If you are under 18 years of age and new to Australia you currently have two accommodation options.  

Note that international students under 18 must reside in UTS Insearch approved accommodation/welfare arrangements or accommodation approved by the Department of Home Affairs.

Accommodation options for under 18s

Living with a local family is a great way for you to experience life in Australia and practise your spoken English. All of our homestays have been specially chosen to ensure that you're provided with a safe and supportive home environment. Each home is within 45-60 minutes travelling time from the campus, in a variety of locations around Sydney.

This is a fantastic opportunity to live like a local and have an authentic Australian lifestyle experience. For Homestay etiquette information, click here.

Why choose homestay

  • It's the perfect way to make new friends - many of our Homestay students stay in touch with their Australian host families long after they leave.
  • If you're learning English - it's a great way to practice your language skills every day in a fun, relaxed home environment.
  • Homestay students can experience what it's really like living with an Australian family. You can learn all about their family life and values, interact with people of different ages and share their culture and interests.
  • It's ideal for students who are under 18 years of age - so you have a family to look out for you while you're here.

Homestay Fees

Homestay prices  (incl GST)   2019
Booking fee   A$290
Single   A$315 per week
Twin share   A$280 per week
Single (under 18s)   A$365 per week
Twin (under 18s)   A$325 per week
Special dietary requirements   A$70 per week
Airport welcome (student only)   A$160

Special accommodation arrangement

If you have friends or family living in Australia, you may be able to live with them. However, there are certain criteria that will need to be met. 

For more information about Homestay or Special accommodation arrangements, email accommodation@insearch.edu.au 
To view the Insearch Homestay Policy click here , for the Homestay Procedure here and, for the Insearch Under 18 Policy click here

Urbanest Darling Square and Urbanest Darling House

Urbanest is one of Australia’s largest providers of student accommodation. Each building is purpose-built featuring ultra-modern facilities including study areas, collaboration zones and social spaces to connect with friends. Providing all the comforts of home in a safe, community-style setting, Urbanest has everything you need at your fingertips. If it’s your first time living away from home, you can be confident you’re on track to a great student lifestyle experience while you study at UTS Insearch.

A little about Urbanest Darling Square

Located just a short walk from the UTS Insearch Blue Building, Urbanest Darling Square gives you the perfect combination of convenience and flexibility. You can explore the array of international flavours on your doorstep or make meal times a joint effort by cooking with students you’re sharing your apartment with or simply cook solo.

Room types:

  • Twin Share Room with ensuite in an eight-person apartment
  • Single Room with ensuite in a five-person apartment
  • Large Studio with double bed

A little about Urbanest Darling House

Adjoining Darling Square, Urbanest Darling House takes your accommodation experience to the next level offering a fully-catered option. Every day the team of chefs at The Eatery will freshly prepare your meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sourcing the highest quality ingredients and creating a variety of nutritionally-balanced meals that taste delicious are a priority. With coffee stations, freshly squeezed juices, ice-cream and yoghurt, the only decision you need to make is whether to dine in or grab and go.

Room types:

  • Twin Share Room with ensuite
  • Single Room with ensuite

Features of Urbanest Darling Square and Darling House:

  • Safe and secure with swipe card access and CCTV
  • 24/7 dedicated onsite team
  • Electricity and water included in your rent
  • Study/Conference rooms
  • iMac computer lab
  • Big screen TV and games room
  • Secure bike storage
  • Intelligently designed apartments that combine style and practicality
  • Paypass/card operated laundries
  • Modern gym
  • Rooftop courtyard with BBQ
  • uLife, a monthly events calendar and social program to help you get to know Sydney and your fellow Urbanest students

UTS Insearch students receive exclusive extras:

  • Unlimited internet access
  • Free bed linen package
  • Free basic kitchenware pack
  • $10 mobile phone sim card

How to book:

Please be advised that there are no vacancies for Semester 3, 2019

To register your interest for Semester 1, 2020, please follow these instructions. 

  1. Please review the application form and agreement for more information on room types, rates and contract dates for 2020, and fill it out.
  2. Email the completed form to enquiries@urbanest.com.au. Urbanest will confirm the accommodation request via email and will include the UTS Insearch accommodation team in the correspondence.
  3. Include ‘UTS Insearch Under 18 Application’ in the subject line.
  4. Students under 18 must enter into approved welfare arrangements with our partners ISA Guardians & Welfare Services. Their Service Agreement can be viewed here. The UTS accommodation team will forward your details and engage with the primary contact on your Urbanest form to request relevant documents to proceed with the application. 
  5. Students under 18 must have UTS Insearch approved transport arrangements. This means you must select "YES" for the UTS Insearch Airport Pick Up option; or contact accommodation@insearch.edu.au to discuss alternate arrangements.
  6. You can read the Insearch Student Residential Accommodation and Welfare Policy here and the Procedure here. Please also consult the Insearch Under 18 Policy for further information.

You can also contact the Urbanest team on 1800 260 801 or email enquiries to accommodation@insearch.edu.au at any stage.

Urbanest application form for under 18s