Visa conditions and welfare requirements

If you are under 18, there are extra rules and requirements to take care of you. You will need to have welfare arrangements in place and this means that you either:

  • Arrange a Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) from UTS College covering your Confirmation of Enrolment period plus 7 days or until you turn 18; or
  • Nominate a parent, legal custodian or relative over 21 years of age as your student guardian. This person must have a visa to stay in Australia for the duration of your student visa or until you turn 18.
You need these welfare arrangements in place until you turn 18, even if you turn 18 before your program starts. You must not enter Australia before your welfare arrangements start. This is a condition of your visa. If you breach your visa conditions, the Department of Home Affairs might cancel your visa.

Approved accommodation options

International students under 18 need to live in UTS College approved accommodation and welfare arrangements or have welfare arrangements approved by the Department of Home Affairs.

UTS College approved accommodation options

The two UTS College approved accommodation options for international students under 18 are Homestay or Urbanest.

Living with relatives

If you are an international student under 18 and want to live with a relative or close family friend who is an Australian resident, your relative or friend will need to apply to live with a Special Host under UTS College Homestay arrangements.

Request for Special Host Arrangements Form.

Department of Home Affairs approved accommodation options

If you are an international student under 18 and not living in UTS College approved accommodation, for example an eligible relative, you need to have welfare arrangements approved by the Department of Home Affairs.

What to do if you want to change your accommodation

If you want to change your accommodation or have any problems with your existing accommodation, please contact the Accommodation Team at accommodation@insearch.edu.au.

Who to contact for help

For further assistance please contact:

Accommodation Team: accommodation@insearch.edu.au, or 
Student Centre: studentcentre@insearch.edu.au.