Looking for accommodation prior to your arrival at UTS can be difficult. UTS Housing can assist you with your search. Here are options that you can explore prior to or upon your arrival to UTS.
Short Term Accommodation
This section provides you with information on preferred hotels that offer significantly discounted rates, subject to availability, if they are booked using the accommodation provider’s online form. This is useful if you need a temporary place to stay before looking at your long term housing options, or while you visit UTS.
To simplify your choice of accommodation, please check the listings available below.
Budget accommodation usually provides the basic needs of comfort and cleanliness, while the range of extra amenities varies. They are popular for temporary stays for people looking for an affordable accommodation option.
- Australian Sunrise Lodge (opens an external site)
- Base Sydney (opens an external site)
- Glebe Village Backpackers (opens an external site)
- Maze Backpackers (opens an external site)
- Sinclairs Bondi Junction (opens an external site)
- Summer House (opens an external site)
- Sydney Backpackers (opens an external site)
- Wake Up (opens an external site)
- YHA Railway Square (opens an external site)
- YHA Sydney Central (opens an external site)
Three stars generally indicate reasonable rates, varied amenities, good service and comfortable facilities. Four stars indicate upscale decor and facilities with above average services, comprehensive amenities, and a slightly higher price.
- Aspire Hotel (opens an external site)
- BreakFree on George (opens an external site)
- City Crown Motel (opens an external site)
- Holiday Inn Darling Harbour (opens an external site)
- Ibis World Square (opens an external site)
- Leisure Inn Sydney Central (opens an external site)
- Metro Hotel Sydney Central (opens an external site)
- Metro Hotel on Pitt – Sydney (opens an external site)
- Oaks Hyde Park Plaza, Sydney (opens an external site)
- Rendezvous Studio Hotel Sydney – Central (opens an external site)
- The Mercure Sydney Hotel (opens an external site)
- The Sebel, Surry Hills (opens an external site)
- The Ultimo (opens an external site)
- Vulcan Hotel (opens an external site)
Four and half to five star accommodation promises upscale decor and facilities with a high degree of service, with a range of amenities, usually at a premium price.
- Adina Classic, Chippendale (opens an external site)
- Atlas Apartments (opens an external site)
- Four Seasons Hotel (opens an external site)
- Novotel Sydney Central (opens an external site)
- Quality Hotel CKS Sydney Airport (opens an external site
- Rydges Hotel, World Square (opens an external site)
- Sofitel Sydney Wentworth Hotel (opens an external site)
- Waldorf Sydney Central Serviced Apartments (opens an external site)
- Waldorf Sydney CBD Serviced Apartments – Min 7 nights (opens an external site)
Long term accommodation (off-campus)
Looking for a place to rent out on a longer term? Have a look at the UTS Off-Campus website called "UTS StudyStays" (opens an external site). If you are already a current UTS student (opens an external site), you can easily log into it using your UTS ID number and password. Not yet a student? Register as a future student (opens an external site) and send us your letter of offer to have access to the website.
Tenant Union - Renters' Guide to COVID-19
The Renters' Guide to COVID-19 has been developed to provide legal information about situations that may arise as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It should be read alongside and in addition to the legal information and resources provided on your legal rights and obligations in our general tenancy fact sheets.
The legal information provided here does not constitute legal advice. Always, seek advice from your local Tenants' Advice and Advocacy Service about your options – tenants.org.au/get-advice.
Looking out for scams
Accommodation scams are running on popular accommodation search websites (including UTS Housing Service Off-campus accommodation listing.) One is aimed at landlords whereby scammers send a cheque or claim to have deposited funds in your PayPal account for an amount well in excess of the agreed rental, together with some excuse about the overpayment. The scammer then asks the landlord to electronically refund the excess back to a specified bank account. Having done as requested, the landlord later finds that the cheque has been dishonoured and has very little chance of recovering the funds.
Students looking for accommodation are strongly advised not to send any money to try and secure short term accommodation before arriving in Sydney, and they should view the premises in person before paying a deposit to secure the short term accommodation. If unsure, please seek advice by writing to the Off-Campus and Communication Housing Officer.
See the following websites for details of various scams:
- Department of Fair Trading: Report a Scam website
- Australian Competition and Consumer Commission: Scamwatch website
What can go wrong living in off-campus private accommodation?
Lots of things can go wrong when you live in off-campus private accommodation. These testimonials are not meant to scare you, but simply make you aware of some of the issues that may arise, for example sharing bills, common space, and rental bonds. Below is an excerpt from a real-life testimonial written by a student about their bad experience in private shared accommodation (personal details have been removed).
"We are a couple from XX and we are only in Australia in six months. We found private accommodation, through the university, with a person in XX.
But this particular person turned out to be a nightmare, and this is why we are writing this E-mail to you. We hope with this warning about the truth about this person, that you will do what you and your University can to make sure that no other students are going to find themself in that horrible situation living with them.
The problem with living with them is that they had enormous mood swings, the one moment happy, the next mad and giving us lectures about how to behave or simply just ignoring you because you flushed the toilet at 12 am, or use the internet at a moment when it is apparently needed, which they, of course, didn’t tell us before they start yelling. These things don’t sound that tough, but living with it every day for five months is very tough, and made us walk on egg-shells and made us unable to relax completely, as you should be able to in your home. It is very hard, to sum up such a bad behaviour in a second language and in a mail, but the result has been that we have hated living in Australia, and tried to be out of the house as much as we could, even if XX needed to do assignments, or we hid in our room. On top of this behaviour, everything about the subletting has been illegal. There has been no lease, the bond has not been lodged, and which of course resulted in that they refuse to give us the bond back. There was no clear agreement on how the electricity bill should be split, and this has ended up in a claim that we should pay 2/3 of the $ 1400 electrical bill for the first three months, and there is going to be another bill as well. All of this has severely damaged our opinion of Australia, and made it a very bad stay, we hope that you will try to make sure that this is not going to happen to anybody else, and blacklist them from your accommodation sites, and don’t recommend any of your students to go live with them, and maybe even warn them."
The University provides the list of privately operated hotels for your convenience. They are not owned, managed or operated by the University. The university is not able to, and does not, assess the suitability of the hotels, nor does it accept any responsibility or liability in relation to any matter arising out of any contact or arrangements between a student and accommodation venue. Any arrangements are strictly between the student and the hotel. Each student has the responsibility of assessing the hotel facilities and its suitability.
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