Quietly sitting 475 kilometres north-west of Sydney in the NSW Northern Tablelands, Armidale balances a city-esque vibe amid a country landscape. This seemingly sleepy country town is in fact a buzzing urban centre with an impressive catalogue of galleries, museums, music gigs and theatre performances. There's a bounty of cafés and restaurants, many of which focus on local ingredients, as well as picturesque national parks, majestic waterfalls and plenty of walking trails to get your fill of country air. Suffice to say, its cover has been blown.
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Living in Armidale you will experience the best of both city and rural living. Enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle with access to shopping, gourmet food, top sporting facilities and cultural delights all for a fraction of the price you'd expect to pay in a major city. You can live in the heart of Armidale or experience the tranquility of New England on a rural property.
Share housing and private board is a popular accommodation choice for our off campus students. The expenses and responsibilities such as rent and housekeeping are split among housemates. You'll often have your own bedroom but share common living areas such as the kitchen, lounge room and bathroom. Shared accommodation is a great way to save on costs and make a great group of friends.
Renting is another choice for UNE students living in Armidale. Compared to rental costs in a major city, living in Armidale is relatively inexpensive. There are a great range of properties available throughout the year including units, townhouses, family homes and rural properties. Local real estate agents can assist you in finding rental properties. Generally, students are welcomed renters in Armidale but you have to be quick as rental properties are in high demand.
Accommodation information is available through UNE Life Advocacy & Welfare. They can assist you with finding share housing accommodation and provide advice about renting in Armidale. There are second hand stores and discount retail outlets in Armidale that can help you with furnishing your home.
If you live in town, travelling to the university will take you no time at all. Driving to the university is relatively easy with a number of direct routes you can take. Depending on where you live it can take as little as 5-10 minutes to drive to the university. There are no major traffic congestion issues so you'll have no problems getting to UNE on time.
Edwards Coaches provide routine bus services to the university Monday-Saturday and night rider services on Friday and Saturdays. If you would like to walk or bike to the university, there are designated footpaths and bike paths from the town centre to UNE. It's usually a 20-30 minute commute to UNE and many of the paths wind through the beautiful heritage parklands and bushland reserves.