Your Needs and Priorities
Make a list of what you are looking for. Here are some key considerations.
Where do you want to live?
Consider the following issues:
- location of your main campus
- location of friends, regular work or recreational commitments may affect your choice
- facilities nearby eg. public transport, shops, medical
How independent are you?
This is important in determining the type of accommodation best suited to you. How will you cope with the following?
- cooking for yourself
- connecting utilities and paying the bills
- doing household chores
- negotiating with the landlord/agent regarding your lease, maintenance issues, etc.
Are you considering share-accommodation?
Sharing accommodation can be good for your budget and can provide you with a valuable support network. Make sure that you avoid the common pitfalls of house-sharing.
What is your budget?
Try to avoid spending more that 30% of your income on rent, if possible.
- remember to budget for the security bond (usually four weeks' rent) and advance rent (usually two weeks' rent)
- budget for the connection and use of utilities (electricity, water, gas, telephone and internet)
- unfurnished housing may appear cheaper, but you will need to buy furniture and household equipment
- rents in Adelaide City are normally more expensive than in the suburbs, but you may be saving on the cost of public transport, as well as travelling time
Make a realistic list of your housing needs
Compare your list with the Housing options.