Australian Slang For House (9 Examples)

Most of us have cute names we use when we talk about our house because it is the place we spend the majority of our time. However, there are also general slang terms people use to refer to a house, and we will list those that are common in Australia.

‘Owse

Meaning:

  • (Noun) This is simply the word house with the letter H removed. Spelled this way to put an emphasis on the Australian accent.

Example:

  • Cheers mate, would love it if you could visit my ‘owse the next time.

Bedsit

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A bedsit is a studio apartment that doesn’t have a separate bedroom.

Example:

  • I had no idea you were living in a bedsit, it looks really nice and comfy!

Crib

Meaning:

  • (Noun) This is a common term that simply refers to your house, the one that you live in currently.

Example:

  • Come meet me at my crib in the afternoon, we can play video games! 

Cubby House

Meaning:

  • (Noun) Describes a small, timber, home in the garden. It can also refer to a wooden house where children spend their time.

Example:

  • Mickey and Rory are at the cubby house, playing.

Dunny

Meaning:

  • (Noun) Dunny refers to an outside toilet in Australia. While not exactly an entire house, it is definitely a part of it.

Example:

  • I need to go to the dunny, if you know what I mean.

Flat

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A common term in most English-speaking countries, flat refers to an apartment, but can also mean someone’s house.

Example:

  • You should come to visit my flat tonight.

Grannie Flat

Meaning:

  • (Noun) This slang term refers to a separate living accommodation that is positioned next to a house. Similar to a guest house.

Example:

  • I’ll be sleeping in the grannie flat tonight.

High-set

Meaning:

  • (Noun) This Australian slang term refers to a traditional Queenslander house that is constructed over the ground on stumps.

Example:

  • He is living in a high-set, it is quite nice.

Pad

Meaning:

  • (Noun) Pad is another common slang word that refers to an apartment.

Example:

  • Not everyone gets to spend the night in my pad, remember that.

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