Now you have done your homework & have an idea of what you can afford, the rent you can afford & all the documents you need – where do you look?
Good question! Here are a few places you can try:
Here are a few suggested online sites you can check out:
Flat Mate Finder
Real Estate View
Check out local community groups on Facebook and Facebook Marketplace. Lots of people now list their spare rooms/share accommodation on Facebook Marketplace. Some options are:
- Fairy Floss Real Estate
- Rent Melbourne- Helps You Find A Flatmate
- Melbourne rooms for rent/share housing
LGBTQI+ Shared House
There are plenty of Facebook groups specifically for LGBTQI+ people looking for share housing. Some websites for finding flatmates have the option to add filters for LGBTQI+ housing. You could also try reaching out to Q Life, which provides country-wide anonymous LGBTQI+ peer support and referral and can help point people in the right direction for finding housing through its partner organisations.
For some other useful tips check out this article: Tips for looking for roommates as an LGBTQI+ person
Local newspapers & noticeboards in community centres, public libraries, supermarkets, Tafe & Uni’s
Why don’t you try student accommodation? Look at your school’s website for listings eg: Victoria University https://vu.studystays.com.au/
If you are looking for somewhere temporary until you find a more permanent place how about checking out properties advertised on Airbnb.
Emergency & Crisis Accommodation
If you are experiencing homelessness and need assistance with crisis accommodation you need to contact a centralised intake service called an “Access Point”.
The statewide 24 hour phone number for the Access Points is:
Ph: 1800 825 955
Go to our “Get Help” section on this website for more information.
For more information on support options for young people go here: Youth Central – How to Get Help if you are Homeless