Accommodation FAQ

You can book accommodation through the Centre for Rural Health Booking Form

Free accommodation is available in Burnie, Campbell Town, Deloraine, Dover, Flinders Island, George Town, Huonville, King Island, Latrobe, New Norfolk, Nubeena, Oatlands, Perth, Queenstown, Scottsdale, Smithton, St Helens, St Mary’s, Swansea, and Zeehan.

There is no charge for accommodation provided by the Centre for Rural Health. However, not every student can be accommodated as there are limited rooms - so book early!

A certain number of rooms are set aside for each Faculty of Health discipline throughout the state. The rooms are then allocated to students within each discipline on a first-in-best-dressed basis.

The Centre for Rural Health provides students undertaking placements on King and Flinders Island with one return airfare per placement.

When your accommodation booking is confirmed, the Centre for Rural Health will book your airfare and your ticket will be emailed to you.

Someone may be there to meet you when the plane lands. This is normally organised by the health centre that you are placed with.

In most cases the accommodation is located within walking distance of the main health services in each town.

Eligible students will receive a Rural Placement Allowance of up to $60.00 per week.

The Rural Placement Allowance assists students with the cost of undertaking a placement in rural Tasmania.To be eligible, your placement must be outside of Hobart or Launceston.

If you are using the Centre for Rural Health accommodation, you will receive $30 per week of placement.

If you are not using the Centre for Rural Health accommodation, you will receive $60 per week of placement.

Students going on placement to Bruny Island receive an additional $50 per week.

Interstate allied health students receive a single payment of $200 per placement.

You should not be receiving financial support for placement from your School or an external body such as SARRAH.

Medical students whose placement costs are covered by their school and pharmacy students whose placement costs are covered by the Pharmacy Guild (at some locations) aren’t eligible.

SARRAH (Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health) who provide a number of generous placement allowances to allied health students, including social work.

In most cases yes. However, these vary from site to site and full details, including WIFI passwords, are provided in the Information Pack. In some areas, students are able to access the Internet at a University of Tasmania campus as well. The accommodation at Zeehan is the only accommodation that does not have an Internet connection. For students staying at Perth, portable Internet devices are provided.

You will find information on how to access the Internet in the Property Fact Sheets. Non-University of Tasmania students may need a UTAS email account to access services, and should contact the Centre for Rural Health (CRH) before they go on placement.

Feedback from students that have been on placement before would suggest yes due to the high demand for data at the site.

We encourage all students to take their own laptop computer with them when they go on placement. While computers are provided at some properties, taking your own computer means you can use it when and where you like. Details of IT services available at each site are in the Property Fact Sheets.

Each property has a television and music player.

IT support is available by calling 1800 244 000. Please indicate where you’re staying, a contact phone number, and whether your problem relates to a password.

Some sites have an untreated tank water supply. At these sites, you are strongly advised to boil tap water for three minutes before drinking.

Mobile phone services are limited in some areas. Please contact your service provider for details of coverage before you go.

Most often yes. Most properties consist of individual bedrooms with shared kitchen, living room, laundry and bathroom facilities. The exception is the accommodation at Latrobe where self-contained units are available. Sometimes however, students may be required to share a room.

You may be sharing the accommodation with other students and with staff from the local health facility. On request, details can be provided.

We allocate the units at Latrobe on a first-in-best-dressed basis. Students staying at Burnie decide amongst themselves who gets which room.

We will provide you with a key(s) to the facility for use during your stay. These are to be returned to the Property Manager (or nominee) when you leave.

You should contact the Property Manager, but generally it's ok. Their contact details are provided to you in the Property Fact Sheet before you go on placement.

Each site has cooking equipment such as pots and pans, electric jug and toaster; cutlery, crockery, cooking utensils, storage containers and a microwave oven. There is also a washing machine, iron and ironing board. While pillows are provided, you may need to provide your own bed linen (including doonas) and towels. This information is included in the Property Fact Sheet.


This varies from site to site. This information is included in the Property Fact Sheet.

We recommend that you take towels and at some properties you will need to take bed linen and doonas. You will find information regarding towels and linen in the Property Fact Sheet. We strongly recommend that you take a laptop. If your property does have a computer, take a USB drive with you, so that don't save work to the property computer. For anything that relates to your study requirements, talk to your Placement Coordinator.

Yes please. When you book your accommodation you will agree to a number of terms and conditions, including cleaning and rubbish disposal. If excessive cleaning is required after you leave you will be invoiced an $80 cleaning fee. Cleaning equipment and supplies are provided.

Rubbish collection days vary from town to town. Please ask the Property Manager when rubbish is collected and ensure bins are left out when necessary. If there is no rubbish collection day, ask the Property Manager how to dispose of your rubbish.

Cooking facilities are available at all accommodation sites, and you will need to supply your food. It is a good idea to place your food in marked containers. If you have special dietary requirements, you may need to bring these items with you as they may not be available in more remote communities. You should also be aware that if you arrive on a Sunday, shops may not be open. Please note that ‘food' includes tea, coffee, and other staple ingredients.

You may be able to arrange meals through the local hospital/health centre kitchen if you’re doing a placement there. The Property Manager (or nominee) will be able to advise you.

There are Laundry facilities but you may need to take bed linen and towels - see your individual Property Fact Sheet provided to you after your booking is confirmed.

This relates to you study requirements, so talk to your Placement Coordinator.

Students are given priority but the accommodation may also be used by staff associated with the local health facility, and staff from the University of Tasmania Faculty of Health.

This depends on whether you are in a share house, who manages the house (Centre for Rural Health or Department of Health and Human Services) and how many other students are there. Sometimes it’s not appropriate so you will need to ask permission beforehand. Contact the Centre for Rural Health.

Sorry, no.

The rural health club for the University of Tasmania, RUSTICA, does offer events for students. Find out more: RUSTICA Events. Visit the RUSTICA website to join and keep up to date.

The rural health club for the University of Tasmania, RUSTICA, does offer events for students. Find out more: RUSTICA Events. Visit their website to join and keep up to date.

RUSTICA is the National Rural Health Student Network (NRHSN) rural health club for the University of Tasmania. They offer networking opportunities, scholarships, clinical skills days and more. You can join as a member to keep up to date on the latest news and events.

If there is a problem with the accommodation, with the computers, or with other people staying at the accommodation, advise the Centre for Rural Health straight away during working hours. Phone: 1800 244 000.

Public liability insurance covers the legal liability to third parties for personal injury and/or property damage as a result of an occurrence during the period of insurance. Indemnity is provided to the University employees and students (while engaged on a registered Work Experience Program relevant to the student's course of study). John Flynn Scholarship and interstate students are not covered by the University of Tasmania's Insurance Program while on placement at the property and should contact the University or agency responsible for the placement to find out about public indemnity and personal accident insurance cover.

To find out more information on insurance and how to make a claim, please contact Student Association (03) 6324 3655 or Tasmanian University Union (03) 6226 2854.

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