Step 1: Choose your accommodation

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.

COVID-19 update

The information on this page only applies to international students that are currently in Australia.

If you are under the age of 18 and wish to study online from your home country and are unable to travel to Australia, you do not need to apply for a student visa. This means that you do not require your accommodation and welfare arrangements to be approved by the University while you are offshore, and you may move on to Step 2: Accept your offer. This is a temporary arrangement until travel to Australia is possible.

When travel restrictions have been lifted, you will be required to apply for appropriate accommodation and welfare for your Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) to be issued so you can apply for your visa to commence your studies in Australia. This includes notifying the University of the date you intend to arrive in Australia.

When coming to Australia, 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.

You'll also 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 University-approved accommodation

  • University Accommodation

    The University provides an accommodation guarantee for all under 18 international students in university owned or partnered accommodation.

    One of your housing choices is University Accommodation, which provides trusted accommodation residences for students under and over 18. If you’re an under 18 student, you will be placed in either Lisa Bellear House or UniLodge Lincoln House - both are pre-approved by the University. The accommodation must be available on or before the date you arrive in Australia. To apply for University Accommodation, follow the instructions on the University Accommodation page.

    If you would like a residential college experience, then please apply for International House.

  • Other student-only accommodation

    The following accommodation providers are all pre-approved by the University of Melbourne. You will need to apply directly to these providers and then upload evidence of your living arrangements (eg a contract or lease) when you submit your application to the Under 18 Program and accept your offer.

    • Atira La Trobe St
    • Atira Peel St
    • Journal Uni Place
    • dwell Village Melbourne City
    • Scape Swanston
    • Student Village: University of Melbourne
    • UniLodge College Square on Swanston
    • UniLodge Royal Melbourne
    • Urbanest Carlton - Buildings 1 and 2
    • Urbanest Melbourne Central
    • Urbanest Swanston St

    Please note that specific lease agreements and fees will vary between providers.

  • Homestay accommodation

    You may choose to live in a homestay arrangement.

    If you do, the University must inspect and approve your intended accommodation. Your proposed accommodation must meet the following conditions:

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

Once your University-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.

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

Step 2: Accept your offer