What is homestay?
Homestay is a popular form of accommodation for international students whereby you live with a local individual or family (known as a host). In exchange for monetary compensation, a guest is usually provided access to a furnished bedroom, meals and facilities such as the laundry and other common areas of the home.
Why stay with a homestay?
Living with local hosts in a homestay provides students with a safe and comfortable environment whereby they are able to integrate with the local community.
- A safe environment – All host families are routinely inspected and trained to accommodate for the safety and comfort of international students
- Soft landing – Host families help students feel at home by showing them around their new surroundings
- Cultural experience – Students are given the opportunity to experience and embrace the local culture by interacting with their host family and community
For international students, homestays are undoubtedly affordable and time-saving accommodation options. Unlike other accommodation options, homestays offer a complete living experience that includes meals, electricity, gas and internet, as well as the use of other public areas in the home.
- Private Bedroom – A furnished bedroom with a bed, wardrobe and desk with lamp
- Utilities – Internet, gas, water and electricity are included
- Meals – 2 meals Monday to Friday and 3 meals on weekends
- Other amenities – Access to laundry and other areas of the home if available such as swimming pool, sauna or gym
How does homestay work?
Homestay bookings are usually four week blocks giving students the ease and flexibility to decide if this accommodation option is right for them.
- Duration: minimum 4 week booking period
- End of Booking Notice: 2 weeks before each booking period ends, you will be required to notify Study Vision if you are continuing or moving out
- Holiday rates: If you would like to hold your room, you will be required to pay 50% of the regular homestay fee