If living close to campus is important to you, there are a number of ways to search for rental properties on Rent.com.au.
Campus suburb search
If you’re new to renting, the thought of finding good (safe) rental accommodation in a decent and affordable suburb can feel pretty daunting. Trust us, we get it. It’s especially tough if you’ve just moved from one side of the city to the unfamiliar other side – or even moved from interstate or overseas!
So if sourcing off-campus accommodation is where you’re at, it’s a good idea to start honing in on the suburbs around your university campus which suit your weekly budget (allowing for rent payments, cost of living, utilities, etc).
To make this whole process easier, we’ve run a story on suburbs that offer affordable accommodation all within easy access of Australia’s major universities, including the likes of University of Melbourne, Sydney, ANU, UQ, UNSW, Monash, UWA and more. Check it out here.
(You can click any of the orange links to open up a search on Rent.com.au in your suburb)
Use Map Search
You should be able to search for properties nearby places that are important to you. That might be your university campus, but it could also be the local gym, the train station or a big park to run in. Whatever’s important to you, it’s much easier to find using Rent.com.au’s Map Search tool.
Using Map Search:
1. To use Map Search, start your rental property search on Rent.com.au by typing in a suburb name (i.e. Melbourne, VIC).
2. You should land on the search results page for that suburb. Above the list of available properties, you should see two buttons: One says ‘List,’ the other says ‘Map’. You want to click ‘Map.’
3. This will take you to the Map Search page. You should be able to see a map of the suburb with blue pins everywhere. You can zoom in closer to a particular area on the map to see results on individual streets. Remember that you will need to add filters to your search to see a true result of what’s available in your suburb (i.e. maximum rent, no. of bedrooms, features, etc).
4. To view any property using Map Search, just click the blue pin.
Estimate your commute time with Walk Score
As our population grows and the city areas become congested, having easy access to local amenities is important – especially if you don’t have a car.
In fact, we are seeing more properties with limited or even no parking being advertised, so a property’s Walk Score becomes a valuable guide.
We’ve made it simple for you to factor walkability into your rental search. Simply click on a property listing, look beneath the property description and add your commute destination and Walk Score® will display the approximate time required to walk, drive or bike to the destination.