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With hotels, motels, serviced apartments and short-term private rental homes – you’ve got plenty of options for temporary accommodation in Melbourne to choose from.

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Short-stay apartments
Short-stay apartments are fully furnished and ready to live in. Most include regular cleaning and some have access to hotel services such as room service. Average prices range from $120 to $300 per night with the rate usually decreasing for longer stays. Most short-stay serviced apartments are located in Melbourne’s inner and bayside suburbs.
Private houses and apartments An increasing number of private landlords in Melbourne and regional Victoria now offer their homes for short-term stays. Prices vary widely. Private houses and apartments are usually fully furnished and ready to live in, but services such as cleaning and access to room service are not available.
Hotels and motels Hotels and motels offer good, temporary, short-term accommodation options. Prices vary widely. Hotels and motels are available across Melbourne and all major regional centres. 
Caravan parks Caravan parks are a good option for those moving to regional centres. Many offer on-site caravans or holiday-style cabins. Caravan parks tend to be very affordable with pricing often below $100 per night.

Tips for short stay and temporary accommodation

Busy periods in the year

It’s always a good idea to book your accommodation in advance, especially if you are arriving during holidays or major international events.

See the links below for information about key dates in Victoria:

Store your belongings

If you need to store items being shipped to Melbourne, there is a range of self-storage options. Visit the My Storage Finder website to locate self-storage options near your new home.

Check where you’ll be staying

Check the location of your accommodation and consider how close you’ll be staying to:

  • public transport and major roads
  • your workplace (or areas where you might find work)
  • services, amenities and shopping.

Useful websites

The following websites provide more useful information for making the move to Melbourne.

Please note: The information, services and views expressed that may appear on any linked websites are not necessarily endorsed by the Skilled and Business Migration Program and the Victorian Government. It is recommended that you make your own enquiries as to the appropriateness and suitability of the information on this site for your particular circumstances.