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Homestay Australia

Your home away from home

Live with an Australian family

Are you looking for a home away from home? Be welcomed into one of ILSC’s Australian Homestay families and experience a supportive living environment in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide. Homestay provides a fantastic opportunity to practise your English conversation skills and experience Australian family life and culture.

IMPORTANT: Homestay Accommodations are not available to:
• Greystone College Australia students
• ILSC Australia Evening Schedule students

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WHAT TO EXPECT IN YOUR HOMESTAY
  • Diverse homestay families that reflect the multicultural populations in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
  • A clean, comfortable, private room, equipped with a desk, bed, dresser, closet and good lighting
  • Homes located between 30-60 minutes travelling distance from the school
  • Prepared meals for students who choose an option with a meal plan.
  • A safe and secure homestay, inspected and approved by our Student Accommodation Department
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EMBRACE DIVERSITY

Australia is a multicultural country. Your homestay family in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide might have a foreign background. Please be open to embrace different cultures.

ENGLISH WILL BRING YOU TOGETHER

Your homestay family might have other international students, but no one will speak the same language as you.

PET-FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT

Australian homestay families are very pet friendly. Your homestay family might have pets. Please note, if you requested to stay in a house with no pets, we will do our best to accommodate your request.

BEDROOM TYPES

Wooden houses are quite common in Australia. Your bedroom will be private, but you will share the bathroom with the rest of the household.

SMOKE FREE SPACES

All our homestay families do not allow anyone to smoke inside their houses. If you are a smoker, please let us know before your arrival.

HOUSE RULES

All Australian homestay families have house rules. Please talk to your homestay family about their house rules on your first day and do your best to follow them.

GUESTS

Guests and overnight guests are not allowed in your homestay unless your homestay parents give you permission.

PENALTIES

You will be responsible to pay for any damage you have caused during your stay.

MEAL PLAN OPTIONS
  • icon_coffeeFULL-BOARD (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  • icon_burgerHALF-BOARD (Breakfast + Dinner)
  • icon_plateROOMSTAY (No Meals)
BREAKFAST

Breakfast is usually prepared by the student and may consist of a piece of toast with coffee and/or a bowl of cereal with milk.

LUNCH

Families usually provide a packed lunch, which may consist of a sandwich, drink, and fruit. Ask your family whether or not you are responsible for packing your own lunch.

DINNER

Dinner is prepared by the family. Your family will set the dinner time (typically sometime between 6−7:30 pm). Dinner is usually a well-balanced, full meal.

USE OF THE KITCHEN
FULL-BOARD OR HALF-BOARD

If you choose a full-board or half-board homestay you will not be allowed to use the kitchen. If you would like to use the kitchen, please ask your homestay family first; but be aware that they are not obligated to allow you to use the kitchen.

ROOMSTAY

If you choose a roomstay, you will be allowed to use the kitchen to store food and prepare meals. It is your responsibility to clean after using the kitchen, without exception.

The perfect homestay option for you

Our homestay options provide different meal plans and levels of independence in a supported environment with an Australian family in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide.

All prices are in Australian dollars (AUD). Taxes are included where applicable. Rates are per person. Booking is subject to availability.

All ILSC & Greystone College homestay bookings require a placement fee of $275 in addition to weekly fees.

A minimum booking length of 4 weeks (28 days) is required.*

*Note: ILSC will accommodate homestay bookings less than 4-weeks as part of short-duration study tours and individual study programs. In these circumstances, homestay bookings must match the duration of studies (i.e. 2 weeks study program = minimum 14 nights homestay).

Half Board

Have your breakfast and dinner taken care of by your homestay family; but enjoy the flexibility to eat out for lunch with new friends.

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  • icon_plate DINNER
    • WEEKLY RATE FOR 18+
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    • ADELAIDE & BRISBANE
    • $295
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    • MELBOURNE & SYDNEY
    • $335
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    • WEEKLY RATE FOR UNDER 18
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    • BRISBANE
    • $335
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    • MELBOURNE & SYDNEY
    • $365

Full Board

Enjoy a homestay experience with a full meal plan, so that all of your dining needs are taken care of by your homestay family.

  • icon_coffee BREAKFAST
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  • icon_burger LUNCH
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  • icon_plate DINNER
    • WEEKLY RATE FOR 18+
      ADELAIDE ONLY
    • $340
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    • WEEKLY RATE FOR UNDER 18
      ADELAIDE ONLY
    • $340

FAQs about Australia Homestay

Read some FAQs (frequently asked questions) and answers about staying in a homestay in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide, Australia.

Homestay families will have different Internet packages, it is always better to speak with your homestay about the data available before downloading or streaming contents. The Internet fee is $10 per week to be paid in cash directly to your host family.

Showers should be short; we suggest that you take showers for no longer than 4-5 minutes. Water bills can be quite expensive in Australia because of drought conditions in some cities.

Some hosts prefer to be called by their given names, whilst others may suggest you to call them mum/dad. Ask your host what they prefer to be called.

Usually you wish the person happy birthday when you first see them for the day. Some people also like to give them a card and/or gift. This is not expected or necessary when living in a homestay.

Ask your homestay family where they would prefer you keep your clothes. Some may prefer you keep it in a basket in your bedroom, while others may ask you to place it in a basket elsewhere in the house. Some homestays will ask you to do your own washing, and will teach you how to operate the washing machine, other homestays will prefer to do your washing for you.

Speak to a homestay
specialist today.

We are looking forward to answering your questions.

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