Student accommodation in Sydney

Sydney offers a wide range of safe and central accommodation - an ideal environment for international students to meet and make friends.

As a student, finding the right accommodation is an important step. There are three main types of accommodation available for students - Temporary accommodationPurpose built student accommodationPrivate accommodation, and Homestay, and we have listed out a few recommendations under each category for your consideration below, as well as useful tools & guides for renting in Sydney.


Temporary accommodation

You might decide to book temporary accommodation before you arrive in Sydney, and look for a permanent place to live later. The two places we recommend to students are near Central Station, so you can get there easily by taking the train from the airport to Central Station. They also have a 24hour reception so you don’t have to worry about the time that you arrive.

  • Sydney Central YHA

    We recommend Sydney Central YHA or Sydney Railway Square YHA as initial accommodation if you are unable to secure accommodation before arriving in Sydney. The Sydney Central YHA is a 10 minute walk from the Sydney campus. Prices start from $33/night.  Find out more about Sydney Central YHA

    • Email: sydcentral@yha.com.au
    • Phone: +61 2 9218 9000
  • WakeUp

    WakeUp is backpackers’ accommodation located within 13 minute walk from the Sydney campus. Prices start from $39/night.  Find out more about WakeUp


Purpose built student accommodation

  • UrbanNest

    UrbanNest student accommodation property has a community feel where students can enjoy a superb lifestyle with the best rooms, study area and social spaces as
    well as a great support network which encourages them to meet people. UrbanNest specialises in hassle free and secure living.  Short term bookings (min 4 weeks) available from $60/night, fees include all utilities & internet allowance.

  • UniLodge Sydney

    UniLodge Sydney offers furnished, self-contained studio and loft apartments. Purpose-built for students, the apartments have en-suite bathrooms and kitchenettes. Facilities include 24-hour security, internet access, a swimming pool, a spa, student lounges, a rooftop barbecue area, common kitchen areas and laundry facilities. UniLodge Sydney is located a 20-minute bus ride away from the CSU Study Centre Sydney.

    Find out more about the apartments available at UniLodge Sydney.

  • Iglu

    Purpose built for students, Iglu offers the supportive benefits of student accommodation along with the flexibility of an off-campus life style. Iglu offers fresh, furnished living spaces, fabulous communal area, a safe and secure environment and a jam-packed events program. Share apartments start from $385 per week and studio apartments start from $350 per week.

  • Sinclair’s City Hostel

    Located in inner-city Surry Hills, Sinclair’s City Hostel is experienced in catering to students’ needs. The hostel provides a welcoming and friendly service, offering twin and single rooms with breakfast included. You’ll find public transport links right on the doorstep and Central Station a 10-minute walk away.  With Sydney’s attractions easily accessible from Sinclair’s, you can also walk to the city centre or the CSU Study Centre Sydney in 15 minutes.

    Find out more about the student accommodation available at Sinclair’s City Hostel.

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Private Accommodation

If you’re over 18 you can choose to look for a private house, flat or apartment, which you can rent furnished or unfurnished. Rental properties range from $250 to $350+ per week. 

Living in rental accommodation gives you more freedom, but also comes with more personal responsibility. You’ll need to factor in the cost of other living expenses, such as food, utilities, transport, books and entertainment. You’ll also need to pay a security bond (usually one month’s rent) before you move in. 

If you choose an unfurnished house, flat or apartment, you’ll need to provide your own furniture and appliances. Sharing rental accommodation with other students is a good way to reduce your living expenses. Below are some of our recommended shared accommodation sites:

  • ShareMyRoom

    ShareMyRoom specialises in shared accommodation. ShareMyRoom is well-recognised for its approach to independent, off-campus shared accommodation in Sydney. Prices start from $160 per week.

    • Website: http://sharemyroom.com.au
    • Phone: +61 2 9264 4662

  • The Furnished Propery Group

    The Furnished Property Group offers rental options for studio apartments and houses. All properties are close to main public transport routes to make it easy to get around Sydney. Furnished Property offers studio apartments, 1-5 bed room apartments, shared accommodation and student accommodation. 
    • Phone: +61 2 8669 3678

    Other popular websites for rental properties: 


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    Useful Tools and Guides

    Rental Price Map

    See the Sydney rental price map of locations near train station, this may assist you on deciding where to look for accommodation.

    Cost of Living Calculator

    You can use the cost of living calculator to find out what your cost will be studying and living in Sydney.

    International Student Guides

    We highly recommend downloading the international student guide which is city specific to you. This guide contains useful information about accommodation, transport, casual employment, Australian culture, beach safety, and much much more.

    Know Your Rights:

    Know your rights as a tenant living in New South Wales, the Tenants NSW provides useful advice.

    Need More Help?

    These organisations can help with lease and housing/renting information:

    Residential Tenancies Bond Authority 1300 723 404

    Consumer Affairs NSW +61 2 9895 0111


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