Under 18 accommodation options

If you enter Australia under the age of 18, you'll need to make appropriate accommodation and welfare arrangements while living and studying at Melbourne.

Accommodation options you can choose from include living with an eligible parent, relative or guardian, or living in accommodation approved by the University of Melbourne.

Your accommodation options include:

You may be able to live with a parent, guardian, or eligible relative while studying at Melbourne.

They'll need to have 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.

For more information, see Department of Home Affairs – welfare arrangements for international students under 18.

University-approved accommodation encompasses a range of accommodation options which have been approved as suitable for international students under 18 years of age.

University-approved accommodation options include:

Melbourne Accommodation Program

First check if you're eligible for the Melbourne Accommodation Program. This program can guarantee you a bed in a University-approved student apartment for the first year of your undergraduate studies.

See Melbourne Accommodation Program

Pre-approved accommodation

University pre-approved accommodation you can choose from, includes:

Specific lease agreement details and fees will vary between providers.

If you want to live in the Melbourne Accommodation Program or other pre-approved accommodation, you’ll also need to register with the Under 18 International Student Supervision Program.

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

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.

If you want to live in alternative accommodation, you’ll also need to register with the Under 18 International Student Supervision Program.

You can also apply to live in one of our residential colleges.

Each college has its own unique culture, traditions and accommodation, so it's important you research your options to find the right fit for you.

View Residential Colleges

Need help choosing accommodation?

Get in touch with our student support team at Stop 1. They can give you information and advice on applying for student visas, finding under 18 accommodation, joining the Under 18 Student Supervision Program and more.

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