Step 1: Choose your accommodation - Section contents

When you enter Australia on a student visa before your 18th birthday, you must have appropriate accommodation, support and welfare arrangements in place as required by the Department of Home Affairs.

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Your options include:

Living with a parent, guardian, or relative

If you intend to live with a parent, guardian or an eligible relative while studying, you will need to apply to the Australian Government to have this approved.

This person will require a valid visa to stay with you in Australia, and must:

  • have enough money to support you and themselves during their stay
  • be able to provide accommodation and other support
  • be at least 21 years of age.

Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for further information on welfare arrangements for international students under 18, as well as information on the Student Guardian visa.

Living in University-approved accommodation

If you will not be living with a parent, guardian or relative, you must apply to live in University-approved accommodation.

This also applies to students who are on a packaged offer with Trinity College Foundation Studies, Hawthorn Melbourne or another Australian education provider.

There are three different types of University-approved accommodation, outlined below.

If you choose pre-approved or alternative accommodation, you'll need to register with our Under 18 International Student Supervision Program. This program ensures that your accommodation and welfare is appropriate, and provides support and encouragement until you turn 18.

Types of pre-approved accommodation

Melbourne Accommodation Program

The University provides an accommodation guarantee for all under 18-international students in university owned or partnered accommodation. All residencies have been assessed and meet the requirements of the University for international students under 18 years of age. Specific lease agreement details and fees will vary between providers.

To apply for the Melbourne Accommodation Program and be part of the accommodation guarantee, follow the instructions on the Melbourne Accommodation Program page. The accommodation must be available on or before the date you will arrive in Australia.

List of University-approved providers:

  • University of Melbourne - 303 Royal Parade
  • Atira La Trobe St
  • Atira Peel St
  • Journal Uni Place
  • RMIT Village
  • Scape Swanston
  • Student Village: University of Melbourne
  • The Student Housing Company: University Square
  • UniLodge College Square on Swanston
  • UniLodge Royal Melbourne
  • Urbanest Carlton - 105 Berkeley St
  • Urbanest Melbourne Central
  • Urbanest Swanston St

Once your pre-approved accommodation is confirmed

  1. Receive an accommodation confirmation letter.
  2. Pay the administration fee and weekly fees for the Under 18 International Student Supervision Program.
  3. Notify us of your accommodation arrangements, and provide us with your accommodation confirmation letter, when you accept your offer.

You may choose to live in a homestay arrangement or in another student-only accommodation provider.

The University must inspect and approve your intended accommodation, and it must meet the following conditions:

  • A parent (or your legal guardian) must approve your proposed accommodation.
  • There must be a responsible adult aged 21 years or over living in the accommodation.
  • All adults living in the accommodation must hold a current Working with Children Check.
  • Your proposed accommodation must be located within a reasonable distance of campus. Travel time to campus should not exceed 35-40 minutes, and you should be able to travel safely between campus and your proposed accommodation location.

If you want to live in alternative accommodation, you'll need to arrange it yourself and it must be available on or before the date you will arrive in Australia.

Once your alternative accommodation is arranged, you must:

  1. Pay the administration fee and weekly fees for the Under 18 International Student Supervision Program.
  2. Notify us of your accommodation arrangements when you accept your offer. We'll then contact the accommodation provider to arrange an inspection.

Living in a residential college allows you to engage with students from a variety of countries and study disciplines. It provides a unique opportunity to be part of a dynamic community.

Residential colleges vary in size and location, and each college has its own culture. It's important to research your options and apply for the college that is the right fit for you.

Colleges

If you want to live in a residential college:

  1. Apply directly to the college of your choice. A place in the college must be available from or before your arrival date.
  2. Receive an accommodation confirmation letter.
  3. Notify us of your accommodation arrangements, and provide us with your accommodation confirmation letter, when you accept your offer.

I've arranged my accommodation. What's next?