Before You Start Searching For Accommodation
Before you start searching there are a number of things you need to consider, such as where you want to live, if you want to live with others and what you can afford. Some of these might mean play a big role in deciding on accommodation and some might not, but it is important to think about what you want and need when looking for accommodation.
Finances - Work out a budget
- Work out a weekly/fortnightly budget: How much money do you have for rent? - Be realistic, do not look for rentals that you cannot afford and make sure you have enough money left over for food and transport costs.
- Rent (on average) can be anywhere between $100-$200 per week for a room in a shared house, and upwards of $250 for a property, depending on the location and/or what is included in the cost of rent.
- Consider the difference that the distance from the University makes to your budget. Living closer to Uni may cost more in rent, but you may save on travel each day and vice versa. Don't forget that increased travel time may take away your time for study or part-time work.
- Bond payments and rent in advance: Bond is like a security deposit that is held until you move out, it can be anywhere between 1-4 weeks rent. Providers can ask you to pay up to two weeks rent in advance. Do you have enough money to pay for bond and rent in advance?
- Do you have enough money to pay for bond and the first few week's rent?
Location - Where do you want to live?
- Do you rely on public transport? If so, consider living in accommodation on the main public transport routes.
- Will you look for part time work? Think of where you will look for work and how you will get to your workplace.
- Is being close to a shopping centre important to you?
- Consider how long it might take you to get to university.
Transport - How will you get around?
- Consider how you will get to and from Uni: car, bus, bicycle or walk?
Facilities and furnishings - What facilities do you want from your rental?
- What sort of space are you looking for? Keep in mind, the size, location and what is included, does vary the cost of rent.
- Do you wish to have your own room? What facilities do you want in your room? e.g. bed, desk, chair.
- Are you willing to share a bathroom? Most rooms that have their own bathroom may cost more, decide if the difference in cost is worth it to you.
People - Do you want to share a house or live alone?
The people you live with largely influence the atmosphere in your new home and it's important to remember this when deciding who will be suitable to live with and whether you will get along well as housemates.
- Who do you want to live with?
- Do you want to live with several people, or only one or two?
- Do you want to live in a family situation, or with friends?
- If you would prefer to live alone, please be aware that it will cost more than if you were to share.