FAQs

1. Do I need to be a La Trobe University student to apply for accommodation?

Priority is given to La Trobe University students and first round offers will be made to these students only. Should we have vacancies after first round offers, we are able to consider RMIT Bundoora students.

2. When should I apply to become a resident?

Applications are made on-line and open on the Melbourne campus Open Day, Sunday 25th of August.

3. Do I have to be a full-time student?

Yes, accommodation is only available to full-time students.

4. If I am an Australian Year 12 student when do I find out if my application has been successful?

You will be notified of the outcome of your application after the VTAC offers have been made.

5. If I am an international student, or a deferred La Trobe University student when will I find out if I have a residential place?

If you have applied for accommodation prior to December 1st we will be in a position to make early round offers to you before the Christmas closure. All other applications submitted after December 1st will receive a response in January or later depending on the semester for which you have applied.

6. Can I defer my accommodation offer?

No, unfortunately we are not able to defer accommodation offers. Using your same StarPortal account, you can re-apply in August for the following year. If you cannot find your StarPortal account details, please contact the DRS office via email living@latrobe.edu.au providing your full name, email and date of birth and they will send your login details to you. Please do not try to create a brand new account.

7. What happens if I accept a residential offer but then accept a place at another university?

Your deposit is non-refundable so you should take every step to ensure that you are committed to coming to La Trobe before you accept a place in residence.

8. What happens if I am not accepted into my first choice of student accommodation?

The application process indicates a second and third choice of accommodation. Your application will then be passed on to be considered by your next preference. The Division of Residential Services will do its best to accept as many students as possible in the residence of their first choice, bearing in mind the need to ensure the best possible balance of first and later year residents and a good blend of students from different backgrounds and different interests.

9. What happens if I do not receive a first-round university offer into La Trobe University?

If you still hope to receive a study place in second or third round offers, there is still every chance that we will be able to assist you with accommodation. It is best to make contact with us to let us know that you are still keen for accommodation and keep us informed if you should receive a second or third round offer.

10. Can I apply for and stay in residence for one semester?

Generally speaking, the answer is no. Offers for places are made on the condition that you sign up for and stay for the full academic year – February to November of each year. Exceptions are made for those students who are completing their studies at the end of one semester, for example International Study Abroad/ Exchange Students. If you have applied to start in Semester Two then you will only be signed up for that period as the academic year ends in November.

11. Should I attend Open Day?

Absolutely! It is a fantastic opportunity to see the colleges and the wider university. You’ll be able to check out each college’s facilities and gain a better understanding for which college might best suit you.

12. How do I pay my fees? Weekly, monthly, each semester or yearly?

Rent is due by semester in advance, but arrangements can be made for monthly payments.

13. Can I pay by bank transfer?

Yes. Information about how to pay your fees will be in the offer information sent to you when you have been accepted into your chosen accommodation.

14. Can I stay in college over the holiday period?

During the academic year, if you are contracted for the full time, you are able to stay in college over the mid-year break period. You continue to pay for the whole time regardless of whether you go home or not. For the holiday period over Christmas as a current resident you can apply by completing a summer residency form. The DRS will notify all students of when and how to apply for a room over the Christmas/ Summer period.

15. What do I need to bring with me?

This depends on which residence you will be living in, and on personal needs. However, to make your room feel more like home you can bring your own posters and pictures, ‘nick knacks’ and even a small bar fridge. The essential things to bring when moving into your residence are bath towel, washing powder, laundry basket and clothes-hangers, electrical converters for international appliances, tea-towels, personal toiletries and clothing. In addition, student living at non-catered residences (all residences excluding Glenn College) should bring pots, pans, crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils. It is important to note that kettles, toasters and hotplates are not permitted in bedrooms due to fire regulations.

16. Does the DRS organise my airport pickup?

No, you will need to contact La Trobe International to arrange Airport pick up.

17. What if I have questions that have not been answered?

We are here to help you make the right decision, email us living@latrobe.edu.au or refer to further details on this website.