When moving from another town or another country to attend TAFE, it's important to find suitable accommodation.
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
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.
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: