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Deciding where to live as a student in Sydney? Here’s what to look out for.

It’s hard enough to find a place to live. But when you’re trying to look for the perfect place to live as a student in a new city, things can get even more complicated. If you’re also an international student trying to adapt to Australian life? You have a few extra aspects to consider. That’s why we’ve come up with the ultimate guide to know what to look out for when choosing student accommodation in Sydney.


At Studio 8 Residences, our goal is to provide anyone looking to stay in Sydney with the perfect place to lay their heads, especially if you’re looking to study. So, we believe in giving you the best possible opportunity to find the perfect student accommodation for you. 


Here are our top four things to consider when choosing student accommodation: 


What can you afford?

The first thing you’ll need to consider is always your budget. This will help you sort through your different accommodation options and come up with suitable choices. You’ll find a big difference in costs depending on where you plan to stay, and will likely need to consider additional costs such as travel from your location and whether or not you’ll be providing your own furniture, appliances, etc. In Sydney, food prices and services can be quite costly thanks to the size and booming business industry, so budget is a major factor to consider when deciding on where to live. 


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Remember to investigate your financial assistance options, such as scholarships and bursaries from your institution as well as government allowances such as Rent Assistance and Relocation Scholarships. 


Outside of budget, it’s important to do a good amount of research on all things student accommodation before you start making your pick. Look at styles of accommodation, reviews on landlords or different accommodation providers, investigate the locations, and try to narrow down which ones will be best for you. Try and get a full picture of what life you want to step into and what life will be like from there to help you gauge which place will be best for you. 

Here are a list of things to consider when doing your research in Sydney:

  • Do you want your accomodation to be catered or self-catered?
  • Do you want housekeeping services included?
  • How well-regarded are the accommodation providers?
  • How will you get to and from your accommodation?
  • Is it a secure and safe location?
  • Is there internet access or will you need to acquire your own?


Questions to ask:

There’s only so much research you can do on a location so, when viewing potential accommodation options, it’s a good idea to ask whoever is in charge of the property a few key questions. It not only helps make sure you have everything you need but ensures that the accommodation provider knows they’re being held accountable for certain things. It’ll also help you gauge which places really do have the best offer in hand. Here are just a few of questions to consider asking:



  • Are bills included?
  • Is there a Gas Certificate?
  • Is there a discount for renting for students?
  • When does the deposit have to be paid?
  • How do we get our deposit back at the end of the tenancy?
  • What furniture and appliances are included in the rent?
  • Is there parking or added storage available?
  • Do you have a sample tenancy agreement we could see?
  • Are there any agency or added costs?


What to avoid:

Okay, so we’ve given you a list of things to look out for and consider, but what we haven’t mentioned is what to avoid in your search for student accommodation in Sydney. It’s all too easy to get swept up in the excitement of a new home in a potentially new location, but if you forget to consider things like how well the water pressure runs, you’ll be kicking yourself later. 



Here are our list of things to avoid when you’re looking for student accommodation in Sydney:

  • Damp housing – you’ll know it when you see it, feel it, and smell it and, if you suffer from any respiratory issues, will be a major concern for living
  • Pest problems – don’t be afraid to check kitchen cupboards, work surfaces and around bins. It’s also a good idea to consider what your house is made from: if you’re looking at a timber house with a LOT of cracks and damage, you may very well be in for it later…
  • Poor water supply – poor water pressure really isn’t a pleasant surprise when you move into your dream student accommodation, nor is discovering how small your tank is (meaning very short and sometimes unpleasant showers)! Give taps a quick turn to make sure it’s more than a dribble and, if possible, try and investigate the water temperature too. If you’re the sort of person that likes your water hot, hot, hot when cleaning, it’s a worthy thought! 
  • Lack of insulation – energy bills are one of your biggest costs as a student and living in a well-insulated house could save you lots in the long run. We’re not expecting you to climb into the walls or roof, but merely keep an eye out for double-glazed windows, secure doors, a good heating system and a lack of drafty areas. 


The list of things to consider before opting into student accommodation seem endless. Renting a new place is complicated enough, without adding in the stress of being a student who needs to be close to uni, have a proper place to study, on a less-than-wealthy budget. And when you’re moving to one of the busiest cities in Australia… you really do have your work cut out for you.


However, if you keep these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to accommodation that truly is perfect for you. 

At Studio 8 Residences, we offer seamless design in a comfortable stay in the city of Ryde. You’ll have endless amenities at your service in a safe and secure environment designed for work, study, and living. Contact us today to discuss everything there is to know about our student accommodation options and just what we have to offer you.




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