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.
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 by the accommodation deadlines outlined below. 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.
Residential colleges provide a unique and immersive community experience – complete with dining halls, game and multimedia rooms, tutoring programs, sports teams and many other services, social activities and clubs, such as debate and college musicals. Living within a college or hall is one of the best ways to meet and interact with local Australian students, and can be likened to American dormitories or sorority and fraternity housing. Moreover, colleges are usually multi-cultural in composition and value diversity. In the spirit of friendly competition, colleges often challenge one another in sports, cultural and academic events. This offers a great opportunity for socialization within and outside of your particular college.
Upon arrival, each college offers an extensive orientation program which will help ease you into your new living environment. From a welcome dinner to a scavenger hunt, the optional orientation activities are designed to help you meet other peers in your housing. Showing great pride, colleges offer special merchandise, such as t-shirts and hats, which you’ll be be asked to wear during the orientation to help identify you with your new college ‘family’. Because residential colleges offer so much to their students often there will be an additional fee associated with living there.
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. Though not as immersive as a residential college experience, many apartments or flats offer social, travel and sporting opportunities on a smaller scale through their own programs or affiliations.