Accommodation

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

Visitors Accommodation
The Esplanade Hotel offers discounted rates to visitors to the University. For full details visit: www.rydges.com/notredame

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 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 Visitor Centre
Town Hall, Kings Square
8 William St
Fremantle WA 6160
Email: info@visitfremantle.com.au
Open: 9am – 5pm

Hostels in Fremantle:

* Please note The University of Notre Dame Australia is not affiliated with and/or in support of these hostels. The University of Notre Dame Australia does not take responsibility for the hostels listed.

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Short to long term accommodation

The Student Connect 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 Student Connect 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 10-20 minutes East/North Fremantle, Mosman Park, White Gum Valley, Hilton, Beaconsfield
  Bus/Train 20-30 minutes Palmyra, Swanbourne, Peppermint Grove, Claremont, Spearwood, Hamilton Hill, Melville, Karrakatta, Kardinya
  Bus/Train 20-30 minutes Claremont, Subiaco, Spearwood, Hamilton Hill, Nedlands, Dalkeith, Melville, Daglish, Karrakatta
  Bus/Train 30-40 minutes Cottesloe, Bicton, Subiaco, Nedlands, Daglish, Murdoch, West Leederville
  Bus/Train 40-50 minutes Dalkeith, Perth CBD, Applecross
  Bus/Train 1 hour Leederville, South Perth, Como, Victoria Park

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.tenancywa.org.au. 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 Up front 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 $30+/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. Most likely 4 weeks rent up front.
  Signed agreement/
Contract
Review and sign a contract and/or agreement with tenant or real estate agency. View http://www.tenancywa.org.au for advice.
  Other expenses All bills will be covered by the renters.
  Meals Your responsibility and not provided.

Homestays/Full Board - Visit Australian Homestay Network

  What exactly is it? Living with a family or person in a furnished room and house.
  Rooming
Arrangements
Furnished room in a house
  Cost $225-255+/week
  Bond Homestay agencies require a one-time $240.00 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 and phone may not be.
  Meals Two meals from Monday to Friday and three meals on weekends.

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.

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

to Government of Western Australia; Department of Commerce; Renting a Home.

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

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External Advice

Tenancy WA
Tenancy WA is a community legal centre specializing in residential tenancy matters. Tenancy WA Inc. is an independent not-for-profit specialist in the Community Legal Centre (CLC). They provide free legal services to residential tenants across Western Australia.

Visit the Tenancy WA website for further information.

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

Advice Line Numbers

  • Fremantle Community Legal Centre 9432 9790 (A valuable service to call before going into any rental agreement)
  • Tenancy WA 9221 0088
  • (Country callers – Free call) 1800 621 888
  • Consumer Protection 1300 30 40 54
  • Legal Aid’s Information Line 1300 65 05 79

If you need an interpreter contact Immediate Phone Interpreting on 131450 (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

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:  2015-05-18