Choosing Where to Live
Most students want to live within walking distance of the campus but this is not always possible and is usually determined by availability and cost. Often it is more convenient and more cost-effective to live further from the campus but closer to shops and public transport.
TYPES OF ACCOMMODATION:
Homestay can be used as temporary accommodation on arrival, allowing time to settle in and look for long-term accommodation, or as a long-term accommodation option. Contracts are usually on a monthly basis.
Unfortunately, Pal Buddhist School does not have boarding facilities. However, we do have a partnership agreement with a company that deals with finding accommodation for students called Australian Homestay Network. This gives students the opportunity to be hosted by a specially trained AHN homestay host for their introduction to accommodation and living in Australia.
Homestay is a wonderful way to share a unique cultural experience. AHN Homestay hosts will help you to settle in to life in Australia, and advise you of general safety, accommodation and welfare information. AHN offers students a better quality and secure homestay experience. All homestay families have undergone extensive training, police checks (as required), are personally interviewed and their homes have been professionally inspected.
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Rental properties are available in suburbs around Pal Buddhist School. Rents vary according to the number of bedrooms, condition and location of the flat/apartment or house. Electricity, gas and telephone costs are additional. When renting a flat/apartment or house, it is usual to sign a six-month lease and pay rent in advance plus a refundable security deposit, called a ‘bond’. Houses and flats/apartments are usually unfurnished. It is important to make allowances for establishment costs including the purchase of furniture and equipment.
Sharing a house or flat/apartment will reduce the cost. Usually students have their own room and share the cost of rent and other expenses such as bond, electricity, gas, telephone with the other people living in the household. Buying food and cooking is done either individually or on a group basis. Per person rent in a shared household can vary from A$140-A$220 per week plus establishment costs. Accommodation may be cheaper in some suburbs further away from the Pal campus, but you need to consider travel time and transport costs.
A guide to cost of living in a shared housing situation:
Where to Look for Accommodation
The following is a list of places where you can go to find advertisements for accommodation:
- Newspaper classifieds
- Real Estate Agent windows & websites
- Local shopping centre noticeboards
- Online student accommodation services