If you’re an international student planning to study at any Sydney institution, we can secure you fully-furnished student accommodation before you arrive in Sydney. We’ll even pick you up from the airport and take you straight to your apartment so you have more time to enjoy the famous harbour city.
Sydney is one of the most popular and expensive cities in the world. 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 other newly arrived students who are also looking for accommodation close to campus.
Book your student accommodation with Semester in Australia before 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 Sydney 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!”
Located in famous Darling Harbour, in the heart of Sydney, this purpose-built student apartment complex is the perfect base for exploring all that Sydney has to offer. As an added bonus, they’re an easy walk to the University of Sydney’s main campus in Darlington/Camperdown and UTS. And the best feature? You avoid the wait-list and get a great rate by booking your room direct with Semester in Australia!
Students love the iconic Sydney location and having everything included, such as all linens. The complex is super modern and students love all the conveniences provided on-site, like a roof-top BBQ area and a fully equipped gym!
Located in famous Darling Harbour with restaurants and entertainment right at your doorstep! Easy walk the city, public transport as well as to the University of Sydney Darlington-Camperdown campus as well as University Technology-Sydney.
Students rave about our Sydney housing in the sought-after location of Chippendale, with an easy walk to campus, a large shopping centre, public transport and the cafe scene! Our 2 and 3-bedroom shared Sydney City Apartments come fully furnished. All you have to decide is whether you want a Single room or a Share room (two single beds, sharing with another student of the same sex/gender or for a couple).
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.
Most apartments have a kitchen with everything you could need, including:
The apartments also feature an internal laundry with a washing machine and dryer, so you don’t need to worry about paying to clean your clothes at a laundromat. “Darling Square” (Superior Sydney Apartments) at Darling Harbour has a communal coin-operated laundry and may not come with all of the kitchen items listed above. For more information, take a look at the Darling Square features section.
We understand that the last thing you want to do when you get off a long-haul flight is to try and navigate yourself around a new city. This is why we’ll meet you at the airport and take you straight to your pre-arrange, fully furnished apartment in Sydney. After all, the faster you arrive, the faster you can settle in and start enjoying the city.
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.
Unlimited internet connection is included in the Chippendale Apartments, while students living in the Urbanest (“Superior Apartments”) will have 20GB per month per person (and the ability to upgrade, upon arrival). 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.
Phone and cable TV
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$200, 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 Security Deposit/Bond of AUD$300 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. The move in date for Sydney accommodation is usually the weekend before your university orientation week.
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$250 Holding Deposit. Once your booking is finalised, this deposit will be deducted from your overall fee. 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 a Confirmation Email, a Semester Housing Fee invoice, an SiA Service Agreement and other rental accommodation forms. These forms will need to be completed and returned along with your first Housing Fee payment. The SiA Service Agreement outlines what Semester in Australia provides as part of the housing and service, expectations of students, and payment options, methods and due-dates.
Your first Housing Fee Payment needs to be paid at least 3 weeks before you arrive in Australia. We’ll send you a new invoice with the Holding Deposit deducted and the Security Deposit included. Payment dates and methods will be on the invoice.