UOW College and University Student Homestay


Facilitated by UOW College,  the Homestay program is designed to connect students with local families living in Wollongong. There are many benefits gained from this rich cultural exchange. Students are welcomed into homes as a new member of the family and supported as they adapt to the new culture and lifestyle.


Homestay is available to both domestic and international UOW College and UOW students.


The UOW College Homestay program adheres to the Australian National Code of Practice, which means you can be assured of consistent standards of student welfare, support services and consumer protection. After all, our goal is to make your Australian homestay experience happy and successful.

Number 1 globally

UOW College Australia received 100% student satisfaction for Homestay welcomes and are ranked #1 globally and in Australia

iGraduate English Barometer (ELB) 2017/2018

Our students

Examples of our students include:

  • Study Tour students These are students of all ages (some as young as 10 years old), who come together in a group with teachers. They are generally short-term, twin share, with classes in the morning at UOW College and activities in the afternoon.
  • UOW and UOW College students Including international and domestic students staying both long and short-term.
  • Primary & Secondary school students Usually long-term students who are studying at high schools in Wollongong.
  • Visiting professors, teachers, agents & supervising staff

UOW College Homestay is not available to family and friends of students, who are visiting the area and looking for cheap accommodation.

Our families

We have a large number of trusted host families. Our Homestay team has inspected each home and has regular contact with our families. We find you the most suitable family based on your needs. Families come in all shapes and sizes. Our families include:

  • Couples and single people
  • Children in the home and homes without children
  • Older and middle aged hosts


The Homestay Experience

A place to call home
Home away from home

Our staff

Many of the UOW College Homestay staff have hosted students themselves and have first-hand knowledge of the benefits it brings to both the families and the students. Our aim is to make everyone as happy and safe as possible through working closely with everyone involved.

If you have more questions, please check out our frequently asked questions.

Register for homestay program

Are you an agent? Email to register for the UOW College Homestay program.