Accommodation FAQs

If you are unable to find the answers to your questions or need more clarity, our team are available to help. Email us or contact our office.

When should I apply?

We recommend that you apply for accommodation at your preferred campus as soon as possible. Applications are made online, and are all open from our Melbourne Campus Open Day.

If you wait to receive a University offer before you apply for accommodation, we may not be able to offer you a place as our availabilities may have been filled.

Can I see the accommodation before I apply?

We encourage you to attend an Open Day or Experience La Trobe event, as it is a great opportunity to view our residential colleges as well as exploring our university campus. Our Living at La Trobe team will be conducting tours on these days of our residential precincts.

To request a visit at another time, please contact us.

Note that tours are not possible during University examination periods out of respect for our residents while they are studying for their exams.

Do I need to be a full-time student to apply?

No, you just have to be enrolled at a tertiary institute in at least a part time capacity.

Do I need to be a La Trobe University student?

No, you just have to be enrolled at a tertiary institute in at least a part time capacity.

What if I have not received a first-round university offer to study at La Trobe?

If you hope to receive a study placement in second or third round offers, we can offer anyone who studies at a tertiary institute accommodation. Olease contact our team to let us know you are still interested in living at La Trobe and keep us informed if you do receive a study offer for that semester in a subsequent round.

Can I apply for only one semester?

Yes, offers for residential places are typically made on the understanding you will stay for a full academic year. However, one semester contracts are available.

How to apply

What are the rental rates for 2023?

2023 Bundoora weekly rates schedule 

2023 Regional weekly rates schedule

What is the rent schedule?

Rent is charged monthly. You will receive a charge on the first business day of each month, with payment due by 5 pm on the fifth business day. If you would prefer to pay for a whole semester, or a year in advance, please visit our office to discuss.

Can I pay by bank transfer?

Yes, we accept payment by bank transfer. Once you have been accepted to stay at one of our accommodations. You will receive information with your offer, including further details on how to pay your fees.

Can I stay over the holiday period?

If you are on a full academic calendar year contract, you are able to stay in your residence throughout the midyear break. You will continue to pay rent for this period, regardless of whether you remain there or not, as rent is calculated based on a full year contract.

If you are a current resident and would like to remain over the Christmas holiday break (after the academic year has concluded). You can complete a summer residency application form. Our team will communicate further information to students about this process in the lead-up to the summer break.

What do I need to bring with me?

When you arrive, your room will be already furnished with a bed, mattress, desk and chair. You will need to provide your own linen. Beds are all single beds*. You can customise your room with posters, pictures and decorations. If you would like a small bar fridge in your room, you are welcome to bring this also.

Essential items to bring with you are bed linen (sheets, pillow, doona, blankets), towels, washing powder, laundry basket, clothes hangers, tea-towels, personal toiletries and clothing.

If you are living in a self-catered residence, please note you will need to supply your own pots, pans, crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils to use in the shared kitchen. In the kitchen area, you will also receive a shelf or cupboard which you can use to store these.

Due to fire safety regulations, kettles, toasters and hot-plates are not permitted in bedrooms: these are only be used in the designated kitchen areas.

Pleass note: We have different sized single beds at our Bendigo accommodations.

Will I have Wi-Fi in my room?

Yes, Wi-Fi is available across all our accommodation residences.

Can I live with my partner/family at a La Trobe residence?

Please email us to discuss your options regarding preferences.