Alice Springs campus accommodation

The Alice Springs Student Accommodation (ASSA) provides accommodation for CDU students, students from other universities undertaking placement, CDU staff and visiting guests, and groups.

We offer twin share and sole occupancy rooms across two houses, as well as communal kitchen areas, a self-service laundry and access to WiFi via the CDU/Eduroam network.

For more information about the accommodation facility please contact the ASSA Supervisor on 08 8959 5295.


“Thank you for your prompt and great service – much appreciated” – June D’Costa, Bachelor of Nursing

"Thanks so much for looking after all of us... Always happy to stay there because it's close to our Lab, we can cook our food, walk to IGA, safety is always available, shower is so great, room is cool (have fan and aircon), no need for linen as it's sufficient. I will be missing all the comfort. Thumps up!" - S214088 Moran, Bachelor of Nursing

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Room types

Twin Share Ensuite Room

  • Bedroomtwo single beds
  • two built-in desks
  • wardrobes
  • reverse cycle air-conditioning
  • ensuite bathroom
  • bar fridge
  • pillows
  • sheets
  • blankets
  • television
  • WiFi via CDU Network
  • towels
  • toilet paper

Note: if reservations permit, guests may apply for single occupancy.

Disabled Access Room

  • one single bed
  • one built-in desk
  • wardrobes
  • reverse cycle air-conditioning
  • ensuite bathroom
  • bar fridge
  • pillows
  • sheets
  • blankets
  • television
  • WiFi via CDU Network 
  • towels
  • toilet paper


Communal Areas

Shared Kitchen

  • Communal KitchenCommunal Kitchenpots
  • pans
  • crockery
  • cutlery
  • dishwashing liquid
  • sponges
  • bin liners
  • towels

BBQ Area

  • two electric BBQs
  • table tennis table
  • seating area


  • Carparkfront loading washing machine
  • electric clothes dryer

ASSA provides its guests with a secure parking area.

Applying for accommodation

How to apply

If you are an individual guest, please start by completing an online application for residence on the CDU housing portal. The Accommodation Supervisor will be in contact with you within 48 hours of your submission. If you are under 18 years of age, you are also required to complete the parental consent form (PDF 102KB). Applications will not be processed unless all the required information has been provided.

If you are booking on behalf of or part of a group, please complete the Group Accommodation Booking form and send through to the Accommodation Supervisor

Outside aerialIf you are experiencing difficulty please contact one of our Guest Services Officers.

ASSA has been designed as a twin share facility to provide the best value accommodation option for students and staff attending the Alice Springs campus for short stays. However, if reservations permit, students and staff may apply to reserve two beds to obtain single occupancy.


The University reserves the right to select residents based on information provided in their application and on information acquired from previous stays at any University student accommodation facility.

Please note: availability is limited and advance bookings and full payment are required to confirm a reservation.

Reservations and feedback

ClassT: 00 61 8 8959 5295 (International)

T: 08 8959 5295 (Australia)


Alice Springs Student Accommodation Supervisor
Ms Jade Kurray 

T: 08 8959 5295

CDU Student Accommodation Manager
ClassDr Philip Mosely
T: 08 8946 6591

Rent and other charges

Twin-share Occupancy$37 per night
Sole Occupancy$74 per night

Long Term Rate (28 consecutive nights or more)$224 per week twin-share or $448 per week sole occupancy
Bond$200 per person
Weekend Arrival Fee$40

Cancellation Fees

  • Within 48 hours of arrival time

  • Day of arrival

  • No show or cancellation after arrival date


Equivalent two nights' accommodation charge

Accommodation owed up to the point of notification plus two nights' accommodation

Lockout Fee between
5pm - 8am


Replacement/unreturned key


Once your reservation is confirmed you are required to pay in full. If this is not possible, please discuss a payment plan with the Accommodation Supervisor.

How to Pay

Cash payments can be made at the info shop, Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm.

Credit card and debit card payments can be made via CDU webpay.

Cancellation Policy

Please read the Terms and Conditions for Short Term Residency to familiarise yourself with ASSA's cancellation policy and conditions of stay.

If you are booking on behalf of a group of 10 or more guests, please refer to the Group Booking Confirmation and Cancellation Terms and Conditions.

Refund of Bond

ASSA retains a bond of $200 for the entirety of your stay. The bond will be refunded after your departure date and is usually processed within ten business days of the refund form being received.

Please complete the refund form ensuring the refund method selected is the same as the original payment method. Please email the refund form to

Arriving and departing

Office Opening Hours

The ASSA office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4pm. You can download the Alice Springs campus map here.

The Resident Handbook will also provide you with more information about ASSA.

Arriving at ASSA

Upon arrival at the Alice Springs Campus please call the ASSA Supervisor on 08 8959 5295 to arrange check in to your room.


Check-in time is between 2pm - 6pm.

If your check-in time is anticipated to be later than 6pm please contact the ASSA Accommodation Supervisor to make alternative arrangements.


Check-out time is strictly 9am unless prior arrangements have been made with ASSA staff.

Your card key access will cease at 9am on your departure date. You can leave your room access key in your room upon departure.

Security and other matters

Outside normal office hours, security staff can help you with any security issues that may arise, including lockouts, noise complaints, medical incidents or other related issues. 

The ASSA Accommodation Supervisor is available for any other urgent issues including maintenance.

Please note: room lockouts occurring between 5pm and 8am incur a $70 charge.

  • ensure your room is always locked when unattended, even if you are only making a quick trip to the bathroom
  • don't leave valuables such as laptops, wallets, keys and bicycles unsecured or unattended at any time
  • don't leave laundry in common areas or public places
  • the University/ASSA takes no responsibility for your possessions

Key cards

You will be issued with a key card which provides access your room and the common areas in your house. All key cards must be returned to ASSA when departing or the charge for a non-returned key will be deducted from the bond held.

Replacement key card fee is charged at $20 for each key card lost or not returned.


Student Residences Code of Conduct

The University is committed to providing a residential environment conducive to study at all times, including a place for people to live while studying. Please read the CDU (Student Residences) By-LawsUniversity Residences Code of Conduct and Student Residences Misconduct Procedures.


The University is committed to providing a safe and respectful learning and working environment. ASSA aims to ensure all students and staff are safe from sexual assault and sexual harassment. Please read the CDU Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy.

Residential Terms and Conditions

Please make yourself aware of our Residential Agreements and Terms and Conditions policies:

ASSA Resident Handbook

This handbook is designed to provide guests with helpful information about ASSA and the services provided. Click here to read the 2019 ASSA Resident Handbook.


Jade Kurray
Accommodation Supervisor

Jade coordinates the day-to-day operational functions of ASSA.

Kalindi Marnell
Business Manager

Based at International House Darwin (IHD) on the Casuarina campus, Kalindi oversees accounts and business functions within Accommodation Services, including ASSA, IHD and Katherine Student Accommodation (KSA).

Philip Mosely

Philip Mosely
Manager, Accommodation Services

Based at IHD on the Casuarina campus, Philip oversees the management of accommodation facilities offered by CDU in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs. 

History and vision statement


ASSA is a business enterprise of Charles Darwin University (CDU). Construction began in 2009 and the facility was officially opened to the public for operation in March 2011.

ASSA’s day to day operations are managed from International House Darwin (IHD).

Vision statement

The Alice Springs Student Accommodation aims to increase student participation by; providing an accommodation facility that is cost-effective, safe, secure, accessible and conducive to academic achievement, intellectual inquiry whilst aiming to contribute to the social, cultural and intellectual development of all residents


To help us improve our services, we encourage you to provide feedback on your stay at ASSA. 

You can complete the online survey or download the ASSA feedback form and email it to the Accommodation Supervisor.