The University made a successful submission under the National Rental Affordability Scheme to provide 1000 affordable student accommodation dwellings.

The National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) is an Australian Government initiative to stimulate the supply of affordable rental dwellings throughout Australia by up to 50,000. Under NRAS, the Australian Government is providing incentives to:

  • increase the supply of affordable rental dwellings
  • reduce rental costs for low to moderate income households
  • encourage large scale investment and innovative delivery of affordable housing.

NRAS is contributed annually by the federal and state or territory governments at a 3:1 ratio.


UWA's successful NRAS application will allow the University and colleges to build 1,000 additional student accommodation dwellings, which will be let below market rental, providing valuable support for students, particularly those from rural and regional Western Australia.

The University completed the construction of over 500 new dwellings at University Hall in 2013. A further 250 dwellings are currently under construction at St Catherine's College.