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Student Accommodation and Services

Student accommodation

If you would otherwise need to travel a long distance to study, or have other reasons for not being able to live at home while studying, some post-secondary education providers have student accommodation available, both on and off campus.

The main options for student accommodation may include some or all of the following:

  • on-campus residential colleges, including private rooms for individuals and/or shared apartments
  • off-campus residential housing - often purpose built for students with private or shared accommodation, on-site management and student-focussed shared facilities e.g. Unilodge, Hive, Urbanest, etc
  • database listings of private rental accommodation in nearby suburbs, accessed through the education provider’s housing/accommodation service.

On-campus accommodation can provide an excellent base for students with disability to attend classes, but it also involves financial commitment and needs to be considered carefully so that you make a decision that’s right for you.

FAQs (Frequently asked questions about accommodation

Some of the questions that you should consider might include:

  • Do I prefer to live by myself, or with others?
  • What are my specific physical needs?
  • What is my maximum weekly budget for accommodation?
  • What additional costs are involved in living on or off campus?
  • Do I know how to manage a budget for these extra costs, e.g. electricity, gas, phone, internet, food, textbooks, stationery, any special course equipment, entertainment, transport?
  • Can I manage my study and leisure time while living in student accommodation?
  • What services are available through the provider to help me with any personal difficulties I might experience in student accommodation?
  • What are the details of the accommodation package? Are there flexible options?
  • Will I stay in student accommodation during semester break times? What are the lease obligations or expectations?

If you do decide to apply for student accommodation, It is very important to make contact with the provider early (i.e. before you apply for your course) as places are usually limited and competition is strong.

For further information about on-campus and off-campus accommodation, search under ‘housing’ or ‘accommodation services’ on the relevant provider’s website.

What student services are available?

Post-secondary education providers usually offer an array of student services, which provide support for students while they are studying. These may include, but are not limited to, counselling, medical, careers and childcare services. In addition, there may be student union organisations and various clubs and societies on campus.

Orientation sessions or ‘O Week’ activities should provide you with an excellent opportunity to explore the available groups and services.

Counselling services

Counselling is a free and confidential service for students needing assistance and support for issues such as:

  • relationships
  • study/presentation anxiety
  • stress management
  • academic planning
  • support for assignment extensions and supplementary exams.

Services may include referral to external services or be provided by a third-party.

Medical services

Some post-secondary education providers provide access to discounted or free medical advice and treatment. There may be a nurse and or general practitioner on campus with access to a pharmacy.

Services may include referral to external services or be provided by a third-party.

Search on ‘student services’ or ‘student life’ on the relevant provider’s website for further information.

Careers services

Most of the larger post-secondary education providers will have a careers services unit with staff who can provide information, advice and support on careers and jobs. Some providers will have an online jobs board listing casual, part time and graduate opportunities for students.

Careers services can assist with all aspects of job search, including:

  • resumes, applications, selection criteria
  • career planning
  • preparation for employment
  • graduate opportunities
  • further study

Search on ‘careers services’ or ‘careers and employment’ on the provider’s website to find out more.

Childcare facilities

Many post-secondary education providers offer on-campus childcare facilities for staff and students. Some also provide vacation care and parent programs, and free advice on claiming welfare/child care rebates. Often spaces are limited so you may want to consider a child-care facility closer to home.

Search on ‘student welfare’, ‘childcare’ or ‘student services’ on the provider’s website.

Student organisations

Student organisations (also called student unions, student associations or student guilds) offer members a wide range of services and facilities designed to make student life easier and more enjoyable. The organisation will require students to pay a compulsory fee. Services include free and subsidised student activities and events, societies and clubs. Participating in one or more of these groups is a great way to meet new people, share interests and get more from your study experience.

Some organisations will also have advocacy support such as support for people with disability, women, LGBTIQA+ communities. There may also be advocacy support for discrimination or harassment issues or and academic issues such as appealing a decision by your education provider.  

Post-secondary education providers may have a student activities officer employed by their student organisation who organises a range of social and educational activities for students.

Questions that you can ask a student activities officer include:

  • What are the major off campus social gathering spots?
  • Where is the primary shopping area for students?
  • Are these places accessible?
  • What clubs and societies are on campus?
  • Are there any extra-curricular activities?
  • Is transport provided to and from these social activities?