Subsidised placement accommodation

Students who have confirmed placements commencing in 2022 can apply now. Applications will be assessed in order of the date the application is submitted. Note: Applications for 2022 subsidised accommodation will be subject to and assessed in accordance with the revised 2022 eligibility criteria and are subject to price increases and room availability.

Three Rivers provides subsidised accommodation support to nursing, midwifery, allied health and dentistry students undertaking their placements within the Three Rivers footprint.

We encourage eligible students to utilise Three Rivers subsidised accommodation during their placement. Student accommodation is available in both on-campus and off-campus locations.


Charles Sturt residences are designed to be safe, secure and comfortable spaces for all students to live and work. The buildings and surrounds are patrolled by Charles Sturt's retained security service, to make sure students, staff and property are safe. Security is available on call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

On-campus accommodation

Three Rivers offers subsidised accommodation at the following Charles Sturt campuses:

Off-campus accommodation

Three Rivers offers subsidised off-campus accommodation at:


Our top priority is the health and wellbeing of our people. After careful consideration, Charles Sturt University, along with Three Rivers DRH, has taken the position to require students, staff and visitors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a TGA-approved vaccine before attending Charles Sturt sites from 1 January 2022, which includes all on-campus accommodation and off-campus accommodation sites. All applications for Three Rivers DRH subsidised accommodation must submit evidence of two TGA approved COVID-19 vaccinations or a COVID-19 Vaccine Medical Contraindication form completed by your doctor for consideration. Access to some campus facilities, e.g. gyms, may be impacted by COVID-19.


The cost of placement accommodation is subsidised by Three Rivers. Eligible students will be charged a nominal service fee of $85 per week (7 day week) per room for a minimum 2 week stay. Should the length of stay in any week be less than 7 days, students will be charged the full weekly service fee of $85 for that week.

For Charles Sturt students, this fee will be charged to your student account. Students from other universities will receive an invoice with payment due before the check-in date.


Students must meet the below-listed criteria when applying for Three Rivers subsidised accommodation. The parameters around the eligibility criteria are set by the Australian Government as part of the Three Rivers funding agreement.

1. Students are to be Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens, or permanent residents of Australia (including the holder of an Australian permanent visa).

2. Charles Sturt University students are to be enrolled in a recognised health profession course from the following disciplines:

  • Nursing, midwifery, dentistry, oral health, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, podiatry, speech pathology, pharmacy, paramedicine, medical radiation science, mental health (Indigenous), psychology, social work, exercise physiology and pathology.

For other universities whose students undertake placements in our footprint, it can include other health profession courses as well (exclusions do apply as not all courses are included in our funding scope).

3. Placement is to be undertaken within the Three Rivers footprint with accommodation provided at a designated Three Rivers accommodation site.

4. Placement duration must be a minimum of 2 weeks (10 days consecutive at 80% of full-time equivalent placement days i.e. minimum of 4 days per week).

5. Students from universities other than Charles Sturt, must supply written evidence of their confirmed placement.

This evidence must include:

  • Student name
  • Name of the university/on university letterhead
  • Student course enrolment
  • Placement subject
  • Placement location (name and address of placement provider)
  • Placement dates
  • Placement duration (number of days)
  • Confirmation of placement.

Please note: screenshots from your university placement portal are not acceptable as evidence of placement. Evidence must be in the form of a letter from your university, as outlined above. The provision of insufficient placement evidence will cause delays in the processing of your application.

6. Students who have received the Three Rivers Placement Grant or the Three Rivers Travel Support Scheme for the placement subject listed in this application will be ineligible for subsidised accommodation.

7. Applications for accommodation should be submitted to Three Rivers no later than 4 weeks prior to the placement commencement date. In instances where there has been a delay in confirming your placement, late applications for accommodation will be considered subject to accommodation availability.

8. Any changes to accommodation requirements i.e. arrival/departure dates, are to be advised to Three Rivers as soon as known.

9. Accommodation is limited and Three Rivers reserves the right to not approve an accommodation application even if a student believes they meet all of the eligibility criteria.

Additional criteria for accommodation application

  • Three Rivers on-campus accommodation is based on a standard single student room with shared common areas and shared bathrooms. Bathroom facilities are either unisex or single-sex – depending on the campus and building allocated. Room upgrades are not covered under the Three Rivers subsidy.
  • Charles Sturt University on-campus accommodation varies between each campus, and room allocation is determined by and at the discretion of Charles Sturt Residence Life. Rooms available to Three Rivers placement students under the subsidised accommodation are limited. Room availability on campus will be checked on receipt of your application but cannot be guaranteed. Three Rivers and Charles Sturt Residence Life reserve the right to amend or change the room allocation before or during your proposed stay if necessary.
  • Check-in date can be up to 2 days prior to placement commencement and check out is required 1 day following the completion of placement. Any accommodation required outside of those dates does not form part of the Three Rivers subsidy. If there is a valid reason for accommodation to be outside of those dates e.g. long-distance travel, please include the details on the Accommodation Application Form.
  • Students who are enrolled in courses where accommodation arrangements have been negotiated between the individual discipline and Charles Sturt Residence Life for a full year of on-campus (including mixed campus) placement accommodation will be ineligible for Three Rivers Subsidised Accommodation.
  • Individual students who have a current Residential Agreement with Charles Sturt Residence Life to reside on campus on a full-time basis for the calendar year should not apply for Three Rivers Subsidised Accommodation. If you need temporary accommodation on a different campus for your placement, discuss this with the campus Residence Life office where your Residential Agreement is held.
    If the above applies, and your placement is to be undertaken with an external provider, you may be eligible for the Three Rivers Placement Grant. Students undertaking their placement in a Charles Sturt University supported clinic are deemed ineligible for the Placement Grant.
  • Due to the limited availability of placement accommodation – students attending placements with longer durations (eg Rural Clinical School) may not be accommodated under the Three Rivers subsidy.

Three Rivers and Charles Sturt University
policies and guidelines

All students staying in Three Rivers subsidised accommodation must follow the applicable Three Rivers and Charles Sturt University policies and guidelines:

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Three Rivers DRH is led, administered and operated by Charles Sturt University in consortium partnership with the University of New South Wales, The University of Notre Dame Australia and Western Sydney University. Three Rivers DRH is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program.