Live two minutes from class!

Get social by living at our Hawthorn campus. At Swinburne, you can stay in college rooms, studio apartments or shared apartments. 

College rooms 

Living on campus in the college rooms can be a life-changing experience.
With unparalleled access to your classes, campus and local amenities, it's a comfortable and rewarding accommodation choice.  


These  are dormitory-style rooms, with common dining and social areas and a vibrant residential lifestyle. 

Resident Advisers are on hand to facilitate an inclusive and fun residential experience, and to assist with any issues around living on campus. 

All college rooms have basic furniture, including a bed, chair and desk. Laundry and bathroom facilities are all communal. 

Contact the administration office for more information.


The weekly rate is in Australian dollars and includes rent and all bills and daily continental breakfast (weekends and public holidays included). 

A$325 per week.

Shared apartments

Apartments on campus accommodating two to four people offer greater independence and are perfect for students wanting more privacy than college rooms. Sharing an apartment is a great way to build friendships that last a lifetime while you study at Swinburne.


In shared apartments, all residents have their own private room. You can choose to live in a standard room, or a larger and slightly more costly ‘deluxe’ room. All bedrooms in the shared apartments have basic furniture included such as a bed, desk and chair. All shared apartments include:

  • a lounge room with a TV and couches
  • a kitchen with basic cooking equipment (kettle, toaster)
  • one or two bathrooms.

All costs are in Australian dollars per week and include all bills. 

Two-bedroom apartment:

  • Standard: A$290
  • Deluxe: A$305

Three-bedroom apartment:

  • Standard: A$276
  • Deluxe: A$290

Four-bedroom apartment:

  • Standard: A$268
  • Deluxe: A$272

Studio apartments 

Studio apartments on campus offer the ultimate in privacy and independent living. If you prefer to live alone, a studio apartment may be the most suitable housing arrangement while you are at Swinburne.


All studios include basic furniture such as a bed, chair and a desk. They also include your own bathroom and kitchen complete with simple cooking equipment such as a toaster and kettle.
Laundry facilities are on the same floor in a communal area and there's also a common room for students living in on-campus apartments.


All costs are in Australian dollars per week and include all bills.  

  • Standard: A$344
  • Deluxe: A$384

We also offer studio apartments through UniLodge Vivida at 367 Burwood Rd, which are a similarly sized and equipped. They range from A$314 - $A384 per week.

Explore the benefits of living on campus

For many students, their first experience of living away from home is through our on-campus accommodation. Living on campus is a great way to grow your independence and meet new people — all within a safe and supportive environment.

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    At Swinburne, we host fun activities throughout the year, at all our campuses.

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    Located in the heart of Hawthorn, our main campus location 10 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD offers the perfect mix of  state-of-the-art learning facilities and unforgettable  student experiences.

Living on campus at Swinburne
Accommodation support team

At Swinburne, we have a dedicated accommodation support team that are available during working hours, and duty resident advisers after-hours, who can help with any problems you may experience on campus.  
If you have a problem, or just want to talk to someone, chat with our friendly on-campus resident advisers (they can even help you organise events and activities).

Contact the Student Residences team

Support available to student residents

When you live on campus, you're not just getting a place to live while you study: you're joining a community. Living on campus also gives you access to our on-campus support and health services. This includes 24-hour security, assistance from our support staff and professional medical and counselling services. 

We offer comprehensive professional health and medical services to support the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of the Swinburne community. This includes nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, psychologists, counsellors and social workers. We also offer discounts to local sporting facilities so you keep active and make new friends.

Our resident advisers, who are senior residents on campus, are here to support your transition into life on campus. When you move in, you'll be introduced to the resident adviser in your building or on your floor. If you're homesick, have questions about the residences, or just need someone to talk to, your nearest resident adviser is there to help.

Resident advisers are on call between 5.00pm and 9.00am on weekdays and around the clock on public holidays and weekends. They can help you:

  • check in between 5.00pm and 12.00am
  • get access to your room or apartment if you've locked yourself out
  • deal with noise disturbances in the residences.
Our admin support staff can help you with:
  • general enquiries
  • checking in to the residences
  • scheduling appointments to meet with staff
  • access to your room or apartment during office hours or if you have lost your key card, etc.

Note: admin staff are located in the Swinburne Student Residences administration office, 24 Wakefield St, Hawthorn. Office hours are Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm. The office is closed on public holidays and the Christmas and New Year period.

So, you want to live on campus

To pay your fees, log into the accommodation portal. You can pay by BPAY or Credit Card. 

You can also pay in person at the Residences reception if for some reason you can't pay online. Please note, we can't accept cash payments.

Pay your fees on the Swinburne residences portal 

Check out the schedule of fees for this year for more information about what you need to pay. 

Swinburne Student Residences Schedule of Fees 2021 [PDF 112KB]

The residential handbook is a fantastic resource for students in residence. It covers important information about support contacts and what to expect in student residences. 
The residences code of conduct outlines what's expected of you in residence. You'll need to read the code of conduct before you sign your licence agreement. 
In the student residences, a licence agreement is like a contract. All students will also need to sign and submit the licence agreement acknowledgement form when they move in.

Are you under 18?

The Residences is an adult environment and as such, there should be some level of parental involvement and approval for applicants who are under 18 years old.
In some circumstances, these applicants and their parent/s may be asked to participate in an interview with a residential staff member as part of the application process. 

Looking to rent off campus?

Renting a place by yourself, or with other students, can be an important learning experience and a lot of fun.
If you’re looking to rent off campus, click here to view a range of resources that are designed to help you find the perfect accommodation. 

Check your eligibility and apply for on-campus accommodation

Applying for on-campus accommodation is easy. All applications are made online via the Swinburne residences portal.
To check your eligibility and to find out how to apply for on-campus accommodation, click below. 

Apply now