Important information for students under 18 years

Victoria University of Wellington has special obligations to students under the age of 18 to ensure that you are well looked after while studying with us.

Victoria University of Wellington is a signatory to the Pastoral Care of International Students Code Of Practice 2016 (The Code).

Under The Code, the University has special obligations to students under the age of 18 years to ensure you are well looked after. Please read the following information and ensure that your parents or guardian also read and understand this information.

  • Your parents or legal guardians must sign the Parental/guardian consent form and return it via email to Victoria International before your enrolment. You will not be able to enrol at Victoria until this form is completed and returned.
  • You will meet with your International Student Advisor at Victoria International once a trimester to discuss your wellbeing and academic progress. Your advisor will contact your parents once a trimester to discuss your progress.
  • You are required to live in one of the following categories of accommodation:

    You may not live in any other type of accommodation while you are under 18 and all accommodation is subject to the approval of Victoria University.

Under 18 accommodation

If you will be living with a homestay, or with your parent or designated caregiver, staff from the university will visit your accommodation to ensure it is suitable. Additionally, all people over the age of 18 living in the accommodation will be required to provide a current New Zealand Police Certificate.

If you wish to stay away from your accommodation overnight, or travel outside of the Wellington area, you are required to notify your homestay family, your hall manager or your designated caregiver. You will also be required to meet with your Student Advisor at Victoria International to discuss your travel arrangements. When your advisor agrees to your travel plans, they will contact your parents to discuss and ask for confirmation from your parents.

Cigarettes and alcohol

It is against New Zealand law for a person under 18 years of age to purchase alcohol or cigarettes.

Contact us

If you have any questions about this information, please email the International Student Advisors at