Probably the most popular option for backpackers and students alike, if you are staying in one place for some time, is to rent a house or room in a house. This offers you freedom to come and go as you please, cook your own
meals and live as you want to without having to abide by anybody else's rules.
One of the best ways to save money is to rent a house with other friends who are also students or backpackers, which is called a share house. You can then share the bills and cleaning costs with your house-mates and if necessary
put money together to buy furniture.
There are many ways of finding share accommodation, from national newspapers to notice boards in backpackers and international colleges around Australia. You can rent houses, apartments or townhouses and rooms from a real estate
agent or private owners, many of whom advertise in the national newspapers.