Living with others is a convenient and affordable way to rent a property. If you have friends that want to move into the same house, you can apply for a rental property together. Another option is to join an existing sharehouse. To look for a housemate, check out websites such as:
Renting privately is a more expensive option, but if you prefer to live alone and have a car space or a spare room for visiting friends and family, then this is something you might consider. It just depends on what is important to you and your budget. The costs will vary depending on where you want to live and the type of accommodation you choose. check out websites such as:
The average cost of sharehouses and private rentals varies greatly, depending on whether you are renting a house or an apartment, as well as in what area you live in. Studio apartments are small but affordable, while 2 and 3-bedroom apartments are spacious but more expensive.
According to the RTA, in December 2019 the average weekly rent in Queensland was: Brisbane City 2-bedroom apartment – AUD $4252-bedroom house – AUD $400
Before you decide to apply for a rental property, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with your rights and responsibilities as a tenant. The Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA) is the governing body that looks after the rights of tenants, landlords and real estate agents. Their website has lots of great information about moving out, getting your rental bond back and resolving disputes.
Generally, if you pay your rent on time, take good care of the property and do not disturb your neighbours, you will be on track to avoid any problems. It’s also a good idea to keep a record of all documents about the tenancy (entry condition report, lease agreement, rent receipts etc).
If you are unable to pay your rent due to loss of income, talk to your landlord or real estate agent as soon as possible to see what options are available to you. You can also get in touch with the Student Support Officer of Griffin College and we can help you to contact with right Authority to discuss your options.