Commonly asked questions

Why should I live on residence?

Federation University research shows students who live in residences are more likely to be successful in their studies and transition to university life. #SuccessLivesHere

The benefits of staying within Federation University Australia Halls and Residences include:

  • Success |  FedUni research shows students who live with us are more likely to succeed
  • Friendship |  Develop instant networks and lifelong friendships with a sense of community
  • Opportunity |  Amazing opportunities, planned experiences, activities and so much fun
  • Support |  24/7 support so you can enjoy a balanced living and learning community
  • Convenience | For peace of mind and convenience residences are located on, or close to campus

How far are the residences from the University?

Many of Fedliving's student residences are located on campus or nearby. All are located within easy access to bus routes, shops and health services.

Peter Lalor and Bella Guerin are located on-campus at Mt Helen, a short walk to classes, the UniSports pool and gym and other campus facilities.

Victoria Street and Camp Street are ideally located for SMB and the Arts Academy campuses.

In Gippsland and Berwick all student residences are located on-campus, within a few minutes walk of your classes and other campus facilities.

How much does it cost?

The fees and charges across our residences are outlined on our website, and will vary depending on your chosen living option. The weekly rental costs are inclusive of all bills, utilities and internet costs. Find out more

When should I apply?

It's a good idea to apply as early as possible. Applications for 2021 are now open! Register and apply today via the Fedliving Portal. Stay tuned to our website and social media channels for updates.

Am I guaranteed a place in Fedliving 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! Of course. When you submit your application, you will have the option to submit preferences. We will assess your application and offer your highest preference that has availability.

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 Fedliving Portal using the username and password from your application. Make sure you accept your offer by the date outlined in your offer email to confirm your place.

What is Campus Cash?

Campus Cash allows Fedliving Ballarat residents to use their swipey to store credit and purchase food and retail items on-campus at the Hub, Ruby’s and Fedstore. Find out more.

What happens with payments?

When you receive your offer of accommodation, you will be advised of payment dates and amounts. You will also receive a monthly invoice via email, which can be paid via the Fedliving Portal, BPay or Post Billpay. You can check your financials at any stage through the Fedliving Portal.

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?

All first year residents are invited to participate in Compass Orientation. Compass is designed to help you transition into residential and university life. The program involves a range of events and activities and most importantly will give you a chance to meet all the other first-year residents and your Residential Advisor.

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

Fedliving residences are supported by our dedicated Residential Support Team (RST).

Residential Advisors or 'RA’s’ are students who are there to assist you in maintaining the balanced living, learning and lifestyle required to succeed at University. RAs play an essential role in your transition between home and your new life within the University residences.

What happens if they have trouble settling in? is there anyone to help them?

Students living in residence have a range of support services available to them, including their residential advisor.  Residential Advisors or 'RA’s’ are students who are there to assist you in maintaining the balanced living, learning and lifestyle required to succeed at University. RAs play an essential role in your transition between home and your new life within the University residences. The university also has a wide range of support services available to students, and your residential advisor will be able to assist in locating accessing these services as required.

What is provided in the rooms/units? Can I bring a small fridge?

A list of what is provided and what students need to bring is available on our website. Students can opt to bring a small bar fridge to have in their room if they wish, please bring a small square of carpet to place underneath the fridge. Find out more (pdf)

Is there a laundry?

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

Laundry facilities can be found either in units, or in a large communal laundry space.

Is there car parking available at the halls of residence?

Mt Helen (Peter Lalor and Bella Guerin) and Camp Street residents, please note, parking permits are required to park in the zone 4 residential car parks. Follow the links to the Fedliving Portal to purchase your parking permit. Following payment, permits are available for collection from the Fedliving office.

Whilst the Federation University Australia will take care to assist with the safety of vehicles and their contents, no responsibility will be borne by the University should theft or damage occur. If there is an incident such as a theft or an accident, please forward details to the Fedliving team as well as appropriate authorities.

What is a quiet unit?

Quiet units are just that, quiet. Quiet time is from 9pm through to 9am and alcohol is not allowed within the unit at any time. Quiet units may be available upon on request - please contact Fedliving for further information.

Can I live with my friend? Who else is in the units?

Within each unit there will be a diverse range of students, including different courses, backgrounds and interests. It is recommended for students to be allocated a different unit to their friends so they have opportunities to meet new people, and as an added bonus, they can also then meet all the people in their friends unit!