Homestay can be a great option for your first month. It is very important that you only book Homestay through a provider recommended by your school to ensure they meet the right standards. 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, your 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 
  • Meals as arranged
  • Welcome and orientation
  • Support from your homestay agent
  • A cultural exchange with your host family

Positives of Homestay Accommodation

  • Convenience! Everything is set up 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 better value than other managed accommodation options

Other considerations

  • Adult students treat Homestay as a great starting point to meet a local who can help you with networking and future decisions (including future accommodation options)
  • Homestay options can be both close to and some distance from your institution – make sure you check access and public transport options


Depending on your best homestay option, the cost will vary. You can choose different price points depending on meals required. As a guide, you can expect to pay between $250 and $350 a week, depending on the type of room, 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 any issues?
  • What are the agents cost for placement?
  • Are you new in Australia and better to start your journey with a fully trained and managed Homestay Host?
  • Will you be comfortable living in someone else’s home?
  • What are the house rules – visitors, curfews, etc. and will you find them restrictive?
  • Locality – is it an area that you wish to live and are there other students in the area?