Questions we get asked a lot
How do I get a place at Foyer?
There is lots of ways for young parents to apply for a place at Foyer Oxford!
Call us on 1800 185 685 to speak to a young parent worker or click here to register to attend an info session. When you contact us we will make a time that suits you to visit Foyer, check out the apartment and discuss if it’s the right place for you and your child.
How long can I stay at Foyer?
You can stay for up to 2 years, although you can leave at any time you want by giving one months’ notice.
How much is rent?
Rent is $240 per week for a one-bedroom apartment and includes all bills and Wi-Fi internet.
Do I have to share the apartment?
No, you get your own apartment; but there is a shared laundry and common areas.
What does the apartment look like and what does it have?
It’s a one bedroom apartment with its own kitchen, bathroom and spare room for the child. It comes with a bed, cupboards, cot/toddler bed, fridge, microwave and oven. We can supply other basic kitchen stuff if you really need it.
Can my partner live with me?
Unfortunately Foyer is not designed for couples but if your partner wants to apply they can apply for their own single apartment. They will still need to meet the Foyer Deal and pay the singles rent.
Can my partner stay over and visit?
Yes. Your partner can visit between visiting hours (7am-11pm) and once you pass your probation period you can have two sleepovers booked in per week. These need to be arranged with your case manager. If you need more sleepovers because of babysitting you can discuss options with your case manager.
Is there child care provided?
Foyer does not provided childcare but Crèche is provided on-site during parenting education sessions times. This is usually 2-3 times per week. We can help you to access child care in the local area, where there is availability.
Can I have friends or family babysit my child at foyer?
Yes, this can be negotiated with your case manager.
Will I be safe at Foyer?
Everyone has a right to feel safe in their home, and we will do everything we can to help keep you safe at Foyer Oxford. Foyer is covered by a sophisticated CCTV and security system and someone is here 24 hours a day. You have a key card that only gives residents and staff access to the building (no one else). Violence and threatening behaviour are not acceptable at Foyer Oxford.
How much work or study do I have to do to stay at Foyer?
Progressing towards work or education is part of the conditions of being able to stay at Foyer – we call it the ‘Foyer Deal’ – but how much is part of your individual plan that you work on with your case manager. We understand that as a young parent you may want to focus on your parenting skills or there may be many things you need to sort out before you are ready to study or work. This is all stuff that you can work out with your case manager and we will come up with a plan that suits you. As a minimum you will need to meet regularly with your case manager and attend parenting sessions if you are not in any formal study or employment.
What parenting support is provided?
We have a child support worker who is available to meet with you regularly to work on parenting and answer any questions you have. We also have weekly parenting workshops with a crèche provided and a nurse who can give you health advice and track your child’s development.
How often do I meet with my case manager?
During probation, you will probably meet weekly. After that, you’ll be able to let your case manager know what you need. For some people they’ll continue to meet weekly, for others it’ll be monthly. Mostly it depends on how well you’re doing at Foyer. Your case manager is there to help you figure out where you want to be, and how you can get there - so you get to decide what you need them for.
Is there a probation period?
Yes, this is the time where you can figure out whether Foyer is right for you and if it’s where you want to be. The probation period is six weeks, and during the probation period you’ll work with your case manager to figure out what you want them to support you with, and what you want to achieve to pass probation. After four weeks of probation you’ll meet with your case manager, and the case management co-ordinator, to see how you’re going.
How many apartments are there?
There are 24 young parent apartments, 98 in the building in total.
Can I choose my apartment?
Unfortunately not, but they’re all very similar to each other. If you need an apartment that is accessible for a special need that you have, please make contact with us on 1800 185 685.
Can I have a pet?
Goldfish, crazy crabs, and pet rocks are ok.
Is there a curfew?
No! Foyer is independent housing so there’s no set time you need to be back by. All we ask if you come home late is that you’re respectful of other people in the building and don’t make too much noise or disrupt others. There are some limits on when your friends and visitors can be in the building, and when the common spaces can be used.
How many visitors can I have?
You can have two visitors at any one time, but visitors aren’t allowed to stay overnight until you and your case manager have planned it out. Then you can have an overnight guest twice a week. This is just so we can make sure you and other young people are safe, and that you’re not being pressured to have someone stay over that you may not really want to. If you have people coming to help you babysit you can negotiate this with your case manager.
I have a car, is there any parking?
Unfortunately, there are only a few bays for cars so we have a waiting list for parking. Let us know when you apply to live here that you need a parking space.
Will I get support with guardianship to deal with schooling, permission slips etc?
Foyer Oxford staff are not able to act as your guardians - however we’ll support you to figure it out with your school, other service or institution.
What sort of skills can you help me gain in order to support myself independently?
We’ll help you work on your independent living skills (like cooking healthy food, and cleaning your apartment) as well as practical skills like job hunting and resume writing. Part of your tenancy will also involve rent inspections so you’ll get experience with those as well. It’s up to you to decide which skills you want to work on, and we’ll support you to find the right person to help you with that.
Is there a laundry?
There are 4 washing machines and 4 dryers provided that are free of charge to use, and accessible 24 hours a day.