When it comes to looking for rental places, especially in suburbs around university, the sooner, the better. Meaning, in the couple of weeks leading up to the start of term there is a mad rush to get houses close to university. It’s a good idea to get into a place early, so you can organise your home and your life, get to know the area and let things settle before the onslaught on university begins. However, if you are willing to commute, stay with family or friends or have other options it might be worth waiting till things quieten down a bit – and start looking a couple of weeks after uni has started.

The best way to start is to let your fingers do the walking at Here you can find heaps of resources including rental search, iPhone apps, suburb profiles as well as the First home buyers guide for later on down the track. has weekly competitions on their Facebook page. Check it out and you might just pick up some awesome goodies!

Email Home Alert Function

Let do all the hard work for you. If you are looking for a place to rent, or will be in the future, keep your finger on the pulse by using the free Email Home Alert function. In two simple steps - create a log in and enter your must-haves and budget - the options will roll right on in to your inbox.

Sharing is Caring

Can’t be bothered setting up your own home? There are options out there like share housing with randoms. Sometimes these randoms turn out to become great mates, or at the very least, excellent muffin bakers! It is a great way to meet people, and often you can just turn up into an already established and furnished house and simply sort your room out! Those clever ducks at have got this covered too.