Homestay is a great option for your first month. Your new home away from home will provide a valuable cultural exchange with your local host family. A warm welcome to Australia!

What is Homestay Accommodation?

It involves an international student living with a family in their home. Generally, you stay will last a month or so, but younger students may prefer to stay longer. It is an excellent way to learn about Australia.

Homestay Accommodation includes

  • Pickup from the airport
  • A furnished room in your host family’s home
  • All utilities including Internet
  • Meals
  • Welcome and orientation
  • Support from your homestay agent
  • A cultural exchange with your host family

Positives of Homestay Accommodation

  • Convenience! Everything is setup for you to move in
  • A safe and welcoming environment – great if you think you may get homesick
  • Improve your English skills with your host family
  • Meet a family and learn about Australia
  • Can be cheaper than other managed accommodation options

Other considerations

  • May be located a while from your institution – make sure you check public transport options
  • The house rules may feel restrictive if you want more independence
  • Isolation from other students


Depending on the homestay option, the cost will vary. You can expect to pay between $200 and $300 a week, including meals and utilities.

Useful points for finding the right accommodation for you

Facilities and house rules vary with homestays so make sure you read all the details. Check out all the FAQs on the options that you are researching.

  • Does Airport pickup cost extra?
  • Does the homestay agent supply support in case of issues?
  • What are the agents cost for placement?
  • Will you be comfortable living in someone else’s home?
  • What are the house rules – visitors, curfews, etc.?
  • Locality – is it an area that you wish to live?