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Off Campus

Living off campus is a great way to get to know the local area. Use our online accommodation finder, Houseme, to find a place to live. You can then access the off-campus housing resources to get help with your application, as well as information on your rights and responsibilities when renting.

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Find a place to live online

Houseme is Deakin's online accommodation finder. It's the best place to start when you're looking for somewhere to live off campus. You can use it to search for long-term, short-term, casual and temporary accommodation within a particular area or price range.

Search for somewhere to live on Houseme

How we can help

Found a great room but not sure how to complete a rental application? Are you unsure of what to expect when you arrive or what your rights are as a tenant in Victoria?

Our off-campus housing service can help you:

  • Understand rental application forms.

  • Understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant under rooming house agreements or residential tenancy agreements.

  • Avoid housing scams.

  • Provide Emergency Housing (dependent on availability)

  • Refer you to relevant University Services as required for additional support.

Moving to Australia to study?

If you're an international student wanting to live off campus, you should only start looking for accommodation once you’ve arrived in Victoria.

We recommend that you stay in short-term accommodation for at least the first week of your arrival while you look. All of our campuses have short-term accommodation options nearby, such as hotels, motels and hostels.

You're also welcome to stay for a short amount of time at one of our campuses.

Read more about campus short stay options

Making good accommodation decisions

As with many online products and services, rental listings can be susceptible to scamming. Make sure you're aware of the telltale signs of a scam so you don't get caught out.

Renting your space to Deakin students

If you're interested in renting out your room, apartment or house to Deakin students, all you need to do is register on Houseme. Once registered, you'll be able to put up and manage your listing.

Visit Houseme to register as an accommodation provider


Homestay – staying with a local family in their home – is a great way to immerse yourself in Australian culture and the community while improving your English skills. This is a great option for under-18s.

Find out more about homestay

Contact us

If you need help completing housing forms, have a tenancy issue, or you've been looking for off-campus accommodation for a few weeks without any luck, get in touch with us. We can offer advice, and may be able to help in other ways as well.

Melbourne housing
+61 3 9251 7671
Email the Melbourne housing team

Geelong housing
+61 3 5227 1158
Email the Geelong housing team

Warrnambool housing
Email the Warrnambool housing team

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