UNSW Residential Communities manages campus colleges, the University Terraces and UNSW Apartments. The units are aimed at independent living for undergraduates and postgraduates including couples and families with children. You can find all the necessary information as well as apply online by visiting their website.
Study stays is a free service provided by Student Life and Learning to assist UNSW students who are looking for housing vacancies around out Kensington and COFA campuses. Note, you need to register first and then start your search.
Classifieds is a free listing service for the UNSW community. All you need to do is to login with your Z ID and password to begin. There are 5 different categories: Accommodation, Buy/Sell, Lost/Found, Events and Swap/Trade.
Student Participation Advisors is a team of professional staff who have many years of experience in coaching students through general study and personal matters to achieve their academic goals. You can book in a free appointment with a student participation advisor, to gain help and advice about securing the best living situation for you especially if you are planning on renting privately (know your rights!) or regarding any other personal matter.
Housing at UNSW is a Facebook group where you can find a place to rent or housemates within UNSW comunity.
Free & For sale is another useful Facebook page where you can resell/buy textbooks/fridges/fans and more!
Have you found this article useful? Do you know any other interesting websites for UNSW students who are leaving the nest that we’ve missed? What other topics you would like us to cover?
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Finding a place to rent is not an easy task. You need to consider costs and location. As a university student, you should probably consider renting place in close proximity to your campus. You can either rent an apartment/house in nearby suburbs or live on campus.
Renting is pretty expensive in Sydney. Here is a list of Rents by Individual Suburbs in Sydney. If you’re a UNSW student, the cheapest suburb to rent in is Kingsford plus it’s in very close proximity to the campus. You might also want to consider renting in Coogee, Kensington and Randwick. Bear in mind that it’s often cheaper to rent in a shared apartment/house.
There are six Colleges: Colombo House, Fig Tree Hall and The Kensington Colleges (Basser College, Philip Baxter College and Goldstein College) and UNSW Hall – link to the fees (the price range varies from $367 to $517)
Campus accommodation is always high on demand so make sure you apply in advance.
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Leaving home is not an impulsive decision. It requires thorough research and consideration. So if you are thinking of taking this significant and existing step, you should be ready for dramatic changes in all aspects of your life. That’s why we’ve put a list of things you need to think over before you leave your home in order for you to know what to expect and be fully prepared. 1. Covering bills
Will you be able to pay for all of your expenses? If you are not sure, for the next month try to track all of your expenses and calculate how much money you need on average to get by. You can use phone apps such as Hello Expense or Expensify to do it. Another way of approaching this, it is to go through your bank statement. Be sure to include things like utilities, internet, transportation costs, food, rent and entertainment. Likewise, it’s important to take into account deposit money which you will need to pay when moving in your new home. It’s okay to ask your family to help you in emergency situations, however, make sure you repay them as soon as possible.
2. Moving costs
Will you need to hire a moving team and a truck? They are usually paid hourly (hourly rates are between $20 and $100) and the price also varies on the quantity of employees needed and the capacity of the van/truck. Look out for the hidden fees such as service charge for credit card purchases or wrapping materials. You can avoid moving costs by asking your family/friends to help you out.
3. Furniture/ electrical appliances/cutlery/ bed linens
Does the place you are going to rent have a bed, table, lamps, mirror etc.? You will need to clarify this with your landlord or maybe some of your relatives or friends have furniture they don’t need and can lend you. You will definitely need to have bed sheets, pillow cases and blankets as well as some kitchen essentials and cleaning supplies. Make a list of things that you can’t imagine your everyday life and tick them off as you acquire them.
Right now it might seem like it’s an unachievable goal but if you start planning and save up money in advance, soon you will be able to cover all of these points. Maybe you might want to consider living together with your sibling or find a roommate to split costs? In any case, you should be proud of yourself for taking this huge step!
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