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Housing

​UNSW offers affordable and convenient student housing on and off campus. You have the freedom to choose on-campus dorms and apartments or off-campus homestays, share houses, and hostels. To get a jumpstart on the market and reserve the best housing for you, you’ll apply for housing well in advance of departure with the help of a campus housing service.

Apartment

In addition to apartments, about half of all exchange students opt to live in share houses surrounding the university. Similar to a shared apartment, a share house is an independent living space where you may share bathrooms or kitchens, for example. This is a common living arrangement for young working professionals in Australia.

Accommodations

  • Private or shared bedroom
  • Private or shared bathroom
  • Off campus
  • No meal plan
  • Live with

  • International students
  • Local residents
  • Local students
  • UC students
  • US students

Commute

Your commute to class will vary depending on the location.

Dorm

A variety of dorms, which are called residential colleges, are available.

Accommodations

  • Private or shared bedroom
  • Private or shared bathroom
  • On campus
  • No meal plan

Live with

  • International students
  • UC students
  • US students

Commute

Dorms are primarily on campus (with a few exceptions) and just a short walk to class.

Homestay

Your host may be a single adult, a couple, or a family with children.

Accommodations

  • Private bedroom
  • Shared bathroom
  • Off campus
  • Meal plan

Live with

  • Local residents

Commute

Depending on your housing location, you can expect an average commute to campus of 30 minutes by public transportation.

Hostel

You may choose to live in a hostel for all or part of your study abroad term.

Accommodations

  • Shared bedroom
  • Shared bathroom
  • Off campus
  • No meal plan

Live with

  • International students
  • UC students
  • US students
  • Travelers

Commute

Commute times could be 10 minutes to an hour by public transportation depending on the hostel location.