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Staying at Yarra House Before Heading to RMIT

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by Alyxis Flaggs

Yarra_snakeWhen I first got to Australia I was staying at Yarra House while waiting to move to RMIT Village because the dorms were undergoing renovations. So where do I begin with Yarra House… the snakes or the long walks to the bus stop?

Well, Yarra House is student accommodation that is in Fairfield, a suburb outside of the city. The overall atmosphere of the accommodation is great. Everyone is so friendly and accepting. Yet on the other hand, it seems so far from civilization, especially coming from New York. 

Unfortunately though, there's nothing to do that is remotely close and doesn’t require walking AND waiting for the bus, which is rather slow. One day the bus was 20 minutes late, and it doesn’t even run on the weekends.


The building is pretty old and has one lift that you can't use unless you have a key. Of course I was living on the third floor…so I guess I got a good workout while I was there. 

There was also A LOT of wildlife around since the grounds are surrounded by a nature trail, which is slightly frightening. I kept seeing this peacock over and over again that tended to make an appearance as soon as the sun began to set. Oh yeah…and one time as I walking back to Yarra I could hear a snake, which could’ve easily killed me with its poisonous venom.

Needless to say, I could not wait until I moved to the Village!

Topics: study abroad, Australia