Accommodation

Off-Campus Accommodation
Below is information about off-campus accommodation in Fremantle.

Accommodation Notice Board
Student Services maintains an accommodation notice board for Notre Dame students to advertise and seek accommodation. The accommodation service is a referral service, therefore the listings of any available rental properties have not been inspected nor has any individual offering share opportunities been interviewed or police checked. Any lease negotiated between a student and a landlord or homeowner is the responsibility of the parties involved. No accommodation is pre-arranged or personally provided for individual students by Notre Dame. There is a link on the accommodation notice board for students to advertise that they are seeking accommodation also. To view the accommodation notice board visit Accommodation Notice Board.

Temporary Accommodation
If you are not a local Perth or Fremantle resident, you may need to arrange temporary accommodation while you look for long term accommodation. There are numerous short term accommodation options available in the Fremantle area, and a good first point of contact for these are with the Fremantle Tourist Bureau:

Fremantle Tourist Bureau
Kings Square High Street
Fremantle, 6160
Western Australia

Ph: +61 (8) 9431 7878 Fax: +61 (8) 9431 7755
Email: ftb@fremantlewa.com.au or log-on to www.fremantlewa.com.au to access their online accommodations and bookings system.

Hostels in Fremantle:

* Please note UNDA is not affiliated with and/or in support of these hostels. UNDA does not take responsibility for the hostels listed.

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Short to long term accommodation

The Housing Officer, located in Student Services (ND9), can provide assistance when trying to find more permanent accommodation. The accommodation service is a referral service, therefore the listings of any available rental properties have not been inspected nor has any individual offering share opportunities been interviewed or police checked. Any lease negotiated between a student and a landlord or homeowner is the responsibility of the parties involved. No accommodation is pre-arranged or personally provided for individual students by Notre Dame.

If you have specific questions, please contact the Housing Officer at housing@nd.edu.au or +61 (8) 9433 0579.

To assist you in your search, we have listed suburbs located near the University:

  Access Approximate Time Location
  Within walking distance   Fremantle
  Bus/Train 5-10 minutes East/North Fremantle, Mosman Park
  Bus/Train 10-20 minutes Palmyra, Swanbourne, White Gum Valley, Hilton, Beaconsfield, Peppermint Grove, Cottesloe, Bicton
  Bus/Train 20-30 minutes Claremont, Subiaco, Spearwood, Hamilton Hill, Nedlands, Dalkeith, Melville, Daglish, Karrakatta
  Bus/Train 30 min+ Murdoch, Kardinya, Leederville, Perth, South Perth, Victoria Park, Como, Applecross, West Leederville

For public transportation information please visit www.transperth.wa.gov.au

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Types of Accommodation

We encourage you to familiarise yourself with the Residential Tenancies Act when you are preparing to rent, especially if you have not rented accommodation before. You can find fact sheets to assist you in making an informed decision at www.taswa.org. See External Advice for more information. Below are a list of the most common accommodation types in Fremantle.

Shared Accommodation

  What exactly is it? Sharing a flat, house or apartment with others
  Rooming
Arrangements
Own room or shared room.
Furnished or unfurnished
  Cost $140+/week—furnished
  Bond Generally 2-4 weeks worth of rent
  Signed agreement/
Contract
Review and sign before renting with tenant.
  Other expenses If bills are not included, make sure to budget for the following potential bills: gas, electricity, phone, internet. Usually $20+/week
  Meals Your responsibility and not provided

Renting or Leasing

  What exactly is it? Either privately or through a real estate agent to rent out a flat, apartment or house
  Rooming
Arrangements
Single or multiple rooms. Can be both furnished or unfurnished.
  Cost Single $200+/week
2 bedrooms $300+/week
3 Bedrooms $400+/week
  Bond Required. Mostly likely 4 weeks rent.
  Signed agreement/
Contract
Review and sign a contract and/or agreement with tenant or real estate agency. View http://www.taswa.org/ for advice.
  Other expenses All bills will be covered by the renters.
  Meals Your responsibility and not provided.

Homestays/Full Board

  What exactly is it? Living with a family or person in a furnished room and house.
  Rooming
Arrangements
Furnished room in a house
  Cost $225-250+/week
  Bond Homestay agencies require a one-time $175.00 placement fee.
  Signed agreement/
Contract
Review and sign a contract and/or agreement with tenant or homestay agency.
  Other expenses All bills should be included, but internet may not be.
  Meals Meals are part of the agreement. Breakfast and Dinner seven days a week and Lunch provided on Saturdays and Sundays.

If interested in a homestay agency, please contact the Housing Officer at housing@nd.edu.au or +61 (8) 9433 0579.

All weekly rates are varied based upon the location, furnishings, type of accommodation and expenses included. They are intended to give you an estimate of the average costs and types of accommodation most available for students. September 2010.

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For more information on off-campus accomodation we suggest you refer to:

Recent warning from Australian Consumer Protection regarding housing scams: Please be advised.

If you have any queries relating to off-campus accommodation, please contact the Housing Officer at housing@nd.edu.au or at +61 (8) 9433 0579

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External Advice

Tenant Advice Service Western Australia
The Tenants Advice Service (TAS) is a not for profit community legal centre funded to assist residential tenants.

The Tenant Advice Line WA is a free statewide advice line for all residential tenants (both public and private). There is no means or income test to access this service.

Click here to view the taswa information sheet providing information on the residential tenancy agreement.

A list of helpful fact sheets about tenancy rights are available here

Advice Line Numbers

  • 9432 9790 Fremantle Community Legal Centre (A valuable service to call before going into any rental agreement)
  • 9221 0088 (TAS Metropolitan)
  • 1800 621 888 (TAS Country callers – Free call)

If you need an interpreter contact the Translating and Interpreting Services (TIS) on 13 14 50 – available 24 hours.

What are some of the common issues for tenants?

  • "How do I get my bond money back?
  • The owner has sold the house. What does this mean for me?
  • I received a breach notice. What does this mean?
  • How do I end a fixed term tenancy?
  • The owner is always dropping in without asking me first. Can they do this?
  • The owner won't fix my...What can I do?
  • The owner wishes to sell and wants home-opens. What are my rights?

The Tenant Advice Line often experiences heavy demand. If you are having problems getting through to an advice line worker try calling the Department of Commerce's information line 1300 30 40 54 or Legal Aid's Information Line 1300 650 579 or a Tenant Advocate near you. (See below for details).

Find a tenant advocate near you
Tenant advocates can help tenants with such things as information and advice, writing letters, applications to the Department of Housing and going to court.

METROPOLITAN

Eastern Suburbs:
Midland Information Debt & Legal Advocacy Service (Midland) 9250 2123

North Central Suburbs:
Welfare Rights & Advocacy Service 9328 1751

Northern Suburbs:
Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre (Mirrabooka) 9440 1663
Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre (Joondalup) 9301 4413

South Central Suburbs:
Sussex Street Community Law Service (East Victoria Park) 6253 9500

South Eastern Suburbs:
Gosnells Community Legal Centre (Gosnells) 9398 1455

South Western Suburbs:
SCALES Community Legal Centre (Rockingham) 95500 400

Western Suburbs:
Fremantle Community Legal Centre 9432 9790

REGIONAL

Goldfields:
Goldfields Community Legal Centre (Kalgoorlie) 9021 1888
Goldfields Community Legal Centre (Countrycall) 1300 139 188

Great Southern:
Albany Community Legal Centre (Albany) 9842 8566
Albany Community Legal Centre (Freecall) 1800 60 60 60

Kimberley:
Kimberley Community Legal Centre (Kununurra) 9169 3100
Kimberley Community Legal Centre (Countrycall) 1800 686 020

Mid West / Gascoyne:
Geraldton Resource Centre (Geraldton) 9938 0600

Peel:
Peel Community Legal Service 9581 4511

Pilbara:
Pilbara Community Legal Service (Karratha) 9185 5899
Pilbara Community Legal Service (Newman) 9175 9931
Pilbara Community Legal Service (Roebourne) 9182 1169
Pilbara Community Legal Service (South Hedland) 9140 1613

South West:
Accord West (Bunbury) 9791 3213
Accord West (Freecall) 1800 115 799

Wheatbelt:
Wheatbelt Community Legal Centre (Northam) 9622 5200

Legal Aid (WA)

Legal Aid provides a free telephone information service on legal problems including tenancy (www.legalaid.wa.gov.au). Information Line: 1300 650 579; TTY: 1800 241 216

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Last Updated:  2014-02-24