What You Need To Know

To prepare for your move to Sydney, it’s important that you search for convenient locations that are accessible to AAON’s Parramatta campus, transport and shopping centres.

Many students aim to secure permanent accommodation prior to their arrival, however, this can be fraught with issues including students losing their money and not having any accommodation in place. The safest choice is first secure short-stay accommodation so that you will have sufficient time to find and personally inspect an apartment for lease or any other shared accommodations that best suits your needs.

Book a room either in temporary homestay arrangement, or a short-term stay at either a hotel, hostel, serviced apartment or a bed and breakfast establishment.

Boarding or Homestay

Boarding or homestay is when you rent a room in a home, and live with the home owners. This is a private agreement between you and the home owner.

We also recommend that you arrive in Australia one-two weeks before the commencement of the course so you are fully-settled at the beginning of the semester.

Other temporary accommodation can be found and booked through the following websites:

Student Accommodation

Shared accommodation specifically for international students. Generally includes a range of amenities for residents, such as quiet study areas and social spaces and enables students to meet and live with other international students.

Private rental

A private rental is where you sign a lease for a whole apartment or house. The lease will include the rent payable, the bond (a refundable amount once you leave the rental), the length and type of tenancy, and other conditions and rules.
Search private rentals here:

Your rights as a tenant

It is important to remember that as an international Student, you have the same renting rights as local residents. Review the information below about renting and tenants’ rights below:
Fair Trading NSW:

Share house

A share house is when you share a private rental with friends or housemates. All tenants are listed on the lease and pay their own share of rent and bond. Make sure you understand what’s included such as Internet and utilities.
Some helpful tips can be found here:

You may also contact our Student’s Support team if you require additional assistance.