Housing Options

Not sure what housing options are available to you? When it comes to housing, there are several options to choose from depending on your budget, lifestyle, and preferences. Here are some popular housing options you may consider:


To understand your housing options.

Let's start with why it's important:

  • knowing your housing options can help you make an informed decision on where to live based on your needs, budget, and preferences.
  • knowing your housing options can help you manage your finances better. Rental payments are typically the biggest expense in a household budget, so it's important to choose a housing option that fits your budget.

What to do next

Write a list

Go through each housing option above and compare each one to your current needs. Which one will suit you the best?

Create a rental pack:

Go to our Rental Resources page to create your own rental pack. It will help you with the following:

Rental calculator:

Work out how much you can afford to pay each week based on your income.

Rental checklist:

Think about what you needs are to work out what type of accommodation will suit you best.

Application cover letter:

Write a cover letter to go with your rental applications. It adds a personal touch and provides information that is relevant to your application.

Reference letters:

A rental reference letter provides information from your previous landlord, real estate agent or people you have lived with about what you were like as a tenant. No rental history? You can ask you teacher, employer or friends to write a letter. Just use the templates on our reference letter page.

Rental Pack Checklist:

Make sure you have all the document you need for your rental application but using this checklist.

Still a bit unsure which is the right option for you or just need some more information? Complete this referral form and a  case manager will get in touch!

More Information & Services

If you find yourself experiencing homeless, at risk of homelessness or escaping family violence, call 1800 825 955 - 24 hour, statewide, toll free number to link in with your local access point.

Student accommodation

A housing database to help you find available student accommodation options.

Rent Assistance

If you are on Centrelink benefits you may be eligible for rent assistance.

Bond Loan

You may be eligible to receive a bond loan through Housing Vic. Find all the information you need to know on this website.

Private Rental Resource

For information on private rental, creating a rental pack, where to find rentals & how to present at inspection's.

Social Housing

Provides information on social housing, what it is, how to apply, eligibility criteria etc

Private Rental Access Program

A program that supports low-income households to secure and maintain private rental housing. Limited brokerage assistance is available for rent to establish tenancies, rent arrears and, in some cases, bond.

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