The right student accommodation can make a big difference during session. Get it right and you could find yourself in a great new pad, living in style and comfort surrounded by new friends.
There are many options available to international students at Macquarie University. Bachelor of Commerce student Andrew Beks has written a three-step guide to help you make the right decisions.
1) Make a checklist
Define what you see as the ideal place during session. Write down a list of things that you need. It would be nice to have a big room with a view and a private toilet but these things cost money. Making a checklist will help define the criteria of what you need so you can find the right place for the right money.
2) Do your research
There is a huge amount of resources available to students to help them find accommodation in and around Macquarie. It’s a good idea to check out Macquarie Accommodation Services first. Here you will find information about accommodation on campus in the colleges or apartments. For off-campus accommodation, you can check out Macquarie Private Accommodation or Gumtree. The closest suburbs to the University are North Ryde and Marsfield, but it’s only a short bus or train ride from Eastwood, Epping and Macquarie Park.
3) Inspect as many places as possible
Find the best possible accommodation for yourself by looking around and seeing what’s on offer. If you’re looking for accommodation on campus, most of the colleges and apartments have guided tours. Contact their offices to organise a time. If you plan on living off campus in private accommodation, you should ideally inspect at least five to 10 properties and apply for the best one. Don’t be afraid to let them know you need time to think it over and inspect a few more.
Andrew Beks is a Bachelor of Commerce student and his blog Student Finance covers topics such as budgeting, studying overseas and getting employed. Next month: Questions to ask when inspecting off-campus accommodation
The views expressed in this post are that of the writer and do not reflect those of The Macquarie Globe, Macquarie International or Macquarie University.