Homestay is a form of tourism and/or study abroad program that allows the visitor to rent a room from a local family to better learn the local lifestyle as well as improve their language ability. It offers students a unique experience of the Australian way of life and a great way to improve their English language skills.
Homestay scenarios can range from a complete family experience to a very basic room rental. Typically the student would be provided breakfast and dinner seven days a week, with a light lunch included on weekends. These meals would be prepared and served by the host family. In some cases, students can also be offered a self-catered meal option in which they are given access to kitchen and cooking facilities and would purchase their own ingredients to prepare meals.
There are a number of homestay organisations offering homestay arrangements. The provider oversees the arrangement, provides support to both students and hosts, and can also provide guardianship to those students under the age of 18.
Homestay providers in Sydney
Auzzie Families (opens an external site) - accommodation services for students and visitors of all ages, giving you the opportunity to experience living with an Australian family. Aussie Families helps students, visitors and people moving to Sydney to find the right accommodation for their needs. They’re also able to accommodate bookings from two weeks to as long as you like.
Global Experience (opens an external site) - arranges safe and cosy accommodation for international students. They are able to organise student accommodation to best suit your budget, location and cultural needs. They’re also able to provide placement with a homestay family for study groups visiting, from three days to six weeks.
Studyvision (opens an external site) - Homestay provider with 25 years of experience providing accommodation for over 30,000 international students attending education institutions across Australia and New Zealand. They are able to provide placement with a homestay family with a minimum stay of four weeks.
UTS:Insearch only caters homestays for UTS:InSearch students under and over 18.
For more information about the UTS:InSearch homestay services , contact the Homestay Coordinator.