The University of Newcastle offers a variety of accommodation options to suit your individual lifestyle and budget.

On-campus accommodation

On-campus accommodation at the University of Newcastle is available to NIC students. Living on campus provides students with a dedicated support network and the chance to live in a community where you can make lifelong friends from all around the world.

You can read more about UoN on-campus accommodation here.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact UoN Student Living.

Phone: +61 2 4924 1000

Temporary Accommodation

If you have not decided where you would like to live, we recommend you arrange temporary accommodation before you first arrive. You can read about short-term accommodation options here and discover more information about living off campus here.


Homestay is a great way to learn about Australian culture, practice your English, and make lasting friendships with an Australian family. It's a popular choice for those who enjoy meeting people and want to experience the Australian way of life firsthand. All families who offer Homestay accommodation have been approved as Homestay providers by University staff.

As a member of a Homestay family you will experience Australian culture in the home. It is expected that as a Homestay student you will remain in Homestay for a minimum of four weeks. In that time, your Homestay family will welcome you into their home and help you adjust to life in Australia. Our Homestay families look forward to learning about your country and culture as they introduce you to Newcastle.

There is an administration fee charged for each Homestay placement.Students will receive an invoice during the first trimester of study. Students should pay the placement fee within a week of arriving in Newcastle. You canmake the payment at the Cashier's Office, located at the University of Newcastle's Student Services Building on campus.

Homestay Accommodation Fee (2017)

  • $225 Administration Fee
  • $250.00 per week for all meals (3 per day)
  • $235.00 per week for 16 meals (no lunches Monday-Friday)
  • $10.00 extra per week for Internet access

Homestay Accommodation Fee for students under 18 years (2017)

  • $235 Administration Fee
  • $275.00 per week for all meals (3 per day)
  • $260.00 per week for 16 meals (no lunches Monday-Friday)
  • $10.00 extra per week for Internet access

Students will be required to pay 2 weeks' Homestay fee on arrival directly to the Homestay host. This is non-refundable and students should be prepared to stay at least 4 weeks in Homestay. After this time students may negotiate to stay longer or arrange alternative accommodation.

To apply online, visit the Homestay application page.

What if I am under 18?

Students under 18 years of age must either:

  • Live with a parent, legal guardian, or person aged over 21 years who is nominated by their parent/legal guardian, or
  • Provide evidence of guardianship arrangements

Guardianship arrangements must be made through the Homestay organisations outlined previously. These arrangements involve living with an Australian family in your own furnished bedroom. It is a great opportunity to experience Australian culture and improve your English skills.