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Off-campus accommodation

Staying in Canberra and surrounds

If you prefer to live off-campus or you haven't been able to secure a place at one of the University lodges, you have a number of options:

Local motels, hotels, apartments and B&Bs
University of Canberra Village Short stays offering a range of self-catered apartments year round.
Weeden Lodge Short term accommodation contracts available for studio and apartment options.
Belconnen Premier Inn Hotel rooms from $168 per night.
Belconnen Way Motel & Serviced Apartments Rooms from $125 per night (single) or $140 per night (double).  Apartments start from $179 per night depending on the number of occupants.
Canberra Furnished Accommodation Fully furnished and self-contained short-term accommodation in Griffith.  Daily and weekly rates available.  Rates start from $119 per night for a studio apartment.  One bedroom and two bedroom apartments also available.
Canberra's Share Accommodation Serviced Suites Fully furnished, serviced share accommodation suites in Bruce.  Short term and long term stay available.  Rates from $260 - $320 per week, and include all utilities, internet and cleaning.  Call or SMS Trish on 0412 545 448 or email to enquire.
Canberra Short-term and Holiday Accommodation Duplex, studio and apartment accommodation.  Rates start at $70 per night for weekly and long-term bookings
Hotel Formula 1 Canberra Rooms from $79 per night.  Rooms can accommodate up to 3 people.
Mantra on Northbourne Located less than 10 minutes' drive from the University, Mantra on Northbourne offers a choice of beautifully appointed studios starting from $149 and apartments starting from $179.  Each apartment features a self-contained kitchen, laundry, spacious bathroom and the very latest in features and technology.
Miranda Lodge  Standard rates per night are $109 (single), $120 (double) and $160 (family). Includes a cooked breakfast.
Rahula Community Lodge Medium/long term accommodation with single beds only.  Short term stays are at times available on inquiry.  Prices start at $175 per week.  Vegetarians only.  Email or SMS +61 0412 224 553 to enquire.
Domain
LJ Hooker Canberra City
Flatmates
Easy Roommate
Gumtree
Canberra Student Housing Co-operative $155 rent per week and $60 co-op kitty per month; Single bedrooms in shared 5 or 7 bedroom units. A furnished single bedroom in a shared unit with kitchen, and a shared bathroom, unlimited utilities, broadband, weekly fresh fruit and vegetables, cleaning supplies and most co-op events. Email.
UniGardens Canberra Student Accommodation - long and short term, shared and private fully furnished apartments located in Belconnen, next to the University, starting from as cheap as $159 p.w.
Airbnb A community marketplace that connects travellers with hosts who are looking to rent their unused living spaces.  It is a great way for traveller to books a broad range of affordable lodging options that might fit their needs better than a traditional hotel or rental service
Quest Canberra Quest Canberra Logo A serviced apartment property which specialises in both short and long term accommodation.
Goolabri Resort, SuttonOffers 1 bedroom villas and 1 bedroom cottages.
Backpackers
The Canberra YHA Twin/double ($103 - $165 per room) and multi-share rooms ($30 - $40 per bed).
Victor Lodge $79 per night (single) or $96 per night (double).  Includes continental breakfast. Bathrooms are shared.
Kingston Hotel Minimum one week stay.  Own room with shared kitchen and bathroom.  Rates start from $160 per week.
Dickson Backpackers From $35 per person, per night or $210 per week.  Facilities (including kitchen and bathroom) are shared.
Other
Stayz Short stay or temporary accommodation alternative - an advertising website which allows property owners to list and promote holiday accommodation, and receive and manage enquiries in relation to their property. All property information is submitted by third parties and is displayed in good faith.

Live with a Canberra host family.  This is popular among international students as it helps you practice your English and gives you extra support on you arrival in a foreign city. 

The University of Canberra is partnered with the Australian Homestay Network (AHN)

Limited accommodation is available for University of Canberra students at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Residences.  They offer a quiet, non-smoking and alcohol-free student environment only 5 minutes from the University.

The AIS provides:

  • single room accommodation including a bed, desk, cupboard, shelves, sink and bar fridge
  • breakfast and dinner, 7 days per week, served in the AIS dining room
  • shared access to a common room containing couches, microwave oven, kettle and TV
  • internet access (conditions apply)
  • shared bathroom facilities (approximately three people per bathroom)
  • free laundry facilities
  • weekly cleaning provided
  • linen provided
  • 24 hour on-site security
  • access to Australian Sports Commission facilities and services (extra fees may apply).

A more detailed list of services and inclusions is available at the Experience AIS website.

Fees

Should your university course start and finish dates be different to the package dates offered, you can negotiate a suitable payment structure based on the rates provided.

Vacation stay: If a student requires to stay outside of Fee option dates, a Vacation Rate including required meals per day is payable. The rate will be applied at the discretion of management.

Please note that bond and application fees are additional and apply to all options. For more information, take a look at the AIS Residences website or inquire via email .

More information

You can arrange your own accommodation by contacting Canberra real estate agencies in your preferred areas, or try searching local media advertisements.

Warning: rental scams

Internet accommodation scams targeting overseas and interstate students can sometimes occur.

The offender/s use property rental websites to claim they have an apartment or house to rent and invite prospective tenants to apply online.

The offender/s state that upon successful rental application and the transfer of bond/rent money, the key will be sent via courier or express post.

In some cases, the victims complete the rental application and/or the rental contract and pay the bond but do not receive the key to the premises.  In other cases the victims arrive in Australia at the nominated address to find that the real owners of the house know nothing about the arrangement.

In all cases, the victims are unable to get their bond money back from the offender/s.

Crime prevention advice

  1. If you are interested in a rental property, make sure you view the premises in person and ensure the landlord/real estate agent is present.
  2. Be careful about the information you pass on in your application forms, as this may be used for identity fraud.  Ensure the legitimacy of the application before sending any personal information online.
  3. For international students, be cautious of using wire transfer as a payment method because this payment may be very difficult to cancel by the time the fraud is reported.
  4. If you think you have been the victim of a scam, please contact ACT Policing on 131 444 to report the details.

In an emergency phone 000.