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The ANU Access English program is a 10-week course offered by ANU College. The course runs four times a year and is designed so that you can finish the course in time to start your studies at ANU. You must already have an IELTS (or recognised equivalent) score of 6.0, with a minimum score of 5.5 in all bands, to gain entry to the course. Please note that all Law programs cannot be packaged with English program.
Live on campus or take a short commute from one of Canberra’s well-connected neighbourhoods.
ANU gives you more opportunities to live on campus than any other Australian university, so you can make the most of your time here. Apply to join nearly 5,000 students from across Australia and around the world who call ANU home.
Postgraduate students can apply for on-campus accommodation in these residences:
We cannot guarantee that on-campus accommodation will be available. Also, student residences are not suitable for children, so you may need to explore renting off-campus (non-ANU).
We recommend arriving in Canberra early to find non-ANU accommodation.
Share a house or apartment
Shared accommodation can be hard to find if you’re not in Canberra.
Shared households in Australia take different forms; some share meals and rotate household chores, while others have multiple people living in the same house but keeping separate lives.
A good place to start looking for shared accommodation is ANU Housing Online.
You can rent an apartment or house privately through a real estate agent or direct from the property owner. The best place to start your search is online.
Because Canberra is a university town, the highest turnover of rental properties is during the December/January summer break.
Applying for a lease
In Canberra, real estate agents and property owners often insist that prospective tenants see the property before applying for a lease, to be seriously considered.
To apply, you will need to fill out an application form which will ask you about your personal circumstances, including your financial situation. You will also be asked for referees, people who can verify that you are trustworthy, like a previous landlord or employer.
If you are applying from overseas, it’s a good idea to attach written references to your application. Given the time differences between Australia and the rest of the world, this will make the process easier for you and the person assessing your application.
The agent should let you know within a week if your application has been successful.
Setting up your home
Your lease will usually be for a period of six to 12 months. You will be responsible for organising the utilities connections. Water will be connected by the owner but you will need to pay for the water you use.
Factor in these costs when setting up your new home:
If you have a dispute with the landlord or real estate agent, Accommodation Services and the Tenants Union ACT can give you advice and advocate on your behalf.