We can arrange your fully-furnished student accommodation in Melbourne. Choose between share accommodation or studio apartments and we’ll take care of the rest.
Melbourne is one of Australia most popular cities and finding a great apartment can be competitive, especially in locations close to major universities and the city. When you book through us, you won’t need to compete against all the other newly arrived students who are also looking for accommodation close to campus.
Reserve your student accommodation in Melbourne with us before you land and you can count on our unique housing service when you arrive. This includes:
Read the fine print and full details about the service we offer here.
Semester in Australia also specialises in arranging short term accommodation for individuals and groups coming to Australia for work, study or play.
If you are coming to Melbourne for a shorter period during the academic year (shorter than a semester, which is typically 3-4 months), or during the Australian Summer (December and January), we are able to offer short-term and Summer accommodation. Just click on the “Book Now for Summer/Short Term accommodation” and provide us with your housing dates, and we can provide you with some options!
“Semester In Australia truly made my journey easy and free of any hurdles, and enabled myself to relax and enjoy this opportunity”
“Through the Semester in Australia program I’ve met more friends than I thought I would, hugged a Koala, and never been more than a ten-minute walk away from campus”
“I came to Australia knowing no one, but through SiA accommodation I met three of my best friends. Every night we cook dinner together in our apartment and plan our next travel destination and adventure. Now I have three new cities to visit my three best friends once I leave Australia”
“Going with Semester in Australia has easily been one of the best decisions of my study abroad experience. Living in the heart of Surfers Paradise provided ease of access to food, easy transportation to the University, and of course – the beach!”
For students wanting to make the most of this vibrant city, we have a range of options available for students studying in Melbourne. Students can choose a Share room (two single beds, sharing with another student of the same gender or a couple) or a Single room. We have 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments and houses all located in the inner-city suburbs of North Melbourne and West Melbourne, convenient to everything including your campus!
Some Single rooms also have a private/ensuite bathroom. These rooms are allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis – that is, housing allocations will be made as Semester Housing Fees are paid. Therefore, confirming your place and finalising payment of the Semester Housing Fee early, will better your chance of securing your housing preference.
Our accommodation has been designed with international students in mind. To make sure you get the best value for money, we’ve included everything you need and nothing you don’t. Simply pack your suitcase and leave the rest to us.
Connection of utilities (water, electricity and gas) and usage costs are included in your Semester Housing Fee. Semester in Australia will pay utility bills (except telephone) on your behalf. There is a very generous allowance per student. You will not be liable for further utility charges unless in extreme circumstances, in which case you will be notified of excessive bills before you are charged additional fees. This only happens if students leave heating or air conditioning on all day and can be easily avoided.
Internet connection is included in every apartment. However, you may find that internet connection in Australia may be different to what you’re used to. Internet can be quite slow and is not easily accessible for free in public places. There are also download limits. Before you access the internet in your apartment, first ask if there are any restrictions in place.
Phone and cable TV are NOT included in the Housing Fee, unless otherwise indicated. In most cases, you will need to arrange your own service. It is simple to set up and instructions can be provided. Some students prefer to purchase a cell phone instead of a normal residential telephone service.
This fee is included in the Semester Housing Fee and covers the housing and arrival services, and includes:
There is a mandatory end-of-semester Vacate/Exit Clean Fee of AUD$150, which is in addition to the Semester Housing Fee. Please note that in Australia, real estate agents/landlords request that a ‘vacate clean’ is conducted at the end of a tenancy, by professional cleaners (including steam cleaning of any carpets and curtains, etc), which will be covered by the SiA Exit/Vacate Cleaning Fee of $200. As long as you remove all personal belongings (including any food or rubbish) at the end of your stay, this is the only exit fee you will incur. Including the Exit Cleaning Fee makes vacating your property an easy process, with no need to coordinate with your fellow housemates (who may have various departure dates) and organise your own professional cleaner or carpet cleaner or incurring any additional costs just when you’re about to return home. With an Exit Cleaning Fee included, your bond will be refunded swiftly and smoothly.
There is a refundable AUD$300 Security Deposit/Bond in addition to the Semester Housing Fee. The Security Deposit is required and is in accordance with the State’s Residential Tenancies Act (RTA). It will be lodged with and held in a separate account by the relevant State’s Rental Authorities. The Security Deposit/Bond is refundable at the end of your tenancy less any excessive/additional cleaning costs (beyond the Exit/Vacate Cleaning Fee) and/or any damages/missing items. Provided you have removed all personal belongings (including food and rubbish) and the housing is left in satisfactory condition and all furnishing items are accounted for and intact, generally speaking, you will receive the Security Deposit/Bond refund within 1-3 weeks after the conclusion of the semester.
All leases are in line with the Australian academic year and run from February to June and July to November. Semester in Australia will provide housing for your entire semester/program at any Australian university. If you require any additional housing, you must request this before you leave for Australia. As extra accommodation is subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed, please consider your travel dates carefully.
To reserve your place at any one of our great student apartments, simply complete these four steps:
After we receive your Reservation Form, we’ll send you e-mail to let you know whether the room you want is available. If you are unsuccessful, we’ll keep your application on file for the current semester and try to allocate you an apartment, even if not your first choice.
To reserve your chosen room, you’ll need to pay a AUD$300 Holding Deposit. Once your booking is finalised, this deposit will be deducted from your overall fee (the $300 Holding Deposit represents the required $300 refundable Bond). If you cancel your booking, your deposit will not be refunded.
Group bookings please note: If you would like to secure an entire apartment or more than one room for yourself and any friends, everyone in the group needs to complete a Reservation Form and pay a Holding Deposit at the same time.
After we receive your Holding Deposit, we’ll send you your Semester Housing Fee invoice, showing your Housing Fees for the semester, the mandatory Exit Cleaning Fee and the required Bond, with your Holding Deposit deducted from these Fees. We will also send you your Housing Agreement and other rental accommodation forms. Your SiA Service Agreement will outline the different payment options, methods and due dates.
Your first Housing Fee needs to be paid at least 3 weeks before you arrive in Australia (your first payment due-date will be outlined on your invoice). Your SiA Services Agreement and any other necessary forms will need to be completed and returned along with your first Housing Fee payment.