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Once you’ve completed your student visa and secured your university place, moving into private student accommodation might seem like it’s much further down the road, but moving time comes around quickly for many students. And making the decision as to which provider you stay with is not always an easy decision.
With factors such as price, location, bill inclusions, safety and facilities to consider, it’s important to find the right private student accommodation provider for your needs whilst studying.
Here are our top tips for choosing your new home whilst at university, no matter whether you’ve chosen to study in Perth, Sydney or any of Australia’s bustling cities.
Tip #1: Check out the location
To many students studying in Australia, location is one of the most important aspects of choosing a private student accommodation provider. Whether you want to be within walking distance to university in Adelaide, close to the beach in Sydney or near the nightlife in Perth, the location of your accommodation is one of the most important factors when choosing your new home.
Not only will the location determine your journey to university, it’ll determine your new local cafe and bar hangouts, clubs you may join and even ensure your safety.
Tip #2: What extras are included in your bill?
More often than not, private student accommodation providers offer an all-inclusive bill. Which means you’ll get your high-speed wi-fi, bills, room repairs and communal facility use included.
It’s these communal facilities that really set some accommodation providers apart. Some places, like The Switch, offer free use of state of the art gyms (with the option of additional personal training), co-working spaces, theatres and rooftop lounges in one single bill.
Make sure you’re getting the best deal for your money and that you use these facilities to your advantage.
Communal Lounge and Games area at The Switch Perth Central
Tip #3: Compare prices and deals
Prices of rent at accommodation providers can vary significantly, and can be surprisingly different depending on the time you book.
To get the best deals (and rooms!), ensure you book early and take advantage of any deals. Not only are you more likely to be allocated one of the better rooms, you’ll also save money and be able to sit back to prepare for your move with plenty of time.
Tip #4: Explore different room types
Whether you’re moving in alone or with a friend, there are plenty of room types and options when it comes to private shared accommodation — and they differ in price. You may want to start socially by living in a shared apartment where you’ll rent a private room whilst enjoying a shared living space and kitchen with friends.
Alternatively, if you prefer a little more privacy, there are options to rent a self-sufficient studio with an ensuite bathroom, kitchenette and plenty of space to study and chill out.
Tip #5: Ensure your accommodation aligns with your values
Whilst location, price and facilities are all important factors to consider when choosing your student accommodation, the community and values of your new home are equally as important.
For example, if you truly believe in leading a sustainable lifestyle, choose a student accommodation provider that has facilities that support this. Or, if you are looking for extra support when it comes to studying, choose a home with tutoring options, a great space to put in those extra study hours and a place that has a great community feel.
In order to find the best accommodation for you, it’s a great idea to attend a tour, whether in person or online.