Your University of Sydney Housing: Urbanest

Here are some general rules, tips, and expectations to help you become accustomed to your new home!


 You will be living in Urbanest Sydney Central Student Accommodation. You will have a shared standard room in an 8 person apartment (4 bedrooms, 2 people per bedroom). Each room is supplied with a king single bed, wardrobe, study desk and chair, study lamp and storage for personal items. You will be supplied with a linen package, but you will be responsible for your own bath and beach towel. 
This accommodation is a 15-20 minute walk to the University of Sydney campus.
Meal Plan: 
This accommodation is a self catered option. 
Service and Facilities
  • 24/7 onsite team 
  • Safe and secure security systems; swipe card access and CCTV
  • Fully equipped gym
  • Coin operated laundry 
  • Large outdoor courtyard with BBQ,large community kitchen, tables and benches
  • Big screen TV and games room
Housing Rules and Regulations for 2018
Cleanliness and Hygiene :
You have the responsibility to maintain a clean and safe living environment which does not infringe on the rights and privileges of other Residents – ensuring all communal areas (kitchens, lounge areas) remain clean and tidy.

Utilities and use:

  • Utilities are included.
  • There are water restrictions throughout Australia, and short showers are expected. 
  • Heating and air conditioning are generally used sparingly. So in the warm months do not expect it to be freezing indoors and in the colder months students are expected to dress for weather.
  • Always turn off the lights when you leave the apartment and when you are not in the room.


  • You should lock the dorm door at all times. Also, when leaving, make sure the windows are closed and locked. Neither the study abroad company nor Urbanest will be responsible for any stolen items.
  • If the keys are left inside the apartment/bedroom and the locksmith has to open the door for you, you will have to pay for this service.
  • It is strictly forbidden to throw any object or substance from windows, balconies, terraces or roofs. This includes keys, water, or anything else big or small, liquid or solid.

Guests, Drug & Alcohol Policies:

  • The University is a drug-free institution and the use, possession, dealing of or being under the influence of illicit or non-prescribed drugs (includes any substances or synthetic mimics of a drug that have, or are intended to have, intoxicating and/or psychotropic effects) on campus is strictly prohibited.
  • Urbanest is a smoke free environment.. You are not permitted to smoke inside your room, on the residential premises or any area of the University, other than the designated locations. Smoking of substances other than cigarettes (includes any substances or synthetic mimics of a drug that have, or are intended to have, intoxicating and/or psychotropic effects) is also prohibited on the residential precinct and sanctions may apply.
  • While alcohol is allowed in the residences, you are to engage in and ensure the safe and responsible consumption the alcohol while on residential premises.

Financial Liability:

  • You will have to pay for any damage done to the accommodation (doors, walls, floors, furniture, kitchen supplies, washing machine, etc.).
  • If extra time is needed to clean the residence, or if items are damaged or missing, you will be charged and those charges will be deducted from your housing deposit. Housing deposits will be returned 8-12 weeks after the program has ended.

Helpful tips for living with other people:

  • Respect your floor mates and the other people who live in the building.
  • Remember that you are on a college campus and not in your own home. Respect the property and get out of the “college campus” mentality.
  • Talk to your roommates if they do something that bothers you. Talking it through is the easiest way to solve a small problem before it gets bigger.
  • Talk to the residential staff if a problem arises and you cannot work it out with your floormates.

Warning process:

  • If any of the above rules are broken, you will first receive a verbal warning. The second warning is written and will also be sent to your home school.
  • The third infraction of any of the above rules will result in you being evicted from your residence. You will need to find a new place to live at your own expense. For a major breach of the above rules, such as taking or storing drugs, could result in eviction without prior warning. CISabroad and the housing providers maintain the right to skip any of the warnings if the situation warrants. 
  • Please read through all of our behavior policies noted in the CISabroad Policy Handbook, linked inside of the attachment to your acceptance email.