). Includes continental breakfast. Bathrooms are shared.|
|Kingston Hotel||Minimum one week stay. Own room with shared kitchen and bathroom. Rates start from $160 per week.|
|Dickson Backpackers||From $35 per person, per night or $210 per week. Facilities (including kitchen and bathroom) are shared.|
|Stayz||Short stay or temporary accommodation alternative - an advertising website which allows property owners to list and promote holiday accommodation, and receive and manage enquiries in relation to their property. All property information is submitted by third parties and is displayed in good faith.|
|Airbnb||A community marketplace that connects travellers with hosts who are looking to rent their unused living spaces. It is a great way for traveller to books a broad range of affordable lodging options that might fit their needs better than a traditional hotel or rental service|
|The Room Xchange|
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Live with a Canberra host family. This is popular among international students as it helps you practice your English and gives you extra support on you arrival in a foreign city.
The University of Canberra is partnered with the Australian Homestay Network (AHN)
Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Residences mainly caters to elite, high performance athletes. Limited accommodation is offered as a niche market for long-stay students studying at the University of Canberra. The AIS Residence offers a quiet, non-smoking and alcohol-drug-free student environment, which is located 5 minutes from the University campus.
The AIS provides:
- single room accommodation including a bed, desk, cupboard, shelves, sink and bar fridge
- breakfast and dinner, 7 days per week, served in the AIS dining room
- shared access to a common room containing couches, microwave oven, kettle and TV
- internet access (conditions apply)
- shared bathroom facilities (approximately three people per bathroom)
- free laundry facilities
- weekly cleaning provided
- linen provided
- 24 hour on-site security
- access to Australian Sports Commission facilities and services (extra fees may apply).
A more detailed list of services and inclusions is available at the Experience AIS website.
Should your university course start and finish dates be different to the package dates offered, you can negotiate a suitable payment structure based on the rates provided.
Vacation stay: If a student requires to stay outside of Fee option dates, a Vacation Rate including required meals per day is payable. The rate will be applied at the discretion of management.
You can arrange your own accommodation by contacting Canberra real estate agencies in your preferred areas, or try searching local media advertisements.
Warning: rental scams
Internet accommodation scams targeting overseas and interstate students can sometimes occur.
The offender/s use property rental websites to claim they have an apartment or house to rent and invite prospective tenants to apply online.
The offender/s state that upon successful rental application and the transfer of bond/rent money, the key will be sent via courier or express post.
In some cases, the victims complete the rental application and/or the rental contract and pay the bond but do not receive the key to the premises. In other cases the victims arrive in Australia at the nominated address to find that the real owners of the house know nothing about the arrangement.
In all cases, the victims are unable to get their bond money back from the offender/s.
Crime prevention advice
- If you are interested in a rental property, make sure you view the premises in person and ensure the landlord/real estate agent is present.
- Be careful about the information you pass on in your application forms, as this may be used for identity fraud. Ensure the legitimacy of the application before sending any personal information online.
- For international students, be cautious of using wire transfer as a payment method because this payment may be very difficult to cancel by the time the fraud is reported.
- If you think you have been the victim of a scam, please contact ACT Policing on 131 444 to report the details.
In an emergency phone 000.