Accommodation for exchange and study abroad students

Does UWA provide accommodation for exchange and study abroad students?

UWA is unable to guarantee housing to exchange or study abroad students, but it is recommended you look into the following options:

On Campus Accommodation
There are five residential colleges/halls on-campus which accommodate approximately 1000 students. The Colleges offer a furnished private room and three meals a day.

The colleges house students of different ages and backgrounds and are places where students can share academic and personal interests with other students. More importantly, they offer an environment where tutors and senior students help you during the transition from school or overseas to university. There are also social activities organised to help you balance the demands of study.

The Residential Colleges at UWA are:

  • University Hall
  • St Catherine's College
  • St George's College
  • St Thomas More College
  • Trinity

These colleges use a common application system.  The UWA Residential Colleges Application Portal.  You will rank the colleges you wish to live in by preference.  If you do not receive an offer from your college of first preference, the portal will automatically send your application to your next highest preference.

The University also owns a number of unfurnished properties in Crawley Village close to the Crawley Campus that are available for UWA students. 


Off-Campus Accommodation
Accommodation close to the University is usually in high demand and more expensive than other areas. The University Housing Office maintains listings of both vacant and shared accommodation available to students in areas surrounding the campus.

The Housing Office does not evaluate the accommodation or negotiate on your behalf with the owner/agent. You are responsible for judging the quality, suitability and safety of the accommodation.

You can look for accommodation by:

  • Searching the listings at the UWA Housing Office database at Student Support Services and the Housing Office
  • Looking in the community newspapers and local newspapers (The West Australian and Sunday Times) under the rental column
  • Reading advertisements placed on notice boards around campus
  • Contacting real estate agents
  • Getting help from other students who are familiar with the university area
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