Accommodation and Support Services

Kangan Institute International

Airport Pick-up

If requested, international students are met on arrival at Melbourne Airport by an Institute representative and taken to their temporary accommodation.

Temporary student hostel accommodation is AUD$75 per night. Alternately students can be placed in homestay for a minimum of two weeks. The cost of homestay is AUD$250 to AUD$300 per week. Please contact for more details about temporary homestay. (Price current as at June 2010 - subject to change).

If you require airport pick-up travel arrangements must be forwarded to the Institute seven days prior to your arrival. This is a free service offered by Kangan Institute to all international students with a minimum 10 week enrolment. A charge of AUD$65 will apply if you have requested airport pick-up and do not use the service.

Download Airport Pick-up form

To access this service, click here. This service cannot be guaranteed if the completed form is received less than seven days prior to arrival in Melbourne.


Students have a number of accommodation options. The Institute provides a free placement service to assist students in locating suitable accommodation, with the exception of some homestay placements where students will pay an AUD$255 placement fee. This fee is payable to a homestay agency (not the Institute) and is subject to change. The Institute does not guarantee to find suitable accommodation for all international students but will provide assistance with searching for accommodation where required.


Homestay offers accommodation in a private home with a host family. Students are provided with a furnished bedroom with study space. The host provides meals, but the student must pay for their own travel, telephone calls, entertainment and personal needs. The approximate weekly cost is AUD$250 to AUD$300 per week. This is payable two weeks in advance to the host family.

Rented Rooms

Students can rent a room in a private house which can be either furnished or unfurnished. Meals are not normally provided, but students have access to the kitchen to prepare their own meals. Rent varies from AUD$200 to AUD$300 per week and may or may not include gas, electricity and water costs.

Private Rental

A popular option for students is to share an apartment or house which is normally rented through a real estate agent. Rental costs do vary dependant on type of property, number of bedrooms and location. Rent varies from AUD$200 to AUD$500 per week depending on the location and number of rooms. A month's rent in advance and a bond equivalent of up to six weeks rent is required when renting a property. To rent a property from a real estate agent their rental application form must be filled out and they may require a reference letter and financial and identification proof. The majority of rental properties are unfurnished. Approximately AUD$2,000 to AUD$4,000 will be required for the above needs, household goods, gas, electricity and telephone connection. For further information on renting a property please refer to

Permanent accommodation usually takes three to four weeks to arrange, depending on the type of accommodation required. Permanent accommodation cannot be arranged prior to arriving in Australia.

These costs are indicative only and are correct as at January 2013 and subject to change.


A comprehensive orientation program is delivered to international students one week prior to the beginning of the semester. Attendance at the program is compulsory for all international students commencing their formal course at the Institute. The program covers aspects of living and studying in Australia.

Sessions at orientation include:

  • adapting to Australian course requirements
  • lifestyle
  • health insurance
  • compliance with student visa requirements
  • study skills
  • safety (including fire safety, personal safety, policing and water safety)
  • using public transport
  • enrolment (including timetable for current semester, booklist and student card)
  • support services available at the Institute
  • orientation to local environment


The Institute employs qualified counsellors who provide confidential help with study or personal problems. This is a free service.

Counselling can help you adjust to life as a student, deal with hurdles along the way and succeed in your course. Our services are available at all campuses, and are confidential and private. All counsellors are experienced and are also registered psychologists. Telephone counselling is also available if necessary.


Counselling is confidential. Nothing you say to a counsellor will be disclosed to a third party without your consent. Counsellors do speak about their work, in a professional way to other counsellors (who are also bound by confidentiality) for the purpose of reviewing the counsellor's work. Usually only the first name is used in order to protect the person's privacy.

Exceptions to confidentiality

When the counsellor believes that your life or someone else's is at risk. In this case, the counsellor will usually tell you of their concern and what they intend to do. The counsellor may need to contact other health professionals and/or your family depending on the nature of the risk.

Feel free to ask your counsellor any questions you may have.

To make an appointment:

Phone: (03) 9279 2511

International Student Liaison Officers

In addition to the Institute's free Student Support and Recreation Service, Kangan Institute's international student liaison officers attend to the welfare needs solely of international students. The liaison officers visit international students on all campuses every week, listening to their concerns, offering counselling and linking students to the services they need.

When students first arrive in Melbourne their needs vary widely; from accommodation assistance to personal safety advice, discovering where to buy the foods they like to learning how to use the public transport system, getting to understand Australian customs or just coping with loneliness and homesickness.

Our international student liaison officers will spend time with students helping them to settle comfortably and safely in Melbourne and preparing them for life as a student at Kangan Institute. Students quickly come to know that if they have a concern or a problem, no matter how big or small, the first person they can call is one of our international student liaison officers.

Health Insurance

All international students are required by the Australian Government to take out health cover. The Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) provides international students with free public hospital care for non-elective treatment and an 85 percent rebate of the standard doctor's fees. For further information please refer to, and

Careers and Employment

Kangan Institute offer a specialist employment service for international students to assist them in finding employment while living and studying in Australia.

The service is dedicated to assisting international students find employment in Australia and acts as a recruitment service for employers. The employment service will enhance your chances of finding employment while studying in Australia and enable you to gain valuable employment experience.

The service has a specific focus on providing assistance with all aspects of finding employment including:

  • Resume workshops
  • Assistance with application letters and selection criteria
  • Job search assistance and advice
  • Coaching and guidance on how to approach employers
  • Access to vacancies advertised through the centre
  • Free job search resources
  • Industry-specific employment advice
  • Providing advice and assistance about how to find work in Australia
  • Workshops on Australian workplace culture, how to effectively and appropriately approach employers
  • Interview preparation and assistance

We also offer a comprehensive recruitment service for employers who want to recruit students. The service has more than a thousand employers who use the service to advertise jobs for Kangan Institute students. The service advertises a range of positions including part-time, holiday and seasonal work.

The employment service is located at various Kangan Institute campuses making it easy for you to access the service and vacancies while you study.

Protection for Overseas Students

As an overseas student on a student visa, you must study with an education provider and in a course that can be found on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) at CRICOS registration guarantees that the course and the education provider at which you study meet the high standards necessary for overseas students. Please check carefully that the details of your course, including its location match the information on CRICOS.