On average, it costs $295 per week to stay in student accommodation in Melbourne. The average price for Studios is $288 per week, for Ensuites it is $309 per week, and for Shared rooms it is $316 per week. The actual price will depend on the location, facilities and amenities offered by the accommodation as well as how recently it was built or refurbished. You can browse all options here .
Students who stayed in Melbourne have said good things about College Square on Lygon, UniLodge on A'Beckett, UniLodge on Swanston, College Square on Swanston, and UniLodge @ RMIT Bundoora - Walert House student halls.
Many properties allow you to pay for accommodation in installments rather than in a single lump sum payment. However, they will usually require you to have an Australian-based guarantor (a resident of Australia between the age of 18 and 75 who will be able to pay your rent).
Yes, many student properties in Melbourne allow for dual occupancy of their rooms (e.g. for couples, best friends, siblings). Some properties offer this option absolutely for free, others charge a little extra. When browsing student rooms on Campusboard watch out for the 'Dual occupancy' label which will explain the terms for that room.