Packing for University can be an overwhelming task, especially when moving to another state or country. After all, how are you meant to pack your whole life into a few measly boxes? The answer is simple— you shouldn’t.
Here at Liveable, we’ve come up with a handy little checklist for you to tick off as you go. Aside from some decorative items that should be packed along to ensure that your new dorm would feel more like home, we’ve narrowed down the absolute essentials that you would need in order to leave for University with a peace of mind.
With the new semester just around the corner, it is not uncommon for students to start looking for a change of scenery in terms of their accomodation.
After all, it can get frustrating having to share living facilities, such as the bathrooms and kitchen, between a whole floor of students. As such, many students often bid goodbye to their student accomodation and in turn, look towards renting off-campus accomodation either individually or with a group of friends.
With the help of results generated from Liveable, we’ve narrowed down the most popular suburbs amongst students that are both close to their chosen university, and have a buzzing student community that resides in the area.
University of Sydney (USYD)
Newtown is a favourite amongst Usyd students, not only because its conveniently located just 10 minutes away from the university, but also due to the vast number of pubs, bars and restaurants in the area.
The University of Sydney has also recognised the convenience of this location and hence, has established one of their biggest student accomodations, Sydney University Village, in this friendly suburb.
Furthermore, Newtown is vibrant and pulsing with life— with the Enmore Theatre, a popular music venue often drawing large crowds on the weekends.
It costs $288/week for shared housing or $500/week to live in a 1 bedroom apartment.
This inner-west Suburb is another popular area that students choose to reside in. Despite being a little bit further away from the University of Sydney compared to Newtown (18 minutes via public transport), its appeal lies in its contemporary grunge vibe.
Furthermore, Enmore is home to many up and coming foodie hotspots and has a ton of hidden gems that are tucked away, just waiting to be found.
Similarly, it costs $288/week for shared housing or $500/week to live in a 1 bedroom apartment in this suburb.
University of New South Wales (UNSW)
Randwick is often the suburb of choice for UNSW students because of the fact that it only takes a mere 9-minute bus ride to get you from lectures to the comfort of your home.
Due to this fact alone, there is a thriving student community in the area. This is complemented by lots of cheap eats (Randwick is particularly well known for its asian cuisine) and supermarkets— making it extremely convenient for students to adapt to living alone.
Living in Randwick would set you back $334/week for shared housing or $510/week for a 1 bedroom apartment.
If you’re after a slightly more affordable option, Kingsford may be the suburb for you. With an average rent of $275/week for shared housing or $430/week for a 1 bedroom apartment, many UNSW students also choose to call Kingsford home.
Because of the large student population, it is not uncommon to chance upon restaurants and pubs with great student discounts. It also doesn’t hurt that this suburb is just a short 13 minute journey from the University.
University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
Interestingly, the price of shared housing in Ultimo is comparative to a 1 bedroom apartment, with the former costing $390/week and the latter costing $380/week— not too steep of a price considering you’re a quick 6 minutes from UTS, and also incredibly close to Broadway shopping centre.
With that said, it may be of interest to note that this suburb is known for having a relatively high crime rate, hence, students should be a little wary should they choose to walk home from late night study sessions or a night out.
Chippendale was predicted to be Sydney’s next “it” suburb by Vogue Australia in 2015 and it has well and truly lived up to this reputation. In recent years, Chippendale has managed to redefine itself as one of the prominent art precincts, with regular gallery walks taking place in the area (eg. BEAMS Art Festival).
It is a 6 minute journey to UTS and would cost an average of $338/week for shared housing or $510/week for a 1 bedroom apartment.
Marsfield is a great location for students who don’t enjoy the hustle and bustle of city living, but still crave the convenience of having a variety of shops and restaurants at their doorstep.
This suburb is just a 4 minute drive to Macquarie Centre and a 13 minute bus ride to Macquarie University; needless to say, this is why Marsfield has such a concentrated population of students living in the area.
Rent here would set you back $229/ week for shared housing, or $368/ week for a one bedroom apartment.
Despite being 28 minutes away from Macquarie University, the commute would be well worth it for students who enjoy living amongst nature.
After all, this safe and peaceful suburb is nestled within two large national parks. With a ton of walking trails to choose from, as well as a huge number of sporting facilities, your weekends will never fail to be dull in this Northern suburb.
Rent in this area is an average of $217/ week for shared housing, and $385/ week for a one bedroom apartment.
With Brisbane being well-known as a city that provides its dwellers with an extremely balanced lifestyle, it comes to no surprise that this sub-tropical city is home to more than 100,000 students. Not only is Brisbane packed with some of Australia’s most prestigious universities, but the cost of living is also much lower compared to other cities such as Sydney and Melbourne.
For both domestic and international students who choose to study their tertiary education here, deciding which suburb to live in is highly dependent on which university you plan on attending.
Using Liveable, we found the best suburbs for students to settle into, depending on where you plan to study:
Students going to the University of Queensland:
St Lucia might be the suburb for you. A mere 15 minutes ride on public transport will get you to your classes in no time at all. This makes it a popular suburb for a huge number of university students— perfect if you’re looking to effortlessly integrate into the University’s social scene. Rent is also extremely affordable in this area, with shared housing starting at $197/week.
Rental Availability: High
Students going to Griffith University:
Robertson is a favourable option for Griffith University students. This suburb does not only offer great value for money, with the average price of a one bedroom apartment going for $200/week, but it is also an extremely convenient location to live in! It is central to all amenities— shopping malls, restaurants, grocery stores and even a hospital; you name it, they’ve got it.
Rental Availability: Medium
Students going to James Cook University:
Fortitude Valley is located 12 minutes away from James Cook University. Although housing here is a little pricier than the aforementioned neighbourhoods, setting you back approximately $235/week for shared housing, living here is well worth it. Dubbed as the suburb that never sleeps, this entertainment precinct is best known for its wild nightlife. From trendy nightclubs to rooftop bars, you’ll be sure to have a fantastic experience living here.
Rental Availability: High
Starting your life in a new country is a big deal for anyone, but can be an especially daunting task if you’re a student moving away from home for the first time. While the prospect of meeting new people and exploring a foreign country is exciting, it is also important to remember that finding a decent place to live abroad can be difficult— But it doesn’t have to be.
As a student, it is important to consider certain priorities when looking for accommodation: how close it is to the location of your main campus, whether or not the suburb is safe and of course, the price tag of the place.
We took these three factors into consideration and used Liveable to quickly churn out results tailored specifically to your needs. Setting the commute, affordability and safety of the search to ‘Very Important’, here are our results:
– $208/week for a shared house
– $335/week for a 1 Bedroom
- Melbourne CBD
– $205/week for a shared house
– $385/week for a 1 Bedroom
– $299/week for a shared house
– $430/week for a 1 Bedroom
Besides fitting all our aforementioned requirements, these suburbs also have high accessibility to numerous cafes and restaurants that will definitely get you excited about Melbourne’s famous brunch culture. On a student budget? No problem. Liveable results show that there are also various grocery stores in the vicinity so you’d be able to whip up a scrumptious meal with no effort at all.
With all this information at your fingertips, deciding where to live doesn’t seem so unnerving anymore, does it?