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Short term furnished accommodation is widely available in the CBD and surrounding areas and serviced apartment style accommodation can be found throughout Melbourne and Victoria. This type of accommodation offering the space and ability to self-cater is suitable for short term visitors to Melbourne or Victoria or those who are relocating and  are in the process of finding a more permanent home. For stays of one week or more this also offers a more affordable alternative to hotel accommodation although you can still expect to pay a premium for the convenience. If you are a company looking for a range of options for your employees contact Elite Woodhams Relocation on


If you are moving to Melbourne, you will most likely need to consider where you can best stay upon arrival. You may only require a temporary home for a few weeks while you start looking for your long-term rental property to make your new home in Melbourne. Or you might be travelling on a work assignment and require housing for a few months.

When you relocate to Melbourne the temporary accommodation market has a variety of  options available to secure online but navigating your way around the Melbourne short term accommodation market can be daunting where the suburb names don’t mean anything to you. This process can be quite stressful, especially if you are trying to organise this on the side of managing all the other items on your relocation task list.

In relocating to Melbourne you may think of AirBnB which offers the  benefits of securing holiday accommodation for a few weeks: These properties may be more cost effective and some of the locations in Melbourne may be more attractive, being located beachsideor offering views.

It is important, though, to remember that whichever property you book in Melbourne is going to be your home away from home, no matter how long you are staying, and you should feel comfortable and secure during your stay. There are some risks relating to securing properties through online platforms that simply connect travellers with property owners: Solving problems which arise can be time consuming and slow in resolution and the landlord may not be available to assist.  In many cases, the occupant has no leverage as it is a private arrangement with a private owner. While most Melbourne holiday rental owners are trustworthy and will do their best to make your stay as comfortable as possible, it is important to consider with whom you would need to take up any disputes, should they arise. Also be aware of  lack of flexibility to make changes to dates and receive refunds for unused nights.

TheMelbourne corporate temporary accommodation market offers a choice of either hotels, hotel-styled serviced apartments, or more residential furnished apartments. While hotels are suited for a single traveller for a few nights, small rooms and lack of cooking opportunities mean hotel stays can quickly become more expensive with eating out and using the hotel’s laundry service. Both serviced and furnished options provide fully furnished accommodation, equipped with kitchen and laundry facilities as well as the basics such as cooking utensils and bedlinen.

Melbourne's serviced apartments offer a hotel-style environment with a concierge, on-site reception and manager and are serviced during your stay. The furnishings tend to be standardised throughout the building and many offer recreational facilities such as a pool, gym, sauna etc. Internet access is generally available and easy to access and set up but can be quite expensive, as are telephone costs. As they are managed more similarly to a hotel, this type of accommodation is generally more flexible, requiring a shorter notice to amend dates. However, this level of servicing and flexibility does mean serviced accommodation tends to be the more expensive option.

Melbourne's furnished accommodation options are more residential properties, either apartments or houses, which are managed through temporary accommodation providers. While some larger complexes may have a concierge, most do not have on-site managers; instead you would have an off-site property manager assigned to you, meaning access to the apartment on arrival needs to be confirmed for individual bookings. hese options offer a more personal, homely feel and  standard of furnishings will also vary from one property to the next and recreational facilities will vary greatly on the building and area. While you would not expect a connected telephone most properties in Melbourne offer internet access along with instructions on how to set it up. While furnished properties are more cost-effective options, their cancellations policies are not as flexible; most require a few weeks’ notice while others do not refund unused nights unless they are able to re-book the property.

In determining what your requirements think about how many bedrooms or bathrooms you require; what bedding arrangement is provided; is parking available; how do you gain access if you are arriving early morning or late evening. In short, you need to be sure you will be able to feel at home in your temporary accommodation.

Elite Woodhams Relocation has  up-to-date knowledge of the corporate temporary accommodation market in Melbourne, including serviced apartments and furnished apartments, we can match your needs with the most suitable available solutions. Many providers (for example, online sourcing platforms) offer services that cover only part of the range of needs, leaving much of the remaining work to the guest. Our model, however, provides a bespoke end-to-end solution to temporary housing needs for corporate customers, including comprehensive sourcing, managing the booking, occupancy arrangements, booking amendments, making payments, single source invoicing, and end-of-occupancy arrangements.

If you are looking to source corporate accommodation, contact our dedicated team of temporary accommodation specialists at Elite Woodhams Relocation:



Serviced Apartments in Melbourne

Usually part of a chain and with a variety of locations on offer this is often the easiest, low maintenance option for travellers/new arrivals. Serviced on a daily or weekly basis and offering 1/2/3 bedroom apartments with self catering facilities they are also a good option for families or friends travelling together.  The overall standard will be reflected in the price. You can expect to pay $800 a week for a basic one bedroom apartment in a 3 star property and can look at upwards of $1200 for a one bedroom apartment in one of the newer, upmarket developments. Even at the upper end compared with average hotel rates sitting at approximately $250 a night it can still work out as an affordable alternative.


Hotel Apartments in Melbourne

For longer term stays (4 weeks +) Hotel Apartments over a great alternative to standard rentals - offering you fully furnished accommodation with all the perks and facilities of staying in a hotel. Try: The very stylish Art Series Residences, inspired by Australian contemporary artists, have a number of properties in great locations in Melbourne and Victoria. Live it up long term with all bills and facilities included for less than you think.


Corporate Furnished Apartments in Melbourne

If you are looking for something a little more personal, with all the comforts of home, there are agencies specializing in furnished corporate-style apartments.Some provide full cooking facilities, fully stocked laundry, WIFI and Foxtel (best to ask if these are included or extra). Some buildings also provide meeting and media facilities. Full resort facilities are usually provided. Expect to pay between $135 - $400 a night depending on time of year and length of stay.

Try: Southbank Apartments that have a large selection of fully serviced riverside apartments.

Try: Westprecint have a couple of 2 bedroom apartments in Brighton that are oversized and decked out in their signature distinctive style.


Home style furnished accommodation in Melbourne

If you are looking for a home away from home there are companies on the web that list apartments and houses that are rented out by home owners. These properties are usually rented for periods of 2 weeks plus with costs based on size and location. High Season periods –such as Christmas, Easter or school holidays- are charged at a premium.

For a large range of houses and apartments across Melbourne and Victoria try


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