Being Rent-Smart helps Monash students and staff who are living out of home in private rental accommodation make the most of their Monash experience - and keeps them informed about their rights and responsibilities in the rental market.
Before you arrive
We want you to be prepared for your move to Melbourne, so you will find a few key points below:
We want you to feel comfortable in Australia from the moment you get here. That's why we hold pre-arrival briefings for future students and their families.
These briefings give you the opportunity to ask questions and hear from other Monash students before you arrive.
At these briefings, held in Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia, staff from MRS will also be present to assist with any of your queries.
Register for a session here to reserve your place.
Airport Pick up
Monash University and Monash College welcome all new international students with a free airport pick-up service to take you to your accommodation.
To use the service, you must submit your request at least three working days before you arrive. We'll then send you a confirmation email. Please print it out and bring it with you.
Finding the right room or property can be pretty stressful, but it doesn't need to be!
Make sure that you know what to look for when you inspect a property to ensure that you don't get ripped off!
Signing the lease
When you are ready to sign a lease, we encourage you to contact the MRS Off Campus Accommodation team, who can help you make sure that your lease is above board.
We can also help you understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.
Once you’ve found a place to live, you’ll need to get your gas, electricity, water and internet connected. These are known as ‘utilities’, and you’re responsible for choosing a supplier and covering all of the costs.
You can find more information on the Victorian Government’s Energy Compare website. The Tenants Victoria Utility Charges fact sheets are a good resource too.
Monash is a great place and in order thrive, you need to keep on top of a whole lot of things! Maintaining study, a healthy mind and healthy body and not forgetting the main reason you are here: to get your Monash degree or diploma!
Remember, you are not alone. MRS are here to help. For further assistance Contact us here.
Sexuality and Gender Diversity
Starting university is a very exciting and at times daunting part of your life.
The Monash Student Association (MSA) Queer Department is a student-run organisation that represents and provides support to all Monash University students and staff who may identify as queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, intersex, genderqueer or any of the many other identities, also including those who are questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Some MRS staff are also proud members of the Monash Ally Program (a support network for LGBTI members of our community).
Why not take some time for your own growth – and also to help others! It can be hard to get opportunities for leadership in your first year at University – but Monash has a focus on creating opportunities for everyone!
By joining a non-residential college, you’ll have access to a fun and supportive environment enhancing your student experience when you are living off campus. For information on the Non-Residential Colleges, click here or check out the links for each individual college below: