SOMEWHERE TO LIVE: Students are looking for somewhere to call home for the forthcoming academic year.
SOMEWHERE TO LIVE: Students are looking for somewhere to call home for the forthcoming academic year. Sharlene King

Students look for a place to curl up and study

DO you have a spare room at your house? Thousands of young people are getting ready to start their studies at Lismore's Southern Cross University, and they all need a place to live.

The university's UniLife accommodation officer, Cat Thomas, said there were about 6000 students across campuses at Lismore, the Gold Coast and Coffs Harbour who will soon be looking for rental accommodation in private homes, units, flats and houses.

She said members of the community who have a room to spare or a house to rent can contact the UniLife or register online as an accommodation provider.

"It is the peak time for students to be searching for accommodation at the moment," Ms Thomas said.

"We get new listings every day for our website and more and more students are registering online to find out about accommodation.

"Some things to remember when considering whether to let to students are that students look for rent that includes most bills, that the premises are furnished and that it is situated close to the campus and city amenities."

Ms Thomas also said that, in many cases, the students may not have rented a property before, so they won't have references. More than 90% of the listings on SCU's UniStays website are from private providers.


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