La Trobe University - North and South Apartments Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions about living at La Trobe University - North and South Apartments? Find out everything you need to know about our student accommodation by checking out our most frequently asked questions. Whether you’re unsure about moving logistics, living costs, leases, or another aspect about of living in UniLodge student apartments, these questions include all the essential information you’ll need before moving in. If you have a question that you don't see answered, feel free to contact us directly.

When should I apply?

We recommend that you apply for accommodation at your preferred campus as soon as possible. Applications are made online, and are all open from our Melbourne Campus Open Day


Can I see the accommodation before I apply?

We encourage you to attend an Open Day or Experience La Trobe event, as it is a great opportunity to view the residential colleges as well as explore the university campus. If you would like to arrange an inspection, please get in touch with our team to arrange this between 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday.


Do I need to be a full-time student to apply?

No, you just have to be enrolled at a tertiary institute in at least a part time capacity.

Do I need to be a La Trobe University student?

Priority is given to La Trobe University students. If there are vacancies after first round offers, we are able to consider RMIT Bundoora students and students studying in the CBD (please keep in mind we are a 45 minute tram ride from the city).

What if I have not received a first-round university offer to study at La Trobe?

If you hope to receive a study placement in second or third round offers, we can offer anyone who studies at a tertiary institute accommodation – please contact our team to let us know you are still interested in living at La Trobe and keep us informed if you do receive a study offer for that semester in a subsequent round.

Can I apply for only one semester?

Offers for residential places are typically made on the understanding you will stay for a full academic year (from the 23rd of January to the 11th of December 2021).

We do make exceptions for students completing their studies after one semester, such as International Exchange students.

What is the rent schedule?

Rent is charged monthly – you will receive a charge on the first business day of each month, with payment due by 5pm on the fifth business day. If you would prefer to pay for a whole semester, or a year in advance, please visit the Accommodation Services office to discuss.

Can I pay by bank transfer?

Yes, we accept payment by bank transfer. Once you have been accepted to stay in La Trobe Accommodation, you will receive information with your offer, including further details on how to pay your fees.

Can I stay over the holiday period?

During the academic year, if you are contracted for the full time, you are able to stay in your residence throughout the mid-year break. You will continue to pay rent for this period, regardless of whether you remain there or not, as rent is calculated based on a 46 weeks contract.

If you are a current resident and would like to remain over the Christmas holiday break (after the academic year has concluded), you can complete a summer residency application form. The Accommodation Services team will communicate further information to students about this process in the lead-up to the summer break.

What do I need to bring with me?

When you arrive, your room will be already furnished with a bed, mattress, desk and chair. You will need to provide your own linen. Beds are all king single beds*. You can customise your room with posters, pictures and decorations. If you would like a small bar fridge in your room, you are welcome to bring this also.

Essential items to bring with you are bed linen (sheets, pillow, doona, blankets), towels, washing powder, laundry basket, clothes hangers, tea-towels, personal toiletries and clothing.

If you are living in a self-catered residence, please note you will need to supply your own pots, pans, crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils to use in the shared kitchen. In the kitchen area, you will also receive a shelf or cupboard which you can use to store these.

Due to fire safety regulations, kettles, toasters and hot-plates are not permitted in bedrooms: these are only be used in the designated kitchen areas.

Will I have Wi-Fi in my room?

Yes, Wi-Fi is available across all our accommodation residences.

Are there any bicycle bays available?

There is a bicycle storage cage located in the South Apartments complex.

Is there car parking available?

There is no designated parking for North and South Apartments residents, however you can purchase a permit or pay casually. The closest parking facilities are located in Car Park 6, opposite the accommodation complex.

What are the costs associated with an early termination of the agreement?

The cost of terminating the agreement early is the continued payment of the residence fees until a replacement takes over or on the initial end date of the agreement.

Further Resident Information

The Resident Handbook is designed to help you to get to know the building and familiarise yourself with your rights and responsibilities as a resident. We hope that this Handbook will prove useful to you in answering any questions you have, and in assisting you with the most common concerns that you may have.