IEAA International Student Accommodation Symposium

As a study destination, Australia consistently ranks among the world’s most popular countries for international students. Although we rate highly for education delivery standards and quality of life, we continue to be let down by overall living expenses and a lack of accommodation.

i-graduate’s International Student Barometer consistently rates Australia poorly for quality and cost of student accommodation, the Council of International Students Australia (CISA) identified the lack of housing as one of the three most important issues affecting international students and the media continues to highlight examples of exploitative landlords and rental properties jam-packed with students.

This one-day symposium will bring together students, education institutions, accommodation providers and government representatives to explore long-term strategies to enhance the provision of international student accommodation in Australia.

Speakers include

  • Thomson Ch’ng – President,
    Council of International Students (CISA)
  • Conal Newland – National Director,
    Student Accommodation Services, JLL​
  • Dr Ashvin Parameswaran – Head Student Accommodation Services, The University of Sydne
  • Dr Ian Walker – President, University Colleges Australia
  • Stephen Yarwood – Urban Futurist


Download the PDF program*.
* Last updated Tuesday 23 June and subject to change without notice.

Discussion papers

Discussion papers will be commissioned and distributed to delegates prior to the symposium. These papers will provide the latest data and research to inform discussion and generate meaningful outcomes from the day.

Target audience

  • Student accommodation providers
  • Public and private education providers
  • Accommodation officers
  • Local, State and Federal Government policy makers
  • Student representatives.


A key aim of this symposium is to raise awareness among international education stakeholders – especially education institutions, accommodation providers and government policy makers – of the need to improve access to good-quality, affordable student accommodation.

The symposium discussion papers and outcomes report aim to provide ongoing resource material in the search for long-term solutions to the accommodation needs of international students in Australia.


Intermediate – Advanced


Keynote presentations, panel and plenary discussions along with breakout group discussion.

Supported by StudyNSW (NSW Trade & Investment) , the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, Urbanest and JLL.

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Registrations Open: 20 Feb 2015

Registrations Close: 22 Jun 2015


Friday 26 June 2015

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Venue: The University of Sydney
Building 22, Veterinary Science Conference Centre
Regimental Drive (off Parramatta Road)

$210 IEAA members
$300 non-IEAA members

Online registration for this event is now closed. If you wish to attend, phone (03) 9925 4579.

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