Subsidised placement accommodation

Applications will be assessed in date order of submission and receipt by Three Rivers DRH. Note: Applications for 2022 subsidised accommodation will be subject to and assessed in accordance with the revised 2022 eligibility criteria outlined below.

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


Charles Sturt residences are designed to be comfortable spaces for students to live and work.

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:

Information regarding on-campus accommodation

  • 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 (e.g. ensuite rooms) are not covered under the Three Rivers subsidy.
  • If you require a room upgrade, you should organise this directly with Charles Sturt Residence Life. Market rates will apply. Residence Life Temporary Accommodation Application
  • The value of a Three Rivers accommodation subsidy cannot be applied to any room upgrade.
  • Charles Sturt University on-campus accommodation varies between each campus.
  • Room allocation is determined by and is 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.
  • In applying for and accepting Three Rivers on-campus accommodation, you agree to the conditions set by Charles Sturt University in the Residential Agreement.


Our top priority is the health and wellbeing of our people. There are actions we can all take to support the wellbeing of our communities:

  • Vaccinations, including a booster and flu vaccination, are strongly recommended as the best way to prevent serious illness.
  • Do not attend on-campus or off-campus accommodation if you are unwell.
  • Continue to use good hand hygiene and cough etiquette.
  • A mask is recommended where you are unable to physically distance.
  • Follow NSW Health requirements for testing and isolation where applicable.

Charles Sturt University and Three Rivers DRH will continue to monitor health advice, implement control measures, and adjust safety practices as appropriate. Access to some on-campus facilities, e.g. gyms, may be impacted by COVID-19.


Three Rivers subsidise the cost of placement accommodation. 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.

Please note: a cancellation fee may apply if you do not arrive at the accommodation as planned without prior notification to Three Rivers.


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. Students are to be attending university as a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) student. A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is an enrolment subsidised by the Australian Government. Not all enrolments are CSPs.

Verification of CSP:

  • For Charles Sturt students Three Rivers will verify your CSP from university records.
  • For students from other universities, you will be required to provide a copy of your Commonwealth Assistance Notice (CAN) confirming your enrolment as a CSP. Uploading this evidence forms part of the accommodation application process.

3. 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). Students must be studying towards a health profession at undergraduate or postgraduate level. Diploma or TAFE courses are not included in our funding scope.

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

5. Placements are to be undertaken with external providers only – students undertaking their placement in a Charles Sturt University supported clinic are deemed ineligible for Three Rivers subsidised accommodation. University supported clinics are defined as any clinic held on Charles Sturt campuses with Charles Sturt University as the placement provider for example but not limited to: Charles Sturt University Dental and Oral Health Clinics (Albury/Orange/Dubbo/Wagga Wagga/Bathurst) and Charles Sturt University Community Engagement and Wellness Centre (CEW-Albury/Wodonga).

6. 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).

7. Students from universities other than Charles Sturt must supply written evidence of their confirmed placement. Uploading this evidence forms part of the accommodation application process.

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.

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

9. Applications for accommodation should be submitted to Three Rivers as soon as you have confirmation of your placement. Three Rivers require a minimum of 1 week processing time for accommodation bookings. In instances where there has been a delay in confirming your placement, late applications for accommodation will be considered subject to accommodation availability.

10. Check-in date can be up to 2 days before 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 outside of those dates, e.g. long-distance travel, please include the details on the Accommodation Application Form.

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

12. Students enrolled in courses where accommodation arrangements have been negotiated between the individual discipline and Charles Sturt Residence Life for a full or part-year of on-campus (including mixed campus) placement accommodation will be ineligible for Three Rivers subsidised accommodation.

13. Individual students who have a current Residential Agreement with Charles Sturt Residence Life to reside on campus full-time 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 this 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.

14. Due to the limited availability of placement accommodation – students attending placements with longer durations may not be accommodated under the Three Rivers subsidy. Three Rivers reserves the right to not accept students for longer durations of accommodation even if a student believes they meet all the eligibility criteria.

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

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.