Accommodation services

On-campus accommodation

On-campus accommodation is provided by:

University recommended accommodation

There are plenty of accommodation options in Darwin, including on-campus accommodation, student accommodation, and private renting.

International House Darwin (IHD)

Students at IHDPart of a network of International Houses in Australia and overseas, IHD, on Casuarina campus offers both local and international students a residential community. For more information, phone +61 8 8946 6591, or visit International House Darwin

International House Darwin is:

  • a two-minute walk to the CDU library, university amenities and teaching areas
  • within easy walking distance a major shopping area
  • equipped with computer facilities, study rooms, recreational areas and a swimming pool
  • well-equipped standard rooms, some with ensuite options.

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.


Off-campus accommodation

The CDU off-campus accommodation service is designed to assist new and continuing students and staff to search for appropriate accommodation while studying or working at CDU. We offer a FREE and confidential service providing information and advice on housing options, tenancy advice and support and assistance with accommodation problems.

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

It is advisable that you contact the CDU Off-Campus Accommodation Officer to discuss possible options prior to your arrival. Although the Accommodation Officer is unable to book accommodation on your behalf,  assistance can be provided in relation to identifying suitable housing options.

To organise an appointment with the Off-Campus Accommodation Officer please select the ‘Make an appointment’ button to the right.

For further more comprehensive information please read our Accommodation brochure (PDF 1.5MB).

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CDU students may access the university’s online accommodation noticeboard - StudyStays. Organisations external to CDU that advertise accommodation are listed on the right hand side of this page.  The university cannot take responsibility for the information provided by such organisations.

When seeking off-campus accommodation you may wish to consider the following:

  • At which campus will you be studying?
  • Will you be using public transport?
  • What length of tenancy do you require?
  • What is your budget/price range? Please be aware that due to Darwin’s remoteness and high demand for rental accommodation it has higher rent than most places in Australia.
  • Rental references from previous landlords written in English may increase your chances of being accepted for a rental property.  Real estate agents will call your referees.  If you do not have rental references, personal references such as those from previous employers may be accepted by landlords. 
  • All off-campus accommodation is privately owned and is not controlled by CDU. You may consider asking a friend to send you information and prices of accommodation prior to arrival to give you more of an idea, but do not commit to a property on a friend's advice.

Off-campus accommodation is not controlled by Charles Darwin University. Quality, conditions and convenience will vary greatly. 

To protect yourself against scams or inappropriate accommodation:

  • do not pay for or sign a contract for accommodation unless you have seen the property first. You may stand to lose a considerable amount of money and/or you may find that the accommodation is not suitable;
  • inspect the property before signing anything; and
  • keep copies of all correspondence, bank details and the listing itself.

Be aware of internet accommodation scams that are occurring. 

To advertise your rental property, please visit StudyStays.