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Finding the right rental property can sometimes take some time, and perseverance is needed to secure accommodation. Be prepared to commit time and effort to secure a rental property.
We strongly urge students and visitors to arrive on your own in the first instance and not to bring your families until you have confirmed accommodation. Have your finances arranged and be able to provide proof of income. Rental references that can be verified locally may also be of assistance. We can provide confirmation of your position at the University but cannot give a past rental reference unless you have lived in an ANU residence.
Periodically we update a list of available rental/share properties in the ANU/Belconnen region which are sourced through Housing Online, AllHomes and Gumtree (refer to the reference documents on this page). The available listings may change without notice and you should use this list as a reference document only, ensuring that you use due diligence prior to entering in to any agreement. You should always view a property before handing over any money.
When searching for rental properties you should be wary of properties that sound too good to be true. Usually when a property is significantly cheaper than other similar properties in the same area. You should always view a property in person or have someone you trust to do so for you. Under the Residential Tenancies Act it is against the law to take a deposit from someone to hold a property, money should only be handed over when you are signing a lease and receiving keys for the property.
If you are responding to a shared accommodation advert you should meet the housemate(s) personally before paying any money and agreeing to anything. If you are not sure contact Accommodation Services to discuss any issues.
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Don't expect to find something on the first day you start looking, give yourself enough time and make sure you have somewhere to stay in the meantime. Depending on the time of year you arrive, it can take weeks or even months to secure accommodation. The beginning of the year is the most difficult time.
Landlords rarely advertise more than one month prior to the occupancy date. How long the search will take will depend on your budget and your personal needs. Usually it takes between 3-6 weeks to find something suitable. You need to be proactive and take the initiative to go out and search for the property you want. If you just wait for something to come to you, you will be disappointed and this can be very stressful.
Be persistent and make sure you have all the paperwork you need to put in an application for a property you are interested in. You may have to view a lot of properties and lodge many applications before you are successful. Don't be discouraged if you don't get the first property you like.
It is important to plan your budget.
Setting up costs
Bond (equivalent to 4 weeks rent)Rent in advance (usually 4 weeks)
Connection fees (utilities)Moving costs (contents and belongings)
InsuranceFurniture, linen and utensils
University feesRent (fortnightly)
Text booksEntertainment, Transport
All of these expenses will determine where you begin looking for your new home and what your budget limit is. Spending more than 30 per cent of your income on rent is considered unaffordable. All of these things are on top of any other financial commitments you might have.
Rentals range from around $A300-$A400 per week and upwards for an unfurnished apartment or unfurnished small house in Canberra. Rentals in Queanbeyan (a town on the border of Canberra) are slightly lower - rent for a two bedroom apartment will be around $250 per week and upwards. Furnished accommodation will be about $50 per week more than unfurnished.
Share accommodation is a great starting point for students new to Canberra. The benefits of share accommodation include security, sharing expenses and domestic responsibilities as well as making new friends. Some other factors you need to consider are the lack of privacy, personality clashes and social distractions that may affect your study.
Where there are more than two unrelated people sharing a house or flat it is classified as a group. If there are any changes to the occupants in the house of apartment you need to advise the landlord. Agreements created without a landlord’s consent have no legal status and this can leave you without legal protection.
ANU is situated in Acton which is part of the inner North of Canberra. Suburbs that are nearby include:
Accommodation in the inner suburbs is often more expensive than the outer suburbs. Public Transport in Canberra is very accessible in all areas and also very reliable, so it is not a necessity to live close to ANU. Suburbs around Belconnen might be cheaper, but you’ll need to factor in a 30 minute bus ride.
When searching for rental properties you need to be wary of properties that sound too good to be true. Usually when a property is significantly cheaper than other similar properties in the same area.
Contact the Real Estate Agent or landlord and ask when you can view the property. Be prepared with any questions you have about the property such as:
Is it close to a bus station and shopping centre?
What is included in the property?
How long is the term of agreement?
Will the landlord consider groups?
What type of heating does the property have?
Where do you park your car?
What fees do you have to pay upfront to secure the property?
Can you have pets?
Make a good impression! Be well groomed, well presented and on time.
Fill in an application form, if necessary. Don’t be afraid to attach any supporting documents that you feel may help.
Be persistent! If you really want the property keep in touch with the agent to get updated progress reports on the status of your application. Keep trying, and do not be discouraged if you do not get something straight away.
Don’t rush into any agreement without careful consideration. It is wise to know your limitations financially when looking for a property. However, don’t waste your precious time trying to find the ‘perfect’ accommodation.