Students under 18 years of age

If you are an international student under the age of 18 and wish to study at Murdoch, the Australian Government requires appropriate accommodation, support and welfare arrangements be met before you can accept your offer letter and are granted a student visa.


The arrangements must be maintained for the duration of your student visa or until you turn 18, depending on what happens first.

For more information regarding your student visa visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website. Choose the country of your passport and your main course of study. The Eligibility tab will give you more information regarding students under the age of 18.

Accommodation options

As a student under the age of 18 you have four different accommodation options while studying in Australia at Murdoch University:

Option 1: Living with a parent or legal custodian

If you live with a parent or a legal custodian while you are under the age of 18, they provide accommodation, support and welfare for you. You should also indicate this on your student visa application form.

If your parent or legal custodian is initially not living in Australia you can also bring them to Australia. They can apply for a short stay visitor visa or a Student Guardian visa. However the DIBP will give you more information regarding the arrangement.

Where you nominate a parent or legal custodian, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and not Murdoch University is responsible for approving this arrangement. At the same time the parent or legal custodian is your guardian.

Option 2: Living with a close relative

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection considers the following relatives as appropriate carers:

  • Brother or sister
  • Step-brother or step-sister
  • Step-parent
  • Grandparent
  • Step-grandparent
  • Aunt or uncle
  • Step-aunt or step-uncle
  • Niece or nephew
  • Step-niece or step-nephew

Your parent or legal custodians will need to give their permission for this arrangement on your visa application form and your relative must be nominated through the form Nomination of a student guardian from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website.

All relatives must be aged over 21 and eligible to stay in Australia until you turn 18 or your visa expires. They must also be of good character by providing a valid police clearance.

If your relative is initially not living in Australia you can also bring them to Australia. Or your relative must make an application to the DIBP for an appropriate visa. They can apply for a short stay visitor visa or a Student Guardian visa. However the DIBP will give you more information regarding the arrangement.

Where you nominate a close relative, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and not Murdoch University is responsible for approving this arrangement. At the same time the parent or legal custodian is your guardian.

Option 3: Living with Murdoch University in a host family

If you cannot stay with a parent, a legal custodian, a close or non-relative while you are under the age of 18, Murdoch University will make appropriate accommodation, support and welfare arrangements for you. These details, including the date the accommodation arrangement commences, will be confirmed through a Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation/Welfare Arrangements (CAAW) letter that you will also need to apply for a student visa. You must not travel to Australia before the day that your welfare arrangements will commence and you have to agree to stay with your host family until you turn 18.

Murdoch University’s preferred accommodation provider is the Australian Homestay Network. That means you will live with a host family until you turn 18 or your visa expires. To apply for homestay you first need an offer letter from Murdoch University and then you can either contact your education agent (if applicable) or the Australian Homestay Network directly. You will receive a confirmation after you have successfully applied for homestay and you need this confirmation for your official registration with Murdoch University.

While you live with the host family a Murdoch University staff member will meet with you every week until you turn 18.

Where you apply to live with Murdoch University, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) is not responsible for approving this arrangement as the Australian Homestay Network is already approved by Murdoch University as preferred provider. At the same time Murdoch University is your guardian unless your family appoints the host family.

Find out more about homestay.

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