Affordable accommodation in Sydney is difficult to find. For most students their biggest budget item is rent.
Questions to consider when choosing accommodation include how much you can afford to spend on rent, what facilities you require, and how much control you’d like to have over your accommodation.
The University produces an excellent accommodation guide that explains the different types of accommodation both on and off campus.
In most situations, you can’t be lawfully evicted without an order from the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT). This means your landlord or head tenant can’t change locks or throw out your goods until you’ve had an opportunity to seek professional advice.
Our Legal Service and our Advocacy Service can provide you with free advice and assistance with tenancy matters. You can also contact your local Tenants’ Advice and Advocacy Service for free advice and assistance.
If you have nowhere to stay you can contact Link2Home on 1800 152 152 for referrals to accommodation providers and other support services. This is a free 24-hour service provided by the NSW Government. If you need somewhere to stay because of domestic violence, you can call the Link2Home domestic violence line: 1800 656 463
Sydney University students who require emergency accommodation may be able to stay at STUCCO, a student managed housing cooperative located in Newtown. Contact us for a referral.
The University also offers emergency accommodation for a limited period of 2 weeks. Contact us for a referral and information.
This information is current as at December 2019 and where it includes legal information is intended as a guide to the law as it applies to people who live in or are affected by the law as it applies in NSW. It does not constitute legal advice.
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Student Advice and Advocacy Service
Our Student Advice and Advocacy Officers (SAAOs) can help with academic and wellbeing issues, such as academic appeals, renting and supervision.
Our Legal Service solicitors can help with a range of legal issues, including migration law*, intellectual property, contracts, fines and criminal law.
*MARNs 1911813, 1912229