Off campus accomodation

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  1. bifo

    bifo New Member

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    I am lucky enough to be a Med student in 2017. Likely, I have to look for off-campus accommodation. Would you know shared house for Med student?
     
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    pi Junior doctor Administrar

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    Congrats on gaining entrance to Monash!

    If you're looking to stay with other med students, this group might be your best shot: MUMUS Marketplace
     
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    Thanks but still pending for approval to join MUMUS Market Place
     
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    @pi not renting out your house are you?
     
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    Still occupying it this year :p
     
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    Can't subdivide your room?
     
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    I wish my room was big enough to subdivide hahahaha :'(
     
  8. Ietlou

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    Hey bifo, welcome to Monash!
    I'm assuming you're an international student from some of your past posts - I've spent the last year living off campus and plan to do again this year. As far as I know, there are essentially three options for accommodation for international students:

    1. Living on campus in one of the many halls (potentially already full, and quite expensive)
    2. Renting out a room near uni with other students renting out the other rooms (cheaper)
    3. Renting out a house/apartment/unit near uni with some friends and staying there together (cheapest)

    The vast majority of first year international students I know from my year decided to take option 1 and live on campus for convenience, and some then choose to move off campus for second year once they've met some fellow students and had a chance to get to know Clayton - however, if you'd rather not do this or it isn't an option for you, I'd definitely recommend trying to get some people together either through using the MUMUS pages or asking any other international students you know who are also attending Monash whom you wouldn't mind living with. You'll need to spend some time in Melbourne before you rent out a place so that you can inspect some properties, as most real estate agents will not allow you to rent a property until you've inspected it, and often pictures online of properties can be very misleading so it's best that you have a couple of weeks to go through some houses and see where you'd like to live.

    Living with flatmates is also a solid option and you should be able to find plenty of other students (not necessarily med students) online who are willing to arrange on campus accommodation with you. The downside of this is that rooms are usually a little on the expensive side, and you don't have much choice as to who you live with. Hopefully, though, most roommates will be lovely!

    Some useful links for finding places:
    Clayton Share Accommodation | Flatmates.com.au
    Real Estate & Property For Rent in Clayton, VIC 3168 (Page 1) - realestate.com.au
    Rental Properties in Clayton, VIC 3168

    Renting out a place is a big decision, so feel free to ask me anything :) I've only been doing this for a year so if anyone more experienced wants to chip in please do!
     
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    Hi letlou, Thanks for your advice. I prefer option 1 but fully booked. Unlike UK, Hall of resident seems not to be prioritised for 1st year international student. It is an frustrating so far as I have been turned down by several landlords after they found more secure tenents in term of leasing period or rent.
     
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    Yeah, halls fills up very quickly - Just to make sure, you've clearly applied for halls but have you tried the 'Urban' studio apartment complexes? From anecdotal experience they seem to fill slightly later, but they're also a fair bit pricier (about $3000 p.a. more than Halls of Residence)

    As for landlords, sorry to hear you've been having it tough so far :( Landlords tend to be pretty against giving leases less than 12 months - it's worth noting that even 12 month leases are usually cheaper than living on-campus, and while it's definitely possible to find a shorter lease, it can be quite difficult especially at the moment as there's relatively high demand for accommodation as the university year begins. There's no harm in applying though, aside from a couple of days of waiting for a response.
     
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