Neither the JD nor the US/Canada MD programs universally require students to complete a specified academic research component in order to be awarded the degree title. However, there are also many research degrees , such as the MD, which conduct scholarly research (medical in the case of the MD) which is published in peer-reviewed journals. This makes them very similar to PhDs, and some countries consider them equivalent. Some institutions therefore offer combined professional and research training degrees, such as the MD-PhD dual program, which is useful for medical professionals looking to pursue a research career.
Macquarie University provides an accommodation service at http:///about/campus-services-and-facilities/macquarie-university-accommodation . Multiple options are available through this service and you can compare them at http:///about/campus-services-and-facilities/macquarie-university-accommodation/macquarie-university-accommodation-options . If this is not suitable for you then an alternative may be to organise private accommodation. Note that the housing market moves very fast in Sydney. Moving out of an apartment usually only requires 2 weeks notice, and new apartments on the market for rent tend to be leased within a few days. If you want your own apartment or a shared room it might be worthwhile spending the first few days in a hotel, motel or youth hostel while you look for private accommodation. This will also give you a sense of travelling times in Sydney. Sydney is huge so it can take a long time to get from one part of Sydney to another!