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 to the Australian way of life and a great way to improve their English language skills.
Homestay scenarios can range from a completely immersive family experience to a very basic room rental. Typically the student would be provided breakfast and dinners 7 days a week with a light lunch included on weekends. These meals would be prepared and served by the host family. Students are also 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 which facilitate a homestay arrangement. 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 service providers in Sydney
Auzzie Families - offers accommodation service in Sydney for students and visitors of all ages, and give you the opportunity to experience living with an Australian family. Auzzie Families helps students, visitors and people moving to Sydney for work or study to find the right accommodation for their needs. They are able to accommodate bookings from two weeks to as long as you like.
www.auzziefamilies.com (opens an external site)
Global Experience - Global Experience arranges safe and cosy accommodation for international students. They are able to organise student accommodation to best suit your budget, location and cultural needs. Global experience is also able to provide placement with a homestay family for study groups visiting from 3 days to 6 weeks.
www.globalexperience.com.au (opens an external site)
To those students who are under 18 Homestay arrangements can be organised by UTS:INSEARCH, a commercial branch of the University.
Homestay is one of the most popular options for INSEARCH students. Not only do you improve your English on a daily basis with local people, you will have two meals Monday to Friday and three meals a day on weekends. You will also get the chance to make life-long friends and learn about Australian culture first hand.
For more information on Homestay through INSEARCH contact the Homestay coordinator.
Ground Floor, 187 Thomas Street,
Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: +61 2 9218 8614