Choosing a suitable boarding facility for your student son/daughter is not a task to be taken lightly. You can be faced with the realisation that you must make a decision that will benefit all concerned.
One of the most common difficulties is whether to choose a boarding school that may be far away from home, or whether a rural student boarding provider or a residential college might be a better option if the home is within reasonable distance for weekend leave.
The Student Accommodation Guide provides detailed information about a large number of facilities right across the whole of Australia and includes the following types of facilities:
- Boarding Schools — Located in capital cities or large regional towns of Australia they comprise a combination of education buildings and accommodation buildings on the one campus.
- Residential Colleges — Located mostly in rural towns, some near to and some far away from capital cities or regional towns, these colleges provide accommodation only and students attend a school of their choice. Many of the students who access these facilities do so in order to pursue a curriculum which is not available in their local school.
- Agricultural Colleges — Also located in rural towns they cater for students whose choice of schooling is in the field of agriculture. Education and accommodation are provided on the one campus.
- TAFE Colleges — In mainland Australia these colleges are for tertiary students. However, in Tasmania the secondary schools cater for students only up to Yr 10, while Yrs 11-12 students attend a TAFE college. For these senior school students accommodation is available on the TAFE campus.
- Rural Student Hostels — Located in rural towns of varying size, these hostels provide accommodation only for students who live in areas too remote to have daily access to a secondary school. These hostels vary greatly in student numbers and range from a few small ones in extremely remote locations to larger ones in towns where a choice of schools may be available.
- Indigenous Youth Mobility Programme (IYMP) houses — The Indigenous Youth Mobility Programme (a Federal Government initiative) provides accommodation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tertiary students between the ages of 16-25. These boarding facilities, located in capital cities and large regional towns throughout Australia, are for students who have completed their secondary schooling and have obtained a University or TAFE college placement, an apprenticeship/traineeship, or employment in the wider community.
Please refer to the Student Accommodation Guide for full details of the various accommodation options around Australia.