Burwood Student Living
Living accommodations are far different here in Australia. Most students do not travel far and wide to go to school. In fact, the students are mostly local and live at home. That changes on-campus housing completely. There are only two “dorms” on Deakin. One is for year one students and the other is for international students. If you cannot get in to the international dorm, Ihouse, or figure dorms are a bit lame, securing a house is independent.
Don’t fret, there is Burwood Student Living. A group of ten houses, five for international students and five for other students, that make up Camp Deakin. The majority of the houses are located within walking distance of each other. Each house sleeps 4-7 students from across the world. Each house has cute name like the Classical house or Sunset house. I live in the Retro house. And it is the best.
I chose the Retro house because I wanted to live with as many roomies as possible. I find roommates to be hilarious and it is great way to make life-long friends from all over. In the house we have Niru from Sri Lanka (but raised in France, “Parle vu frances?”), Amanda from Florida, Nicole from Canada, Ashley from Oregon, Aleks from Norway, and Laura from Kansas. In only a few short days we have become a family.
I hate to make the comparison, but we have been aptly named Real World Retro House. Actually, I don’t hate to make the comparison at all, I had to say I hate it so I could feel less guilty about my love for trash reality tv.
I realize choosing to live in a house with a bunch of strangers can be a gamble. High risk, high reward, I know the gig. There will be rich dinners at Sofia’s, where little kids sitting in the near vicinity learn a whole new vocabulary, and there will also be good old-fashioned drama. However, I feel living with this group of people will make my time at Deakin that much more rewarding.