Shared apartments, spare rooms and roommates in Melbourne
Flatshare in Melbourne

Shared apartments, spare rooms and roommates in Melbourne

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The capital of the state of Victoria has been chosen on many occasions as one of the best cities in the world to live in, so if you are lucky enough to go to this city for an exchange you will have a great time. You have to take into account that the cost of living in Australia is high, which also includes the price of accommodation. For this reason, most international students who select Melbourne to live for a while, choose spare rooms in shared flats. This is because the monthly rental price is less than a full apartment, and you get to live with roommates from different parts of the world.

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    Advantages and disadvantages of sharing a flat in Melbourne

    Here are some of the most important pros and cons of sharing a flat in this South Australian city:

    Advantages of sharing a flat in Melbourne

    • You will have the possibility to choose individual spare rooms and shared rooms, as well as those that are part of private shared flats or student residences.
    • Some apartments may include access to building facilities such as an outdoor pool, gym, terrace, barbecue area, and laundry, among others.

    Disadvantages of sharing a flat in Melbourne

    • The search for spare rooms tends to become very competitive as the beginning of classes approaches, so it is advisable to search well in advance and book as soon as you find your ideal accommodation.
    • Shared rooms can accommodate up to four people, which will limit the possibility of having time alone in the room.

    App for your international exchange programme in Melbourne

    There are several apps you can download to access information, procedures, services and other aspects that will make your stay in this Australian city the best possible. In these apps, you can also find information about the city, such as the weather in Melbourne is usually warm, but do not forget to bring warm clothes. A typical phrase that is said, is that in this city it is normal for there to be four seasons in one day, so you should go prepared.

    How to meet people in Melbourne?

    In addition to connecting with your flatmates, the following are some alternatives you have to meet people in this city in South Australia:

    Student associations in Melbourne

    The different universities in this city usually offer the opportunity for their students to join clubs and societies in a wide variety of fields. Normally, there are some societies for international students, such as the one at the University of Melbourne, which you should join to meet other young people who are in the same situation as you.

    Facebook groups for international students in Melbourne

    On this platform, you will find a wide variety of groups for international students, where you get to meet young people attending different institutions to expand your circle. Surely you will also find groups of the societies and clubs of your university, which you can join to be aware of everything that is being organized.

    Whatsapp groups for international students in Melbourne

    The most normal thing is that among students and societies Whatsapp groups are created so that young people can be in more direct contact with each other, so it is highly recommended that you join those who find.

    Tips for sharing a student flat in Melbourne

    We give you some recommendations to keep in mind when living in a shared flat in this Australian city:

    • If one of your flatmates is local, and at first you don't understand them very well when he speaks in English, don't despair! The Australian accent is very particular, but with time you will be able to listen to yourself and understand everything they say.
    • Melbourne is a large city, and you will find accommodation in different parts of the city. Try to choose a close neighbourhood to the institution you are attending, so you spend less time and money on transportation every day. Remember that some preferred neighbourhoods by young people to live in are Carlton, CBD and North Melbourne.

    Frequently asked questions about sharing a flat in Melbourne

    How much does a spare room in a shared flat in Melbourne cost?
    The price of spare rooms in this Australian city can range from AUD 200 for a shared room and from AUD 300 and up for a single room.
    How to meet people in Melbourne?
    You will have the opportunity to join different societies and clubs in the institutions, Whatsapp groups and Facebook groups for international students.
    What are the advantages of sharing a flat in Melbourne?
    One of the advantages is that it makes your monthly budget more affordable, being able to invest more money in experiences and other activities. In addition, you will be accompanied from the moment you arrive in Melbourne, managing not to feel alone at first.
    How to choose ideal roommates in Melbourne?
    In our opinion, the ideal situation would be that all flatmates were of different nationalities, but that their lifestyles were similar or compatible. In addition, it would be ideal if one of them were local, so you can delve deeper into Australian culture.    
    What are the best apps to find flatmates in Melbourne?
    One of the best apps/websites that you can use is Erasmus Play, an online community where you will be able to compare the different accommodation options in verified shared flats.