Accommodation

There are several different options available for accommodation. Annual living costs have been estimated at A$20,290 by Department of Home Affairs (DHA).

 

Type of accommodation

'Homestay' is when you live with an Australian family in their home. The homestay family provides you with meals, laundry facilities and your own room with a study desk. You are usually asked to help with some household chores. Homestay also gives you the chance to practise your English every day at home.

TAFE NSW International can help to arrange homestay accommodation when you arrive in Australia for a small fee. Find out more about the Arrival and Accommodation Services fees.

Download the Homestay Providers list (pdf 66 KB)

 

Hostels (rooming houses) provide a friendly, safe, supervised environment. You get your own room or a shared room. The kitchen, bathroom and television room are shared. Many hostels also provide meals.

Shared rooms cost about A$30 - A$35 per night and private rooms cost about A$60 - A$80 per night.

 

When you share a house or apartment with one or more other people, you are more independent than if you are living in homestay or hostel accommodation.

You will need to supply your own furniture if the house/apartment is unfurnished. You also have to arrange for your own towels, pillows, sheets and blankets.

You share the cost of rent, electricity and gas. You need to buy your own food and do your own laundry and cooking, although many sharing arrangements include sharing the cooking.

For those studying in western Sydney, WSU Village provides a range of private or shared accommodation options, especially for students. All apartments are fully furnished. All apartments are fully furnished. Visit WSU Village website for more information.

TAFE NSW Hunter also provides twin share student accommodation at the Hunter Valley Hotel Academy

Estimated costs for Sydney

 

Accommodation Weekly cost estimate*
Shared 2-bedroom apartment A$125 - A$200 per bedroom
Shared 3-bedroom house A$100 - A$180 per bedroom

 

*Accommodation can be cheaper outside Sydney.

 

Studio apartments or one-bedroom apartments are smaller and less expensive to rent than larger apartments, but may cost you more as you cannot share the rent or any expenses.

You will need to provide your own furniture if the house or apartment is unfurnished. You also need to supply your own pillows, sheets and blankets, dishes and cutlery and pay for expenses such as electricity and gas. You also need to clean your apartment, do your own laundry, buy your own food and do your own cooking.

Costs depend on the size and location of the apartment but range from A$180 - A$350 per week.

For those studying in western Sydney, WSU Village provides a range of private or shared accommodation options, especially for students. All apartments are fully furnished. Visit WSU Village website for more information.

For further information about tenants' rights when you rent in NSW, go to the Tenants' Union of NSW website

 

How to find accommodation

TAFE NSW International can help you find short-term homestay accommodation when you arrive in Australia (minimum of 4 weeks stay).

To book homestay accommodation, tick the box on your application form. We will send you a service request form with your offer letter asking you to confirm that you want us to arrange your accommodation.

The fee for this service is charged with your tuition fees which needs to be paid in advance before you arrive in Australia.

Find out more about the Arrival and Accommodation Services fees.

Students under 18 years of age

International students under 18 must have suitable accommodation and welfare arrangements while they are studying in Australia. Options include:

  • Living with parents or relatives approved by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA)
  • Living with parent-nominated homestay with distant relatives or close family friends approved by TAFE NSW International
  • Living in homestay accommodation arranged by TAFE NSW International

Living with parents or relatives approved by DHA

Parents must complete a Direct Relative Nomination Form.

Students may live with a parent or DHA-approved relative. The relative must agree to undertake guardian/carer responsibilities

The relative must:

  • be a resident of NSW
  • be over 25 years of age
  • be able to remain in Australia until the student is 18 years of age
  • obtain an Australian Federal Police clearance

Parents must provide DHA with proof that the guardian is related to the student.

 

Living with parent-nominated homestay

Parents of students may nominate for their child to live with close family friends or distant relatives.

  • Parents must complete a Parent Nomination for Homestay form. Accommodation and living arrangements must meet our minimum homestay requirements as stated on this form.
  • We will issue a Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) for your child's visa
  • The person nominated to provide accommodation, and all family members aged over 18 years, must complete a Working with Children Check
  • We will approve the arrangements once the nominated homestay meets all requirements
  • The nominated homestay parent becomes guardian/carer for the student.

Find out more about the Arrival and Accommodation Services fees.

 

Living in homestay arranged by the TAFE NSW International

We can place students in approved homestay accommodation. To request for this, parents must complete a Service Request Form.

  • Students in homestay have their own bedroom and study desk, and share a bathroom
  • The homestay family provides two meals a day on weekdays, and three meals a day on weekends
  • The homestay parent becomes the guardian/carer
  • Homestay is arranged through independent providers who have agreements with us to provide quality service
  • Homestay providers regularly inspect homestay accommodation
  • We will issue the Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) to DHA so that DHA can issue a visa
  • Homestay providers arrange for everyone living at the homestay to complete a police check
  • Parents may request a different homestay family

Find out more about the Arrival and Accommodation Services fees.

Download the Homestay providers list (pdf 66 KB)

 

Guardian / carer responsibilities

The guardian / carer is responsible for:

  • maintaining regular contact with the student and liaising with the TAFE NSW, homestay host and parents
  • ensuring the student meets the requirements of The Department of Education–DIBP course progress policy
  • notifying us, the TAFE coordinator and DHA in writing of any changes in address or living arrangements within seven days. If the student is under 18 and we approve the accommodation and welfare arrangements, then written approval must be obtained prior to the change of arrangement
  • contacting the parents and TAFE coordinator in case of an accident, serious illness or medical emergency
  • assisting the student to seek necessary medical attention and obtain proper medical certificates in case of absence
  • informing the parents promptly in the event of any problems
  • contacting the TAFE coordinator requesting leave for the student for any appointments, specifying the dates and times of their absence
  • liaising with the TAFE coordinator concerning behaviour, conduct or any issues that may affect the student's progress
  • attending TAFE meetings as required on behalf of the parents
  • assisting the student to abide by TAFE NSW and visa requirements
  • taking responsibility for the student's welfare and supervision outside TAFE hours.
 

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