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Short-term
Perth offers a range of different grades of accommodation. There are luxurious five-star international resorts, economical hotels/motels for back-packers, many reliable home-stays for overseas students, as well as cheap but comfortable cabins for self-driving visitors. Main hotels are located in the CBD and the South bank of the Swan River, around the suburb of Burswood.

Hotels include: Hyatt, Sheraton, Crown Plaza, Holiday Inn and Hilton.

Long-term: On-campus
Universities and colleges offer on-campus accommodation in a student village.

Students from varying languages, ages and cultural backgrounds live together and share learning achievements and life experiences. The student village provides furnished private rooms in apartments and some meals. There are also social activities organised to help students adapt to and enrich their new lives.

Long-term: Off-campus
Neighbourhoods close to universities are usually in high demand and more expensive than others. The University Housing Officer maintains listings of both vacant and shared accommodation available to students in areas surrounding the campus. However, the Housing Officer is not an agent who is responsible for negotiating rent and taking safety considerations. Many students start their own lives in Perth from looking for a comfortable and qualified sharing house.

How to look for accommodation

  • contact the Housing Officer of your potential universities and colleges.
  • community and local newspapers (The West Australian and Sunday Times) under the rental column
  • search ˇ°for rentingˇ± and ˇ°for sharingˇ± information on related local websites.
  • check advertisements placed on notice boards around campus
  • enquire with real estate agents
  • help from other students who are familiar with the university area

Types of Accommodation

Shared

Description :

flat, apartment or house shared with other tenants or owner of the property

Own room/share room :

furnished or unfurnished

Agreement/contract :

Negotiable

Cost :

between $120 and $180 per week - depending on the size, location, furnishings

Meals :

responsible for your own meals

Other costs :

share of household expenses such as electricity, gas, internet and telephone

Bond :

usually required (4 weeks rent)


Home-stay

Description :

usually a furnished room is provided by a family or individual

Own room :

usually furnished

Agreement/contract :

usually required

Cost :

between $250 to $300 per week including electricity, gas, water bills and meals (two or three, negotiable)

Meals :

included in total cost

Other costs :

telephone calls, Internet fees

Bond :

usually required (4 weeks board)


Renting or Leasing

Description :

entering a contract to rent or lease a flat, unit or house (either on your own or with friends)

Flat/apartment/house :

furnished or unfurnished

Agreement/contract :

usually a lease for six months or more

Cost :

depends on location and condition of the property
one bedroom flat: $250 - $300 per week
two bedroom apartment or unit: $300 - $400 per week
three bedroom house: $450 - $600 per week

Meals :

responsible for your own meals

Other costs :

four weeks rent in advance;
a letting fee (one week rent) connection fees for electricity, gas and telephone, plus regular charges for these utilities

Bond :

required (4 weeks rent)

 Tips on renting

  • before you decide to move in, think about the kind of housing you want and how much rent you can afford - this will narrow the selection
  • it is also crucial to select your share-mate(s) or homestay family before you move in - try to investigate their reputation and consider the environment for studying
  • be aware of the distance from campus and amenities such as shopping centres - bear in mind your mode of transport
  • view the room/flat/house and talk to the owner before making a decision
  • ask questions and consult the Housing Officer or other experienced friends on matters that you are not clear about
  • before signing a lease or any contract, make sure you understand the terms and conditions that apply. The Housing Officer has information that can assist you regarding this issue.
 
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