Frequently asked questions

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Why doesn't Student Housing find accommodation for students?

It would be impossible for our small team of staff to find accommodation for all incoming students. Besides, do you really want someone else deciding where you will live and how much you will pay for the next 6 to12 months? You are the only person who knows what you like and don’t like; how far you would like to travel; how much you are prepared to pay, etc.  Your accommodation/housing is a very imporant and personal choice.

How does Student Housing help students find accommodation?

During peak times of the academic year, Student Housing runs presentations and workshops that cover current housing issues, eg. finding accommodation or moving out.  We provide information on our website and publications. Reading this information is your first step in understanding what your housing options are.  If you have additional questions after researching your options, you may contact a Student Housing Adviser for help.

What is is the average price of accommodation?

Rental prices vary considerably depending on the type of housing, the ammenities available, and the location. Check out our Cost of Living Estimates.

How long does it take to find accommodation?

Securing your accommodation after arriving in Melbourne can take up to one month, or possibly longer, depending on your requirements.  Try to arrive early so that you don't miss out on important Orientation or enrolment activities.

Is there a real estate agent I can go to who will find an apartment or house for me?

In Melbourne, real estate agents don't escort prospective tenants to different apartments or houses. The prospective tenant (you) does all the work, and needs to find his/her own way to the properties, often at set times (open for inspection times are usually a 15 minute window of opportunity for prospective tenants to inspect the premises).

What suburbs are closest to the University's Parkville campus?

The suburbs closest to the Parkville campus are:- Melbourne, Parkville, Carlton, North Carlton, Princes Hill, Brunswick, North Fitzroy, Fitzroy, North Melbourne, Flemington, and Ascot Vale.

What is a bond?

A bond is an amount of money held on trust in case the tenant damages the property or cannot pay their rent. The landlord can claim against the bond for the cost of repairing the damage or the lost rent.  In most instances, bond must be lodged by your landlord with the Residential Tenancies Bond Authority so that it is kept secure.  If you have paid your rent and returned the property to the landlord in a reasonably clean condition (and undamaged!), you should expect to have your bond refunded at the end of your tenancy.

How much is my bond?

If the rent for your property is less than $350 per week, you can only be asked to pay the equivalent of one month's rent as bond.  There is no maximum amount of bond payable if the rent for your property is more than $350 per week, however 6 weeks rent might be a reasonable amount to expect to pay.

What is the RTBA?

The RTBA stands for the Residential Tenancies Bond Authority, which is a government body that holds bonds on trust.  in most instances, landlords are required to lodge the bond with the RTBA so that the money is kep safe, and can only be claimed for valid legal reasons at the end of your tenancy.

What is the difference between an apartment and a flat?

Apartment is US English, flat is British English. Both refer to self-contained independent dwellings in a block of others. Unit can also refer to a flat, but can also refer to semi-detached, sinlge-story houses.

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How much rent should I charge?

Student Housing is not able to advise Advertisers about how much they should charge for their housing vacancy. We advise that you research the current market, and assess your property against comparable properties in the same suburb, which have similar facilities and features.

Price drives choice for most people, so if you are not receiving many queries, you might need to re-assess your rent amount.

If you still feel uncertain about how much to charge, you might like to seek the advice of a professional real estate agent.

How long will my advertisement be visible online?

Advertisements are visible online for a maximum of two weeks, and are monitored by Student Housing staff. If you are still looking for a tenant/resident/housemate after your advertisement expires, there is no need to go through the full process again - you may simply 'Re-list' the advertisement.

Why do I need to lodge the bond with the RTBA?

Lodging the bond with the Residential Tenancies Bond Authority (RTBA) is your legal responsibility under the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (Vic) (RTA).

If the rent is $350 a week or less, the bond cannot be more than the equivalent of one month’s rent.

If you ask for a bond, you must also provide a signed and dated Condition Report for the tenant or resident, which notes the general condition of the propert or room.  The Condition Report should include fittings, fixtures and any furniture.  The Condition Report can be used as evidence at the end of the tenancy if there is a dispute between you and the tenant/resident about who should pay for cleaning, damage or replacement of missing items.  Contact Consumer Affairs Victoria for further advice and free forms and publications.