MLC has a proud tradition of welcoming boarders from rural and regional areas, as well as from countries all around the world.


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Students with Head of Boarding, Ms Jane Shone.

Our Tiddeman Boarding House offers a home away from home for approximately 120 Year 7 to Year 12 students, providing an exciting journey for boarders to experience new opportunities, create lasting friendships and learn independence.

We are located near the centre of Hawthorn and at the top of Glenferrie Road, a hub of activity with a cinema, countless shops and a huge variety of cafes and eateries ensuring that there are plenty of things for boarders to see and do in their free time. Year 11 and 12 boarders may visit Melbourne's CBD and explore the unlimited attractions that the 'world's most liveable city' offers.

Boarding Support


From the moment a new boarder begins at Tiddeman House, she is always supported. We understand that the transition to boarding can be daunting, and our experienced and passionate team of staff are committed to delivering best practice residential care, and are chosen for their caring attitudes and approachable personalities.

All staff are tertiary qualified, experienced and live and work exclusively in the Boarding House. The team includes a Head of Boarding, Assistant Head of Boarding, Year Level Co-ordinators, Healthcare Tutor and Tutors, who work together to help each student manage their learning and to ensure that they achieve their personal best. Academic progress is monitored and our tutors regularly liaise with day school teaching staff, and parents, to meet each boarder’s unique learning needs.

The student leadership team of Prefects and House Leaders are also there for extra student support.

Community and involvment


MLC offers one of the largest and most varied curricula in Australia, and we enthusiastically encourage our boarders to embrace the diverse range of activities available - with 30 sports and a wide range of committees and clubs, there is something for everyone. Our College facilities include our renowned Music School and Physical Education Centre for lessons and tuition, as well as dedicated Boarding sporting programs.

The Boarding House upholds a strong sense of community spirit with organised weekend activities, an annual Boarders’ drama production and special event nights. These offer great camaraderie between all students and encourage lasting friendships with fellow boarders. Additionally, each boarder is integrated fully within the day school House system. Boarders are encouraged to embrace life at MLC in order to enrich their learning, extend their friendships and improve their wellbeing.

Why board?


Boarding is a fantastic opportunity for students to develop confidence, resilience and time management skills. Our boarders become self-directed and responsible with diverse interests and the College supports this approach. Students become independent and learn to self-manage, whilst leadership skills are developed through our Boarding Leader group, our boarding buddy system and through countless opportunities within the whole College.

For those not from Melbourne, boarding gives students the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the city and makes transitions into future tertiary studies far easier. We are proud to foster a community culture of support and diversity, where lifelong friendships are made.

Boarding Scholarships are available, see our Scholarships page for further information.

There’s definitely a sense of community and support, and boarding has given me the confidence to try new things. I would definitely recommend the experience!
Georgia, current Year 11 boarder.
MLC Star

Boarding FAQs

Understandably, students and parents have many questions about life as a boarder at Methodist Ladies' College. While you may find answers to many of these below, we welcome your individual queries by contacting MLC Admissions.
How many girls are in each room?
Boarders in Years 7 – 11 share a room with 1 or 2 other girls in the same year level and change rooms at the end of each term. The year level tutor will consult with students towards the end of each term and provide students with the opportunity to submit preferences regarding who they would like to share a room with. The year level tutor will then consider these preferences, as well as individual study and sleeping habits, when allocating rooms for the following term. Year 12 students have their own rooms.
What is the academic performance of MLC boarders?
Boarders benefit from homework and study sessions that are supervised by experienced tutors, who regularly liaise with day school teaching staff and parents so that each boarder’s learning needs are met and progress is monitored.

Each evening during the week, time is allocated for homework with tutors on hand for assistance. This regular routine helps boarders to develop productive studying habits and plan their time effectively. Many past boarders attribute the increased degree of self-reliance and regular routine to their easy transition into tertiary studies.
Are boarders allowed out on the weekends?
The boarding program runs a bnumber of weekend activities for students, however students are free to plan their own time, with many boarders arranging social outings in neighbouring suburbs. Whether catching a movie, shopping or socialising with friends, boarders have the flexibility to be independent and plan their own schedule. With permission from their parents/guardians, students are able to leave the Boarding House during set times. All students are required to sign out at the Staff Office.

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