A step-by-step guide to living on campus

So you’ve found the perfect course, your application has been accepted, and you’re thinking of living on-campus (great idea, but don’t leave it too late to apply).

In this article, we take you through the application process for finding accommodation at the University of Tasmania, TAFE, as well as interstate universities, TAFEs and colleges.

Each one is slightly different, and just about everything is done online. It can be a little fiddly, so if you’re unsure about anything, each campus employs a team of staff who’ll take you through it.

TIP: apply for student accommodation at the same time that you apply for your course.

students walking out side accommodation building

Applying for University of Tasmania Accommodation

The University of Tasmania provides accommodation for students. To apply, simply follow the steps below:

  • Go to the accommodation page
  • Select the ‘Start Your Application’ tab
  • Register for an account.
  • Follow the steps on the online form:
    • Use the same online form to apply for all University of Tasmania accommodation options
    • Choose up to three accommodation preferences, listing them in order of preference
    • After you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation email
    • The University of Tasmania processes applications for accommodation in November

Don’t assume you’ll have accommodation the following year

It doesn’t matter if you were successful with finding accommodation on-campus. You’ll still need to reapply each year for accommodation at the University of Tasmania.

Jane Franklin Hall

To apply for accommodation at Jane Franklin Hall you’ll need to:

When you receive your email offer for accommodation:

  • accept your offer to confirm your accommodation at Jane Franklin Hall.
    • pay the $50 Acceptance fee

Jane Franklin Hall also offers several scholarships. For information about these, follow the links on the Jane Franklin Hall scholarships page. For most scholarships you need to download and complete the separate application form. This form asks applicants for:

  • prsonal details (but don’t worry, nothing too personal)
  • some family financial information
  • short answers to 3-4 questions. This is where you explain in 200-400 words for each question:
    • How a scholarship can support you and your family financially
    • How you can contribute to the Jane community
    • Why you should be selected to receive a scholarship

Need financial support

If you need to move away from home for study, you may be eligible for financial support of up to $5,000. Find out more on the University of Tasmania Support to Study page.

For information about other University of Tasmania Scholarships, check out our article on researching scholarships and bursaries.

Applying for TasTAFE residences at Alanvale or Clarence

TasTAFE also offers residential accommodation for students.  You can make enquiries about residential accommodation at TasTAFE at any time. Just remember though, TasTAFE cannot accept your application until 8 weeks or less before you start your studies at TasTAFE

To apply for a TasTAFE residence, follow the steps below:

Having trouble downloading the forms? Then call the residence and arrange for the forms to be posted to you.

  • Alanvale residence:  6777 2687
  • Clarence residence:  6165 6591
Accommodation at TasTAFE is in high demand

There’s a lot of students moving in and out of TASTAFE at any one time. That’s why you’ll need to re-apply for your TasTAFE accommodation every 4 weeks.

student talking with staff member at TasTAFE

Applying for student accommodation at interstate universities, TAFEs and colleges

Every interstate university, TAFE and College has their own way of doing things with student accommodation (so please do your homework).

As a guideline, try to follow these steps:

  • search the university, TAFE or college website for Student Accommodation
  • locate information on how to apply for accommodation
  • typically, you’ll create an account and register online
  • fill out the online application form (you may need to download this).

For some universities, TAFEs and colleges, you may also need to:

  • pay an application fee
  • state your accommodation preferences
  • provide written statements. These may be relate to why you want to live on residence, , or how you can contribute to the community
  • provide evidence of your school results
  • provide referee reports
  • other requirements specific to the institution.

Building friendships and networks

Leaving home to study can be very daunting, but you’re not alone. Everyone will be nervous, excited and ready to mingle at the start of the year (or mid-year). By living in student accommodation, you can take advantage of the friendly atmosphere and make some close bonds. Dorms are usually a mix of local, interstate and international students, so that’s an added bonus if you want to make friends from all over the world. How exciting is that!

Key takeaway

Do some research about the workplace and the industry you are interested in. Potential employers will be looking for applicants who are genuinely interested in their business and what they do

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