Every university student needs somew here to sleep, study and eat copious amounts of mie goreng(two minute noodles – the staple food of the typical Aussie uni student diet). Here’s a breakdown of the common options in Australia.
Although this varies slightly uni to uni, it usually means a complex of shared apartments with a private bedroom for each tenant and shared bathroom, kitchen and living spaces. Tenants need to cook their own meals, or become very familiar with the Macca’s menu*. The bedrooms are private in that they each have a lockable door,but be warned: the university doesn’t guarantee the preservation of your sanitywhile you listen to your roommates entertaining guests and indulging in heavy metal music through the paper thin walls. This set up is ideal for those who are happy to have 3-4 instant, university-appointed best friends to live with and those who don’t mind showers clogged with other people’s hair. Also, they areusually very close to the university, which is grouse unless you were planningto buy a Segway, in which case your daily ride will be cut down significantly.
Colleges are another form of on-campus living and are known to be party central. But asidefrom this, they are academic centres that offer included tutoring and pastoral support as well as a full social calendar. There are usually upwards of four inevery city that compete fiercely sports and have other cultural activities like plays, debating and volunteering opportunities. At most colleges all meals are provided, although many wish they weren’t as the menu consists of multiple variants of meat in brown sauce, but vegemite toast is always available. Pets are strictly not allowed - but there is a story of a student in Melbourne who kept a rabbit in her room and could be seen walking it on a lead at midnight. Colleges as well as university housing are popular for international and interstate students.
Many students rent a house near the university and share the rent, cooking and cleaning duties. These are notorious for huge parties and being nightmares for the landlords when the banister is unexplainably broken three months in a row by a raucous game the tenants have invented.
A relatively unpopular option is staying with a family that lives in the city where you go to uni. This is variable and largely luck of the draw; you could get a family who has a great cook and lets you have your own space, or you could end up with a canned-soup loving cat lady who forces you to crochet with her every Saturday night.