Student Accommodation Guide for AIAT Students

At Australia Institute of Advanced Technologies (AIAT), while we do not directly provide housing or accommodation services, we understand the importance of finding a comfortable and safe place to live while you study. This guide offers valuable information and resources to assist you in securing the best housing arrangement during your time in Adelaide.  

1. Why Accommodation Matters:

The right accommodation can significantly impact your overall student experience. A secure, comfortable, and conveniently located housing option can enhance your academic performance, social interactions, and personal well-being.  

2. Types of Accommodations in Adelaide:

  • Shared Houses: This is the most common type of student accommodation where several students share a house or apartment. This arrangement often includes shared common areas like the kitchen and living room, while bedrooms can be private or shared.
  • Homestays: A unique opportunity to live with a local family. This arrangement can be beneficial for those looking to immerse themselves in Australian culture and improve their English skills.
  • Private Rentals: These are individual apartments or houses rented directly through a landlord or real estate agent. While potentially more expensive, they offer more privacy.
  • Student Apartments: Specifically designed for students, these apartments often include facilities like study rooms, communal areas, and sometimes utilities in the rent.

3. Searching for Accommodation:

Several online platforms can aid your accommodation hunt:
  • Flatmates.com.au: One of Australia’s largest shared accommodation websites.
  • Gumtree: A classified ads platform where you can find rental listings.
  • Realestate.com.au: Lists various rental properties, including apartments and houses.
  • StudyAdelaide’s Accommodation Portal: Specifically designed for students seeking housing in Adelaide.

4. Tips for Securing Accommodation:

  • Budget Wisely: Consider costs beyond rent, including utilities, transportation, and groceries.
  • Inspect Before Committing: Always view the property in person or request a virtual tour to ensure it meets your expectations.
  • Understand Your Rights: Familiarize yourself with tenant rights in South Australia to ensure you’re treated fairly.
  • Stay Safe: Opt for locations with good security measures, and always let someone know when you’re inspecting a property.
  • Seek Recommendations: Engage with AIAT’s student community on forums or social media to get recommendations and possibly find roommates.

5. Temporary Accommodation:

If you need short-term housing when you first arrive, consider options like hostels, motels, or serviced apartments. Websites like Booking.com, Airbnb, and Hostelworld can provide numerous options.  

6. AIAT’s Role and Recommendations:

While AIAT does not organize housing directly, we are committed to ensuring our students have access to the best resources and advice. Our student support services can offer guidance, answer queries, and direct you to reputable housing services in Adelaide.   Finding the right accommodation might require time and patience, but with the above resources and tips, we are confident you will find a place that you can call your ‘home away from home’. Welcome to Adelaide, and to your new chapter with AIAT!