Moving to a new city can seem really daunting, particularly when you have to make some big decisions like choosing where to live without having even visited the place you’re moving to.
We decided to make it all a bit easier for you by putting together a quick guide on all the different kinds of accommodation available in Tasmania so you can choose the right accommodation for you!
Organise temporary accommodation
The first and most important thing to remember is that you absolutely have to have somewhere to stay when you arrive. Yes, the horror stories are true – many students have arrived at universities around Australia, including Tasmania, only to realise when they hopped off the plane that they forgot to organise somewhere to stay. They have quickly discovered it’s no fun walking around a city knocking on hotel doors late at night with suitcases when jetlagged!
To avoid a similar situation, we have a handy list of backpackers and other temporary accommodation for Hobart and Launceston. If you don’t arrange long-term accommodation, book into one of these, and relax so you have a bit of time to get to know your new home and where you might like to live.
University-run accommodation: UTAS has its very own Accommodation Services which provides affordable on-campus and off-campus accommodation in Hobart and Launceston.
From residential halls with meals, to self-catering studios and shared apartments, Accommodation Services has a really wide range of accommodation styles to suit a range of preferences and stages of life. There are buses to all campuses and local shopping. The accommodation also includes tutorial services, social activities and sports so they’re a great way to meet people and join a vibrant supportive community. Check out what’s on offer at the Accommodation Services website.
Hint: if you’re wanting to stay in university accommodation you have to book well in advance of your departure – preferably at least three months’ in advance.
And remember, bookings open in August for the following year and fill quickly so if you think there’s any chance you’ll be coming to UTAS, please apply!
Jane Franklin Hall: Jane is the only traditional Oxbridge-styled residential college in Tasmania. Based in Hobart and it’s affiliated with the University, it is fully catered, provides academic support, has sports and social activities and has a bus service to all Hobart campuses. Like uni-run accommodation, you need to book well ahead of arrival as it is a popular option.
Homestay: If you want an authentic Aussie experience and to practice your English, the uni also organises homestay. It can be heaps of fun and also cuts down on set-up costs as you won’t need to provide furniture, bedding and all those kinds of things.
Under-18 Accommodation: If you’re under-18, to satisfy your visa requirements you have to stay in approved accommodation arrangements. If you’re not staying with a guardian, make sure you apply for under-18 accommodation through the university. Whether you’re allocated to the under-18 student hostel in Hobart or homestay in Hobart and Launceston, it’ll be like having your own fun and supportive Aussie family.
Renting, whether a whole house or unit or a single room in a shared house, is a popular option for many students.
Prices can vary widely depending on where you want to live, how many people you want to share with and how opulently you like to live. What you will find is that there are heaps of houses and apartments close to our campuses with good transport and Tasmanian rental prices are some of the lowest in Australia.
You may have to totally furnish the place your rent or if you’re moving into an already established, fully furnished place you may only have to bring linen. Check out www.housemates.com.au and www.flatmates.com.au as well as the notice board in the TUU (Tasmanian University Union) Building if you’re already in Tassie.
The following suburbs are generally close to our campuses with ready access to transport which are good starting points if you’re considering rentals:
Hobart and Sandy Bay campuses:
- Battery Point
- Hobart CBD
- Sandy Bay
- North Hobart
- South Hobart
- West Hobart
Newnham and Inveresk campuses:
- East Launceston
- Launceston CBD
We recommend getting temporary accommodation for when you arrive before you try finding shared/rental housing so you have time to check out all the different options available to you. You might find you fall in love with a particular suburb after you arrive or that another area is too far away from your friends or the gym you like going to.
Whatever accommodation option appeals to you, take the time to research what’s available and make sure you have something organised before you arrive. And if you have any questions, Accommodation Services can provide helpful advice on all your options.