As a participant on an Arcadia program, you are guaranteed accommodation. Our priority is to provide a safe, clean, cost-effective and convenient place for you to live, while offering you every opportunity to explore the local culture and community.
Most student residences in Australia feature self-catered, apartment-style living with single, twin or triple bedrooms and shared kitchens, living and bathroom facilities or residential colleges (dorm-style halls).
We encourage you to take advantage of the accommodation provided by Arcadia or by your Australian institution. If you wish to decline these options and make your own arrangements, you must submit a written request. Your Program Manager can talk you through your options.
If you have any special needs regarding your accommodation – dietary, medical, physical – please let us know when applying. Any information received will be treated as confidential and only shared with individuals involved in your housing placement.
When researching Australian Housing please note that a dorm style accommodation facility is referred to as a ‘College’; for example, Emmanuel College and University College are on-campus dorm style accommodation facilities within their respective Universities.
Many colleges provide a unique living community - complete with dining halls, tutoring programs, sports teams and many other services, activities and clubs. A common misconception among American study abroad students is that such halls are strictly religious institutions - they are not but some may offer religious services. Moreover, colleges are usually multi-cultural in composition and value diversity.
Student apartments or flats - whether on- or off-campus - afford a high degree of independence. You will typically live with other American or international students and have access to shared kitchen facilities. In most cases, you will prepare your own meals and should be prepared for a commute to campus.