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Every Child, Every Opportunity

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  • Experience diverse cultures in Melbourne and Victoria


A safe, comfortable place to stay during your studies is just as important as the school you attend. That’s why we have high standards for our international student accommodation. Melbourne or regional Victoria, Australia: take your pick from heaps of great places to live or study.

Choose the best option for you and your family:

Live with one of our homestay families

We highly recommend our homestay program because it gives you a unique cultural and language experience. For this option you need to be 13 years of age or older.

When you choose homestay, the Department of Education and Training (DET) will take responsibility for your wellbeing.  On behalf of DET, your school will carefully select your homestay family and therefore your accommodation, conduct Working with Children checks on all members of the homestay family over 18 years of age and ensure the school meets rigorous government standards.

Victoria has many different types of families and communities. Meet one of our homestay families and find out how it all works.

Live with a parent or close relative

You can live with a parent or a close relative if they’ll also be living in Victoria during your studies. With this option, your parent or close relative has responsibility for your wellbeing instead of the DET.

All students under 13 years and students with special needs must select this option.

The relative must be approved by DIBP and must:

  • be over 21 years of age
  • fit one of DIBP’s set of family relationships (for example, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, grandparent).

Nominate your own homestay family

You can stay in Victoria with a close family friend or a relative who isn’t on the list approved by DIBP. With this option, your school takes responsibility for your wellbeing on behalf of DET.

For this option you need to be 13 years of age or older. Your nominated family friend or relative must:

  • have a Working with Children Check
  • provide suitable accommodation which meets our homestay criteria.

Our International Student Coordinators

We want you to have a true home away from home. Our International Student Coordinators (ISC), who makes sure you’re happy with your homestay family.

After you arrive, your ISC will check how you’re settling into your new student accommodation. Melbourne suburbs and Victoria’s country regions are all covered. They’re responsible for the quality of all accommodation, with the exception of a parent or relative approved by DIBP.