There are a number of accommodation options for students who want to live on or close to campus. This accommodation varies in style, standard and cost.
However, it is important to remember that accommodation near the College is difficult to find at short notice. It is best to apply for accommodation six weeks or more before the start of your course. If possible, you should move to your new accommodation at least one week before classes commence to give you time to settle in.
Types of Accommodation
Shared accommodation both on and off campus can be arranged through UWS Residential Colleges or UWS Village. This accommodation is situated at various locations, including Parramatta, Blacktown (Nirimba Education Precinct, Quakers Hill), Campbelltown, Penrith, Bankstown and Hawkesbury campuses. Please note that the Westmead campus does not have on-campus accommodation.
Single and ensuite rooms are available at UWS Student Residences. Bedrooms are furnished with a bed, desk, chair, wardrobe and bookcase. Lounge, dining room, kitchen, laundry and bathroom facilities are shared; although, ensuite rooms have their own bathroom. Telephones, linen and blankets are not provided. More information, including current cost, can be found at the UWS Residential Colleges website(opens in new window).
UWS Village is located on the Parramatta campus. It features a range of fully furnished apartments with either a combined lounge and sleeping area (studio apartments) or two, four, five, six and eight bedrooms that have private, double or twin share bedrooms. All apartments have large kitchens, in-room heating, high-speed Internet access (charges apply) and a flat screen TV in every living room. UWS Village offers an exciting residential life program, 24-hour support, and facilities such as a swimming pool, BBQ area, student lounge, TV room, e-library and laundry. For more information, visit the UWS Village website(opens in new window).
For international or regional students, the UWSCollege Student Adviser can assist enrolled students with information about, and with applying for, UWS accommodation, if they have not organised this before their arrival in Sydney.
Homestay accommodation is pre-arranged for potential students by UWSCollege Student Services. Students who would like to arrange homestay accommodation after arrival in Sydney, should see the Student Adviser.
Homestay involves living with a family, with two meals a day being provided on weekdays and three meals a day being provided on weekends. Single or shared rooms are available. Rooms are furnished with a bed, desk, wardrobe and heating. Sheets and blankets are supplied.
About host families
If you choose homestay as your accommodation option in Australia, you will need to evaluate your expectations of what your family will be like. Australian families vary in size and cultural background. Homestay hosts often work during the week; however, in some families, there are people at home during the day. Many families have commitments during the evenings and/or on weekends (eg hobbies, sport and social activities); therefore, your hosts may not always be available to spend time with you. The food provided may also be different to the type of food you are accustomed to. You will need to be flexible and open to new experiences if choosing the homestay option.
Local newspapers and real estate agents advertise private and rental or board accommodation. This may be an option once you have settled into your course.
For assistance in locating information about these options, ask a UWSCollege Student Adviser.
For accommodation on the following campuses, complete the steps below:
Blacktown (Nirimba) — Campbelltown — Penrith — Parramatta — Bankstown — Hawkesbury
Visit the UWS Village website.
Select your campus and click on Apply Now to proceed with your online booking.
After UWS receives your application form, you will be contacted directly by UWS regarding payment and confirmation of your booking.
For homestay accommodation, follow the steps below:
Download the Application for Homestay/Airport Pick-up (PDF, 345.6Kb).
Fill out the form and fax it to +612 9685 9700 or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org along with the relevant payment (which should include the homestay accommodation placement fee and the fee for four weeks homestay accommodation, as well as the airport pick-up fee).
For information on fees and charges, visit the Airport Pick-up and Homestay Fees section of the website.
After UWSCollege Student Services receives your application form and payment, your confirmed accommodation details will be sent to you.
Please note that these services cannot be arranged without payment and must be confirmed with UWSCollege Student Services well in advance.