Frequently asked questions

Why should I live on residence?

Living on residence provides students with the best start to their university experience. Your transition to university life will be significantly enhanced by choosing to live with us. The increased opportunity to get to know peers, development of strong interpersonal relationships, an ability to study effectively and maintain a healthy 'balanced' lifestyle are key features of the residential experience at FedUni.

Benefits of living on Res

Success > Proven transition programs assisting students to 'settle in' to university life
Friends > Develop life-long friendships and a sense of community
Safe > 24/7 access to dedicated residential support
Fun > Planned experiences, activities and instant networks
Easy > No hidden costs with bills included in rent
Convenient > Residences located on, or close to campus

How far are the residences from the University?

Many of FedUni's student residences are located on campus or nearby. All are located within easy access to bus routes, shops and health services. Both Peter Lalor and Bella Guerin are located at Mt Helen Campus. Elsworth Street and Jemacra Place are both located a short five minute drive from Mt Helen Campus and are accessible to major bus routes. Victoria Street and Camp Street are ideally located for SMB and the Arts Academy campuses. In Gippsland all student residences are located on the main campus at Churchill.

How much does it cost?

FedUni Living offers a range of options to suit most budgets. Living in our Halls and Residence can range in price depending on the option you select. Details are available under our Fees and charges web page.  Please contact feduniliving@federation.edu.au for further details.

When should I apply?

It's a good idea to apply as early as possible. Applications for the following academic year typically open on our Open Day (end of August). So visit us on Open Day. Come and apply right on campus while you are here!

* Please note: Visiting our campuses and student residences can be arranged at any time (with prior notice).

Am I guaranteed a place in FedUni Living residences?

First year undergraduate students are guaranteed a place in university-provided accommodation during their first year of study. Please visit the first year guarantee website for full details and eligibility criteria.

Can I select where I would like to live?

Yes.

As part of the application process we will ask you to state your first, second and third preference for accommodation. We will do our best to meet your request, however a selection criteria applies to all students who seek admission to Federation University Australia and FedUni Living.

How will I find out if I have been offered accommodation?

Accommodation offers are emailed directly to applicants. Be sure to keep an eye on your inbox (as well as your junk mail!). This email will outline:

  1. The offer the University is making to you including which residence
  2. How to accept your offer

* Please note: This email will contain important information, so make sure you file it somewhere safe.

How do I accept my accommodation offer?

You will need to accept your offer online through the FedUni Living housing portal using the username and password from your application. Make sure you accept your offer by the date outlined in your offer email.

Can I check-in early?

Early arrival accommodation is available to students who have accepted an accommodation offer for our residences and who may be arriving outside the residency contract dates. You will need to complete the early arrival accommodation request when accepting your accommodation offer.

Is there a transition program?

FedUni Living offers all first year residents the opportunity to participate in the Compass Orientation Program which is specifically designed to set you up for a terrific year living with us at FedUni.

Who will be there to support me in my new home?

All FedUni Living residences are supported by our Residential Support Team (RST). Typically Residential Advisers (RAs) are assigned to a group of new students living on site, who are there to assist with your transition to university life.

RAs are students like you, who contribute to creation of a balanced living and learning community required so that you have the best chance of success whilst at University.

If I live in a catered hall of residence, how many meals does it include?

Peter Lalor students area able to access a two-course evening meal Monday through to Thursday. Flexible meal arrangements are available for all other Ballarat residents.

All Gippsland residences are self-catered, with the campus cafeteria or local shopping centres and food shops providing a variety of options.

What do I need to bring

Please refer to the following document for a list of what is provided, and what residents often bring (pdf, 74kb).

Is there a laundry?

All halls have laundry facilities with washing machines and dryers. Students need to provide their own detergent and baskets.

Is there car parking available at the halls of residence?

Limited car parking is available at all Halls; however some require permits which can be purchased. Ballarat residents, please complete and return the Parking Permit Application.

What is a quiet unit?

Quiet units are just that, quiet. Residents have asked for these as they are focussed on their studies and would like to live alcohol-free. Quiet time is from 9pm through to 9am and alcohol is not allowed within the unit at any time. Quiet units are available on request - please contact FedUni Living for further information.

I am completing the FedReady program. Can I book accommodation?

Yes, you can and its free.

Please visit federation.edu.au/fedready for further information on the FREE FedReady Residential program.

What is the smoke-free policy?

The University recognises the adverse effects of smoking, including passive smoking, and the rights of staff and students to work and study in a safe and healthy environment which is smoke-free.

In line with all Victorian universities Federation University Australia became smoke-free from 1 January 2015.

The University has implemented a smoke-free environment policy, which will phase in the smoke-free process.