RMIT has approved several options for under-18 overseas students to choose from. You need to stay in approved accommodation every night until you turn 18 years old. Where you live can have a big impact on your life and experience as a student, so it is important to consider your choice carefully.
A hostel is a house where multiple students live and usually share communal spaces. These hostels provide meals, a range of room types and are located close to RMIT city campus.
Purpose Built Student Accommodation buildings are specially designed and built accommodation sites which cater to the needs of students. PBSA options are typically located close to universities and offer a range of room types and shared communal areas.
A homestay is a local family, couple or single person offering full board in their home. A homestay experience can be a great way to adjust to life in Melbourne and form relationships with a local family.
Homestay accommodation is temporarily unavailable for under-18 overseas students. This option will resume shortly.
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Your caregiver / guardian is the individual who will support you during your time as an under-18 international student.
Your caregiver will meet with you at least every fortnight, can assist you in finding medical or other services in Melbourne, will assist if you want to change your accommodation and acts as your emergency contact.
RMIT communicates with your caregiver regularly to ensure you are adjusting and being supported. These approved caregiver companies specialise in supporting under-18 international students.
If you need to change your arrangements
If you need to change your arrangements after they have been approved, you must obtain approval from RMIT before the change happens.
It is a condition of your student visa to maintain an appropriate welfare arrangement during your stay in Australia. Not maintaining the arrangement may result in the cancellation of your student visa.
For help with welfare arrangements and general enquiries for under-18 arrangements, contact:
(Under 18) Compliance & Assurance Advisor
Telephone: + 61 3 9925 5106