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Student accommodation in Sydney

We take the hassle out of finding a great place to live in Sydney.

If youre an international student planning to study at any Sydney institution, we can secure you fully-furnished student accommodation before you arrive in Sydney. Well even pick you up from the airport and take you straight to your apartment so you have more time to enjoy the famous harbour city.

Sydney is one of the most popular and expensive cities in the world. Finding a great apartment can be competitive, especially in locations close to major universities and the city. When you book through us, you wont need to compete against other newly arrived students who are also looking for accommodation close to campus.

Book your student accommodation with Semester in Australia before land and you can count on our unique housing service when you arrive. This includes:

  • Great value accommodation
    All our accommodation comes fully furnished with a washing machine and all cooking facilities. Plus, utilities, including wireless internet, gas, water, electricity are included in your housing fee. We even professionally clean each apartment before you arrive.
  • Handy locations
    All student accommodation is located close to campuses, the city and other important things like shops, restaurants and gyms.
  • Readymade social networks
    You’ll be share housing with other international students who are ready to experience Australia the same way you are. Even though you arrive in Australia alone, most of our students leave with a load of new friends.
  • Ongoing support
    Before you land, you’ll have access to our pre-arrival support. Then when you’ve arrived, you’ll receive a Welcome Pack which contains helpful information such as maps and public transport timetables. You’ll also be introduced to your onsite Resident Director who is there to help throughout the semester.
  • Trustworthy Reputation
    We operate in accordance with Australian rental laws. We’re also an approved housing provider and recommended by the University of Queensland, Griffith University, University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, Australian Catholic University, University of Melbourne, Swinburne University of Technology and Le Cordon Bleu.

Read the fine print and full details about the service we offer here.

Semester in Australia also specialises in arranging short term accommodation for individuals and groups coming to Australia for work, study or play.

If you are coming to Sydney for a shorter period during the academic year (shorter than a semester, which is typically 3-4 months), or during the Australian Summer (December and January), we are able to offer short-term and Summer accommodation.  Just click on the “Book Now for Summer/Short Term accommodation” and provide us with your housing dates, and we can provide you with some options!

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Sydney Superior Apartments

Two Great Locations!

For students studying at the University of Sydney (USYD), the University of Technology (UTS), the Australian Catholic University (ACU), or any other Sydney City campus, we place students at Sydney Central. Located in inner-city Ultimo, this purpose-built student apartment complex is the perfect base for exploring all that Sydney has to offer. As an added bonus, the building is an easy walk to the University of Sydney’s main campus in Darlington/Camperdown and UTS.  And the best feature?  By booking with SiA, our students save over $1,500 and avoid the wait-list and have a guaranteed room, get upgraded unlimited internet (instead of 100Gb of internet per month), all your linens and kitchen items included (instead of having to purchase separately) and all the services that SiA offers (Airport Reception, on-site Resident Director, Arrival Service, Semester activities, etc!).

Students love the central location and having everything included, such as all linens.  Sydney Central has an on-site gym, media room, outdoor courtyard with BBQ!

For students studying at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), we place students at Darling Square.  Located in famous Darling Harbour, in the heart of Sydney, this purpose-built student apartment complex is the perfect base for exploring all that Sydney has to offer. The building is located super close to Central Station with an easy direct commute to UNSW!  And the best feature?  By booking with SiA, our students our students save over $2,000, avoid the wait-list and have a guaranteed room, get upgraded unlimited internet (instead of 100Gb of internet per month), all your linens and kitchen items included (instead of having to purchase separately) and all the services that SiA offers (Airport Reception, on-site Resident Director, Arrival Service, Semester activities, etc!).

Students love the iconic Sydney location and having everything included, such as all linens. The complex is super modern and students love all the conveniences provided on-site, like a roof-top BBQ area and a fully equipped gym!

Location

2 Great Locations!

Sydney Central for USYD, UTS and ACU students ideally located in the inner city with an easy walk to the University of Sydney Darlington-Camperdown campus as well as University Technology-Sydney.  Close to Broadway Shopping Centre, Central Station and public transport, restaurants and entertainment at your doorstep!

Darling Square for UNSW students.  Located in famous Darling Harbour with restaurants and entertainment
right at your doorstep! Easy walk the city, public transport as well as direct bus to the UNSW campus.


Room Types

Students may have a Single room with private bathroom in a 5-bedroom
Apartment or opt to live in a Twin Share room with another person of the same gender (two single beds in the room), with a private bathroom in a 4-bedroom/8 person Apartment

Features

  • A bedding pack including pillow and linens/blanket
  • A study desk and chair for each student
  • Private bathroom for each bedroom
  • Air-conditioning and heating
  • Unlimited Internet
  • Kitchen Pack provided to each student
  • Fully furnished living area with sofas/lounge chairs and TV

The complex has:

  • Safe and secure with swipe card access and CCTV
  • A 24/7 onsite team
  • Cinema Room
  • TV and games room
  • iMac stations
  • Secure bike storage
  • Rooftop terrace with BBQ, tables and benches
  • Fully equipped gym
  • Wireless internet throughout the building
  • A large social area on the ground floor with comfortable seating
  • Laundry room with Washer and Dryers (AUD$4 per wash and dry)




Housing Fees

Sydney Central (USYD, UTS, ACU students)

  • Single bedroom with private bathroom, 4- or 6-bedroom Apartment:  $11,500 (approx USD$7,900) per student, per Semester)
  • Twin Shared bedroom (two single beds, sharing with a student of the same sex) and private bathroom in an 4-bedroom/8 Student Apartment: AUD$9,500 (approx USD$6,550) per student, per Semester.


Sydney Darling Square (UNSW students)

  • Single bedroom with private bathroom, 5-bedroom Apartment:  $12,000 (approx USD$8,230) per student, per Semester)
  • Shared bedroom (two single beds) and private bathroom in an 4-bedroom/8 Student Apartment: AUD$10,000 (approx USD$6,750) per student, per Semester.

The Semester Housing Fee is per student, per Semester (typically February - end of June, July - end of November and for UNSW students, January - May).  Specific dates will be outlined in your confirmation email upon booking.

This accommodation comes fully furnished and Semester in Australia includes a Linen and Kitchen pack for each of its students. Utilities, including unlimited wireless internet, gas, water, electricity are included in your Semester Housing Fee. We even professionally clean each apartment before you arrive.  Washer and Dryer is located on-site at additional cost per load.


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Enjoy great value for money with Semester in Australia

Our accommodation has been designed with international students in mind. To make sure you get the best value for money, we’ve included everything you need and nothing you don’t. Simply pack your suitcase and leave the rest to us.

Kitchen and laundry appliances

Most apartments have a kitchen with everything you could need, including:

  • Plates, bowls and cutlery
  • glassware and cookware
  • Pots and pans
  • Oven, stove and microwave
  • Fridge

The apartments also feature an internal laundry with a washing machine and dryer (apartments) or clothesline (for houses with a yard), so you don’t need to worry about paying to clean your clothes at a laundromat.

The 5-bedroom City Apartments (Urbanest Southbank) has a communal coin-operated laundry and may not come with all of the kitchen items listed above. For more information, take a look at the 5-bedroom City Apartments features section.

 

 

Utilities

Connection of utilities (water, electricity, and gas) and usage costs are included in your Semester Housing Fee. Semester in Australia will pay utility bills (except telephone) on your behalf.  There is a very generous allowance per student. You will not be liable for further utility charges unless in extreme circumstances, in which case you will be notified of excessive bills before you are charged additional fees. This only happens if students leave heating or air conditioning on all day and can be easily avoided.

Wireless internet

Unlimited internet connection is included in every apartment. However, you may find that internet connection in Australia may be different to what you’re used to. Internet can be quite slow and is not easily accessible for free in public places. 

Phone and Cable TV

Phone and Cable TV are NOT included in the Housing Fee, unless otherwise indicated. In most cases, you will need to arrange your own service. It is simple to set up and instructions can be provided. Some students prefer to purchase a cell phone instead of a normal residential telephone service.

Housing Services Fee

This SiA Service fee is included in the Semester Housing Fee and covers the housing and arrival services, and includes:

  • pre-arranging/securing fully-furnished private rental accommodation
  • Pre-departure and arrival information service
  • Onsite Resident Director services
  • Arrivals information and Welcome
  • Semester activities and excursions

Utilities

Connection of utilities (water, electricity and gas) and usage costs are included in your Semester Housing Fee. Semester in Australia will pay utility bills (except telephone) on your behalf. There is a very generous allowance per student. You will not be liable for further utility charges unless in extreme circumstances, in which case you will be notified of excessive bills before you are charged additional fees. This only happens if students leave heating or air conditioning on all day and can be easily avoided.

End of Semester Exit/Vacate Cleaning Fee.

There is a mandatory end-of-semester Vacate/Exit Clean Fee of AUD$200, which is in addition to the Semester Housing Fee. Please note that in Australia, real estate agents/landlords request that a ‘vacate clean’ is conducted at the end of a tenancy, by professional cleaners (including steam cleaning of any carpets and curtains, etc), which will be covered by the SiA Exit/Vacate Cleaning Fee of $200. As long as you remove all personal belongings (including any food or rubbish) at the end of your stay, this is the only exit fee you will incur. Including the Exit Cleaning Fee makes vacating your property an easy process, with no need to coordinate with your fellow housemates (who may have various departure dates) and organise your own professional cleaner or carpet cleaner or incurring any additional costs just when you’re about to return home. With an Exit Cleaning Fee included, your bond will be refunded swiftly and smoothly.

Security Deposit/Bond (to be lodged with appropriate State Rental Authority).

There is a refundable Bond/Security Deposit of AUD$250 in addition to the Semester Housing Fee. The Bond/Security Deposit is required and is in accordance with the Queensland Residential Tenancies Act (RTA). It will be lodged with and held in a separate account by the relevant State’s Rental Authorities. The Security Deposit/Bond is refundable at the end of your tenancy less any excessive/additional cleaning costs (beyond the Exit/Vacate Cleaning Fee) and/or any damages/missing items. Provided you have removed all personal belongings (including food and rubbish) and the housing is left in satisfactory condition and all furnishing items are accounted for and intact, generally speaking, you will receive the Security Deposit/Bond refund within 1-3 weeks after the conclusion of the semester.

Leases

All leases are in line with the Australian academic year and run from February to June and July to November. Semester in Australia will provide housing for your entire semester/program at any Australian university. If you require any additional housing, you must request this before you leave for Australia. As extra accommodation is subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed, please consider your travel dates carefully.  

Secure your home away from home now

To reserve your place at any one of our great student apartments, simply complete these four steps:

1. Choose a room and fill out the Reservation Form

  • Review the relevant Australian City accommodation options
  • Decide on the type of room and apartment you’d like
  • Complete the Reservation Form

2. Pay your Holding Deposit

After we receive your Reservation Form, we’ll send you e-mail to let you know whether the room you want is available. If you are unsuccessful, we’ll keep your application on file for the current semester and try to allocate you an apartment, even if not your first choice. To reserve your chosen room, you should review the ‘fine print and further information’ and decide whether you’d like to hold/secure your room.  If you would like to proceed and hold/secure the room, you will then need to pay a AUD$250 Holding Deposit. Once your booking is finalised, this deposit will be deducted from your overall fee. If you cancel your booking, your deposit will not be refunded. Group bookings please note: If you would like to secure an entire apartment or more than one room for yourself and any friends, everyone in the group needs to complete a Reservation Form and pay a Holding Deposit at the same time.

3. Sign and return the Housing Agreement

After we receive your Holding Deposit, we’ll send you a Confirmation Email, a Semester Housing Fee invoice, an SiA Service Agreement and other rental accommodation forms. These forms will need to be completed and returned along with your first Housing Fee payment.  The SiA Service Agreement outlines what Semester in Australia provides as part of the housing and service, expectations of students, and payment options, methods and due-dates.

4. Make your first Semester Housing Fee payment

Your first Housing Fee Payment needs to be paid at least 3 weeks before you arrive in Australia. We’ll send you a new invoice with the Holding Deposit deducted and the Security Deposit included. Payment dates and methods will be on the invoice.