IN two minds about the best place to live as an international student? Trinity College Foundation Studies students Cheryl See Toh, Nan Wu and Natalie Zheng enlist their peers to review the options – from the hustle and bustle of the city to the tranquil leafy suburbs of Melbourne.
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all option for international students when it comes to accommodation, and preferences can vary depending on factors such as lifestyle and budget. While some thrive in the buzz of city, others might rather the peace and quiet that comes with suburban life.
Budgets also play a part in the choice of accommodation, ranging from $250 to $400 and more per week, depending on whether you’re living in a homestay, student accommodation, sharing or living on your own in a house or apartment, and where it’s located.
It’s important to do your research before you commit, and we hope our own accommodation experiences and experiences of other students, which include student accommodation closer to the city as well as homestays in suburbs around Melbourne will help you in making an informed decision.
If student accommodation and homestays aren’t for you, this might also help you consider private rental further out from the city.
Palmerston House, Palmerston St, Carlton
If you are a foodie, fall in love with the food at Lygon street, located near Palmerston Street. Even if you are lazy to get out of the house, this homely house share accommodation provides all threes meals for you, at a weekly accommodation fee of $380 per week depending on each room. The location is 20 minutes away by walking or seven minutes by tram. Although the surrounding is a little sketchy late at night, living with friendly housemates makes living away from family bearable. Overall, If you like to eat, explore and shop, this is the place for you. – Nadia
Unilodge, Earl St, Carlton
Unilodge is a student apartment in the city, near the shopping district, supermarkets and only a 20-minute walk to school. Convenience comes at a price of $340/week, excluding food costs. Living here teaches students to be independent, where you have to cook, clean and take care of yourself.
Stay at Unilodge or other student accommodations around the city of you wish to be independent and for convenience. – Rumi
Like nature? Clifton Hill is home to Yarra Bend Park, or if you prefer a small and cozy park, there is Darling Gardens for you to rest and relax. This homestay is safe and convenient with a provision shop just nearby. For $280, you get all three meals provided and even a sweet family with it! Interact with your family in Australia with different activities planned, such as cooking lessons and watching movies together. Travelling options, 25 minutes by bike or 30 minutues by tram.
If you love flora and fauna, or enjoy peace and tranquility, Clifton hill would be perfect. – Nan
Ascot Vale is home to Melbourne Showgrounds, and many events take place here. I live in a homestay type accommodation with two meals provided for $325 per week. This location is accessible easily with public transport, 30 minutes by train and tram to school and walking distance to Ascot Vale Leisure Centre which as facilities such as a gym and a swimming pool. Relax by the calming river or enjoy the pleasant scenery from home.
Live at this stunning location for easy accessibility and unwind a picturesque landscape everyday. – Huaibin
Located 15 km or 25-40 minutes away from the city (depending on traffic), Bulleen is considered rather accessible by public transport if you prefer a laid-back lifestyle while studying in a lively city. Close to many delicious take away places, supermarkets and a big shopping mall, $290 a week with two meals per week is a fairly reasonable price to pay (not including travel expenses).
Away from the noise and drama, Bulleen is your peaceful daily private getaway! – Cheryl
Night markets, Batman Market, drive-in cinemas, educational tours… Coburg is alive. Take a short walk, and you’ll find yourself spoilt for food choices with tantalising cuisines to choose from, and there are plenty of quirky, interesting shops around to explore. Relish in this free-spirited and peaceful environment situated 40 minutes away from the city by tram for around $300 per week with all three meals provided.
Coburg is the place for adventure, happiness and food! – Ying
This story was produced by Media and Communication students at Trinity College Foundation Studies as part of Meld’s community newsroom collaboration. Education institutions, student clubs/societies and community groups interested in being involved can get in touch with us via firstname.lastname@example.org.