Students under 18 years of age

Visa requirements

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) requires all international students who will be under 18 years of age when entering Australia on a student visa, to have appropriate accommodation, support and welfare arrangements in place.

When you apply for a student visa, you will need to provide evidence that you will be living with a parent, custodian or relative, or that the University has approved your accommodation and welfare arrangements.

Registration with the University

All international students who will be under 18 years of age must register their proposed accommodation and welfare arrangements with the University before they accept their offer of place by completing the relevant form.

Living arrangements

  • Option 1: Live in Australia with a parent or custodian

    Visa requirements

    Nearly all international students require a Student Visa. After you accept your offer the University will provide you with an eCOE you include as part of your Student Visa application. Your parent/guardian will require a valid visa to stay with you in Australia. You are required to nominate your parent/guardian, which your parent/guardian includes with their Student Guardian visa application.

    Arrival dates

    You must travel with your parent, relative or guardian and arrive in Australia prior to the commencement of semester. Please note the University strongly encourages you to attend orientation (10 – 21 July) in order to be prepared for classes starting on 24 July 2017.

    How to apply

    1. Complete an Option 1 form and submit this online with a copy of your passport
    2. If you choose this option, you do not require the University to issue you with a Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) letter to submit with your visa application

  • Option 2: Live in Australia with a relative approved by DIBP

    Visa requirements

    Nearly all international students require a Student Visa. After you accept your offer the University will provide you with an eCOE you include as part of your Student Visa application. A relative can be your (step) sibling, (step) grandparent, (step) aunt, (step) uncle, (step) niece or (step) nephew. They must be over 21 years of age and of good character. They must hold or have applied for a visa that allows them to stay in Australia until you turn 18, such as a Student Guardian visa. Please consult the Nomination of a Student Guardian form for DIBP’s restrictions on who qualifies as a relative.

    Arrival dates

    You must travel with your parent or nominated guardian and arrive in Australia prior to the commencement of semester. Please note the University strongly encourages you to attend orientation (10 – 21 July) in order to be prepared for classes starting on 24 July 2017.

    How to apply

    1. Check that the relative you plan to live with is approved by DIBP. Complete the Nomination of a Student Guardian form, which your nominated guardian includes with their Student Guardian Visa application when making their application.
    2. Complete an Option 2 form and submit this online with a copy of your passport
    3. If you choose this option, you do not require the University to issue you with a Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) letter to submit with your visa application

  • Option 3: Live in University approved care arrangements

    The two care alternatives approved by the University of Melbourne are:

    A: Live in one of the Residential Colleges of the University of Melbourne

    Visa requirements

    You will need a student visa. The University will provide you with your COE and your CAAW letter so you can apply.

    Arrival dates

    Nominate an arrival date prior to the commencement of semester. Please note the University strongly encourages you to attend orientation (10 – 21 July) in order to be prepared for classes starting on 24 July 2017.

    How to apply

    1. Research the Residential Colleges and apply for a place. We recommend you do this as soon as possible: that is, even before you have received your Offer Letter from the University
    2. Receive an offer for a Residential College
    3. Complete an Option 3A form and submit this online along with: a copy of your passport, a copy of your parent’s ID, and the Residential College confirmation letter
    4. You will not be required to pay any additional fees while you are under 18
    5. You will receive a CAAW with your eCoE to submit with your Student Visa application

    B: Live in University pre-approved housing or alternative accommodation

    The University of Melbourne Under 18 International Student Supervision Program offers two options. Apply to live in University pre-approved housing or in alternative accommodation (e.g. with family friends or accommodation not listed). This accommodation would need to be assessed as meeting the University’s requirements.


Packaged offers

If you received a packaged offer from Trinity Foundation or University of Melbourne English Language Bridging Program (UMELBP) Hawthorn, you will have been issued a Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) that contains conditions. In order to meet the condition on your CAAW, you will need to register your welfare arrangements prior to starting your course at the University of Melbourne by choosing one of the options above.

Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) form

If the University accepts responsibility for your care arrangements (Option 3: Live in University approved care arrangements), you will receive a Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) together with your electronic-Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). You submit these documents to DIBP when applying for your Student Visa.

If you will turn 18 before you are due to arrive in Australia

If your eighteenth birthday falls before/on your arrival date, you can still lodge your visa application before your 18th birthday but you must include a 157N form  with your visa application. You must complete questions 1-8 in the 157N Form and tick 'YES' for question number 8 of the form- that you will arrive in Australia after your 18th birthday. Your parent/s or legal custodian must sign the 157N Form. If you tick 'NO' in the form- that you intend to arrive in Australia beforeyour 18th birthday, DIBP will ask you further questions in regards to your welfare.

Deferring course commencement

If you have received an offer of place from the University, but you wish to defer commencement of your studies at the University until after you have turned 18 years of age, you will need to submit an online request to defer your offer.


Notify the University of an address change

All Under 18 International Students will need to notify the University in writing of any change to their contact address in my.unimelb, with the permission of a parent/guardian. It is a student visa condition that any change of address be made within seven days.

If you reside in a Residential College, or if you are enrolled in the Under 18 International Student Supervision Program, you will also need prior approval by the Under 18 International Student Supervision Program before any accommodation changes can be made. Please email int-under18@unimelb.edu.au with details about your requested change of address if this applies to you.

How to notify the University of an address change:

  1. Download the Change of Address (Under 18 international student) form
  2. Print and complete the form
  3. Ensure a parent/guardian has also signed the form
  4. Scan the completed form
  5. Submit an Enquiry via ask.unimelb and attach the completed form (select Manage my Admin > Update contact details).