Arrival information

New to IHD? Or perhaps you're about to leave us soon? Either way, familiarise yourself with the arriving and departing procedures, so you're clear on the policies. If you're still unsure contact us.

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Internet connection at IHD is available through the University network. To access this, you must first activate your University student account.

The IHD office is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. The office is not open during weekends. On-call staff are available outside office hours and can be contacted using the phone outside the IHD Office.

Do you need help to find your way at IHD? View the IHD map or find your way around with the Casuarina campus map.

It is compulsory that IHD Residents read the IHD Resident Handbook and understand and abide by its conditions. All residents have agreed to the Terms and Conditions included in this handbook upon applying.

Check-in time is from 2pm. Check-out is required by 9am.

IHD Office hours are 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday. The office is not open on weekends or public holidays. If you are arriving outside office hours please come to the IHD Office and use the telephone provided to contact the IHD Resident Leaders (on-call staff) who are available to meet you on your arrival at IHD.

To check-in please come directly to the IHD Office and our friendly staff will provide you your key and direction to your room.

Check-out is by 9am on the end date specified in your accommodation contract.

Residents wishing to extend their stay beyond the agreed timeframe are required to inform the IHD Office at their earliest convenience. IHD cannot guarantee extensions, so providing early notice of your intentions is advised. If your room is not available you may be offered another room or you may have to find alternate accommodation.

For residents departing outside office hours, a key return box is provided on the wall outside the Office door. Until keys are returned, normal room charges will be applied. If you are departing Darwin on a late flight, luggage storage is available and you should contact the office to arrange this.

Residents must check-out by this time to ensure that IHD Housing Services have time to clean the rooms before new residents arrive.
Rooms will be inspected upon departure. It is expected that residents will leave their room in the same condition that they found it upon arrival. Any loss, damage or additional cleaning requirements will be charged to the departing guests or taken from their bond.

Outside office hours we have Resident Leaders on duty to help with security and any other urgent issues that may arise.

The Resident Leaders are on call from 5pm to 8am every night of the week and on weekends. Issues may include lockouts (note: room lockouts occurring between 10pm and 8am incur a A$20 charge on the resident's account), urgent maintenance issues, noise or other disturbances, medical incidents, safety incidents etc.

Long term residents are required to maintain their rent account status at two weeks payment in advance. Residents are encouraged to set up a direct debit arrangement to ensure timely rent payments.

Residents are issued with a room key and a drawer key. All keys must be returned to the IHD office when departing or the charge for non-returned keys will be taken from your bond money.

Replacement room keys will be charged at $20 for each individual key lost or not returned to us. Replacement drawer keys will be charged at $10 of each lost key.

If you are departing after office hours a key return box is provided outside the IHD office door for your convenience.

All residents must have a valid parking permit to park their car in the IHD car park. Residents can obtain a parking permit for free at the IHD Office.  Permits should be displayed on the car windscreen and allow for cards to be parked in designated IHD spaces only. If IHD car parks are full, residents with a valid permit may park in the University car parks directly opposite IHD Buildings 1, 2 and 11. For more information about parking at IHD please see the IHD Resident Handbook.

From Darwin Airport

By Car

Head west on the Henry Wrigley Drive and go straight and continue onto Rothdale Road at the lights. Turn left onto Trower Road and then right onto Lakeside Drive. At the roundabout take the 1st exit onto Dripstone Road. At the following roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Ellengowan Drive and the 1st exit on the next roundabout onto University Drive North. The entrance to International House Darwin is on the right.

By Taxi

Tell the driver to take you to International House Darwin at Charles Darwin University. A taxi ride should cost somewhere between $20 – $30.

Residents should ensure that their room is always locked, especially when left unattended (even if only to make a quick trip to the bathroom or kitchen). Likewise, to ensure security of your food and property residents should ensure that they relock kitchen drawers and communal freezers after use.

Please do not leave valuables such as laptops, wallets, keys and bicycles unsecured or unattended at any time.

IHD and the University are not responsible for any damage or loss caused to items located on the premises. Residents are encouraged to take out appropriate insurance. You are advised to check that the contents policy you are purchasing is valid for a residential accommodation setting.

IHD Housing Services will clean and prepare individual rooms before the arrival of new residents. Once occupied, residents are responsible for keeping their own rooms clean. Each building has different cleaning responsibilities depending on the people to facility ratio.

Communal bathrooms and kitchens for standard and twin share rooms in buildings 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11 and 12 will be cleaned daily by IHD Housing Services. Single Standard with shared ensuites and twin share rooms with shared ensuites are responsible for cleaning their own bathrooms however other communal areas will be cleaned daily by IHD Housing Services. In communal kitchens you are required to clean up all your cooking utensils immediately after use.

In Buildings 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16 and 17 residents will be responsible for cleaning their own communal areas including the bathroom, kitchen, dining and living area due to the low resident to facilities ratio. The Housing Services Supervisor will inspect all areas weekly to ensure proper hygiene standards are maintained. Should the Housing Services Supervisor inspect your area and find proper hygiene standards are not maintained this area will be cleaned by Housing Services and responsible residences will be charged a $40 cleaning fee.

Dirty utensils left in communal kitchens will issued with a warning label to remove. If the utensils are still found to be there the next day IHD Housing Services with confiscate the items and store them at the IHD Office. Confiscated items must be collected within 3 days during office hours. A $20 fee will apply on return of these items for cleaning and storage. If you fail to collect to collect them within this time they will be disposed of.

For more information read the IHD Resident Handbook.


  • Lightweight clothes suited to the hot, humid climate
  • Casual clothes
  • Some formal attire (to wear to IHD’s End of Year Dinner)
  • Sports attire
  • Swimwear

Kitchen/cooking - Many of these items can be purchased from Kmart and Big W at Casuarina Square.

  • Plates
  • Cutlery
  • Cups
  • Pots and pans
  • Containers

Personal needs

  • Personal medications – if bringing from overseas, we recommend a prescription to accompany medications
  • Toiletries


  • Laptop
  • iPad
  • Power boards
  • Surge protected devices (may be best to buy this is Darwin to ensure electrical compatibility)
  • Musical equipment
  • Sporting equipment
  • Headphones for listening to music (no big stereos please as you are living in close proximity to others so need to be mindful of noise)

You can buy most things you need in Darwin or if not, through on-line shopping. We advise against bringing any foods from overseas as Australia has strict quarantine laws and you do not want to have things confiscated (link to AQUIS site).