The Australian housing crisis is causing a 7.9% increase in rent from 2021 to 2022, according to a report by real estate firm BONARD.
Rent rates for private housing in every state and purpose-built student accommodation, provided by companies including Scape, UniLodge, Iglu and Yugo, are increasing as well.
An international student named Vidushi told SBS that her rent for her purpose-built housing was 165 Australian dollars a week four years ago. It is now around A$300.
Australian housing crisis and its impact on international sutdents
Professor Alan Morris from the Institute for Public Policy and Governance at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) said the housing crisis has “dented” Australia’s reputation among international students.
Speaking to SBS, Morris, who has conducted research into precarious housing for international students, called purpose-built student accommodation as the “McDonald’s of student housing” because “you know what to expect”.
“But it’s very, very expensive.”
In the 12 months to May 2023, the cost of living in Australia rose 5.6%, according to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
A news.com.au analysis found that an international student has around A$13 for his own expenses each week, after paying the median rental price in the capital cities which is around A$500 a week.
Financial strains aside, international students also face a lack of information about their rights in the private rental market.