Students who are seeking off-campus accommodation in Sydney should book temporary accommodation for a few days or a week while searching for more permanent housing. Students requiring off-campus housing are advised to arrive a couple of weeks prior to Orientation Week, if possible, so they can locate suitable housing and be settled before the academic year begins. It can take students about one to two weeks to secure permanent housing.
When considering which suburb to live in in Sydney, students tend to have different preferences. Some like the city, some enjoy living closer to the beach, and others prefer to reside closer to campus. International students attending Macquarie University often consider Chatswood, which is located in North Sydney, approximately 10 km from the CBD.
Iglu Chatswood opened in 2014 and offers purpose-built accommodation for both university and private college students. Located adjacent to Chatswood train station, it is just 11 minutes away from Macquarie University in North Sydney and just over 20 minutes into the city.
As one of Australia’s top retail destinations, Chatswood buzzes with three major shopping centres, cinemas, restaurants, cheap eats, bars, bowling alleys, libraries, fitness clubs and much more. This not only provides students with all the entertainment and amenities they need but also employment opportunities.
If you’re headed to the University of Sydney, the you may consider Iglu Central, which is located on the edge of Sydney’s CBD, a short walk to Central Station and to the university.
Until November 30, students who apply to live in a fully furnished six-bedroom share apartment at Iglu Chatswood can take advantage their early-bird rate of AUD$324 per week (AUD$377 at Iglu Central). Rates are for bookings commencing in Semester 1, 2015.
What does this include?
- Private en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom and apartment furniture (including apartment TV)
- Air conditioning and heating in all rooms and apartments
- All utilities (water, electricity, gas)
- Basic internet package (10GB per month)
- 24-hour access to onsite support
- Access to communal facilities and social events
Please note that OzTREKK does not have commercial relationships with any accommodation providers. Our advice is provided based on our own experiences or our students’ experiences. We recommend that students do as much research as possible before securing accommodation in Australia.
Happy house hunting!