U18 homestay guidelines

Please read and understand the following guidelines if you hosting under 18 students

Caring for any student is a high priority. We need to make sure these students are safe and secure in their new environment. However, when dealing with students aged under 18, it can require extra patience, commitment and some very clear guidelines.

All our General Homestay Guidelines apply to all Under-18 students. Below are additional guidelines specific to Under-18 students, to help you understand your responsibilities with these students.

Student/s guardian

All students under 18 will have a guardian, who is responsible for their welfare. Their guardian will:

  • give you their contact details
  • meet regularly with your student (generally away from the family home)
  • grant permission for any extracurricular activities or overnight stays.

In some cases, the student’s school/institution will act as their Guardian.

Please contact Study Vision regarding any issues with the student, and we will liaise with the student’s Guardian or school, to help resolve these issues.

Going out

If your student is going out, ask them about:

  • where they are going
  • a contact number of who they will be with
  • what time they will be home (approximately).

Safety at night

All Under-18 students must be home by 10pm each night. If the student does not return home before the school’s curfew, please notify Study Vision immediately by calling our 24-hour Emergency line, 0410 691 761.

Students may be given permission by their Guardian to stay out after 10pm. This will be confirmed with you in advance by Study Vision by email only. Any other form of notification is not valid. If the student tells you they have received permission, please confirm with Study Vision before allowing the student to stay out.

Staying overnight

Under-18 students are not allowed to stay overnight away from their homestay, unless they have permission from the Guardian. This will be confirmed with you in advance by Study Vision by email only. Any other form of notification is not valid. If the student tells you they have received permission, please confirm with Study Vision before allowing the student to stay out.

Inviting people to stay the night

Your student’s friends should not spend the night with them at your house. If you need to, refer the matter to the student’s guardian.

Going on Holidays

All students will have Overseas Student Health Care (OSHC) cover. This is your student’s responsibility under the terms of their student visa. If the student does not understand this cover, please ask them to speak to their school/university. They can attend any public hospital by showing their OSHC card. The student will need to pay any fees or charges and can claim it back from their OSHC cover.

Please notify Study Vision by email of any student’s injury or illness, unless it’s an emergency, in which case, call our office number (02 9669 5225, 9am-5pm Monday to Friday) or our 24-hour Emergency line (0410 691 761).

Moving Out or Changing Accommodation

You student must maintain the same accommodation, support and guardianship arrangements that they provided at the time their visa was granted. This is one of the visa conditions for students under 18 years. The student must have formal approval from their guardian and their institution if they want to change their accommodation. Study Vision will notify you by email of any approved changes for any Under-18 student.