Support and advice

Our housing team can help you find on- and off-campus accommodation and advise you on rental issues and disputes.

We can drive you to view potential accommodation, help you set up rental contracts and utilities, and support you if you have a problem with your landlord or other tenants. In the rare event that you have a legal issue with accommodation, we will assist you.

Contact us at housing@curtin.edu.au to find out more, and check out the advice below to ensure you’re prepared to find, organise and live in off-campus accommodation.

Online resources and advice

How to apply for off-campus accommodation

You don’t need to apply for off-campus housing before you arrive in Perth, but these tips will help you avoid some common mistakes when searching for a place to stay.

5 tips for finding the perfect off-campus accommodation

  1. View the property before you sign a lease. All off-campus accommodation is privately owned and not controlled by Curtin, so we recommend inspecting the property yourself to avoid disappointment. We also advise you not to sign contracts from overseas.
  2. Find your own accommodation, don’t ask friends. You may find the place they choose is not what you imagined, or that cheaper options were available.
  3. Beware of internet accommodation scams. To avoid getting scammed, contact our housing team or go through our accommodation partner, UniLodge.
  4. Get the terms for a property or room in writing. Whether you are renting a full property or a single room, you should always have the terms in writing. We can provide a simple room contract if your landlord doesn’t have one.
  5. Contact us. We can help you find the right accommodation for your circumstances. Email us at housing@curtin.edu.au with your requirements or visit us at Curtin Connect on Perth Campus.

How long does it take to find off-campus accommodation?

Most new students find accommodation on the day they come to see us – we’ll even drive you to view your options. Completing the paperwork will usually take two or three days. It is rare for accommodation to take longer than a week.

What if I have a dispute?

There are laws governing renting accommodation. We can advise you if there is a dispute.

Security and safety

Perth is a very safe city, but you should take precautions whether you live on- or off-campus. Generally security will be more dependent on the property itself than the area. Close to the university there is a big range of accommodation. For personal security you should take the sort of precautions you would anywhere. Don’t walk by yourself late at night. Don’t carry large amounts of cash.

Living in Perth

See our guide to living in Perth for information about internet services, public transport, finding health services and more.

App to help with renting accommodation

Moving out of home to Perth can be a daunting process, especially if you have no experience in lease (contract) agreements.

The Department of Commerce has an app to help you with renting accommodation. Usually the landlord will provide contracts or lease agreements, but you may want to see what they involve, and what you may be signing. For standard rentals, the use of some forms is compulsory.

Download the app through iTunes.