Alice Springs campus accommodation

The Alice Springs Student Accommodation (ASSA) provides accommodation for CDU students, students from other universities undertaking placement, CDU staff and visiting guests, and groups.

We offer twin share and sole occupancy rooms across two houses, as well as communal kitchen areas, a self-service laundry and access to WiFi via the CDU/Eduroam network.

For more information about the accommodation facility please contact the ASSA Supervisor on 08 8959 5295.


To help us improve our services we encourage you to provide feedback on your stay. You can do this online or download the ASSA feedback form (docx 119KB) and email it to

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Room Types

Twin Share Ensuite Room

  • Bedroomtwo single beds
  • two built-in desks
  • wardrobes
  • reverse cycle air-conditioning
  • ensuite bathroom
  • bar fridge
  • pillows
  • sheets
  • blankets
  • television
  • WiFi via CDU Network
  • towels
  • toilet paper

Sole Occupancy/Disabled Access Room

  • one single bed
  • one built-in desk
  • wardrobes
  • reverse cycle air-conditioning
  • ensuite bathroom
  • bar fridge
  • pillows
  • sheets
  • blankets
  • television
  • WiFi via CDU Network 
  • towels
  • toilet paper

Communal Areas

Shared Kitchen

  • Communal KitchenCommunal Kitchenpots
  • pans
  • crockery
  • cutlery
  • dishwashing liquid
  • sponges
  • bin liners
  • towels

BBQ Area

  • two electric BBQs
  • table tennis table
  • seating area


  • Carparkfront loading washing machine
  • electric clothes dryer

ASSA provides its guests with a secure parking area.

Applying for Accommodation

How to apply

Please start by completing an online application for residence on the CDU housing portal. The Accommodation Supervisor will be in contact with you within 48 hours of your submission. If you are under 18 years of age, you are also required to complete the parent consent form (PDF 102KB). Applications will not be processed unless all the required information has been provided.

Outside aerialIf you are experiencing difficulty please contact one of our Guest Services Officers.

ASSA has been designed as a twin share facility to provide the best value accommodation option for students and staff attending the Alice Springs campus for short stays. However, if reservations permit, students and staff may be apply to reserve two beds to obtain single occupancy.


The University reserves the right to select residents based on information provided in their application and on information acquired from previous stays at any University student accommodation facility.

Please note: availability is limited and advance bookings and full payment are required to confirm a reservation.

Reservations and feedback

T: 00 61 8 8959 5295 (International)

T: 08 8959 5295 (Australia)


Alice Springs Student Accommodation Supervisor
Ms Jade Kurray 

T: 08 8959 5295

CDU Student Accommodation Manager
Dr Philip Mosely
T: 08 8946 6591

Rent and Other Charges
Twin-share Occupancy$37 per night
Sole Occupancy$74 per night

Long Term Rate (28 nights or more)$224 per week twin-share or $448.00 per week sole occupancy
Bond$200 per person
Weekend Arrival Fee$40

Cancellation Fees

  • Within 48 hours of arrival time

  • Day of arrival

  • No show or cancellation after arrival date


Equivalent two nights' accommodation charge

Accommodation owed up to the point of notification plus two nights' accommodation

Lockout Fee between 5pm - 8am


Replacement/unreturned key


Once your reservation is confirmed you are required to pay in full. If this is not possible, please discuss a payment plan with the Accommodation Supervisor.

How to Pay

Cash payments can be made at the info shop, Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm.

Credit card and debit card payments can be made via CDU webpay.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations made within 48 hours of the contracted arrival date will incur a $50.00 cancellation fee.
  • Cancellation on the day of arrival will incur a cancellation fee equivalent to two nights' accommodation.
  • No-show or cancellations after the day of arrival will incur a cancellation fee of accommodation owed up to the point of notification plus two nights’ accommodation.

Changes to bring forward a contracted departure date are permitted, however, the resident is required to provide:

  • 48 hours notice for stays of up to 28 nights
  • two weeks notice for stays of more than 28 nights.

Residents whose agreement is terminated for breach of the terms and conditions of this agreement may also be subject to a cancellation fee.

Please read the Terms and Conditions for Short Term Residency (PDF 220KB) for the cancellation policy and conditions of stay.

If you are booking on behalf of a group of 10 or more guests, please refer to the group booking policy.

Refund of Bond

ASSA retains a bond of $200 for the entirety of the your stay. The bond will be refunded after your departure date and is usually processed within ten business days of the refund form being received.

Please complete the refund form (docx 80KB) ensuring the refund method selected is the same as the original payment method. Please email the refund form to

Arriving and Departing

Office Opening Hours

The ASSA office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4pm. Download the Alice Springs campus map (PDF 123KB).

The Resident Handbook will also provide you with more information about ASSA.

Arriving at ASSA

Upon arrival at the Alice Springs Campus please call the ASSA Supervisor on 08 8959 5295 to arrange check in to your room.

Check in

Check-in time is between 2pm - 6pm.

If your check in time is anticipated to be later than 6pm please contact the ASSA Accommodation Supervisor on 08 8959 5295 or email so we can make alternative arrangements.

Check out

Check out is strictly 9am unless prior arranged with ASSA staff.

Your card key access will cease at 9am on your departure date. You can leave your room access key in your room upon departure.

Security and other matters

Outside normal office hours security staff can help you with any security issues that may arise, including lockouts, noise complaints, medical incidents or other related issues. 

The ASSA Supervisor is available for any other urgent issues including maintenance issues.

Please note: room lockouts occurring between 5pm and 8am incur a $40 charge.

  • Ensure your room is always locked, especially when unattended even if only to make a quick trip
  • Don't leave valuables such as laptops, wallets, keys and bicycles unsecured or unattended at any time
  • Don't leave laundry in common areas or public places
  • The University takes no responsibility for your possessions

Key cards

You will be issued with a key card which provides access your room and the common areas in your house. All key cards must be returned to ASSA when departing or the charge for non-returned key will be deducted from the bond held.

Replacement key card fee is charged at $20 for each key card lost or not returned.

Rules and Regulations

CDU is committed to providing an environment that contributes to the academic and social development of residents while they are attending CDU.

Residents have the right to expect the University to conduct its business and activities in accordance with the highest ethical, moral and legal standards. The reputation of University's residences is ultimately determined by the actions of those who reside in its precinct.

Please ensure you read the Rules of Conduct that apply to all CDU accommodation and the ASSA Resident Handbook.


Kalindi Marnell
Coordinator Business and Finance

Kalindi oversees ASSA and KSA (Katherine Student Accommodation).


Jade Kurray
Accommodation supervisor

Jade coordinates the day-to-day operational functions of ASSA.

History and Vision Statement


ASSA is a business enterprise of Charles Darwin University (CDU). Construction began in 2009 and the facility was officially opened to the public for operation in March 2011.

ASSA’s day to day operations are managed by International House Darwin (IHD).

Vision statement

The Alice Springs Student Accommodation aims to increase student participation by; providing an accommodation facility that is cost effective, safe, secure, accessible and conducive to academic achievement, intellectual inquiry whilst aiming to contribute to the social, cultural and intellectual development of all residents

Contact us

Alice Springs campus

  • (08) 8959 5311
  • Freecall: 1800 654 865
  • Fax: 08 8959 5343
  • Grevillea Drive, Alice Springs
  • Postal address: PO Box 795,
  • Alice Springs, NT 0871

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