Accommodation Options

A word from our Accommodation Coordinator

Over the last 10 years I have specialised in international student welfare and safety within Western Australia’s international education sector. Being born and raised in Perth, I was fortunate to attend an ASC school, St Marks Anglican Community School, when it was first built. I graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Asian Studies. As part of my university degree, I lived for 6 months as an international student in Indonesia, which has provided me with practical, first-hand insights into the challenges that students face when adapting to living in a new country.

My role as the ASCI Accommodation Coordinator is to manage and provide support to our homestay families and students. As a mother, I am very much aware of the importance of a caring and stable home environment for children and I keep this in mind when selecting our host families. Hosts, students and parents are free to contact me with any queries or concerns they may have. 

– Lia Simmonds

In keeping with the regulations of each student’s visa and the National Code, all students enrolled with ASC International are required to have a local carer and welfare holder. The following accommodation options are available:

If you live with a parent or a legal guardian 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 guardian is initially not living in Australia, you can also bring them to Australia. They can apply for a Student Guardian visa

For more information on how to obtain this please visit

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 guardian 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 or a 157N form.

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 Department of Home Affairs for an appropriate visa. They can apply for a Student Guardian visa. For More information on how to obtain this please visit

When you nominate a close relative, the Department of Home Affairs, and not the ASC International, is responsible for approving this visa arrangement.

This is arranged through the ASC International homestay program. 

A Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) letter cannot be issued until the homestay placement has been finalised.

Each family member in the home over 18 years of age is required to obtain Working with Children and Police Criminal Screening Checks prior to placement.

Living in an Australian homestay can be the most rewarding experience of your life.

A homestay is a cultural exchange between an international student or visitor and a local individual or family in the host country. The “host” provides accommodation and support for an agreed-upon period of time and rate. Homestays can be tailored to provide meals, assistance and other activities.

Homestays are designed to support international students and visitors who come to the host country to learn about its culture and lifestyle, improve their language skills, or study academic courses. Properly managed homestay is the ideal way to be introduced to a new country. Students learn to understand the language, culture and customs of the region in which they are studying. Many of our students make life-long friends with their host.

In your homestay you should receive;

  • three meals per day,
  • a bedroom with your own bed and clothes storage area,
  • a private area to study in,
  • linen and towels,
  • a welcoming and safe home, and
  • a friendly and caring host.

You are required to book your homestay before the ASC International can issue your CAAW letter.

To book your homestay, please click here.

Parent nominated hosts must register through our homestay program and demonstrate a long-standing relationship with the family.  Parent Nominated hosts will be required to undergo all the same accreditation processes as any other host family and agree to sign an ASC International Host Agreement.

Each family member in the home over 18 years of age is required to obtain Working with Children and National Police Criminal Screening Checks prior to placement.

A Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) letter cannot be issued until the parent-nominated host’s application is finalised.

To apply for a Parent Nominated Host arrangement, students and parents must complete the Parent Nominated Homestay Host Application.  Parent Nominated Homestay arrangements will incur fees to cover initial inspection, host training and ongoing welfare support and monitoring of the placement.

IMPORTANT – Students who have been issued with a CAAW are required to advise ASC International of their holiday arrangements each term by completing the Request to Vary Welfare Arrangement Form

Special arrangements have been made for international students over the age of 18 to also have the following accommodation options:

  1. Homeshare or No Meals Homestay Option – this includes the ability for a student to live within an accredited homestay or homeshare arrangement that has been appropriately screened and managed by one of our approved accommodation providers. Student may have the ability to cook their own meals and live in a semi-independent environment, whilst still ensuring the appropriate welfare and safety arrangements are in place to provide for a comfortable environment.
  2. University College Accommodation – Year 12 or WAUFP students over the age of 18 have the option of applying to stay in St George’s College, a residential college associated with the University of Western Australia. ASC International can assist students with applications to St George’s College.