A variety of accommodation is available to suit your budget and needs, ranging from student villages to rental houses or apartments to youth hostels.

Student Villages

WAIFS students now have access to accommodation at Edith Cowan University (ECU) Village, Mount Lawley Campus and Murdoch University Village. These residential communities  are designed just for students!

WAIFS’ students have access to on-campus accommodation at the Mount Lawley Student Village, which features five-bedroom apartments located adjacent to the university campus. The apartments are modern and fully furnished, with private bedrooms, bathrooms, large kitchens and spacious lounge areas, so students will have plenty of space to hang out with friends. The on-site facilities include a pool, café/convenience store, sound lounge, e-library, study zones and shared laundry. With resident assistants on hand to organise events and activities, you will find plenty to do and lots of ways to meet new people.

For more information and to download an application form, visit

Set on 3 hectares of land, Murdoch University Village provides accommodation for over 800 residents housed in more than 170 self-contained, self-catering apartments. Village South contains the original apartments grouped around landscaped courtyards, while Village North contains three contemporary apartment complexes.

Murdoch University Village offers:
• Fully furnished apartments
• An exciting residential life program
• A range of convenient, on-site facilities
• A fantastic on-campus location
• An independent lifestyle
• 24 hour support
• A community of potential friends

You can arrange accommodation at ECU or Murdoch through WAIFS.

Student Apartments

Similar to Student Villages, these apartments are long-term rentals conveniently located in the City.

Campus Perth is the new wave of student accommodation which opened in January 2019 in Perth City. With emphasis on design, functionality and technology, this intercollegiate campus gives you 4 different room types to choose from: single en-suite Studios, Twodios, Cluster 6 apartments and its signature Campus 4 rooms. There are a range of contract lengths; from under 90 days to 52 weeks to suit all types of students, and rates include all utilities (including WiFi). For more information, please contact WAIFS or visit

Home Stay

Who can use homestay and what is included?
Homestay students can be any age, but if you’re under 18 your booking process will be more detailed. No matter your age, you will need to stay in a homestay for a minimum of 1 month.
Our partner, Australian Homestay Network (AHN), will match you with an appropriate homestay host. You will meet the host and see the house for the first time when you move in.
All homestay arrangements include:

• A furnished private room in a caring environment (with desk, chair and study lamp)
• Access to bathroom and laundry facilities
• Household utilities (electricity, gas, etc)
• Meals are provided based on your chosen meal package
• Homestay host and student support
• AHN 24/7 professional phone support
• AHN insurance.
• Easy online payment system

Applying online is a simple process, and AHN has an easy-to-use online portal to help make your homestay easier to manage. Click here to apply!

Private Rental

If you want to be independent, you can rent a property and share living expenses with other students or friends. Rental properties are advertised on the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA), Real Estate or Domain website, in local newspapers or on our student notice board.

As most properties are unfurnished, you will need to purchase essential furniture, electrical items, bedding and kitchen utensils. You will also need to pay four weeks rent up front (known as a bond) as well as covering costs for connecting the electricity, gas and telephone land line.

If you cannot afford the up front costs of renting a property, you may want to consider renting a room. Students and families often rent furnished spare rooms within their established homes.

Youth Hostels

Privately-owned, single and shared rooms are available, with communal kitchen and bathroom facilities. Search for privately-owned youth hostels in Perth.