Information for hosts

Welcome hosts

Our Homestay hosts welcome students into their home and encourage them to experience life as a member of the family.

Who can become a host?

Hosts come in all shapes and sizes and can include:

  • Couples and single people
  • Homes with or without children
  • Older and middle aged hosts

We take the time to consider the needs of the student and host to find most suitable match. Our Homestay team will inspect each home prior to placing a student, and keep in regular contact during the host period.

Host requirements

If you have any questions, please refer to our FAQs for hosts.

A clean home with the appropriate furnishings suitable for a student. The student’s room must be safe, secure and private with suitable storage for clothes, and include a bed, desk, chair and adequate lighting for study purposes. They will have access to shared spaces like the living room, kitchen and bathroom, with sufficient time allowed for showers.

Hosts should live very close to public transport and be within 30 minutes travel to UOW. Hosts who live outside of this area are restricted to hosting study tour students, who require daily delivery/pickup to and from the campus.

Students will be provided with breakfast and dinner each day, and lunch on the weekends. Just prepare what you would normally make for the household but it’s nice to ask early on if they have any specific likes or dislikes. Breakfast can be self-service with cereals and toast. Dinner each night is a nice opportunity to sit down, have a proper meal and catch up on each other’s days. Lunches on the weekend can be a sandwich, salad, pasta. We often receive feedback that students are hungry but too shy to ask for more food so it’s a good idea to have noodles and cheap snacks available in the pantry.

All hosts must have internet access for study purposes and to aid communication with the student's family and friends at home.

All people in the home, who are over 18, will require a Working with Children Check.

Host rates

Fee type 2023 rates
Homestay Host Reimbursement Rate: Single $315 per week
Homestay Host Reimbursement Rate: Twin
Study tour students only
$574 per week ($287 per student)

 

Fee type 2023 rates
Homestay Host Reimbursement Rate: Single $350 per week
Homestay Host Reimbursement Rate: Twin
Study tour students only
$644 per week ($322 per student)

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