Housing options

Choosing the right type of housing can be challenging. Each option is worth investigating before signing a lease agreement or paying any money.

If you'd prefer to rent privately, we outline your options here.

Student accommodation at UniLodge Victoria University

Our university student accommodation is in convenient and friendly apartments, best suited to single students.

If you choose to stay in our student housing, you'll have a furnished room, use of facilities, pastoral care and academic support.

The apartments at UniLodge Victoria University are fully furnished single or shared, and designed for student living.

Just across from our Footscray Park Campus, and a 15-minute walk to Footscray Nicholson, the apartments are within easy reach of other campuses and the city by bus or train.

Read about our accommodation guarantee offer.

Student housing database

The VU student housing database provides a list of shared housing and rental property vacancies for VU students.

Enrolled students

  1. Go to the student housing database.
  2. Register using your VU email.
  3. You will receive an email to verify your registration.
  4. Log in to the database and search the listings.

New students

If you haven't enrolled with us yet, you can register using your private email address.

  1. Go to the student housing database.
  2. Register using your personal email.
  3. Upload your letter of offer (electronic confirmation of enrolment) through AskVU.
  4. We will email you back details on how to login.
  5. Log in to the database and search the listings.

Accommodation options

Here we outline the accommodation options, and support services for finding a home.

  • Homestays – placement with a local hosts, in private homes.
  • Private rentals (vacant properties) – houses, flats, units, self-contained bungalows and apartments, usually unfurnished.
  • Student apartments – furnished apartment or studio apartment, often with common facilities and recreation services. UniLodge Victoria University is our modern fully-furnished student accommodation across the road from Footscray Park Campus.
  • Share house – Room in a house with shared use of household facilities.
  • Subsidised housing – a share house option in which you assist the family or other tenant in exchange for a discounted rent.
  • Short-stay accommodation – Hotels, hostels and private rooms give you somewhere to stay while you look for longer-term options.
  • Emergency and crisis housing – Should you find yourself at risk of homelessness, emergency support is available.

Rooming houses and serviced hostels are also available for singles or couples. In these, you have your own room and share the house common facilities with four or more other individuals paying separate rent. Contact us if you'd like to know more about this option.

Best times to search for housing

After you have accepted your place in your course, you should begin by preparing a budget and choosing accommodation that will best suit your needs.

  • VU residence (UniLodge Victoria University) applications are made and paid online – applications for guaranteed accommodation places are taken three months leading up to each semester.
  • Country-Victoria and interstate students looking for private housing are advised to come to Melbourne a month before their course starts to inspect offers from the student housing database or apply for rental properties. Start looking at housing online a few months before you arrive so that you can learn about the rental market in Melbourne.
  • International students looking for private accommodation should take short-term accommodation in Melbourne for at least four weeks to inspect offers from the student housing database, or apply for rental properties.