Accommodation options in Darwin

Finding accommodation


If you have not already organised accommodation with a recommended accommodation provider such as IHD or UniLodge, it is important to organise temporary accommodation for your first few nights here before arriving in Australia. This might be at a local hostel, or with a friend or family member. From here, you can begin to search for the accommodation option that best fits your needs.

University recommended accommodation

There are plenty of accommodation options in Darwin, including on-campus accommodation, student accommodation, and private renting. CDU recommends two accommodation options that can offer affordable and convenient living in walking distance from all university facilities, as well as entertainment facilities and activities for those times that you need a break from your studies.

International House Darwin (IHD)

Students at IHD

Located on Casuarina campus, IHD offers a great residential community for both local and international students.

IHD is:

  • a two-minute walk to the CDU library, university amenities and teaching areas
  • within easy walking distance to a major shopping area
  • equipped with a swimming pool, computer facilities, recreational areas, study rooms and spacious gardens
  • equipped with furnished standard rooms, some with ensuite options
  • part of a network of International Houses in Australia and overseas.

For more information, phone +61 8 8946 6591, or visit International House Darwin.

UniLodge Darwin

UniLodge DarwinUniLodge Darwin student accommodation opened in February 2015, offering students a modern and convenient living environment only 800 meters from the gates of Charles Darwin University.

Unilodge has the following features:

  • great recreation room with pool tables and table tennis
  • large media room with 70inch LED TV and FOXTEL
  • outdoor terrace with BBQs
  • study rooms on every level
  • situated on Darwin's largest shopping precinct, Casuarina Square.

UniLodge Darwin is a purpose built student accommodation building, offering residents a large range of room options at different price points. For more information, please visit UniLodge Darwin or call the UniLodge concierge on (08) 8942 0706.

Shared accommodation

Renting alone or sharing with others can be a great option whilst studying. Charles Darwin University offers a free off-campus accommodation advising service, which can assist you with:

  • searching for accommodation 
  • making an application for accommodation 
  • organising share accommodation
  • understanding your rights and responsibilities during a tenancy period
  • ending a tenancy agreement.

When searching for your new home, you can use sites like Gumtree and Flatmates to find a share house arrangement. It is important to always visit a location before you commit to moving in, or pay any money for rent or bond.

Rental accommodation is advertised through StudyStays. You are also welcome to contact local real estate agents for listings of rental properties

The accommodation officer is happy to discuss your accommodation options but is unable to book or arrange accommodation on your behalf.  If you require assistance, please contact Accommodation Services via email or make an appointment by contacting Equity Services on 08 8946 6288. You can also visit Equity Services online for further information. 

For rights and responsibilities regarding renting accommodation in the Northern Territory please visit Consumer Affairs.

Download your copy of Accommodation Options - Darwin (PDF 3.2MB).

Finding accommodation in Melbourne

Whilst Charles Darwin University does not have any designated student accommodation available in Melbourne, there are several generic student accommodation options available such as UniLodge Melbourne and Urbanest that you can apply for.

Renting is also a great option, alone or with friends and family. Melbourne offers a wide range of price points based on locality and property type, so make sure you visit the property before signing a lease or paying any money. Remember to ensure that you are near public transport so you can easily get to university and work.

When searching for your new home, you can use sites like Gumtree and Flatmates to find a share house arrangement.

Rental accommodation is advertised through StudyStays. You are also welcome to contact local real estate agents for listings of rental properties

It is important when renting to be aware of your rights and responsibilities as a tenant. If you are ever unsure of your rights, visit Consumer Affairs or contact the CDU Accommodation Officer on 08 8946 6288. 

Finding accommodation in Sydney

Charles Darwin University does not offer student accommodation in Sydney, however there are several generic student accommodation options available such as UniLodge, Urbanest and Iglu.

Renting is also a great option, alone or with friends and family.  Sydney offers a wide range of price points based on locality and property type, so make sure you visit the property before signing a lease or paying any money. Remember to ensure that you are nearby public transport, and can easily get to university and work.

When searching for your new home, you can use sites like Gumtree and Flatmates to find a share house arrangement.

Rental accommodation is advertised through StudyStays. You are also welcome to contact local real estate agents for listings of rental properties

It is important when renting to be aware of your rights and responsibilities as a tenant. If you are ever unsure of your rights, visit Fair Trading or contact the CDU Accommodation Officer on 08 8946 6288.

Homestay

Homestay offers the experience of living with a local family, and sharing your culture while you learn about your new country. If you are interested in exploring the option of homestay, or wish to find out more, you can visit the Australian Homestay Network.