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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

Off-campus Accommodation

NIC’s preferred partner for off campus accommodation is Reece Realty Newcastle.

Reece Realty have a variety of student accommodation to suit all needs.

Student Share Houses – these homes generally range from 4 – 8 bedroom homes with shared kitchen, bathroom, laundry and living areas. Prices can range from $100 - $200 per week.

Purpose Built Houses – these homes can range from 5 bedrooms up to 12 bedrooms these are built specifically for student living, most rooms include ensuites and air conditioning. Prices range from $150 - $220 pw.

Studio Apartments and Granny Flats – these units are all self-contained with ensuites and kitchen facilities. Perfect for students that like their own space. Prices range from $200 - $250 pw.

All student accommodation includes utilities (electricity, gas and water) and Internet is provided as a complimentary service.

Houses are fully furnished, including beds, wardrobes and desks in each room. All kitchens are fully stocked with crockery, pots, pans and utensils. Already for our students to move straight in.

Reece Realty is an independently owned and operated real estate agency.

Reece Realty’s office is located in the heart of Jesmond shopping precinct with high exposure from Blue Gum Road (opposite Jesmond Fruit Barn) and Hirst Street (opposite Woolworths main entry) with plenty of free parking available. Only 1.5kms from the University of Newcastle Callaghan Campus.

P: +61 2 4950 2025

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 can make the payment at the Cashier's Office, located at the University of Newcastle's Student Services Building on campus.

Homestay Accommodation Fee for students over 18 years of age (2020)

  • $240.00 Homestay Placement Fee
  • $265.00 per week for 21 meals (3 per day)
  • $250.00 per week for 16 meals (ie. no lunches Monday – Friday)
  • $10.00 extra for internet access

Homestay Accommodation Fee for students under 18 years of age (2020)

  • $250.00 Homestay Placement Fee
  • $290.00 per week for 21 meals (3 per day)
  • $275.00 per week for 16 meals (ie. no lunches Monday-Friday)
  • $10.00 extra per week for Internet access

You must pay for 2 weeks on arrival directly to your Homestay host. This is non-refundable and you should be prepared to stay at least 4 weeks in your Homestay. After this time you can negotiate to stay longer or arrange alternative accommodation.

An additional AU$55 per week is payable to the university for a Parental Representative fee until the student turns 18.

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.