Rental Guide For International Students In Australia

By Joshua Chadwick March 20th

Preparing to rent in Australia can be overwhelming on its own, but landing in the country down under and needing accommodation can be a whole separate form of intimidation.

Between competing with locals for property, no rental history, no income proof with no Australian employment and likely no guarantors, the reality of the situation can be daunting even without thinking of the preparation to study overseas.

At MyConnect, we’re here to help take some weight off your shoulders, as in this guide, we provide some tips and tricks to rent like an Australian and find yourself some international student accommodation!

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Choosing The Right Accommodation

Before locking in the first property you find as your prime residence in Australia, it’s best to know the various types of accommodation you can stay in as an overseas student.

There are several accommodation options to choose from, including a private rental property, student apartments, on-campus accommodation and even a potential homestay. For a further dive into these options, click the drop-down menu below.

Private Rentals


Student Apartments

On-Campus Accommodation

The type of accommodation will also depend on various factors, ranging from budget and how much you’re willing to spend on rent, to which suburb or area across Australia is best suitable for your stay. The choice of facilities listed in the options above will also play a large role, as well as access to public transport, a go-to mode of transport for any student in Australia.

Once you’ve decided on the type of accommodation that suits your needs, there are plenty of ways to find your dream accommodation, including student services from your institute to going straight to a real estate agent’s office.

For the best chance to get a clear scope of local properties, online websites like or are great places to discover rental properties for sale in the area. Alternatively, student-specific accommodation can be found on websites like and

Inspecting & Applying For The Property

After identifying a few properties that meet your criteria, the next step is to inspect them. Be sure to check the property inspection times and confirm them with the real estate agents, as they can be changed.

Property managers usually open properties for 15-30 minutes, with Saturdays being the most popular day for inspections in Australia. However, other days and times may be available. Additionally, the property manager may request your identification and personal details before allowing you to inspect the property.

If you like the property, the property manager may ask if you want to apply for it. If not, you can continue inspecting properties until you find one that meets your requirements.

Don’t get Catfished!

Before falling in love with the images online, check out the property in person to make sure the home is everything you’re imagining it to be.

To apply for the property, you must complete an application form and provide comprehensive information. This will typically include personal details and some form of identification, employment details, rental history, and references from previous employers and landlords (if there are any).

Once you submit the application, the property agent will review it and discuss it with the landlord before notifying you of the outcome. In addition, the property manager will conduct background, employment, and reference checks to ensure that the tenant can pay rent on time. Some properties may have significant competition, so applying early can increase the likelihood of a positive response.

Leases & Bonds

If the property agent has let you know the application was successful, it’s time to sign the lease! A lease is a contract outlining the terms under which one party agrees to rent an asset—in this case, property—owned by another party. This lease will either be a fixed term or a periodic lease.

The lease document contains essential information such as the duration of the tenancy, rent amount, payment due dates and methods, bond amount, inspection frequency, and any special conditions that tenants must adhere to. When signing the lease, tenants are typically required to pay a refundable security deposit known as a bond.

The landlord or property agent will lodge this bond with the authorized government body in your state or territory, and it typically amounts to 4-6 weeks’ rent. The bond is held until the end of the lease, and it serves to protect the landlord’s rights to cover any expenses incurred due to tenant-caused damages. It is crucial to obtain a copy of the bond receipt as proof of payment.

After Signing The Lease

Now that you’ve signed on to the new rental property, you can start prepping for the big move day and start preparing for student life in Australia!

For more renting and moving information, here are a couple of quick articles we’ve made to help you stay rent-smart:

If this is your first move out of home, check out our guide on Moving Out for the First Time here. Furthermore, if this is your first rental property and you’re still unsure about renting as a whole, check out our post on What you should know about renting here.

Lastly, it isn’t a home without electricity or gas to power the property from the moment you move in. 

If you need help getting your utilities connected sorted, please call MyConnect on 1300 854 478 or use the Get Connected form here! If you’re unsure about using a utility connection company, hopefully, this post here can assist you.

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Joshua Chadwick
Joshua Chadwick