Duke College staff can assist and provide you with the information regarding temporary and long-term accommodation booking. Once you get your student visa and book the airline ticket, you can contact us to get support with accommodation arrangement. The rent fees are normally as follows:

Temporary accommodation in Sydney:

  • Single room: from $55 - $100 per day
  • Shared room (4-6 people): from $40 - $60 one person per day.

Long term accommodation in student apartments, student hostels nearby Sydney:

  • Single room: from A$200 to A$250 per week.
  • Shared double bedroom: from $100 to A$200 one person per week.

The deposit rent fee will be required by property-owner when you book a temporary or long-term accommodation. All bookings must be made at least 3 days before your arrival in Sydney.

Accommodation self arrangement

Students who want to arrange accommodation yourself see the below helpful instruction about temporary and long-term accommodation in Sydney.

Temporary accommodation 

You may want to have a temporary accommodation if you need somewhere to stay whilst searching for permanent housing. See some suggestions below to consider.

Long-term accommodation  

You can find information about houses/flats/rooms in Sydney for rent at some suggestions below.

Home Stay

Homestay accommodation is an accommodation option which you may prefer. Homestay means living with a local family and sharing their daily life. It gives you a unique opportunity to experience the Australian way of life. If you choose Homestay you will be placed in a suitable home within reasonable distance from the school by public transport. You will have your own suitably furnished room or you can share a room if you prefer. Breakfasts and dinners are provided daily.

For an additional small fee Homestay can organise to meet you on arrival at the airport and transport you to your Homestay family. For further information see

Hostels and guesthouse accommodation is usually run by organizations such as Youth Hostels Australia and the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) or Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA). This accommodation suits budget-conscious students who wish to be independent and have full facilities available for their own use. You may choose from a range of different rooms (single, double or share), depending on your needs and availability at the time. The bathroom, laundry and kitchen facilities are usually shared in hostel and guesthouse accommodation. For further information see

Advice for students

Most students usually go for shared accommodation such as room share or house share. It is cheaper to go for shared accommodation. Rental properties are normally leased for a minimum of 6 - 12 months. You will need to pay a rent bond, which normally covers from 2 to 4 weeks rent fee. The bond is returned to you when you have finished your rent contract. Rent fee may include or exclude the electricity, gas, internet and phone bills. You should check these additional costs before signing a leasing contract. 

  There are other ways to find accommodation in Sydney. Students can check the advertisements in the city, local newspapers or online for flats and share houses. You will probably need to telephone to make an appointment to meet the house owner and people who live in the house.  

  You can also visit a real estate agent to see if they have any suitable property for you to rent. If you rent a place yourself you may have to find other people to share with you. 

You can also find real estate agents in any Sydney area by going to