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Thursday, October 18th, 2018

How to Get from Eh to Oz: Accommodation

So, are you ready to go apartment hunting?

If you’re a little nervous, that’s completely understandable. But hundreds of former OzTREKK students have done it—and so can you! We have assisted thousands of students understand the steps required to securing accommodation in Australia—and we haven’t lost a student yet.

OzTREKK Student Tips: understanding accommodation in Australia

Don’t let finding accommodation stress you out!

First, do your best to arrive a few weeks before Orientation gets going. This will give you enough time to find suitable accommodation and settle in before classes commence. Many OzTREKK students have told us that it takes 2–3 weeks to find accommodation (sometimes longer), especially in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. And keep in mind that if you arrive just after Christmas, you can bet real estate agents are still on holidays!

Things to consider…

  • Ensure you have temporary accommodation arranged.
  • Be prepared financially for the time you may need to spend in temporary accommodation.
  • Make housing your first priority.
  • Avoid rushing your house hunting. Feeling rushed can hinder your ability to make wise choices.
  • Be informed. Before you arrive, read as much as you can about the various housing options and how to arrange them. Then you can get straight into house hunting after you arrive, rather than trying to figure out where to go and what to do.
  • Have a bank account set up before you get to Australia—you usually cannot pay bonds and deposits in cash!
  • It’s okay to choose on-campus accommodation for the first semester/year! Lots of OzTREKK students do this. Easy-peasy!

“Be prepared for it to take over one month to find a place—this is something a lot of people have told me they experienced. Try and find an airbnb close to your school. Look on Facebook Marketplace. Check out the place before you make a commitment. Check how often public transport runs in that area, preferably trams and trains.” OzTREKK student Yewande A

1. Think about your needs and budget.

Like most of the decisions you are making as you prepare to become an international student, there are many issues to consider. Your accommodation options in Australia are varied, and when searching for off-campus housing, you will need to contemplate location, public transportation accessibility, proximity to campus and shopping, lifestyle, your study habits, and cost, among other factors.

2. Understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant in Australia.

As an international student, it is important for you to review and understand your rights and responsibilities for renting property in the Australian state in which you are planning to rent. Visit Australian Government: Buying, selling or renting property for more info.

3. Research your long-term accommodation options.

To begin your research for accommodation, you need to know how to find and view rental properties. Generally, most Australians would view private rental listings via the internet (e.g., realestate.com.au, or craigslist), in their local newspaper or through a local real estate agent, who will provide a listing of local rental properties currently available. Most Australians rent an apartment or house through a real estate agent, who acts as the landlord for the property owner.

Take the time to explore your Australian university’s “Accommodation” website. Most universities have extensive information about where to look, which suburbs you should consider, and outline your choices for on-campus and off-campus housing. For off-campus accommodation, most Australian universities have private rental databases for students to explore options before they arrive in Australia. So many tips!

It is recommended that you do not pre-book rental accommodation (unless it’s student housing), but use the private rental database to become familiar with your options before arriving in Australia.

“Start looking at realestate.com.au before you come. Make sure to have previous landlord references. Give yourself more time than you think you need to get into a place (there’s more paperwork and waiting involved than in Canada). Start getting to know the area where your university is early (like how close grocery stores are/other common places you would go). Google Maps is your friend!” OzTREKK student Devon L.

4. Know how to secure off-campus accommodation.

Here is a general overview of the process to secure a private rental apartment or house in Australia:

Complete a Rental Application: This application will have to be approved in order for you to begin your tenancy. It’s a good idea to prepare an “accommodation folder” with copies of everything you may need. We highly recommend you bring the following documents with you from Canada, as you may be asked for these when applying for a rental property:

  • receipts from previous landlords
  • reference letters from previous landlords
  • passport/visa
  • driver’s licence
  • student card
  • health card
  • bank statement / evidence of money to pay your rent and bond deposit

Sign a Tenancy Agreement: Once your application is approved, the real estate agent or landlord will give you the tenancy agreement to read, understand and sign. Any questions should be directed to the real estate agent or landlord for clarification. Keep a signed copy of this.

“Pair up with an Australian; it’s easy to stick to what you know, but it’s great experiencing more of the Aussie culture. Real estate also goes very quick, so what you see two weeks before probably won’t be available when you get there. Use flatmates.com and post in the uni Facebook groups to find someone you are compatible with.” OzTREKK student Kleopatra M

Pay a Bond and Rent Advance: Most properties require a bond, or security deposit, to be placed on the property when a rental application is accepted. This is usually the cost of one month’s rental. The security deposit is paid into the Residential Tenancy Bond Authority (RTBA)—a government body—and it remains in this trust account until you vacate the property.

The bond will be refunded at the end of your lease if you return the property in the same condition (excluding reasonable wear and tear) as when your tenancy began. You will also need to pay your landlord a rental advance (usually the first month’s rent) up front to secure the property. These funds go to the landlord as part of his rental earnings.

To complete this phase, you pay the bond and the amount of rent required in advance. The real estate agent or landlord will give you a bond lodgement form to complete and sign. Keep a signed copy of this. You will then receive a receipt from the RTBA within seven days of receiving the bond. Keep this receipt as you will need to access your bond money at the end of your tenancy!

Complete a Condition Report: The real estate agent or landlord then fills in a property condition report and marks down what he/she believes to be the condition of the premises. You can then make comments on what you believe to be the condition of the premises and hand in the condition report within seven days.

How to protect yourself

  • Never pay a deposit on a private rental until you’ve seen it in person.
  • Always inspect a property in person. If the landlord doesn’t let you, move on.
  • Search the property online and find out where it is and if it suits your needs.
  • Ask about all the terms and conditions of your stay.
  • Try to look for accommodation through official channels and websites rather than through forums and social media.
  • Keep copies of all correspondence with the people you’re renting from.
  • When you find a place you like, take your time going through it when you’re filling out your condition report. Take photos if you think you should!

Consider on-campus or managed student housing

Offered at all our universities, on-campus residences can be individual bedrooms or shared bedrooms with shared facilities. These on-campus residences are called “colleges.” Some have everything included, like meals, furniture, internet, etc. OzTREKK recommends on-campus accommodation for all high-school leavers or if you would prefer the convenience of “just getting it over with!” Many OzTREKK student choose this as the first step, then meet new people (future roommates!) and decide to get an apartment.

“Living on campus is a great option. It’s fully furnished and can be organised before you even arrive in Australia. I haven’t had any issues with my accommodations and it’s so close to campus. Living in a private rental would be a cheaper option, but finding roommates and a place to stay beforehand may be challenging.” OzTREKK student Aaron E

Managed student housing is sometimes off campus. These are similar to on-campus colleges and are student-purposed apartments. These are usually fully furnished and either managed by the university or through a private company. Students living in these apartments are usually self-sufficient, although it may be possible to purchase meal plans. Students are usually responsible for connecting and paying for utilities such as water, telephone, electricity and gas in their own name and at their own cost. They can be booked in advance, from home.

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We’re here to help! Please reach out to us if you have questions about securing accommodation and getting settled to study in Australia! Contact your admissions officer or call us at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

OzTREKK Student Tips: understanding accommodation in Australia

You’re going to study in Australia. So, are you ready to go apartment hunting? If you’re a little nervous, that’s completely understandable. But hundreds of former OzTREKK students have done it… and so can you! We have assisted thousands of students understand the steps required to securing accommodation in Australia—and we haven’t lost a student yet!

First, do your best to arrive a few weeks before Orientation. This will give you enough time to find suitable accommodation and settle in before classes commence.  Former OzTREKK students have told us that it takes 2–3 weeks to find accommodation, especially in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. Keep in mind that if you arrive just after Christmas, you can bet real estate agents are still on holidays!

OzTREKK Student Tips: understanding accommodation in Australia

Is finding accommodation stressing you out?

Consider the following:

  • Ensure you have temporary accommodation arranged.
  • Be prepared financially for the time you may need to spend in temporary accommodation.
  • Make housing your first priority.
  • Avoid rushing your house hunting. Feeling rushed can hinder your ability to make wise choices.
  • Be informed. Before you arrive, read as much as you can about the various housing options and how to arrange them. Then you can get straight into house hunting after you arrive, rather than trying to figure out where to go and what to do.
  • Have a bank account set up before you get to Australia—you usually cannot pay bonds and deposits in cash!
  • It’s okay to choose on-campus accommodation for the first semester/year! Lots of OzTREKK students do this.

“Residences on campus are a good place to get your feet on the ground in Australia, but they fill up fast, so apply as soon as you get your offer.” OzTREKK student

1. Think about your needs and budget.

Like most of the decisions you are making as you prepare to become an international student, there are many issues to consider. Your accommodation options in Australia are varied, and when searching for off-campus housing, you will need to contemplate location, public transportation accessibility, proximity to campus and shopping, lifestyle, your study habits, and cost, among other factors.

2. Understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant in Australia.

As an international student, it is important for you to review and understand your rights and responsibilities for renting property in the Australian state in which you are planning to rent. Visit Australian Government: Buying, selling or renting property for more info.

3. Research your long-term accommodation options.

To begin your research for accommodation, you need to know how to find and view rental properties. Generally, most Australians would view private rental listings via the internet (e.g., realestate.com.au, or craigslist), in their local newspaper or through a local real estate agent, who will provide a listing of local rental properties currently available. Most Australians rent an apartment or house through a real estate agent, who acts as the landlord for the property owner.

Take the time to explore your Australian university’s “Accommodation/Housing” website. Most universities have extensive information about where to look, which suburbs you should consider, and outline your choices for on-campus and off-campus housing. For off-campus accommodation, most Australian universities have private rental databases for students to explore options before they arrive in Australia.

It is recommended that you do not pre-book rental accommodation, but use the private rental database to become familiar with your options before arriving in Australia.

“DON’T arrange accommodation before arrival—it’s much wiser to live in an airbnb while looking for a roommate/permanent place to stay. You’ll want to explore all your options and what’s most convenient for you. Places may not appear as advertised and climate makes a big difference (i.e., places without A/C and good ventilation make living difficult).” OzTREKK student

4. Know how to secure off-campus accommodation.

Here is a general overview of the process to secure a private rental apartment or house in Australia:

Complete a Rental Application: This application will have to be approved in order for you to begin your tenancy. It’s a good idea to prepare an “accommodation folder” with copies of everything you may need. We highly recommend you bring the following documents with you from Canada, as you may be asked for these when applying for a rental property:

  • receipts from previous landlords
  • reference letters from previous landlords
  • passport/visa
  • driver’s licence
  • student card
  • health card
  • bank statement / evidence of money to pay your rent and bond deposit

Sign a Tenancy Agreement: Once your application is approved, the real estate agent or landlord will give you the tenancy agreement to read, understand and sign. Any questions should be directed to the real estate agent or landlord for clarification. Keep a signed copy of this.

Pay a Bond and Rent Advance: Most properties require a bond, or security deposit, to be placed on the property when a rental application is accepted. This is usually the cost of one month’s rental. The security deposit is paid into the Residential Tenancy Bond Authority (RTBA)—a government body—and it remains in this trust account until you vacate the property.

The bond will be refunded at the end of your lease if you return the property in the same condition (excluding reasonable wear and tear) as when your tenancy began. You will also need to pay your landlord a rental advance (usually the first month’s rent) up front to secure the property. These funds go to the landlord as part of his rental earnings.

To complete this phase, you pay the bond and the amount of rent required in advance. The real estate agent or landlord will give you a bond lodgement form to complete and sign. Keep a signed copy of this. You will then receive a receipt from the RTBA within seven days of receiving the bond. Keep this receipt as you will need to access your bond money at the end of your tenancy!

Complete a Condition Report: The real estate agent or landlord then fills in a property condition report and marks down what he/she believes to be the condition of the premises. You can then make comments on what you believe to be the condition of the premises and hand in the condition report within seven days.

“Come early and bring documents showing rental history, proof of financing/bank statements, references, etc, to increase your chances of winning a bid on a place.” OzTREKK student

How to protect yourself

  • Never pay a deposit on a private rental until you’ve seen it in person.
  • Always inspect a property in person. If the landlord doesn’t let you, move on.
  • Search the property online and find out where it is and if it suits your needs.
  • Ask about all the terms and conditions of your stay.
  • Try to look for accommodation through official channels and websites rather than through forums and social media.
  • Keep copies of all correspondence with the people you’re renting from.
  • When you find a place you like, take your time going through it when you’re filling out your condition report. Take photos if you think you should!

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Don’t forget, we’re here to support you. If you have questions about accommodation, please feel free to contact your admissions officer!

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Construction begins soon on new University of Queensland student apartments

Work is about to start on the site of the University of Queensland’s $250-million Student Residences Project at St Lucia.

UQ Property and Facilities director Steven Dickson said the building would accommodate 1,300 students on an elevated site on the western side of the university campus.

CConstruction begins soon on new University of Queensland student apartments

The building (pictured rear) will accommodate 1300 students (Photo: UQ)

“This project marks the start of a new era for UQ,” Mr Dickson said.

“UQ is a world-class university which attracts the very best international students from around the world, and it is imperative that we provide a world-class, full residential experience on campus.

“In the US, UK and other countries, it is the norm for all students to live on campus or in university colleges in their first year of study at least.”

He said the Student Residences Project would allow UQ to offer competitively priced, quality on-campus student accommodation.

“UQ’s Student Strategy is bringing some really significant changes to the university’s way of doing business, to ensure students have the best experience possible while studying at UQ.”

UQ expects to award the Student Residences Project building contract by the end of 2017.

Specialist contractors South East Tree Care will remove vegetation under the direction of UQ grounds supervisor Mr Shane Biddle. Mr Biddle said 7,000 tubestock trees would be planted elsewhere on campus to offset vegetation removal.

Tree removal on the site—bounded by Walcott, Hood, Rock and Coldridge streets—will start next week. Construction is due for completion in 2020.

Mr Biddle said fauna spotter/catchers Wild Encounters had assessed the site and would relocate some animals.

“The work will be undertaken progressively over two months to give wildlife a chance to relocate,” he said.

Site clearing will be completed by Oct. 20, 2017.

“South East Tree Care will start to cut access into the site on Thursday (Aug. 24), and tree removal will start on Monday, 28 August,” Mr Biddle said.

Dust reduction will involve watering and mulching, and mulch from the site will be used across the St Lucia campus.

The site will be re-landscaped when construction is complete.

“The vegetation contractors will work out from the inner part of the site, leaving a vegetation perimeter until we have access to the Margaret Cribb Child Care Centre site early in 2018.”

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Are you getting ready to go to the University of Queensland? Find out more about your accommodation options! Contact OzTREKK at 1-866-698-7355 or email info@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

New accommodation for JCU dentistry students coming right up!

If you’re hoping to attend JCU Dental School, we’ve got great news! JCU is adding an on-campus student accommodation option.

James Cook University is looking forward to welcoming the first students to occupy their brand new on-campus accommodation in Cairns for semester 1, 2018. The first stage of this purpose-built residence will house 300 students and there are plans to expand its capacity to 1,000 students in the future.

New accommodation for JCU dentistry students coming right up!

Artist’s impression of student accommodation being built at JCU’s Cairns campus (Image: JCU)

The seven-storey octagonal building offers a variety of apartment-style living options including en-suite studio apartments, six-bedroom apartments with individual en-suites, or six-bedroom apartments with shared bathroom facilities. All apartments are self-catering and are equipped with modern cooking facilities including cook-top, oven, microwave, and refrigerator. Each individual bedroom is lockable and includes air-conditioning and Wi-Fi.

The 42m-long internal grass courtyard features shared barbecue facilities and is the perfect place to relax. The facility will be fully managed by an on-site manager and administrative support team, with residential assistants available to provide pastoral care to students.

Applications for accommodation opened on June 5, 2017. Students interested in living on campus in Cairns for 2018 can register their interest at accommodation@jcu.edu.au prior to applications opening.

What’s at JCU Cairns?

JCU Dental School of course! The dental school was established in 2008 in response to the challenges presented by the oral health needs of northern Australia, and its foundation is part of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences’ strong commitment to the provision of professional health education in the area. JCU’s dentistry establishment was funded by a grant of $52.5M from the federal government and includes a new building on the Smithfield Campus of JCU with state-of-the-art facilities, including an 80-seat dental simulation laboratory, prosthodontics and science laboratories, and student home group rooms.

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Think you might like to study dentistry at JCU? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com to find out how you can get started!

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Heading to UQ? Here are some student accommodation options!

If you’re a future UQ student and getting ready to study this November (or January/February!), we know you’re wondering about your accommodation options!

It’s also handy to know where you should be looking, right? When considering suburb locations for off-campus accommodation, students tend to have different preferences. Some prefer to live in the heart of the city, while others prefer to live in other areas near specific attractions, like the beach or bay.

Below is a list of popular suburbs located in the city of Brisbane:

St Lucia: St Lucia is a great place to live if you want the convenience of being close to UQ, but the peace and quiet of the suburbs. It is located approximately 7 km from the centre of the city, in a bend of the Brisbane River. Most properties in St Lucia are within walking distance to the UQ campus. There is no train station located in St Lucia, but there are buses that connect to the train station in nearby Toowong. There is also a bike path that runs along the river between St Lucia and Brisbane city centre. It is the perfect location if study is your first priority; however, for shopping and entertainment, you will need to go to the neighbouring suburbs.

Toowong: Toowong is very popular with students. The university is only 10 minutes by bus in one direction, and the city centre 10 minutes in the other. There is also a bike path that runs along the river to the city centre. Toowong also has some very popular student bars, a shopping centre, and some great little restaurants.

Indooroopilly: Indooroopilly has everything a student needs, including a large shopping centre, cinemas, restaurants, and a couple of bars. It is only 10 minutes to the St Lucia campus by bus, and a short train-ride takes you directly to Fortitude Valley, where most of Brisbane’s night-life happens. Alternatively, a little longer on the train, and you can spend a day on the beach at the Gold Coast.

Taringa: Taringa is a great place to live if you want the peace and quiet of the suburbs, without being too far from the action. A very short bus ride (10 minutes), or a slightly longer walk, will take you to shopping centres, cinemas, restaurants, and some popular student bars.

West End and Hill End: West End is located across the Brisbane river from the St Lucia campus. It is the most ethnically diverse suburb in Brisbane, and boasts s a lively inner-city lifestyle with a younger population and wide assortment of cafés, restaurants, and clubs. Hill End is essentially a small residential pocket between West End and Highgate Hill, with many of its streets and properties very close to the river. Travel to the St Lucia campus is mainly via the CityCat ferry service, from the West End terminal at the bottom of Hoogley Street – a 2-minute ferry-ride! It is also only a 10-minute bus ride from West End to the city centre and walk distance to the Southbank parklands.

Highgate Hill: Highgate Hill is a great mix of the old and the new. It is also an ethnically diverse suburb, with about a third of residents being overseas migrants. Note, though, that some properties in Highgate Hill are a 10-minute walk to the West End CityCat ferry terminal, and others a 30-minute walk over the hill. From the West End CityCat ferry terminal, it is only a 2-minute ferry ride to the St Lucia campus.

Dutton Park: Dutton Park is also located across the river but (compared to West End) is a quieter more suburban area. The Eleanor Schonell Bridge is a bus, bicycle and pedestrian link between Dutton Park and the St Lucia campus.

Fairfield: Fairfield is located 5km from the Brisbane CBD, and is across the river from the St Lucia campus. The suburb has a train station and plenty of bus routes heading to the city. As Fairfield has easy access to major arterial roads, schools, and shops, and has plenty of parklands, it is especially popular with families. There is a big shopping centre (Fairfield Garden Shopping Centre), and being near to West End gives the suburb a convenient restaurant-area close by.

Herston: Herston is located approximately 2km from the centre of Brisbane and about 8km from the main (St Lucia) campus. The University of Queensland operates within the Royal Brisbane Hospital, Royal Children’s Hospital, Royal Women’s Hospital and Queensland Radium Institute. Herston is also the location of the Mayne Medical School. Suburbs surrounding Herston include Spring Hill, Kelvin Grove, Bowen Hills, and Wilston.

Heading to UQ? Here are some accommodation options!

Unilodge at UQ

There is a lot to think about before you start searching for your new home. Be sure to scour the UQ Accommodation website for handy tips!

Have you arranged your free transportation from airport?

The University of Queensland will arrange free transportation from the Brisbane Domestic or International Airport for new UQ international students. Please note some conditions apply.

To arrange airport pick-up you will need to provide the following:

  • 3 working days’ notice
  • Date of flight and flight number
  • Drop-off address (Please ensure that you have arranged your accommodation before applying for airport pick-up.)
  • Number of people accompanying you

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Need more getting-ready-to-go tips? Be sure to check out the OzTREKK Boarding Pass for details about student visas, accommodation, travel arrangements, banking, health coverage, and a lot more.

Can’t remember your log-in info? Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com, or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355!

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

New halls of residence honour past Monash leaders

A new state-of-the-art student living precinct spanning four residential buildings has been officially opened at Monash University by the Honourable Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria. Each of the four new halls of residence has been named in honour of an academic who made a significant contribution to the university and the field in which they worked.

Monash University

New halls of residence honour past Monash leaders (Photo credit: Monash University)

The multi-level buildings will accommodate 1,000 students in self-contained studio apartments, providing affordable and stylish home-away-from-home accommodation in the heart of the Clayton campus. A number of apartments have been designed to accommodate mobility-impaired residents.

The apartments measure approximately 20 square metres and feature impressive kitchen and bathroom facilities and fully furnished living spaces, VOIP telephone handsets and high-speed internet access.

Surrounding landscape, communal spaces, an outdoor cinema, shops, cafes and walkways will be developed in conjunction with the buildings to create a safe and engaging living environment. Located near the centre of the campus, residents enjoy the benefit of being close to cultural and sporting precincts.

The Governor said she was delighted to officially open the new residential facilities, saying the new halls of residence will “significantly enhance the appeal of a Monash education, providing students the opportunity to be at the heart of the increasingly diverse and active community at Monash Clayton.”

Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AO said the apartments had been designed to be sustainable, accessible and to foster a strong sense of community.

“A growing number of students are choosing to live on campus, and Monash is expanding to meet that demand,” Professor Gardner said.

“Through the creation of this new residential community students have access to an affordable, inclusive and sustainable living environment where they can study, build friendships and relax.”

In recognition of their respective contributions to the development of Monash, their leadership and service to the university, the halls have been named in honour of

  • Emeritus Professor Enid Campbell AC OBE – an eminent legal scholar and the first female professor and then dean of a law school in Australia. Professor Campbell earned an international reputation for her research and writing on constitutional and administrative law, and her contribution to legal education.
  • Emeritus Professor Mollie Holman AO – a physiologist, renowned for her contribution to research and development in her field. Professor Holman’s remarkable international reputation as a researcher led to her appointment in 1970 to a Personal Chair in Physiology.
  • Emeritus Professor Malcolm Logan AC – geographer and university administrator, Professor Logan was Vice-Chancellor and President of Monash University from 1987 till 1996, a time of momentous expansion and change in its history.
  • Associate Professor Ian Turner – an historian and political activist, Associate Professor Turner taught at Monash in the 1960s and 1970s. He was renowned as an original, brilliant and inspiring teacher, with a great passion for his country, its art, literature and landscape.

The buildings have been designed by three leading Australian architects in line with Monash University’s vision to create true communities in quintessentially Australian styles.

Sustainable design and construction was central to the building development with the aim to achieve a 5-star As-Built rating from the Green Building Council of Australia. The university’s Briggs and Jackomos Halls at the Clayton campus were the first multi-unit residential buildings in Australia to receive this rating. The new halls will take the total number of student rooms to 2,748.

Turner Hall is already taking residents and the remaining halls will be open in time for next year’s intake.

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Find out more about studying at Monash University!

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Short-term accommodation at the University of Sydney

When you first land in Australia, if you have not already pre-booked long-term accommodation, you can stay for a week or two in a hostel/hotel/on-campus residence room, until you find somewhere to live while you are studying. We recommend that you arrive in Australia at least two weeks prior to your program start date, if you plan to find off-campus accommodation when you arrive in Sydney.

The OzTREKK Boarding Pass provides a listing of recommended temporary accommodation places for each Australian university, including Sydney. On the Boarding Pass, you’ll find heaps of accommodation advice from former and current OzTREKK students!

OzTREKK Study in Australia

University of Sydney on-campus accommodation

University of Sydney Campus Locations

The University of Sydney has a network of teaching campuses spread throughout the Sydney area. The main Camperdown/Darlington campus is well known as the home of the university’s historic sandstone buildings, gargoyles and cloisters, lawns and courtyards. But this is just one part of the picture. The University of Sydney’s campuses include

  • Camperdown/Darlington: The Camperdown and Darlington Campuses are home to the faculties of Agriculture and Environment, Architecture, Arts and Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Pharmacy, Science, and Veterinary Science and the University of Sydney Business School.
  • Cumberland (Lidcombe): Cumberland Campus is home to the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences (like physiotherapy) and is located in Lidcombe, around 16 km west of the city centre.
  • Mallett Street: Sydney Nursing School
  • Conservatorium: The Sydney Conservatorium of Music (often shortened to the ‘Con’) is one of the world’s finest music schools and is located in the Royal Botanic Gardens near the Sydney Opera House.
  • Rozelle: Sydney College of the Arts – ceramics, film & digital art, glass, jewellery and object, painting, print media, photo media, and sculpture.
  • Surry Hills: The campus houses the main offices of the Faculty of Dentistry, the Dentistry Library, teaching, seminar and recreational facilities and the extensive clinical facilities of the Sydney Dental Hospital.
  • St James: The Sydney Law School is now primarily located on the Camperdown campus but a limited number of postgraduate courses are run from the St James teaching space.
  • Camden: The extensive farms and research units at Camden campus are used by agriculture and Veterinary Science students. The Faculty of Veterinary Science operates a general veterinary clinic and teaching hospital on campus. The town of Camden is 65 km southwest of Sydney.

If you decide to live farther away from campus, or if the campus you must attend is not the main campus, then you may have to pay a bit more for transport costs by bus, train or ferry, but balance this with cheaper rent and quieter locations. You can choose from beachside suburbs in the north or east, live on the other side of the Harbour Bridge in Sydney’s north, or look at one of the suburbs to the west—whatever suits you.

When you first arrive in Australia, depending on your budget, you may want to stay in less expensive accommodation like hostels, guesthouses or lodges, or you may be able to afford to stay in a hotel or serviced apartment. If you’d like to stick close to the university, check out Wesley College, a University of Sydney on-campus accommodation site that also has short-term accommodation options. Don’t forget to check out Sydney’s short-term accommodation web page: http://sydney.edu.au/current_students/accommodation/off_campus/short_term_housing.shtml

Please note that OzTREKK does not have commercial relationships with any accommodation providers. Our advice is provided based on our own experiences and our students’ experiences.

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Would you like more information about your accommodation options at your Australian university? Be sure to log on to the OzTREKK Boarding Pass for accommodation, student visa, banking, travel, and other pre-departure information! Questions? Email us at info@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Monash Residential Services

Calling all future Monash University students!

Monash Residential Services (MRS) offers a range of accommodation options across three campuses: Berwick, Clayton and Peninsula. Please note that accommodation at the Caulfield campus is not available in 2015.

Monash University

Monash offers many student accommodation options

Monash University’s dormitory-style accommodation offers residents a single occupancy bedroom equipped with a bed, a desk, a desk chair, and a wardrobe. At some sites this also includes a private en-suite bathroom. Residents have access to shared communal facilities such as kitchens, bathrooms, lounge rooms, and laundries. Similar features are also available in Monash’s flat-style accommodation options. MRS also offers the option of a studio apartment. These are fully self-contained with bed, desk, desk chair, and wardrobe, plus a kitchen with microwave-convection oven, fridge and personal bathroom.

MRS is currently developing 1,000 new, studio-style bedrooms at the Clayton campus and these will be ready by January 2016.

There is no application fee, and prospective residents are not required to sign any offer of accommodation until after they have received their Monash University offer and have a valid visa.

When filling in the application form applicants can indicate any special or additional information that they wish to communicate in the ‘additional information’ space provided. This could include requests for gender-specific accommodation (flats, floors, or sections), accessible rooms, specific floors, or other requests that you may have.

Please visit the Monash University Accommodation website at www.monash.edu/mrs for more information!

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Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Your student accommodation options in Sydney

If you’re headed to Macquarie University or the University of Sydney for the semester 1, 2015 intake, then this might interest you!

Student Accommodation in Australia

Iglu Chatswood

Students who are seeking off-campus accommodation in Sydney should book temporary accommodation for a few days or a week while searching for more permanent housing. Students requiring off-campus housing are advised to arrive a couple of weeks prior to Orientation Week, if possible, so they can locate suitable housing and be settled before the academic year begins. It can take students about one to two weeks to secure permanent housing.

When considering which suburb to live in in Sydney, students tend to have different preferences. Some like the city, some enjoy living closer to the beach, and others prefer to reside closer to campus. International students attending Macquarie University often consider Chatswood, which is located in North Sydney, approximately 10 km from the CBD.

Iglu Chatswood

Iglu Chatswood opened in 2014 and offers purpose-built accommodation for both university and private college students. Located adjacent to Chatswood train station, it is just 11 minutes away from Macquarie University in North Sydney and just over 20 minutes into the city.

As one of Australia’s top retail destinations, Chatswood buzzes with three major shopping centres, cinemas, restaurants, cheap eats, bars, bowling alleys, libraries, fitness clubs and much more. This not only provides students with all the entertainment and amenities they need but also employment opportunities.

Iglu Central

If you’re headed to the University of Sydney, the you may consider Iglu Central, which is located on the edge of Sydney’s CBD, a short walk to Central Station and to the university.

Until November 30, students who apply to live in a fully furnished six-bedroom share apartment at Iglu Chatswood can take advantage their early-bird rate of AUD$324 per week (AUD$377 at Iglu Central). Rates are for bookings commencing in Semester 1, 2015.

What does this include?

  • Private en-suite bathroom
  • Bedroom and apartment furniture (including apartment TV)
  • Air conditioning and heating in all rooms and apartments
  • All utilities (water, electricity, gas)
  • Basic internet package (10GB per month)
  • 24-hour access to onsite support
  • Access to communal facilities and social events

Check out Iglu at http://www.iglu.com.au/ for more information.

Please note that OzTREKK does not have commercial relationships with any accommodation providers. Our advice is provided based on our own experiences or our students’ experiences. We recommend that students do as much research as possible before securing accommodation in Australia.

Happy house hunting!

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Friday, October 17th, 2014

Accommodation options at the University of Queensland

If you’re a future UQ Physiotherapy or UQ Occupational Therapy student and getting ready to study this November/December, we know you’re wondering about your accommodation options!

It’s also handy to know where you should be looking, right? When considering suburb locations for off-campus accommodation, students tend to have different preferences. Some prefer to live in the heart of the city, while others prefer to live in other areas near specific attractions, like the beach or bay.

University of Queensland

You will be living in beautiful Brisbane, Queensland!

Below is a list of popular suburbs located in the city of Brisbane:

  • St Lucia: St Lucia is a great place to live if you want the convenience of being close to UQ, but the peace and quiet of the suburbs. It is located approximately 7km from the centre of the city, in a bend of the Brisbane River. Most properties in St Lucia are within walking distance to the UQ campus. There is no train station located in St Lucia, but there are buses that connect to the train station in nearby Toowong. There is also a bike path that runs along the river between St Lucia and Brisbane city centre. It is the perfect location if study is your first priority; however, for shopping and entertainment, you will need to go to the neighbouring suburbs.
  • Toowong: Toowong is very popular with students. The university is only 10 minutes by bus in one direction, and the city centre 10 minutes in the other. There is also a bike path that runs along the river to the city centre. Toowong also has some very popular student bars, a shopping centre, and some great little restaurants.
  • Indooroopilly: Indooroopilly has everything a student needs, including a large shopping centre, cinemas, restaurants, and a couple of bars. It is only 10 minutes to the St Lucia campus by bus, and a short train-ride takes you directly to Fortitude Valley, where most of Brisbane’s night-life happens. Alternatively, a little longer on the train, and you can spend a day on the beach at the Gold Coast.
  • Taringa: Taringa is a great place to live if you want the peace and quiet of the suburbs, without being too far from the action. A very short bus-ride (10 minutes), or a slightly longer walk, will take you to shopping centres, cinemas, restaurants, and some popular student bars.
  • West End and Hill End: West End is located across the Brisbane river from the St Lucia campus. It is the most ethnically diverse suburb in Brisbane, and boasts s a lively inner-city lifestyle with a younger population and wide assortment of cafés, restaurants, and clubs. Hill End is essentially a small residential pocket between West End and Highgate Hill, with many of its streets and properties very close to the river. Travel to the St Lucia campus is mainly via the CityCat ferry service, from the West End terminal at the bottom of Hoogley Street – a 2-minute ferry-ride! It is also only a 10-minute bus ride from West End to the city centre and walk distance to the Southbank parklands.
  • Highgate Hill: Highgate Hill is a great mix of the old and the new. It is also an ethnically diverse suburb, with about a third of residents being overseas migrants. Note, though, that some properties in Highgate Hill are a 10-minute walk to the West End CityCat ferry terminal, and others a 30-minute walk over the hill. From the West End CityCat ferry terminal, it is only a 2-minute ferry-ride to the St Lucia campus.
  • Dutton Park: Dutton Park is also located across the river but (compared to West End) is a quieter more suburban area. The Eleanor Schonell Bridge is a bus, bicycle and pedestrian link between Dutton Park and the St Lucia campus.
  • Fairfield: Fairfield is located 5km from the Brisbane CBD, and is across the river from the St Lucia campus. The suburb has a train station and plenty of bus routes heading to the city. As Fairfield has easy access to major arterial roads, schools, and shops, and has plenty of parklands, it is especially popular with families. There is a big shopping centre (Fairfield Garden Shopping Centre), and being near to West End gives the suburb a convenient restaurant-area close by.
  • Herston: Herston is located approximately 2km from the centre of Brisbane and about 8km from the main (St Lucia) campus. The University of Queensland operates within the Royal Brisbane Hospital, Royal Children’s Hospital, Royal Women’s Hospital and Queensland Radium Institute. Herston is also the location of the Mayne Medical School. Suburbs surrounding Herston include Spring Hill, Kelvin Grove, Bowen Hills, and Wilston.

There is a lot to think about before you start searching for your new home. Be sure to scour the UQ Accommodation website for handy tips!

Free Transportation from Airport

The University of Queensland will arrange free transportation from the Brisbane Domestic or International Airport for new UQ international students. Please note some conditions apply.

To arrange airport pick-up you will need to provide the following:

  • 3 working days notice – If you cannot meet this deadline, please download the last minute arrival instructions here.
  • Date of flight and flight number – Please note that UQ does not provide airport reception service on December 25.
  • Drop-off address (Please ensure that you have arranged your accommodation before applying for airport pick-up.)
  • Number of people accompanying you

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Can’t remember your log-in info? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com, or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355!