Private student accommodation and House Shares Someone writing

International students at ANUC are welcome to arrange their own private rented accommodation or student house share in Canberra. If choosing this option, you must be prepared to dedicate enough time, effort and money to find the right place.

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Off-campus accommodation

You can choose to live alone in private housing or with others in house share student accommodation. A house share is a the best way to make friends and enjoy a supportive and sociable student life.

Before making a commitment, you should always view the property first or ask someone you trust to view it for you. If responding to a house share advert, you should meet the housemate(s) before you pay any money or make an agreement.

Under the Residential Tenancies Act, it is illegal to take a deposit to hold a property, so do not pay any money until you sign a tenancy agreement and receive the keys to the property.

A tenancy agreement is legally binding. Make sure that you read and understand all of the terms and conditions before signing.


To secure a rental property or house share, you may need to pay a bond. You will also need to budget for other setting-up costs and ongoing expenses, like electricity bills.

Setting-up costs:

  • A bond to secure the property or room (equivalent to four weeks rent)
  • Rent paid in advance (usually one month’s rent)
  • Connection fees for gas, electricity, telephone, internet etc
  • Insurance for your personal belongings
  • Furniture, bedding and kitchen utensils

Ongoing costs:

  • Rent
  • Household utilities (gas, electricity, water, phone, internet)

Where to find accommodation in Canberra

Note: ANU College cannot vouch for the quality or authenticity of accommodation advertised on these websites. Students are strongly urged to exercise due caution when searching for private rental or house share accommodation. Students should not make any payments or enter any agreements until after arriving in Canberra and personally verifying the authenticity of the accommodation.

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