Inbound students Study Abroad and Exchange at the University of Melbourne

Shared Housing

Share houses often offer a cheaper alternative to other accommodation options as well as giving more independance. However private renting also means more responsibility so be sure to research your options and prepare in advance.

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.