Rent or Share Accommodation
Students have the option to independently rent their own property in Canberra or live in share accommodation with other students.
There are hundreds of properties to choose from, so here are some helpful websites to aid in your search.
Renting Your Own Property
Rental accommodation is available in Canberra. Ensure you arrange this ahead of your arrival so that you have suitable accommodation when you arrive.
Visit the following websites for a listing of rental properties available in the Canberra Region:
- Tenants' Union ACT
- Department of Social Services - Beginning a Life in Australia booklet
Share accommodation is a great option for independent people who are happy to rent and live with others. It’s a good way to meet people and experience life in Canberra.
Visit the following websites for share accommodation options in the Canberra Region:
- CIT Student Association’s (CITSA) Accommodation Classifieds
- Canberra Student Housing Co-operative
- Gum Tree
- Canberra/Queanbeyan Share Accommodation Facebook Group
- Canberra Share Housing and Rooms for Rent Facebook Group
Fake Rental or Share Accommodation Scams
Scams are dishonest or fraudulent schemes that attempt to steal your money. Just remember, if the deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Be wary of cheap rental properties being advertised on Canberra ACT rental and share accommodation websites, as some scammers post fake listings on these websites.
Protect yourself from online rental scams:
- If you are searching for a suitable rental or share property in Canberra, while still based interstate or overseas, ask someone you trust such as your university or college accommodation service for advice.
- Independently check on the internet that the person, company, or real estate agency offering the rental or share accommodation is legitimate.
- Don’t provide your bank account details, ID, a copy of your passport, date of birth or address to someone you don’t know. Scammers also steal identities.
- Avoid paying upfront fees by money transfer e. g. Western Union. It is difficult, if not impossible to recover money sent by wire transfer by the time the fraud is discovered.
- Make sure that you inspect the property before you enter into any agreement. If the prospective landlord makes excuses about why you can’t inspect the property, then the so-called landlord might not be the property’s legal owner.
Check the Australian Competition and Consumer Commissions’ ScamWatch website for recent accommodation scams.
Please note: All websites mentioned above are independent of CIT and these property options should be thoroughly investigated prior to signing contracts. CIT is not responsible for any external contracting arrangements that you may undertake outside of CIT.