Moving away from home to study law
Moving Away from Home
Moving away from home to study law can be both exciting and daunting at the same time.
We are here to help guide you through the different options available to First Nations students leaving home to study for the first time.
Accommodation & Housing
There are various accommodation options to choose from. Some accommodation is on the university campus, including private and university-owned colleges and apartments. Other accommodation is nearby, including private student accommodation and private rentals / share houses.
College and campus accommodation
Most universities have colleges and on-campus apartments available for rent by students. Some of these are owned and run by the university, and others may be run by private providers.
These types of accommodation can be expensive and unaffordable for many students. Universities generally offer a number of college scholarships to students who have relocated from regional and rural areas. Students receiving ABSTUDY who move away from home also have access to the Residential Cost Option to cover their college/accommodation fees.
You can find information about college accommodation scholarships directly on your university website, if your university offers them.
Private student accommodation
There are a number of private student accommodation providers available in major cities and most university towns. The following list are examples of companies that provide accommodation to students either on-campus or within walking distance of universities:
Renting a room or apartment
If you have family who will be moving with you, would like to save some money or live alone, then a private rental might be best for you.
Living alone in a studio or one-bedroom apartment can be expensive, while living in a share house with others is much more affordable.
You can find available properties near your university on:
- rental websites like domain and realestate.com.au,
- share housing websites such as flatmates.com.au, and
- Facebook Marketplace and rental groups (try searching the name of your university + rental/share housing/accommodation)
Community & Networking
Moving away from home can be exciting! It gives you the opportunity to broaden your network and become part of another community.
Every university in NSW and the ACT has an Indigenous Support Centre. You can find the Indigenous Support Centre and the contact details of your university on the law school page here.
In addition to engaging with your university’s Indigenous centre, you might also like to get involved in extracurricular activities, sports groups, university clubs and social events at your university. Most universities have open days where you can explore the different co-curricular activities available to you and register to become involved.
We also recommend that you get involved with the local Indigenous community. You can find your local community news and events by visiting the NSW Aboriginal Land Council website.
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