Researching accommodation options early is a good idea. This can give you an idea of the type and location of accommodation you need.
When looking for accommodation, there are a few things to consider:
- your budget
- the location of your campus (and its proximity to the city)
- on-site facilities you'll need (kitchen and laundry)
- local services (proximity to public transport or shops).
For assistance in looking for accommodation, you can also contact a TAFE SA student counsellor. Some accommodation facilities around campuses have special deals for TAFE SA students and offer reduced rentals for extended stays. Student noticeboards on campus can also provide details of share accommodation.
Types of accommodation
Regency International House
Regency International House (RIH) provides housing for international students and is located on the TAFE SA Regency Campus, just 15 minutes from Adelaide city centre.
Accommodation is $385 AU per week and includes three meals per day.
With a full-time manager overseeing all matters relating to students, and a member of staff on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you can be sure that there will always be someone around should an emergency arise.
Each villa at Regency International House is light, bright and airy and comes fully furnished. Villas are more than 100 square metres in size and house four students – all with their own private bedroom including a telephone, computer and wireless internet connection. Each villa has two ensuite bathrooms, a sitting room and a kitchenette for light meals or a late-night snack. Laundry facilities are also included and are shared within each complex consisting of four villas.
Included in the weekly accommodation rate are 3 meals a day which are prepared and made on-site in the commercial kitchen. Students make their selection from the cafeteria-style kitchen and eat, usually with friends, in the communal dining room, or if they study at a campus other than Regency, lunch can be packed for them to take away. The menu is varied and changes on a regular basis taking into account different tastes and cultural diversity.
Also included in the monthly rate are all utility costs (water, electricity etc.) and cleaning of the villas once a week so that students have more time to focus on what’s really important.
The student common room, dining room, tutorial room and computer suite (all open 24 hours a day) are located in the main Administration block. Other facilities include a Muslim prayer room and a games room – a popular retreat for students, with a pool table, table-tennis and other activities available within it. Amongst the landscaped surrounds of Regency International House are basketball and tennis courts available for the sole use of RIH residents.
Regency International House also organises and promotes social activities and outings for students on weekends and holidays which helps to balance the demands of study and assists in building a friendly and social community amongst the residents allowing students to form friendships for life.
For more information
Telephone: 61 8 83484000
Download the brochure here
Accommodation at a student residence usually includes rent in a furnished room, with meals available at extra cost. Prices vary depending on room size. Some residences offer nightly rates outside term times.
Living with a local family can be a great option, especially for newly arrived international students looking for a cultural family experience. Homestay usually includes a furnished room, most meals and shared use of household bathroom and laundry facilities, though arrangements can be flexible and may vary in price depending on the services provided.
Homestay Application form
Renting a house, unit or apartment involves entering into a lease agreement with a landlord or real estate agent. This also requires the payment of a security bond (usually equal to four weeks' rent, refundable at the end of the lease) as well as weekly, fortnightly or monthly rent payment. Rental accommodation is usually unfurnished and the rental amount will vary depending on the location and type of accommodation. To keep costs down, some students choose to share accommodation.
Rental accommodation listings:
Sharing a rental home with other students is a good way to live independently while sharing costs. Students studying at the same campus may find living and travelling together a practical option and many students choose to share a rental in their second or subsequent years of study once they have established friendships. Sharing can be the cheapest option but it is important to have a clear idea of how chores and bills will be divided.
Students search for rental accommodation through real estate agents or look for shared accommodation vacancies on notice boards around campus.
Services for finding rental/share accommodation:
Hostels usually have secure, private rooms with shared cooking and washing facilities. They can provide accommodation on a short- or long-term basis and can be a good option for new arrivals or those waiting to move to rental or other accommodation.
Other accommodation providers: