There is a lot to consider when planning accommodation in a new country. The Australian Government’s Study in Australia website provides helpful tips about searching for accommodation.
Short Term Accommodation
After you arrive at Melbourne Airport you need to have a place to stay, even for a short time. Arranging short-term accommodation, at least for the first month, should give you enough time to settle in. Costs can vary depending on your budget. Utilities such as electricity, gas and water are usually included in most of these temporary accommodation arrangements:
Hotel standby rates – www.wotif.com
Shared housing – https://flatmates.com.au/
Lonely Planet – https://www.lonelyplanet.com/australia/melbourne#lodgings
True Local – https://www.truelocal.com.au/find/self-catering
Airbnb – https://www.airbnb.com.au/
As an international student, you might prefer to stay at a private rental property. Consider the following when making your selection:
• find affordable and safe accommodation close to campus
• get access to a private rental database
• estimate the costs for bond, rent, utilities and maintenance
• understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.
Costs in Melbourne
It is important to know the cost of living (accommodation, food, travel, etc.), before you move to Australia. Before making any decision you need to make this as a major part of your planning so that you can live comfortably and within your budget, while you study with CIC.
For further details on the cost of living in Victoria, please click the link below: