Housing is provided on all ISA programs in the Pacific region, at an additional cost. There are a range of housing options and costs vary according to accomodation selected and session. Housing at the University of Newcastle ranges from $4,300 - $5,800 + a refundable deposit (subject to change.)
A Housing Commitment Fee of $1,000 must be paid by the Final Forms and Payment due date. This fee is nonrefundable after the payment due date and is applied to overall housing costs. The total housing cost will be billed 3-4 weeks prior to the program's departure, once a housing assignment has been allocated.
ISA Housing provides the opportunity for students to experience aspects of the Australia lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor of Australia. All ISA Housing options are either within walking distance or conveniently located to public transit routes. Travel times to the various university buildings generally range between 10 - 20 minutes depending on housing and class locations.
On Campus, Full meal plan (Edwards Hall):
Students are placed in fully furnished, single bedrooms with shared bathrooms. Co-ed building. Housing is on campus and a 30-45 minute bus ride from the beach and the Central Business District. Full meal plan mandatory for all students. Students will be living with other host university students. Laundry facilities located in building. In ground swimming pool, sauna, central common room, photographic dark room, and terrace area available.
On Campus, Partial meal plan (International House):
Students are placed in fully furnished, single bedrooms with shared bathrooms. There are 6 bedroom townhouses and 5 or 10 bedroom flats. Each unit is co-ed with shared living and kitchen space. .5 meals included each week (dinner). Laundry facilities located in building. Swimming pool, central entertainment facilities, billiards room and BBQ area available.
On Campus, NO meal plan (New Residences):
Students are placed in fully furnished, brand new 5-6 bedroom apartments with single bedrooms. Each unit is co-ed with shared living, kitchen, and bathrooms space. Housing is on campus and a 30-45 minute bus ride from the beach and the Central Business District. Other amenities include common rooms, communal kitchen, BBQ areas and multi-purpose room including a music and a movie rooms. Students will be living with other host university students. Meals are not included in this option.
Nearby Beach - Off Campus, NO meal plan (Bar Beach):
Students are placed in fully furnished, single or shared bedrooms with single or shared bathrooms. Co-ed house with air conditioning. The communal living spaces such as kitchen, dining, living, lounge and TV, external garden, BBQ and courtyard areas all have wireless hotspots and provide a relaxing atmosphere for students to meet and socialize. Students are located a short walk from the famous Bar Beach to Mereweather Beach stretch of coastline and about a 45 minute bus ride to campus. Students are responsible for the cost of public transportation to campus. Students will be living with other host university students. Laundry facilities located in building.
The experience of living in another culture will be both educational and rewarding so long as you stay open-minded and reasonable at all times. There are differences in culture and lifestyle between life in Australia and the U.S. Remember: the key to a positive experience is flexibility.