Living on campus at CSU – the ultimate guide

Your complete guide to living on campus

Are you considering living on campus? Maybe you’re a bit worried about the transition to living away from home, or how much it’s going to cost.

Don’t worry! We’re here to break it down for you guys.

Living on campus at Charles Sturt University (CSU) means you’ll have everything you need at your fingertips – and be fully supported as you take your first steps into the big wide world.

Plenty of students say one of the best parts of their CSU experience was living ‘on res’ (short for ‘on residence’). Take Katherine Rogers, for example. Katherine graduated from the Bachelor of Pharmacy and lived on campus in Wagga Wagga.

Katherine Rogers B Pharmacy

“I lived in a close-knit residence – it was really like a small family. It provided me with the facilities, friendship, support and routine I needed to make the huge change of moving from the only town I knew.”

Living on campus puts you at the heart of student life – so you can make the most of your study, social and leisure time. And compared to a big city, living in a regional city is much cheaper – meaning more $$$ in your pockets.

On top of all that, all first-year students who apply for accommodation are guaranteed a spot at CSU. Unlike some metro universities, we offer all first-year students the chance to start their journey without worrying if they will get an on-campus accommodation spot.

Ready to dip your toes into the ‘real world’? Let’s dive in – and get you set to move in!

CSU accommodation options

From the beach to the bush, we’ve got you covered. Depending on your lifestyle and budget – CSU has the prefect home away from home for you.

Albury-Wodonga – Albury-Wodonga is a vibrant regional centre on the border of New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria. It’s home to a great range of shops, theatres, cafés and restaurants, and just a stone’s throw from snowfields and wine regions, which are excellent day trips when you need a break from study.

Enjoy communal living in an eco-friendly setting in Albury, with rooms starting at $175.00 per week.

Bathurst – A rich heritage of bushrangers and gold rush days, combined with the excitement of the V8 Supercars and local sporting competitions, make Bathurst an awesome place to live and study. There are also plenty of cafés, bars and restaurants to catch up with friends, as well as a busy shopping scene.

In Bathurst, you’ll find options to suit every lifestyle and budget, with rooms starting at $160.00 per week.*

Dubbo – Dubbo is the industrial and commercial heart of NSW’s Central West. Perhaps best known for its famous Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo also offers superb scenery, great wineries and heritage villages, as well as a vast array of recreational and sporting facilities.

You’ll find homely cottage-style accommodation, with rooms starting at $175.00 per week.

Orange – Set in the foothills of Mount Canobolas, Orange has a relaxed country atmosphere combined with boutique shops, sporting facilities and quality educational and health services.

Choose from modern and traditional accommodation options, with rooms starting at $150.00 per week.

Port Macquarie – Port Macquarie is a growing coastal hub in a picturesque setting. There’s plenty for people of all ages to do, whether a high-speed boat or a scenic river cruise is your scene. There are beaches, rainforests and wildlife, as well as a huge range of festivals and cultural events, shopping and cafés.

Enjoy contemporary living in brand-new dorms, with rooms starting at $230.00 per week.

Wagga Wagga – Situated on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, Wagga Wagga – known simply as Wagga to locals – has a proud sporting history, a thriving cultural calendar including theatre, music, art and markets, and a vibrant restaurant and café scene.

Take your pick of cottages, villages and halls of residence, with rooms starting at $129.00 per week.*

* You’ll need to add a minimum meal plan if you live on campus in Wagga Wagga or Bathurst.

What’s included in my room?

Our accommodation options are all-inclusive, which means everything is covered in your fees, such as:

  • utilities
  • security
  • maintenance
  • internet access and wi-fi
  • fully furnished bedrooms, living areas and common spaces
  • Residential Support Scheme
  • parking
  • dedicated study spaces
  • cleaning
  • washing machines and dryers.

On-campus catering options

Cooking not your forte? Let CSU take the stress out of cooking, with food outlets and meal plans available on most campuses.

Depending on the accommodation type you choose, a meal plan may be included in your fees. Your meal plan will give you a number of ‘meal credits’ and/or ‘flexi points’ to use at your campus dining outlet.

Here’s a couple of pro tips.

  • Meal packages range from $867.60 to $5400 and are incorporated into your total accommodation fee.
  • Did you know you can upgrade your meal plan from the one that may be included in your accommodation package? You’ll have the option to do this when you accept your accommodation offer.
  • If you exhaust your meal plan, don’t worry! You can load cash onto your CSU card to get you through the week. Your Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) also gives you a 10 per cent discount on all transactions.

How to apply for accommodation at CSU

Received your offer to study with CSU? Well, you’re good to go!

  1. Make sure you’ve accepted your offer.
  2. Pick a residence that suits your needs and budget.
  3. Get up to speed with the different types of accommodation packages and fees.
  4. Explore the meal packages on offer and select one that suits your needs and budget.
  5. Read over the Residential Agreement and Code of Conduct.
  6. Apply online via the Accommodation portal.

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