Inbound students Study Abroad and Exchange at the University of Melbourne

Shared Housing

Students who are looking in a shared house with friends or other international students, and would like this arranged on your behalf before you arrive in Melbourne, then Assisted Shared Housing could offer the perfect solution for you.

Assisted Share Housing: Semester in Australia

Semester in Australia pre-arranges fully furnished shared apartments for SAEX students before they depart for Australia - taking the time, hassle and uncertainty out of finding a place to live. This allows students to go straight from the airport to their new apartment. All apartments in Melbourne are located within close proximity to the University of Melbourne campus with easy access to public transport, shopping, cafes and restaurants. The prices include utilities and unlimited internet.

Distance from Parkville campus Close proximity to main Parkville campus
Lease length Semester 1 (February - June)
Semester 2 (July - November)
Cost Contact Semester in Australia at
Meals included No
Cooking facilities Yes
Furnished Yes
Utilities included in cost Yes
Application Process Submit an enquiry form on the Semester in Australia website or contact


  • Connection of utilities (water, electricity and gas) and usage costs
  • Unlimited internet
  • Booking of fully-furnished private rental accommodation
  • Pre-departure and arrival information service
  • Onsite Resident Director services
  • Arrivals information and Welcome Pack

Students looking to live more like a local student, then private housing market for a house to share with other students might be the way to go:

Independent Share Housing

Approximately, half of our study abroad and exchange students choose to find their own accommodation in Melbourne through the private housing sector. Shared households are popular with students because they can provide an opportunity for an independent lifestyle in a shared environment. They are also generally the cheaper housing option.

Distance from Parkville campus Varies
Lease length Various (20 – 52 weeks)
Cost 3km from Parkville: $183 - $240*
6km from Parkville: $155 - $217*
*Based on a single person sharing a three-bedroom house
Meals included No
Cooking facilities Yes
Furnished Varies
Utilities included in cost No
Website University of Melbourne Housing Online Noticeboard
Application Process No application deadline

1. Research your options in advance

We recommend researching your options in advance, but keep in mind that it is very difficult to arrange a room in an established shared house from a distance. You really need to be in Melbourne to find a property, view it, meet potential housemates, and sign the necessary paperwork. Refer to the suburb guide to gain a better understanding of where you might like to live.

2. Arriving prior to orientation

Keep in mind that it can take time to find suitable housing so it's recommended you arrive several weeks before orientation.

3. Temporary accommodation

If you arrive in Melbourne without first arranging your housing, you may need to stay in temporary accommodation for a longer period. View the list of Temporary Accommodation options recommended by the University

4. Housing in Melbourne

Please read information on Share housing available on the Student Housing Services website as it contains comprehensive information from where to live, where and how to look for advertisements, life in Melbourne, cost of living, etc.

5. Need assistance or advice?

If you need any information about advertisements, properties, reasonable rental fees, suburb information or anything else you may be unsure of, contact the Housing Advisor at MGM by sending an email to: