What to expect
The Homestay Program has been providing Homestay services for international students since 1998. Homestay is a great way to learn about Australian culture, practice your English and make new friends.
All families who offer Homestay accommodation have been approved as Homestay providers by the Homestay Coordinator. Each family is interviewed and their accommodation is inspected to ensure international students are provided with a safe and caring environment where they can learn about and experience Australian culture.
The minimum Homestay period is 4 weeks. Once the initial 4 week period has passed, you can then negotiate with your host family to stay longer with them if you wish.
Friends and visitors
Homestay hosts are generally quite flexible and allow guests into their home. However you must discuss this with your host before inviting friends to stay.
If you and a friend wish to find a Homestay family which can accommodate both of you, the Homestay coordinator may be able to help, depending on availability.
Generally you are expected to catch the bus or train to University. Your host will provide information and assistance to help you access public transport. In locations where public transport is a problem, some hosts will drive students to and from the University and may request extra fees to cover petrol (usually under $30 per week which is less than the weekly bus fare).
When you arrive in Australia, we recommend making a booking with Central Coast Shuttle Express to transport you from Sydney International Airport to your Homestay. For transfers from Newcastle back to Sydney International Airport, we recommend booking with Waratah Hire Cars.
Australian families may be different from the family you have been used to in your home country. Australia is a modern, multicultural society and your host parents may be from any ethnic background. But they are still Australian!
In Australia, people who care for each other and live together in one house may be considered to be a family, so an Australian family may be:
- a couple with no children
- a single person
- a couple with children
- a single person with children
- an older couple whose family has grown and moved away
Find out what costs are involved and what you can expect from you Homestay family.