We know finding accommodation can be tricky, so we’ve provided you with information to make it easy as possible for you to find somewhere that will suit you best during your time at Monash.
When you first arrive
We recommend that you already have accommodation organised before leaving your home country. However, if you’d like to settle in and explore areas and suburbs of Melbourne before deciding on where to live, short-term accommodation might be helpful.
Be sure to arrange your flights so that you arrive in your new city at least two weeks before the Monash Abroad orientation.
If you’d like to have an immersive experience, study is your main objective and you not a fan of a commute, on-campus accommodation might be right for you.
Living on-campus in the halls of residence will allow you to deeply involve yourself in campus life – you’ll be shoulder-to-shoulder with other Exchange and Study Abroad students, international students and domestic students, so you’ll make friends fast. If you cook a delicious curry or chocolate cake, you might make friends even faster. If you’re not a budding Jamie Oliver, the Halls Café is close by, and offers budget friendly food that’s also Halal certified by the Monash University mosque.
Monash Residential Services makes life in the halls fun with tons of social events and activities for you participate in, and moving in is easy because your room is already furnished when you arrive. You can also take advantage of free TV, internet and Foxtel (pay-tv), and support programs.
Living in the halls of residence gives you the chance to become immersed in campus life at Monash and get to know local students. Monash Residential Services runs the halls of residence and provides you with lots of extra support – like mental health and first aid trained staff, academic programming around exam time, as well as 24-hour safety and security.
Most Study Abroad and Exchange students apply to live on the Clayton campus, as availability at the other Australian campuses is limited. Clayton is 20km from the Melbourne CBD and provides lots of options for housing – there are five halls of residence (each have about 200 rooms), Normanby House and South East Flats. Visit the on-campus accommodation website to find out what life is like there – there's information for you, your parents and family, and you can even take a virtual tours so you can see what the buildings and rooms actually look like.
All accommodation is co-ed and each student has their own room with shared kitchen and bathrooms. Check out floor plans, activities and services offered at the Clayton Residential Village.
We have a special arrangement with Monash Residential Services that means that you're given priority when applying for accommodation at the Clayton campus. Make sure you apply as early as possible as accommodation is not guaranteed to all students that apply.
If you'd like to apply for on-campus accommodation, you'll need to lodge an application with Monash Residential Services (MRS). Your Monash Abroad coordinator will send you instructions for applying for accommodation with your letter of offer.
How much does it cost?
The pricing of on-campus accommodation can be found here.
If you’re keen to explore your new city every day, prefer tree-lined streets or the company of locals, you might like to find your own accommodation. Maybe you already know people in the city where your Monash campus is located, or you’ve made fast friends with other Exchange and Study Abroad students and you’d like to live together – whatever the reason, we can help you find your new home.
There are many accommodation options available – you could live in a share house or private student accommodation.
Living off-campus during your Study Abroad or Exchange is easy – because all Monash campuses are centrally located, accessible by public transport and serviced by university shuttle buses.
The options for living off-campus are many and varied depending on which campus you decide to attend. But before you go any further with your research, we strongly recommend you check out Monash Residential Service Off-campus Accommodation services for a wide range of resources on finding a place to live, renting advice, typical accommodation costs and tips for inspecting properties. They can also support you with finding and settling into off-campus accommodation - find out more here.
Consumer Affairs Victoria also gives you lots of advice about your rights as a renter.
Where to live
There are many off-campus accommodation options around our Clayton and Caulfield campuses, but they tend to be in high demand. If you want to live a bit closer to the city with an easy commute, try looking for places to live in suburbs like St Kilda – one of Melbourne's beachfront suburbs, South Yarra – home to the famous Chapel Street shopping strip, or Richmond – perfect if you like pub food and watching live sports like Australian Rules Football.
Areas like as Brunswick, Fitzroy and Northcote are vibrant and full of bars, cafes and shops, however it can take a bit longer to get to Monash.
When looking for the accommodation that'll suit you, it's a good idea to Google the area. See what's on in terms of community events and you'll get an idea of the kind of people (demographic) who live there. These links might help you when looking for student and share accommodation*:
Monash has provided a list of preferred off-campus accommodation options for students here.*
Before you sign anything
Be sure to research the accommodation provider thoroughly and beware of using classified advertisement websites for finding accommodation. We recommend that you do not sign an agreement or pay any money to the landlord without seeing your accommodation in person.
How much does it cost?
A guide for renting costs can be found at the Monash Residential Services page here.
If you have any questions about accommodation or would like more information, please contact us.
* Monash University has no formal or informal relationship, commercial or otherwise with any of the service providers named here. Monash Abroad does not advocate these services and the providers listed over any other service providers in Melbourne. These examples have been listed simply to provide examples of resources available in areas convenient to Monash campuses.
These resources and details are provided as examples of accommodation providers and agents that may be useful in your search for accommodation during your stay in Melbourne to study at Monash. Your search and research should not be limited to those providers displayed here. We encourage that you seek further advice in conjunction with Consumer Affairs Victoria.
Now that you know more about the accommodation options available to you, click the button to learn how to apply for Study Abroad and Exchange at Monash.
Already applied? Click the button to find out what you should organise before you arrive.