The College must approve the accommodation choice of each student who is under 18 years of age before the Department of Immigration and Citizenship will process that student’s visa application.
If these accommodation arrangements are deemed to be satisfactory and in accordance with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) requirements, the College will issue a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) and Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation/Welfare (CAAW).
Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare
Students under the age of 18 must make special arrangements for their accommodation, support and general welfare. Trinity College can assist students with this process at the time of enrolment.
These requirements are due to Australian Government regulations for the care and welfare of international students under the age of 18.
If your arrangements are satisfactory and in accordance with DIAC we will issue a COE and a CAAW.
Find out more about approved Under 18 Apartments (3.1Mb), Under 18 Hostels (4.1Mb) and Homestay (2.8Mb) options.
Request for a Trinity pre-approved Under 18 accommodation.
Under 18 Private Accommodation Approval
If you are under the age of 18 and require Trinity College to approve your private accommodation arrangements, you must download and complete the Under 18 Private Accommodation & Minder Nomination Form (SW-013).
Students under 18 are not permitted to live with younger persons or on their own in a private accommodation. There must be an older person (minder) living full-time at the residence, who will take responsibility for them.
In accordance with Australian Government regulations, Trinity College requires that a minder be:
- 21 years old or over
- of good character
- a resident of Melbourne
- willing to accept reponsibility for all aspects of the care, accommodation and welfare of the under 18 student while they are enrolled in TCFS program
- must be an Australian citizen or have a valid Australian visa for the duration of the CAAW period, or until the student turns 18
- must live full-time with the student at the approved address.
The Student Welfare Department will review and investigate the private address upon enrolment.
Issuance of Trinity COE without CAAW document
If you intend to live with a parent, legal custodian or relative and do NOT require Trinity College to issue the CAAW document you must advise DIAC directly of your accommodation arrangements. You must also advise Trinity College that you do not require a CAAW by completing the Under 18 DIAC Welfare Declaration form. This form must be submitted when you accept your place at Trinity College and the College will issue a COE without a CAAW document.
DIAC has specific accommodation and welfare regulations for students under 18. For more information please refer to DIAC Under 18 Requirements.
Notification of a Change of Address
Students must inform their education provider (Trinity College) of their residential address in Melbourne within seven days of arrival in Australia.
Students Under 18 - Student Visa Condition 8532
In accordance with student visa condition 8532, students under 18 must seek approval from Trinity College before changing their address details in Melbourne.
Edith Head Hall
The preferred accommodation option for female students is Edith Head Hall – a Trinity-owned hostel, located close to the Trinity College campus. It offers a residential Foundation Studies community with live-in supervision and academic and personal support services.